Professor Naghmeh Sohrabi wins prestigious Berlin Prize

Naghmeh Sohrabi, the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History and director of research for the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, has been named by The American Academy in Berlin as one of its Berlin Prize recipients for 2020-21.
Head shot of  Professor Naghmeh Sohrabi in a cowl-neck sweater
Photo/Mike Lovett

Professor Nagmeh Sohrabi

During her semester-long fellowship at the Academy in spring 2021, Sohrabi will reconstruct the intimate lives that were folded into the vastness of the 1979 Iranian revolution. She aims to illuminate the small-scale experiences that together—and after the fact—came to define “revolutionary experience.” She asks “What does a revolution feel like to those in its midst before this term [is] used to define their experience?”

The Berlin Prize is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists from the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, partial board, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin-Wannsee.

The Berlin Prize provides recipients with the time and resources to step back from their daily obligations to engage in academic and artistic projects they might otherwise not pursue. Fellows work throughout the semester with Berlin peers and institutions in the American Academy’s well-established network, forging meaningful connections that lead to lasting transatlantic relationships. During their stay, fellows engage audiences through public lectures, readings, and performances, which form the core of the American Academy in Berlin’s public program.


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