Literary scholar and expert on the work of the Mann brothers Thomas and Heinrich to receive award.
The Brazilian Humboldtian Paulo Astor Soethe has been chosen by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to receive this year’s Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize. The award comes with EUR 10,000 and a one-month research stay in Germany for the literary scholar.
Paulo Astor Soethe is considered to be an outstanding researcher on the work of the brothers Thomas and Heinrich Mann and their family ties to Brazil: their mother came from Brazil. Alongside his professional accomplishments, he is also receiving the award for his activities in the area of language policy, DAAD reports. For example, he campaigns for providing adequate language-related support in connection with the internationalisation of Brazil’s universities and for ensuring an accordingly broad range of foreign language offerings for students.
Paulo Astor Soethe, who is also a DAAD alumnus, has been a professor of German studies at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil since 1992. He studied German and German literature in São Paulo and has conducted research in Germany several times, including research stays at the universities of Tübingen, Passau and Potsdam that were made possible through support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
The DAAD awards its Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize and Grimm Sponsorship Award for young scholars to foreign non-German academics who, in addition to their professional achievements, stand out for their efforts to promote international collaboration in the areas German Studies and German as a Foreign Language. The award will be presented on 25 August at the congress being held by the International Association for German Studies at Tongji University in Shanghai. The President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz, will hold a speech to congratulate the award winner.
Text taken from the official announcement of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.