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Oct. 12: Prestigious DAAD Prize Goes to Carnegie Mellon German Professor


Jonathan Potts                     

Prestigious DAAD Prize Goes to Carnegie Mellon German Professor

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University German Professor Stephen Brockmann has been awarded the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). The highly competitive award is given annually to an exceptional scholar, who must be an American citizen or resident, in one of the institute's three areas of research: policy studies, economics or culture and politics.

Brockmann, a member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1993, is an accomplished scholar in the field of German studies, which combines the study of German literature, history and politics. His work examines the relationship between literature and culture on the one hand and German national identity on the other.

"I am delighted with this award, which puts me in the rarefied company of some of the most prominent humanists, historians and political scientists working on Germany today," Brockmann said. "This award should be seen not just as honoring an individual, but as honoring the humanities and social sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. It sends a strong message about Carnegie Mellon's growing, internationally recognized strengths in the humanities and social sciences."

Brockmann is the author of "Nuremberg: The Imaginary Capital," which explores the history of Nuremberg as Germany's cultural and spiritual capital, including the use of the Nuremberg mystique by the Nazis. From 2002 to 2007, he was the managing editor of The Brecht Yearbook, a journal devoted to scholarly studies of the German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht. Brockmann co-edited the latest volume of The Brecht Yearbook, "Brecht and Death," which included the proceedings of a symposium on Brecht that Brockmann organized in Germany in 2006.

The AICGS will present Brockmann with the DAAD Prize, which carries a $5,000 stipend, at the organization's Global Leadership Award Dinner Nov. 15 in New York City. DAAD is an acronym for the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), which supports the prize.