The Balzan Prizewinners 2013 were announced today in Milan by the Chairman of the Balzan General Prize Committee, Salvatore Veca, together with the President of the Balzan "Prize" Foundation, Ambassador Bruno Bottai, at the Corriere della Sera Foundation.
The profiles of the winners and the citations (the Prizes will be presented during the award ceremony to be held in Bern on November 15) were presented by four prestigious members of the General Prize Committee:
Karlheinz Stierle (Professor Emeritus of Romance Literature at the University of Constance; Member of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften; Foreign Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome) read the citation for the assignment of the Prize for Medieval History to Andr Vauchez.:
"For his groundbreaking studies on medieval spirituality in Western Christianity and its central role in everyday life in the Middle Ages, for his studies on the medieval conception of holiness and on the sacralization of space and time, for his contributions to research on monastic and women's piety, for his all-encompassing knowledge and masterly presentation of the life, work and influence of St. Francis of Assisi ".
Dominique Schnapper (Research Director at the cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Honorary Member of the French Conseil Constitutionnel) read the citation for the assignment of the Prize for Sociology to Manuel Castells:
"For his wide-ranging and imaginative thinking through of the implications of the great technological changes of our time: the digital revolution and the profound social and political challenges brought about by the emerging technologies of communication and information processing associated with computing, microelectronics and the internet. And for having proposed a general theory of the new global information society that has arisen out of these techniques".
Luciano Maiani (Professor of Theoretical Physics at the U
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