Despina Stratigakos: Wins German Book Award





Despina Stratigakos, assistant professor of architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, and assistant professor of visual studies, College of Arts and Sciences, has received the prestigious 2009 Book Prize from the DAAD (Deutcher Akadamischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service), a publicly funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany.

Stratigakos was honored for her 2008 book, "A Woman’s Berlin: Building the Modern City" (University of Minnesota Press), in which she examines the era between 1871 and 1918 when women took control of Berlin's spaces and laid the foundation for a novel experience of urban modernity.

The DAAD award, which carries a cash prize of $1,000, is presented for the outstanding book on German language, literature or cultural studies published during the preceding two years by a scholar working in a North American institution. It is awarded in alternate years for books in the German studies and humanities fields and in the history and social science fields.

"A Woman's Berlin" documents the dramatic and significant reconceptualization—both physical and imaginary—of urban space in one of the great European cities through the lens of women’s experience and work....


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