Brazilian Sociologist José Maurício Domingues Receives Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Scholar nominated by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has selected José Maurício Domingues, professor of sociology, to receive the prestigious Anneliese Maier Research Award. Domingues was nominated for the award by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research with support from the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin; he will carry out research at both institutions. This year the award honors eight outstanding scholars from the humanities and social sciences who will each receive EUR 250,000 for collaborative research in Germany. The award is designed to finance cooperation projects with specialist colleagues at German universities and research institutions over a period of up to five years to promote the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences in Germany. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award ceremony will take place in Berlin on 12 September 2018. Expressing their appreciation of the award winner, the nominators stated: “Professor Domingues’ work is characterized by a consistently theoretical orientation. He is one of only a few scholars who succeed in linking theoretical debates in Latin America with similar debates taking place in English, French, and German. This has made him one of the most important contemporary theoreticians exploring global modernity from the comparative perspective of different civilizations. The range of his empirical references is especially impressive. While most theorists of modernity have gained their insights in narrow national and language contexts, Domingues has followed his research on the development of modernity in Europe, Latin America, and North America with a strong interest in relevant literature on India, China, and Israel, where he has also conducted research.” The central aim of his cooperation with the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin is to analyze political modernity from a historical and comparative perspective. “In doing so, special attention will be paid to identifying trends and processes in these developments that are related to the theory of power”, emphasized the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in its accolade.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knöbl at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and Prof. Dr. Sergio Costa at the Freie Universität Berlin’s Institute for Latin American Studies will host José Maurício Domingues for his project on “Building Bridges between Continents”.
The Anneliese Maier Research Award is named after philosopher and historian of science Anneliese Maier (1905–1971). Every year, the Humboldt Foundation’s programs and awards enable more than two thousand researchers from around the world to do research in Germany. The foundation maintains a network of more than twenty-eight thousand former award winners from all disciplines, including fifty-five Nobel laureates, in more than one hundred forty countries.

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