Friedrich-Wilhelm Prize won by Magnus Schwarz


Magnus Schwarz, graduate of the MA LuS at RWTH, receives the university-wide Friedrich Wilhelm Prize for his master's thesis "Die Bergung des Zentrums. Christian Kirch's Poetics of Ritual" (first supervisor: Dr. Sergej Rickenbacher, second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Caroline Torra-Mattenklott). 


The master's thesis lucidly demonstrates that in Christian Kracht's novels, rituals and ritual-like practices not only regularly become thematic, but also a "re-ritualization of art" is designed with poetic means.

The award will be presented at the award ceremony in the presence of the rector Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. mult. Ulrich Rüdiger on November 19, 2021.

The Friedrich Wilhelm Prize goes back to the Prussian Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, the later 99-day Emperor Friedrich III. When he re-entered Prussian soil at the border station in Herbesthal in 1858 after his marriage to Princess Victoria in London, citizens of Aachen presented him with a donation of 5,000 talers to found a polytechnic school. The money later formed the basis of the Friedrich Wilhelm Foundation, which has supported science and students at Aachen University for decades.