In their research, the award winners proceed on the assumption that: “Europe is no longer the dominant global force it used to be for centuries. At the same time, the post-war continent is considered by many an important model of political, legal and cultural integration that it is well worth emulating”.
The University of Konstanz will establish the research centre “Kulturen Europas in einer multipolaren Weltordnung” (European cultures in a multipolar world) with the funding. This cultural studies centre will develop an alternative vision for Europe beyond Eurocentrism. Besides the role of Europe in the modern world, the centre will also address a range of topical issues that it seeks to discuss with both academic and broader audiences.
Kirsten Mahlke has been Professor of Cultural Theory and Methodology at the University of Konstanz since 2011. Prior to that, she held a Professorship of Romance Literatures at the University of Heidelberg. As a Principal Investigator, she worked on the ERC project “Narratives of Terror and Disappearance” and is a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz, which is part of the university's Cluster of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration”. From 2002 to 2008, she was a member of the Zentrum für den Wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (Centre for Junior Research Fellows, ZWN), the forerunner of today’s Zukunftskolleg.
Find more information on the the Dr. Karl Helmut Eberle-Preis and the research centre the university’s press release.