Stuttgart, 04 December 2017 – The 2017 Hans Walz Award for research on the history of homeopathy went to Alice Kuzniar. Since 2003 the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation has awarded the international prize worth 1,500 Euros in order to promote research on the history of homeopathy outside the Institute and honour outstanding work in this field. On 01 December 2017 the Award was handed over in a special ceremony.
Alice Kuzniar has been teaching German and English language and culture at the University of Waterloo in Canada since 2008. From 1983 to 2008 she was professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She gained her doctorate at Princeton University.
Her award-winning monograph The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism was published in 2017 by Toronto University Press. With her in-depth knowledge of Romanticism Kuzniar explores central homeopathic concepts against the intellectual background of that period, casting a new light on the work of Samuel Hahnemann.
The award is funded by the Hans Walz Foundation which has been an integrative part of the Robert Bosch Foundation since 1985. Hans Walz (1883-1974) worked closely with Robert Bosch Sr and was for many years managing director of the Robert Bosch Company and a trustee of Stuttgart Homeopathic Hospital. Throughout his life he was committed, professionally as well as personally, to the advancement of homeopathy.
The Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation (IGM) with domicile in Stuttgart was established in 1980 and is the only organization of its kind without university affiliation in Germany. Its main field of research are the social history of medicine and the history of homeopathy. The Institute is home to a library of over 40,000 volumes and the Homeopathy Archives which hold Samuel Hahnemann’s estate as well as records of national and international homeopathic organizations.
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