31 August 2017

2017 Reimar Lüst Awards go to historian and sociologist

Collaboration with Fritz Thyssen Foundation extended until 2020

The historian Mary Lindemann and the sociologist Sheila Jasanoff have been chosen to receive the 2017 Reimar Lüst Awards. This award is granted to humanities scholars from abroad who, through their research, have shaped academic and cultural relations between Germany and their own countries.

Each award is endowed with €60,000. Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in collaboration with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation grants up to two Reimar Lüst Awards. In summer 2017, this collaboration with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation was extended to the year 2020.

Mary Lindemann, professor of history at the University of Miami, USA, is an internationally renowned historian and expert for the early modern period in Germany and Central Europe and the history of science in the 18th century. Using methodologically innovative, interdisciplinary questions, she has opened up and developed new fields of research for the history of the early modern period. Made possible by the Lüst Award, her collaboration with partners in Germany will give important new impetus to research into the early modern period.

Sheila Jasanoff, professor at Harvard University, USA, has pioneered international Science and Technology Studies. The sociologist conducts research in the interdisciplinary area of science, technology and societal and legal regulation and the interaction between law, science and politics. She has shaped the international debate and generated innovative impetus in this area. Her collaboration with partners in Germany will help boost the international visibility of German science and technology research.


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