3 September 2015, No. 18/2015

International stars in the humanities and social sciences coming to Germany

Anneliese Maier Research Awards to be presented at the Leipzig Gewandhaus on 15 September

Eleven outstanding researchers will be presented the Anneliese Maier Research Award, which comes with € 250,000 for each winner, on 15 September 2015. The prize money will be used to fund collaborative research between the selected humanities scholars / social scientists and their respective German host university. The award ceremony is being held in Leipzig this year:

At 7:00 p.m. on 15 September in the Mendelssohn Hall of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Augustusplatz 8, 04109 Leipzig

The awards will be presented by Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz. The award ceremony will take place as part of a four-day symposium (14-17 September) which will include a forum to integrate junior researchers and scholars. Some 150 German and international humanities scholars and social scientists will also be in attendance, alongside this year’s award winners and their collaborative partners in Germany.

Note to journalists: the entire event is open to the press; there will be opportunities to take photographs and make video or audio recordings. Please register by e-mailing: presse(at)avh.de

On-site contact: Sebastian Kraußer, Tel.: 0160 97287564

The Anneliese Maier Research Award was established by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to support the internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences in Germany. It has been presented annually since 2012 to outstanding foreign academics from all fields of the humanities and social sciences, who use the € 250,000 award money to fund collaborative research with specialist colleagues in Germany over a period of five years. They are nominated by their scientific collaborative partners at German universities and research institutes.

The two women and nine men receiving this year’s award were selected in January from a total of 72 nominees from 22 countries:

  • Hans Beck from Canada is one of the world’s most respected ancient historians. Together with his collaborative partner, the University of Münster, the native German will investigate the dynamic relationship between local Lebenswelten (lifeworlds) and global change in ancient Greece.
  • Robert B. Brandom from the USA is one of the most talked-about and influential philosophers of our times. He will be working together with Leipzig University. Collaboration with the Max Planck Research Award winner Michael Tomasello is also planned.
  • The Greek Angelos Chaniotis is internationally regarded as a guiding intellectual force in the ancient history field. A specialist in Hellenistic history and Greek epigraphy, he will be working together with colleagues at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich).
  • Kristian S. Gleditsch from the United Kingdom is a leading international peace and conflict researcher. A native Norwegian, he studies the causes for violent conflicts and their predictability. His collaborative partner is the University of Konstanz.
  • The American art historian Jeffrey F. Hamburger is a world authority on religious art of the Middle Ages and on medieval manuscript illumination. He will conduct research at the University of Düsseldorf.
  • Susan Irvine from the United Kingdom is one of the world’s leading experts on Old English language and literature. She sets new standards with her translations and editions of Old English texts. A native of New Zealand, she will be working together with the University of Göttingen.
  • Canadian-born religious studies scholar Pamela Klassen is a leading expert on North America’s modern religions. While at the University of Tübingen, she will drive the internationalisation of religious studies in Germany and help sharpen the focus on multi-religiosity.
  • Niklaus Largier, a literature scholar from the USA, is considered an authority on the mysticism of the Late Middle Ages. Swiss-born Largier’s collaborative partner is the University of Cologne.
  • Mark Turner is one of the world’s most distinguished cognitive scientists. The American will build up research on cognitive grammar and cognitive poetics through his collaboration with the Osnabrück University.
  • Paul Julian Weindling from the United Kingdom is an eminent and internationally renowned researcher whose work focuses on the history of science and medicine under National Socialism. He will be collaborating with the Leopoldina Study Centre for the History of Science and Academies, Halle.
  • Jean Winand is one of the world’s leading experts on the Egyptian language. Together with his collaborative partner at Heidelberg University, the Belgian plans to develop a comprehensive modern dictionary of the Egyptian language.

The Anneliese Maier Research Award is financed with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and named after German philosopher and science historian Anneliese Maier (b. 1905 in Tübingen, d. 1971 in Rome).

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 26,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 51 Nobel Prize winners.


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