Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör (31) receives the Heineken Young Scientists Award for History for his historical-sociological research on mass violence, nationalism and the creation of states.
Dr. Üngör has already received a number of prizes for his PhD research on the creation of the Turkish nation state in the period from 1913 to 1950, a politically sensitive issue. He has an impressive list of publications that includes three monographs, and has become an international authority in the field of genocide studies. Dr. Üngör is now a lecturer at Utrecht University and a lecturer/researcher at the NIOD. He also writes satirical columns and essays on cosmopolitan life and on political and cultural boundaries. The jury calls dr. Üngör an outstanding, dedicated researcher who has already achieved a great deal. Amongst other things, it praises his ability to preserve a balance as regards the politically troublesome research topic of genocide.
Heineken Young Scientists Awards
The Heineken Young Scientists Awards are intended to give talented young scientists and scholars extra encouragement. They are presented simultaneously with the Heineken Prizes to talented young researchers whose outstanding work sets an example for other young scientists and scholars.
The winners of the Heineken Young Scientists Awards also help popularise the disciplines in which the prizes are awarded, making them ambassadors for their research area. They are active in the same fields of science and scholarship as the laureates of the prizes awarded by the Dr. H.P. Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation.
The awards ceremony of the Heineken Young Scientists Awards will take place on 27 September 2012.