31 January 2013, No. 05/2013

Anneliese Maier Research Award granted for the second time

Seven scholars of the humanities and social sciences will receive the collaboration award valued at 250,000 EUR.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is again granting Anneliese Maier Research Awards to seven scholars of the humanities and social sciences from abroad this year. The collaboration award is presented annually to outstanding researchers from other countries with the aim of advancing the internationalisation of the respective disciplines in Germany. The award amount of 250,000 EUR can be used to fund research cooperations with specialist colleagues in Germany over a period of five years. The researchers are nominated by academic collaboration partners at German universities and research institutions. Funding for the award is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The seven award winners were selected from a total of 54 nominees from 26 countries. The largest number of nominees came from the USA (12), followed by the UK (8), Israel (4), Australia and Italy (3).

Michal Biran (47) from Israel is an internationally renowned specialist in the field of Eurasian history from the 10th to 14th century. Her research collaboration with the University of Bonn is intended to promote academic exchange between Germany, Israel and Mongolia and help strengthen Eurasian history as a research topic.

As one of the world’s leading sociologists, Eva Illouz (51) from Israel examines the influence of modern culture and capitalism on relationship behaviour. With colleagues at Goethe University Frankfurt she will be conducting research into the philosophical and sociological aspects of “authenticity” in present-day culture.

Marie-Louise Bech Nosch (43) from Denmark is an internationally recognised expert in the field of ancient textiles. At the University of Hannover, the globally renowned historian and well-connected manager of the Centre for Textile Research is to promote internationalisation and assist in the integration of junior researchers.

Francis Jeffry Pelletier (69) conducts interdisciplinary research that encompasses philosophy, linguistics and cognitive science, combining theoretical approaches from the field of semantics with empirical and quantitative approaches from computational linguistics. He will be continuing his work in cooperation with colleagues at the University of Bochum.

Jean J. du Plessis (53), born in South Africa, is an expert in the field of international corporate law. His work in his academic home country of Australia, which he will be continuing at the University of Münster, examines the integration of German corporate law into European and international corporate law. In addition to his expertise in corporate governance, the University of Münster will benefit from his excellent international contacts.

Himanshu Prabha Ray (65) from India is an internationally recognised archaeologist and historian. Her specialisms include early Indian history and maritime archaeology. At the University of Munich (LMU) she will collaborate not only with colleagues from her direct disciplines but also with art historians.

Jeffrey W. Sherman (45) from the USA is an internationally leading social psychologist. He uses innovative methods to develop mathematised models to measure and analyse prejudice and stereotyping that people are unwilling or unable to reveal. At the University of Freiburg he will also be involved in training young researchers in graduate schools.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has also chosen the winner of the Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange, valued at 50,000 EUR. This year, the award, which is presented jointly with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, will go to archaeologist Moawiyah M. Ibrahim (72) from Jordan.

The awards ceremony will take place in the autumn of 2013. Nominations for the next round of Anneliese Maier Research Awards should be submitted by 30 April 2013.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 25,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 130 countries worldwide – including 49 Nobel Prize winners.


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