• Prof. Dr. Anita Traninger, FU Berlin

    Leibniz Award for FU Professor Anita Traninger

The humanities scholar Prof. Dr. Anita Traninger receives the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award 2023 from the German Research Foundation (DFG). The professor of Romance philology/literary studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) is being honoured for her research in early Romance studies and her “pioneering understanding of rhetoric”. Anita Traninger shapes Brain City Berlin, among other things, as spokesperson for the Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities. Doing Literature in a Global Perspective”.

Prof. Dr. Anita Traninger is one of the ten scientists who will be awarded the renowned Leibniz Science Award in 2023. There were a total of 131 proposals this year. The award, which is presented annually by the DFG, is considered the most important German scientific funding prize. It is endowed with 2.5 million Euro each.

In its justification, the DFG highlighted Anita Traninger’s innovative approaches that combine philology, rhetoric, the history of science and media history in order to open up the dynamics of culture and knowledge transfer from a new perspective. “In particular, her understanding of rhetoric as a historically variable ensemble of media-related practices is ground-breaking in view of the traditional but still widespread idea of rhetoric as a rigid set of rules.” Anita Traninger is one of the international key figures in Romance studies. She has succeeded in reorganising the subject in an interdisciplinary manner.

Prof. Dr. Anita Traninger studied and did her doctorate in Vienna. She moved to Berlin in 2004. At the FU Berlin, she initially worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Romance Philology. In 2010, she habilitated there and obtained a teaching licence (Venia Legendi) for General and Comparative Literature and Romance Philology. Since 2015 she has been a professor of Romance Philology at the FU Berlin. Anita Traninger is also spokeswoman for the Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities. Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” and a member of numerous scientific specialist societies, networks and research associations.

The award given to the humanities scholar is significant for Berlin as a science location. “The impulses set by Prof. Dr. Anita Traninger impressively illustrate the many facets of Berlin as an integrated research area,” says Berlin’s Science Senator Ulrike Gote. “The fact that one of the ten prestigious Leibniz awards goes to a Berlin scientist makes it clear: Berlin is a place where original, ground-breaking research can develop freely and successfully internationally.”

The funding award in the DFG’s Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Program is granted annually to excellent researchers working in Germany. The award winners can use the funds for their research work for up to seven years. Since 1986, the award has gone to a total of 364 men and 71 women.

The Leibniz Awards 2023 will be awarded on 15 March 2023 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. (vdo)


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