In a ceremony at 6 p.m. on 20 June 2022, the Faculty of Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich will confer an honorary doctorate on the renowned literary scholar, historian and translator Professor Helen Watanabe O'Kelly.
LMU wishes to recognize Watanabe’s outstanding service to the humanities in Europe. Her impressive career, prolific body of work and commitment to Anglo-German academic relations make her a role model for subsequent generations. Professor Watanabe O'Kelly’s research is devoted to German and European history and the direct impact it has had on how Europe perceives itself. Her membership of national and international associations and academies has been similarly ground-breaking for the humanities, as has her leadership of major research alliances. She is also profoundly appreciated for her efforts to promote women in academia.
The eulogies will be delivered by Dr. Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, and Professor Ute Frevert, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. The ceremony for the conferral of an honorary doctorate on Professor Helen Watanabe O'Kelly will open with a word of welcome from Professor Bernd Huber, President of LMU, and Professor Hans-Jörg Schmid, Dean of Faculty 13.
Visitors must register in advance if they wish to attend.