Utrecht University: Humboldt Research Award for Prof. Rosi Braidotti

Distinguished University Professor Rosi Braidotti has received a Humboldt Research Award. Professor Braidotti is a leading international scholar in continental philosophy, feminism and posthumanism. She has made important contributions to the study of subjectivity and affirmative ethics. In 2022, she will be Professor Casper-Hehne’s guest at Göttingen University.

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation external linkselects up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards. This Award is granted to internationally leading researchers from all disciplines, working outside Germany, in recognition of their life accomplishments in research and teaching to date. The researchers cooperate with a German institute on jointly designed projects. Due to the pandemic, Casper-Hehne and Braidotti will cooperate intensively virtually from January 2022. The physical stay will begin in June 2022.

Research collaboration
“Rosi Braidotti and I have been working together for the last few years on a project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation on the European World Humanities Report for UNESCO. In doing so, we focused on the development of the New Humanities, e.g. the digital, ecological, medical or intercultural humanities,” explains Prof. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne. “We also founded an international network for this purpose, the Network for New European Humanities in the 21st Century (NEH21), which we now want to expand further. In addition, we will deal with the concept of European and Global Citizenship, this also in the context of the European network ENLIGHT.”

Importance of the Humanities
Rosi Braidotti adds: “My research collaboration with Prof. Casper-Hehne and her team at Göttingen University has been extremely productive and forward-looking. We share a commitment to highlight the importance of the Humanities to the contemporary world, stressing both the strength of their traditions and the force of their interdisciplinary creativity. We especially care for the social relevance of the field in Europe today and its ability to address the great technological challenges of our times in a spirit of social and environmental justice. “

Award ceremony
The Humboldt Research Awards will be officially presented to the winners during the Humboldt Foundation’s annual meeting in Berlin, on June 24-26, 2022, at an awards ceremony hosted by the President of the Foundation, which will be followed by a reception hosted by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.  

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