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Dartmouth professor of Philosophy and of Women's and Gender Studies wins prestigious fellowship for research in Germany

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Posted 10/20/09 • Media Contact: Latarsha Gatlin (603) 646-3661

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Amy Allen
Amy Allen (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Amy R. Allen, the Parents Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities at Dartmouth and Professor of Philosophy and of Women's and Gender Studies, recently received the prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation.

The fellowships allow highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad who already have an established research profile to spend extended periods of time in Germany for further research in their field.

Research projects are carried out in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Candidates choose their own research projects and their host in Germany and prepare their own research plan.

"This prestigious international award recognizes Amy’s exceptional scholarship and the reputation her work has for advancing the field of Continental philosophy," said Dean of Faculty Carol Folt who is also the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences. "I also know Amy as a passionate teacher and effective faculty leader here at Dartmouth. We are fortunate to have such a scholar-teacher on our faculty."

While in Germany, Allen will be based at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. She will work on a book project exploring the relationship between power and reason in the Frankfurt School critical theory tradition. (The term “Frankfurt School” refers to an interdisciplinary approach to social theory that was initially associated with the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt am Main, which was founded in 1923.)

Allen submitted her two single-authored books, The Politics of Our Selves (Columbia University Press, 2008) and The Power of Feminist Theory (Westview Press, 1999), and several recently published scholarly articles as part of her application for the fellowship.

“The Humboldt fellowship is a great honor for me,” said Allen. “It is a prestigious award that will enable me and my family to spend two semesters in Frankfurt, Germany. And to be able to work on my current research project in Frankfurt — where there are archives containing the work of early Frankfurt School theorists, and also where some of the leading contemporary representatives of this school of thought are currently teaching — is a terrific opportunity.”

The award is in part the result of an ongoing collaboration between Allen and her German colleagues and academic hosts, Prof. Axel Honneth and Prof. Rainer Forst, both of whom have been Harris Professors at Dartmouth in recent years.

“That collaboration has benefitted Dartmouth students who have been able to take courses with these two world-renowned social and political theorists. The fellowship will also most definitely enhance my teaching, as I have taught several courses in recent years on critical social theory and related topics,” she said.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, named after the 19th century German explorer and natural philosopher, is a non-profit organization established by the Federal Republic of Germany for the promotion of international research cooperation. Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 1,900 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 23,000 award recipients from all disciplines in 130 countries worldwide – including 41 Nobel Prize winners.

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