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Awards for Svenja Nagel

May 31, 2017

Dr. Svenja Nagel, former Ph.D. student and Associate Member of the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise as well as the Heidelbgerg Academy of Sciences and Humanities’ Academy-Prize. She was honored for her dissertation on the spread of the Isis cult in the Roman Empire.

On Friday, May 26, a festive ceremony for the prize-winners of the Lautenschlaeger Award was organized by the Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology (FIIT). The Lautenschlaeger Award is an annual prize, honoring ten young scholars from varying fields for their doctoral dissertation or first post-doctoral works. The prize is endowed 3,000 Euros and further gives its winners the opportunity to organize a colloquium in any given year.

The Academy-Prize of the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities was awarded during the Academy’s anniversary on Saturday, May 20. It is endowed 6,000 Euros and aims at supporting young scientific scholars in Germany. Academy members from the mathematical and natural science track alternate with those from the philosophical-historical track to nominate scholars.

Dr. Svenja Nagel’s dissertation in Egyptology is entitled “Die Ausbreitung des Isiskultes im Römischen Reich: Tradition und Transformation auf dem Weg von Ägypten nach Rom”. It analyzes the spread, adaptation and transformation of the Egyptian goddess Isis in the Roman Empire. To deepen the understanding of the Roman Isis cult in different regions, Nagel collected for the first time sources on Isis from Greco-Roman Egypt and provided them with detailed comments. She further shed new light on partly well-known monuments and sources in the Western Roman Empire. Moreover, she re-evaluated the Roman Isis cult as also the literary works of Plutarchus and Apuleius with regard to the Egyptian sources.

Svenja Nagel was Ph.D Candidate at the Cluster's project D7 “Oriental Cults”. She was also involved in the Cluster’s research project “Cultural Plurality and the Fusion of Traditions between East and West”. Currently, Nagel works in the DFG-Project “Sexual dynamis and Dynamics of Magical Practice in Graeco-Roman Egypt: Erotic Spells in the Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri and their Cultural Traditions”. This project is affiliated with the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and builds on its  project MC 10 "The Magic of Transculturality".




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