News from Jan 29, 2018
Press Release № 021/2018 from Jan 29, 2018
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) has selected sociology professor José Maurício Domingues to receive one of its Anneliese Maier Research Awards. The social scientist from Rio de Janeiro State University was nominated for this award by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. He will spend time doing research at both institutions. This year the Humboldt Foundation granted eight Anneliese Maier Research Awards to top researchers from abroad from the fields of the humanities and social sciences. They will each receive 250,000 euros for research collaboration over a five-year period with colleagues in Germany. The Anneliese Maier Research Award is intended to help promote the internationalization of the humanities and social sciences in Germany. The awards are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award ceremony will take place on September 12, 2018, in Berlin.
According to the Foundation, Professor Domingues' work is characterized by a consistent orientation toward theory, and he is one of the few social scientists who succeed in linking theoretical debates carried out in Latin America with those being conducted in other parts of the world in English, French, and German. That makes him one of the most important contemporary theoreticians who examine global modernity from a comparative perspective on civilization. The scope of his empirical references is particularly impressive. While most theorists of modernity gained their insights from their respective narrow national contexts, Domingues worked his way first through the development of modernity in Europe, Latin America, and North America and then through the literature on India, China, and Israel, where he conducted research. The main goal of the collaboration between the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and Freie Universität Berlin's Institute for Latin American Studies is to analyze political modernity from a historical and comparative perspective. Particular attention will be paid to identifying the power-theoretical trends and processes of these developments.
The hosts of José Maurício Domingues in Germany are Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knöbl from the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and Prof. Dr. Sergio Costa from Freie Universität Berlin's Institute for Latin American Studies. His project is entitled "Building Bridges between Continents."
The Anneliese Maier Research Award is named after the German philosopher and science historian Anneliese Maier (1905–1971). Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time doing research in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 28,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Laureates.