Humboldt Research Award for Lyndal Roper

Research Award for Historian Expected to Facilitate Cooperation between Freie Universität Berlin and University of Oxford

No 192/2019 from Jun 25, 2019

Historian Lyndal Roper from the University of Oxford is the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award (also called Reimar Lüst Award). She was nominated for the award by Dr. Daniela Hacke, a professor of early modern history at Freie Universität Berlin. The award money is 60,000 euros. The Reimar Lüst Awards are intended for humanities scholars and social scientists from outside of Germany who have made an exceptional contribution to the enduring promotion of bilateral relations between Germany and their own countries. This Humboldt Research Award for Lyndal Roper will facilitate the development and intensification of the already close cooperation between the University of Oxford and Freie Universität Berlin.

Lyndal Roper, who was born in Australia, is a highly regarded historian whose main research focus is on German cultural, religious, and social history of the early modern period. Her award-winning research explores the history of gender roles, sexuality, the body, witch hunts, and the Reformation. She received the prestigious Gerda Henkel Prize in 2016 for a biography of Martin Luther, the German leader of the Reformation. Roper studied history at the universities of Melbourne and Tübingen. She earned her doctorate at King’s College London and taught at Royal Holloway College in London and at Balliol College in Oxford. She is the first woman to hold the Regius Chair of Modern History at Oriel College at the University of Oxford, a position she has held since 2011. The chair was established in 1728 by King George II.

Professor Roper will first use the Humboldt Research Award beginning in September 2019 to do research in Hacke’s group in Berlin. She will return for more research stays over a five-year period. She is currently doing research on the German Peasants’ War (1524-1526) and how its commemoration affects German identity.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually awards up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards in recognition of outstanding achievements. The award winners are invited to work in a long-term project with colleagues at a German research institute.

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