The city of Frankfurt, Germany has awarded the French philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman the 2015 Theodor W. Adorno Prize for continuing the legacy of “the critical approach of Adorno to the present day in an exemplary manner.”
Since 1977, the city awards the prize, worth €50,000, every three years, in recognition of outstanding achievements in philosophy, music, theater and film.
The award was founded in memory of the philosopher Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), who was one of the main protagonists of the Frankfurt school of thought.
Didi-Huberman will accept the award at St. Paul’s church in Frankfurt on September 11, the birthday of Adorno.
Didi-Hubermann was born in 1953 in Saint-Etienne, France. He teaches at the School of Advanced Social Science Studies, and has written over thirty books on art history.
His writings focus primarily on the relationship between history, memory, narrative, and iconography and questions the certainties of art history and the use of images, according to Culture Box.
The previous iteration of the award, in 2012, was given to American philosopher and literary scholar Judith Butler, while other notable laureates from the field of philosophy include Norbert Elias (in 1977), Jürgen Habermas (in 1980), Jacques Derrida (in 2001).
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