Angelika Messner, Professor of Chinese Studies and Head of the China Centre at the CAU receives this prestigious distinction for her extraordinarily innovative work.
Membership is considered recognition of outstanding achievements within science and society. Members of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts are leading scientists, artists and practitioners of governance – and 33 of them are Nobel Prize Laureates.
The professor at Kiel University (CAU) is a leading expert in the field of global studies about science and medical knowledge - both in the eastern and western hemisphere. Her research into the emotions in a historical and contemporary Chinese context offers insight into the various dimensions of self-perception and environmental perception, according to the jury at the ceremony in Salzburg at the start of July.
Jury: Messner abstains from hasty abstractions
As emotions in historical narrative are a complex subject matter, there are only a handful of scientists around the world who pursue this delicate topic in Chinese history seriously, they continued. Messner is one of the few scientists making a sustainable and substantial contribution to this field of research. She shows how it is possible to achieve the ambitious goal of researching, describing and analysing emotions in a transparent manner. In doing so, she abstains from any kind of premature abstraction or generalisation.
Professor brings researchers together
Prof. Angelika Messner conducts cross-cultural work over an enormous timeframe, spanning from the 1st century BC up to the present. Her academic presentations and discussions in the field of scientific research, emotions and aging are extremely well received at universities and academies in both the east and the west. As President of the International Association for the Study of Asian Medicine (IASTAM), she brings together scientists and medical practitioners across disciplinary and subject borders. In this way, she initiates the investigation of previously unknown perspectives and enables colleagues and younger researchers to deal with them in an innovative manner.