Each year, within the framework of "Tag der GSGG", the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis is awarded for the best dissertation submitted at the Faculty of Humanities or the Faculty of Theology of University of Göttingen over the past year. The prize is endowed with €5,000.
The award decision is reached by a committee of experts assembled especially for this purpose. It is composed of six academics of special renown in the Göttingen humanities.
The members of the committee are:
- Prof. em. Dr. Ekkehard Mühlenberg
- Prof. em. Dr. Fidel Rädle
- Prof. em. Dr. Michael Job
- Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h. c. Rudolf Smend
- Prof. em. Dr. Hermann Wellenreuther
- Prof. em. Dr. Doris Lemmermöhle
In November 2018, the Arabist Christian Mauder will receive the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis for his dissertation "In the Sultan's Salon: Learning, Religion and Rulership at the Mamluk Court of Qanisawh al-Ghwari (r. 1501-1516)". The dissertation constitutes the first comprehensive exploration of an Islamic court of the late middle period. It shows that the sultan’s court of the penultimate Mamluk sultan was a centre for processes of knowledge transfer, practice of religion and political negotiation."
In November 2017, the linguist Nina-Kristin Pendzich received the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis for her dissertation "Lexical Nonmanuals in German Sign Language (DGS)" in which she examines the meaning of nonmanual markers such as facial expression or head and upper body movements in sign language. It is important to examine what role these markers play as lexical elements as opposed to gestural, emotional and grammatical elements. With three empirical studies on German Sign Language (DGS), the analysis with the Facial Action Coding System (FACS, Ekman et al. 2002), and the theory formation, the author manages to make a key contribution to the research on the linguistic status of lexical nonmanuals.
Nina-Kristin Pendzich studied German Philology and History at Georg-August-University Göttingen.
In November 2016, the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis was awarded to Philipp Kufferath for his dissertation "Peter von Oertzen (1924-2008). Eine politische und intellektuelle Biographie". In this biographical study the author examines the manifold references relating to the history of ideas, the widespread networking, the cross-organisational strategic debates and the scientific-political dynamics Peter von Oertzen was part of, creating unusual insights into the political history of the Federal Republic of Germany in general as well as the political left wing of the 20th century in particular. Philipp Kufferath studied Medieval and Modern History, Media and Communication Studies and Sociology at University of Göttingen.
In October 2015, the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis was awarded to Julia Brenner for her dissertation on "Federkrieg. Kinder- und Jugendliteratur gegen den Nationalsozialismus, 1933-1945". The author examines books for young readers which opposed against National Socialism and for the first time provides a comprehensive description of this form of resistance. Julia Brenner studied Comparative Literature, English Philology and Cultural Anthropology at University of Göttingen and has been junior professor for Modern German Literature/ Children's and Youth Literature and Media at Humboldt University Berlin since October 2015.
In November 2014, the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis was awarded to Inke Beckmann for her dissertation titled "Geflügel, Austern und Zitronen - Lebensmittel in Kunst und Kultur der Niederlande des 17. Jahrhunderts". Food was depicted frequently in Dutch paintings of the 17th century, however, it has rarely been the focus of art-historical research. Inke Beckmann studied Art History as well as Medieval and Modern History at University of Göttingen.
In October 2013, the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis was awarded to Kai Widmaier for his dissertation on "Bilderwelten: Ägyptische Bilder und ägyptologische Kunst. Vorarbeiten für eine bildwissenschaftliche Ägyptologie". His work focuses on two and three dimensional Egyptian pictures (paintings, relief, sculptures). Kai Widmaier studied Egyptology at University of Göttingen and received his doctorate in 2012.
In October 2012, the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis was awarded to Peer Trilcke for his dissertation with the title "Historisches Rauschen. Das geschichtslyrische Werk Thomas Klings". With this, Peer Trilcke was the first to analyse the work of the poet and essayist Kling, whose literature deals with history and historicity of the late modernism. Peer Trilcke studied Modern German Literature, Nordic Philology and Philosophy at University of Kiel. Since April 2006, he has been research assistant for Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heinrich Detering.
In October 2011, the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis was awarded to two laureates:
Renate Burri obtained the prize for her dissertation with the title "Die griechischen Handschriften der Geographie des Ptolemaios - eine Geschichte der Wiederentdeckung". Renate Burri studied Greek, Latin and Russian Philology at the Universities of Bern, St. Petersburg, and Chabarovs and was a research assistant at the Department of Classical Studies of the University of Göttingen. Since 2011, she has been a research assistant at the Lehrstuhl für Ältere Kirchengeschichte of the Faculty of Theology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
The historian Carsten Stühring obtained the prize for his dissertation "Der Seuche begegnen - Deutung und Bewältigung von Rinderseuchen im Kurfürstentum Bayern des 18. Jahrhunderts". He studied History, Sociology and Law at the University of Hanover and was scholar of the Research Training Group "Interdisciplinary Environmental History" at University of Göttingen.
In November 2010, the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis was awarded to Daniel Stein for his dissertation with the title "Intermedial Satchmo: A Study of Louis Armstrong's Jazz Autobiographics". Daniel Stein studied American Studies, Political Science and Sociology at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. He went on to become a research assistant in North American Studies at the English department of University of Göttingen. Since 1st October 2010, he has been working as a postdoc in the DFG Research Unit "Ästhetik und Praxis populärer Serialität", which is based at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
The 2009 Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis was awarded to Daniel Berger for his dissertation titled "Die Ausbildung der Stiftspfründe im Erzbistum Köln". Daniel Berger graduated as a qualified teacher of Latin and History, having studied in Göttingen and Rome. From 2004 onwards, he pursued doctoral research with a scholarship from the Cusanuswerk and later as a member of GSGG under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Petke. He is currently working as a research assistant in the research project "Papsturkunden des frühen und hohen Mittelalters" at the Göttingen Academy of Science and Humanities.
In October 2007, the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis was awarded to Lars-Thade Ulrichs for his dissertation "Die Tradition der anderen Vernunft. Zum Verhältnis von Philosophie und Literatur in der Zeit von 1770 bis 1820". Lars-Thade Ulrichs read philosophy and German and Classical Philology at the University of Göttingen. He went on to work for various cultural and academic institutions primarily in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, as well as in a teaching capacity at the Department of German Philology at University of Göttingen. Since October 2008, he has been working in the Department of Philosophy of the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.
Prize-winner in 2007 was the historian Isabelle Guerreau, who did her doctorate as a scholarship holder of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) "Werte und Wertewandel in Mittelalter und Neuzeit". Her dissertation, which deals with medieval seals, won her the Christian-Gottlob-Heyne-Preis in October 2007, the first time it was awarded.