2018 Reimar Lüst Awards go to historian and German studies scholar

Research award is jointly granted by the Humboldt Foundation and Fritz Thyssen Foundation. 

The historian Ulinka Rublack and the German studies scholar Mara R. Wade have been chosen to receive the 2018 Reimar Lüst Awards. This award is granted to humanities scholars and social scientists 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.

Ulinka Rublack is Professor of Early Modern European History at St John's College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. The native German is an acknowledged expert on the history of the Reformation and the cultural and gender history of the Early Modern Period. She has won renown for her historical research such as on the history of clothing and on the visual culture of the Renaissance. More lately, the recent publication of the German translation of her reconstruction of the 17th century witch trial against the mother of astronomer Johannes Kepler in which he acted as her defence lawyer attracted considerable attention. Working in her capacity as a Reimar Lüst Award Winner, Ulinka Rublack's collaboration with the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel and other member institutions of the Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association is expected to provide methodological impetus for research in the area of material culture and for collection research in Germany.

Mara R. Wade is Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Her research focus is also the Early Modern Period. She has achieved international recognition particularly in the areas of emblem research, research on European aristocratic and festival culture, gender research and with her research on the urban culture of Nuremberg. Mara R. Wade is also regarded as a representative of the Digital Humanities. She developed Emblematica Online, an internationally established database of collections of books on emblems. Wade's collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) through her Reimar Lüst Award is expected to strengthen, for example, research on festival culture and on literature and theatre culture in Nuremberg in the 17th century.


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