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Leo Spitzer Prize

To promote excellent Research, the Universityof Cologne has been awarding the Leo Spitzer Prize as well as the Leo Spitzer Prize for Junior Academics within the framework of the Research Prizes since 2013 to excellent researchers in the Humanities.

The prizes are awarded in remembrance of Leo Spitzer, a renowned Austrian Jewish scholar of Romance philology and literary theory. He came from an Austrian Jewish family and is considered a proponent of stylistics. He published on a wide range of topics in linguistics as well as literary and cultural history who was a professor of Romance Languages at the University of Cologne until 1933 when the National Socialists took power and he was dismissed from the University.  He was one of the founders of the Portuguese-Brazilian Institute at the University.

Die Leo-Spitzer-Preise sind bei einer Laufzeit von drei/zwei Jahren mit 80.000€/40.000€ ausgestattet und werden durch das Rektorat der Universität in Kooperation mit dem Dezernat 7 ausgeschrieben und vergeben.

 

Awardee
2018

Leo Spitzer Prize:

Professor Dr. Michael Bollig, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

2017

Leo Spitzer Prize:

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Himmelmann, Institute for Linguistics

Leo Spitzer Prize for Junior Academics:

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Diana Lengersdorf, Institut für Vergleichende Bildungsforschung

 
2016

Leo Spitzer Prize:

Professor Dr. Wilhelm Hofmann, Faculty of Human Sciences

2015

Leo Spitzer Prize:

Prof. Dr. Beate Primus, Department of German Language and Literature I

Leo Spitzer Prize for Junior Academics:

Dr. Jorris Lammers, Social Cognition Center Cologne

 
2014

Leo Spitzer Prize: 

Professorin Dr. Ursula Frohne, Department of Art History

Leo Spitzer Prize for Junior Academics:

Dr. Anne Hermes, Institute for Linguistics/Phonetics

2013

Leo Spitzer Prize:

Professor Dr. Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, Institute for African Studies