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Research Prize for Daniel König

Jun 24, 2016

Prof. Daniel König, Start-Up Professor in Transcultural Studies, received the “Prize of the Humboldt University for outstanding performance in Medieval History” by the Michael-und-Claudia-Borgolte Foundation. The awarding ceremony took place in Berlin on July 12.

Prof. Daniel König received the prize of 10,000 Euro for his work “Arabic-Islamic Views of the Latin West. Tracing the Emergence of Medieval Europe”. He is Start-up Professor in Transcultural Studies (Humanities) at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" since 2014. He studied Medieval and Modern History, Political Science, Near Eastern and Islamic Studies and German as a Foreign Language in Salamanca/Spain and at Bonn University. In 2006, he obtained his PhD in Medieval History at the same institution. Subsequently, he worked at the German Historical Institute in Paris and at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Since 2012, he has coordinated the research network "Transcultural Entanglements in the Medieval Euromediterranean (500-1500)" financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). His current research focuses on relations and entanglements between the Latin-Christian and the Arabic-Islamic spheres between 650 and 1600 CE and beyond.

The prize was awarded by the Michael-und-Claudia-Borgolte Foundation, which was established by the couple Claudia and Michael Borgolte in 2012. Claudia Borgolte is a teacher for German, history, and political science. Prof. Dr. Michael Borgolte is Professor of Medieval History at Humboldt University, Berlin. The foundation awards two prizes: the junior researcher prize “Otto-Hintze-Nachwuchspreis” to post-graduate students of the Institute for History at Humboldt University, as well as the prize received by Prof. König. It is bestowed on researchers in the field of Medieval History for their excellent achievements as manifest in their second monograph (habilitation). The foundation bestows the prize after in-depth assessment of the work in question by a commission of experts in medieval studies.

The awarding ceremony for Prof. König took place within the framework of Prof. Borgolte's farewell lecture on July 12, 6 p.m., at Humboldt University, Berlin.


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