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Hans Kilian Award 2019

The Köhler Foundation awards the Hans Kilian Prize 2019 to the Indian psychologist, psychoanalyst and co-founder of the postcolonial theory Ashis Nandy

By awarding the Hans-Kilian-Prize 2019 to Ashis Nandy, the internationally renowned psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist and co-founder of postcolonial studies, the Köhler Foundation’s award committee honours an academic lifetime achievement which bridges diverse fields of social and cultural scientific research creatively and interdisciplinarily. Particular attention is paid to Ashis Nandy’s efforts to adapt genuinely Western traditions of thought, such as psychoanalysis, to a non-Western context in such a way that fruitful analyses of a non-Western society and its colonial as well as postcolonial experiences become possible. In addition, the Köhler Foundation acknowledges the work of Ashis Nandy as a public and sometimes contentious intellectual who is heard all over the world and who is able to stimulate sustainable political debates with his scientific work and criticism -- in the spirit of Hans Kilian, after whom the prize is named.

Ashis Nandy’s academic career is closely linked to the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in New Delhi, of which he was Director from 1992 to 1997 and is still a Senior Honorary Fellow today. The international scope of his work can be seen in his fellowships at various universities in the USA, Great Britain, and Germany, his call to the first UNESCO Chair at the Centre for European Studies at the University of Trier in 1994, the Japanese Fukuoka Prize for Services to Asian Culture in 2007, and his inclusion in the Foreign Affairs magazine as one of the world’s 100 most important public intellectuals in 2008.

Award Ceremony

The prize, endowed with 80,000 Euros, is awarded every two years. It is named after Prof. Dr. Hans Kilian (1921-2008), who held the Chair of Social Psychology and Applied Psychoanalysis at the University of Kassel, Germany. In his work, he laid the foundations for an interdisciplinary analysis of the socio-cultural and psychological evolution of man. He confronted the societies of the postmodern globalized world with the task of mastering the demands that characterize a worldwide practice of intercultural communication based on tolerance and mutual recognition.

The Kilian Köhler Center (KKC) was established at the initiative of the Köhler Foundation at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in August 2014 and is directed by Dr. Pradeep Chakkarath and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Straub, is responsible for coordinating the competition, the selection of the awardees, and the organization of the award ceremony. The KKC fulfills these tasks in cooperation with the Köhler Foundation and the respective award committee.


Public award ceremony

The award ceremony is open to the public and will take place on
Thursday, 9 May 2019, 16:00
at the Veranstaltungszentrum (Room 2b)
of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Universitätsstraße 150 
44801 Bochum, Germany

Interested parties are invited to participate;
however, registration by e-mail is required:

This page is also available in German:
Preisverleihung 2019