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Humboldt Research Award for Christian Henriot

Apr 26, 2013

Prof. Christian Henriot has been awarded the Humboldt Research Award. The Cluster member will use the funds to develop a Digital Humanities project with focus on China.

The aim of the project is to establish the conditions for innovative research in the realm of Chinese studies. Prof. Christian Henriot and the international research team will take modern China as its research target to design a knowledge base that will enable a generic architecture based on historical modeling. The project makes the attempt to produce not just another set of databases, but an integrative knowledge base under which increasing levels of modeling and formalism will be introduced. With a rooting in historical research, the international research team is constituted of various disciplines such as social sciences, computing, information systems and new media engineering.

Prof. Christian Henriot is Professor of Chinese history at the Lumière-Lyon II University and is one of the most renowned historians of China. He has been working within the framework of history writing and production based on textual records and textual narratives. At the Cluster he is involved in the project “B 11 New Urban Imaginaries”, coordinated by Prof. Christiane Brosius. His dedication to innovative and groundbreaking approaches to the writing of history and his abilities in initiating important database work have been particularly noted internationally. Moreover, he is the author and editor of several books on modern Chinese history, such as “Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai. A Social History, 1849-1949” (Cambridge UP, 2001). Prof. Christian Henriot was nominated for the research award and is hosted at Cluster by Prof. Barbara Mittler

The Humboldt Research Award is granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of a researcher´s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries have had a significant impact in their own discipline. The award comes with a purse of 60.000 Euros. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually.


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