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Humboldt Prize for Simon Partner to join HCTS

Jan 12, 2015

Simon Partner of Duke University received a prestigious Humboldt Prize to spend a year of research at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). Prof. Harald Fuess nominated Prof. Partner, who is one of the most influential historians of Japan in the United States, to conduct research on the early history of the treaty port of Yokohama during his expected stay at Heidelberg from summer 2015 to spring 2016.

Simon C. Partner is Professor at the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences of Duke University. Besides publishing three important monographs in Japanese social and economic history with California University Press, he also co-authored a book on the urban history of the American South. Partner spent his undergraduate years at Cambridge University and obtained his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

The Humboldt Prize, also known as the Humboldt Research Award, is an award given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to internationally renowned scientists and scholars. Professor Partner was nominated by Prof. Harald Fuess who holds the Chair of Cultural Economic History at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. The HCTS is an Institute for Advanced Studies at Heidelberg University.


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