Marco Abel, professor and chair of the Department of English, received the Berlin Prize, a semester-long fellowship awarded to scholars, writers, and artists who "represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields" by the American Academy in Berlin.
He will work on his a new book tentatively titled Left Politics without Leftism: A Counter-Genealogy of Germany's Political Cinema while residing at the academy's Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin with other fellows. The project is a prehistory to his award-winning book The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School.
"The Academy steadfastly continues its mission of bringing some of the most innovative American minds to Berlin for interaction with audiences and intellectual counterparts across a broad range of academic disciplines and creative fields," chairman Gahl Hodges Burt said. "The contacts made at evening events, through institutional partnerships, and among the fellows themselves lead to new intellectual and creative exchanges—and help to galvanize transatlantic relations in lasting and meaningful ways."
Abel and the 19 other fellows were selected from more than 300 applicants.
Fellows work with local individuals and institutions in the academy's network. They engage audiences through lectures, performances, and readings at the academy and throughout Germany.