Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives 2011

For the third time now, the Foundation is honouring projects designed to promote academic and cultural relations between Germany and the Humboldt alumni’s own countries, or consolidate cooperation in their respective countries or regions. The three awards are worth 25,000 EUR each and will be presented on 27 June during the Annual Meeting in Berlin.
The projects selected for the 2011 Humboldt Alumni Award for innovative networking initiatives are:

Information on Germany for junior researchers in Japan

The aim of the networking initiative proposed jointly by Seigo Hirowatari and the Humboldt Associations in East and West Japan is to establish an information and advisory network for junior Japanese researchers interested in a research stay in Germany. This would facilitate their access to the offers made by the Humboldt Foundation. The main media channels for the planned network are a website and a comprehensive database providing information on research locations in Germany as well as on advisory and contact points. The website will be available in both Japanese and German.

Seigo HirowatariProf. Dr. Seigo Hirowatari
teaches German law and comparative legal sociology in the School of Law at Senshu University in Tokyo. He is the chairman of the humanities and social science section of the Science Council of Japan. He was a Humboldt Research Fellow at Justus Liebig University Giessen from 1980 to 1982, and was awarded the Humboldt Foundation’s Heisenberg Medal in 2009. In the course of his career, he held the office of Vice Rector of Tokyo University where he is still an emeritus. Since 2007, Hirowatari has been president of the Humboldt Association of East Japan. He was also president of the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law and the Japanese Association of German Studies.

Humboldt journal in Russia

Tatjana Ilarionova would like to use the Humboldt Alumni Award to publish a magazine with the title "Russland und Deutschland. Eine wissenschaftliche Humboldt-Zeitschrift" (Russia and Germany. A Humboldt journal). This magazine will connect Humboldtians in Russia and the Community of Independent States (CIS). It will also serve as a platform for exchange between Russian researchers and German industry, whereby the thematic focus will be placed on scientific cooperation between Russia and Germany. The magazine will publish articles by Russian Humboldtians of all disciplines as well as doctoral candidates, representatives of German-Russian interests and Russian-speaking Humboldtians from CIS nations.

Tatjana IlarionovaProf. Dr. Tatjana Ilarionova
began her career as a journalist with the paper “New Life”. She has worked at the State Academy of Management in Moscow since 1989 and was appointed to a professorship in the Institute of State Service and Personnel Policy in 2001. In both her doctoral and habilitation theses she addressed the history of the German minority in Russia. From 1995 to 1996, she was a Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Bonn and has returned to Germany on research visits several times since.

Humanities scholars in environmental research

Sabine Wilke plans to use the Humboldt Alumni Award to establish a transatlantic network of researchers focusing on aspects of environmental research that pertain to the humanities. This cross-disciplinary network is designed to connect researchers working on literature, culture, history and philosophy with a reference to environmental issues. Conferences, exchanges, research collaborations and a virtual platform will facilitate research into how the humanities can make a productive contribution to the debate on environmental change.

Sabine Wilke
Photo: Nancy Joseph
Prof. Dr. Sabine Wilke
has been teaching modern German literature in the Department of Germanics at the University of Washington since 1989. From 1986 to 1989, she taught at Stanford. She was a Humboldt Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz from 1996 to 1997 and spent autumn 2000 as a visiting professor at Harvard University.