16. February 2023 | Magazine:

Professor Ute Daniel receives the Historian’s Award of the City of Münster Award goes to a woman for the first time

Professor Ute Daniel from the Institute of History at Technische Universität Braunschweig has been awarded the Historian’s Prize of the City of Münster. She is the first woman to receive the prize, which has been awarded eight times since 1981. The award, which is endowed with 15,000 euros, will be presented during the celebrations for the 375th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia on 27 September.

Professor Ute Daniel receives the Historian’s Award of the City of Münster. Photo credit: Anne Hage/TU Braunschweig

Ute Daniel has been teaching 19th/20th century and early modern history at TU Braunschweig since 1996. With her “Kompendium Kulturgeschichte” (Compendium of Cultural History), she wrote a definitive work on one of the most important current fields of historical research. She has always dealt with unusual questions and set new trends – often against the “mainstream” of her mostly male colleagues, writes the City of Münster in its press release. What is extraordinary about her work is both the wide range of different topics and the time period spanning several centuries. The jury’s statement says: “Daniel is being honoured for her wide-ranging work, her contributions to the methodological development of historical scholarship and the high degree of originality and innovation of her research”.