Genocide Scholar Ugur Ungor Wins Young Scientists Award


Armenian Weekly

June 24, 2012

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has
selected five outstanding young scientists to receive the Heineken
Young Scientists Awards on Sept. 27. This is the second time this
biennial prize has been awarded.

The winners are the biologist Geert van den Bogaart, the medical
specialist Linda van Laake, the sociologist/historian Ugur Umit Ungör,
the environmental scientist Tjisse van der Heide, and the cognitive
scientist Floris de Lange. Each winner receives EUR 10,000 and a
specially commissioned work of art.

Sociologist and historian Dr. Ugur Umit Ungör, 31, is receiving
the Heineken Young Scientists Award for History for his
historical-sociological research on mass violence, nationalism,
and the creation of states. Ungör 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. Ungör is now a lecturer at Utrecht University
and a lecturer/researcher with the Netherlands Institute for War
Documentation (NIOD). He also writes satirical columns and essays on
cosmopolitan life and on political and cultural boundaries. The jury
calls Ungör 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.

The Heineken Young Scientists Awards are intended for promising young
scientists whose outstanding research means that they set an example
for other young scientists. The Academy’s aim with the awards is
to provide an additional incentive for talented researchers of the
up-and-coming generation.

To read Dr. Ungör’s articles published in the Armenian Weekly
magazines, click here.

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