Niklaus Largier receives research grant from Germany’s Humboldt Foundation

Niklaus Largier, a professor of German literature and comparative literature and the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Chair in the Humanities, has been named a winner of the Anneliese Maier Research Award for work that “repeatedly breaks the bounds of disciplines.”

largier150The award carries a research grant and was given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundatiion, which promotes academic cooperation between scholars and scientists from inside and outside Germany. The award is named for was an internationally acclaimed German philosopher and historian of science.

Largier, a literature scholar and medieval German specialist, is considered an authority on the mysticism of the Late Middle Ages, according to the foundation. In writing about subjects like flagellation and asceticism, he has demonstrated “how the Late Middles Ages have influenced the cultural history of post-medieval and modern times – leaving traces right up to the present day.”

Read more on the Humboldt Foundation website.