2019 ALLEA Madame de Staël Prize
The All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values is annually awarded to eminent scholars and intellectuals whose work represents a significant contribution to the cultural values of Europe and to the idea of European integration, thereby promoting and strengthening an understanding of Europe as multifaceted, intellectual, open and vibrant. The prize also seeks to underline the importance of non-technological scholarly work and research for European advancement.
The 2019 ALLEA Madame de Staël Prize will be handed over during the award ceremony at the 25th anniversary of ALLEA hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. The laureate’s name is expected to be announced in February 2019. This year’s award ceremony will be celebrated as part of the ALLEA 25th Anniversary’s opening at the University of Bern on 8 May.
The celebratory event will feature a musical intervention by the Gardan Quartet, made up of Jakub Przybycień, Jacek Świca, Dominik Klauser and Alessandro Sica, who attended Bern University of Applied Sciences. In 2017, the string quartet won Orpheus – Swiss Chamber Music Competition. This success paved the way for them to perform at the Swiss Chamber Music Festival and also at the Festival Musikdorf Ernen. Their talent, passion and emotions are expressed through their musical performance.
The Prize seeks to pay tribute to the boundless intellectual and cultural diversity and richness of Europe. It highlights how outstanding scholarly work, particularly in the fields of the humanities and social sciences, contributes to the understanding of Europe as a cultural and intellectual entity.
The first laureate, Professor of Contemporary History Luisa Passerini (European University Institute), received the Prize from former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in 2014 as a tribute to her work on European cultural identity.
In 2015, Professor of Political Sciences Dame Helen Wallace (London School of Economics and Political Science University of London) was awarded the Prize by EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas for her outstanding work on political studies and policy in Europe.
In 2016, EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn awarded the Prize to the philosopher Rémi Brague (Sorbonne & Ludwig Maximilian University Munich) for his comprehensive works on the relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam today.
The President of the Court of Justice of the European Union and Professor of European Law Koen Lenaerts (University of Leuven) received the Prize in 2017 for his extensive scholarly work on European law and his reflections on European jurisdiction.
The 2018 Prize was awarded to Professor Andrea Pető (Central European University) for her wide-ranging scholarly work on gender studies and European contemporary history. The award was handed over by the EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.