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Award ceremony at CAS

München, 01/21/2016

Two outstanding junior researchers have been chosen to receive postdoctoral fellowships which enable them to pursue research projects under the auspices of LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies.

Lavinia Picollo, Ph.D.; Dr. des. Philipp Zehmisch

The first of the new postdoctoral fellowships in the Humanities and Cultural Sciences sponsored by the Munich University Association have been awarded to philosopher Dr. Lavinia Piccollo and ethnologist Dr. Philipp Zehmisch, respectively. Both fellowships will be held at LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies. “These fellowships are explicitly intended to support individual research, and are specifically tailored to the needs of junior academics in the Humanities. The awards enable young academics to carry out their own research projects during the post-doc phase of their training. Relatively few alternative funding opportunities provide post-docs with such an opportunity,” says Annette Meyer, manager of the CAS.

“The projects submitted by the two winning candidates were selected from a large number of very high-quality entries. In their particular interests, Lavinia Piccollo and Philipp Zehmisch span virtually the entire spectrum of research in the Humanities, from the rarefied world of the analytical and theoretical to the concrete specificities of field research,” Meyer adds.

Lavinia Piccollo receives the award for a project entitled “Properties, Classes and Logical Paradoxes,” which will be executed under the supervision of Professor Hannes Leitgeb, Joint Head of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at LMU. Lavinia Piccollo studied Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires, with a special focus on the areas of Logic and the Theory of Science. Her PhD was based on research done at the universities of Oxford, Tilburg and Munich.

The second award enables Philipp Zehmisch to realize a project entitled “Dichotomous Sovereignty – Cultural Memory, Historiography and Nation-Building in South Asia”. His academic supervisor is Professor Frank Heidemann of the Institute for Ethnology at LMU. The planned study will be devoted to exploring – from a distinctly ethnographical perspective – contemporary views of the troubled history that led to the partition of the Indian subcontinent. Philipp Zehmisch studied Ethnology, Economic Geography and Social Psychology at LMU. His PhD thesis, partly based on research he undertook at the universities of Madras and New Delhi, not only received the prize for the best doctoral dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Cultural Studies at LMU, but also won the Frobenius Society’s Annual Research Award in Ethnology last year.

The Fellowships entitle the winners to a monthly stipend and a place in which to work in the CAS for 2 years. They also receive research funding and can make full use of the facilities and services provided by the CAS. Conferences and discussions with internationally established researchers are already being planned.

On the occasion of the formal presentation of the awards at the CAS on January 21st, the newly selected Fellows will outline their projects and goals, and LMU Vice-President Professor Hans van Ess will discuss the current state of the Humanities at German universities, speaking primarily in his capacity as President of the Max Weber Foundation.

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