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Prof. dr. Holger Gzella elected as member of the Academia Europaea

LUCL member prof. dr. Holger Gzella has been elected as member of the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe).

The Academia Europaea is a European, non-governmental association acting as an Academy. The members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research. Founded in 1988, with over 2000 members which includes leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law.

The Academy was seen to be a complement to the European Science Foundation in its role as a coordinator of the European interests of national research funding agencies and organizations. The objectives were kept deliberately broad covering the humanities, social and natural sciences, so as to ensure interdisciplinary discourse and activities. Initial modalities were to include annual meetings of members, multidisciplinary meetings, an interdisciplinary journal, a newsletter, providing independent advice, improving mobility of scholars within Europe and improving public understanding of science.

On 6 September 2015, at a meeting held in Darmstadt, the Council of the Academia Europaea approved Class lists of 248 scholars to be invited to accept membership at the Academia Europaea. Professor Holger Gzella was elected for the section ‘Classics & Oriental Studies”.

Other LUCL members who were also elected as members in past years are professor Booij and professor Lubotsky.

Professor Gzella’s research area is that of Hebrew and Aramaic languages, related idioms and their rich literatures and how this applies ways of thinking informed by historical and comparative linguistics to straightforward grammar. His study tries to broaden the horizon of conventional philology and to critically reflect upon its roots in the European grammatical tradition.

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