16 April 2019

Ewout van der Knaap receives Austrian Cross of Honor

On 15 April Dr Ewout van der Knaap received a high Austrian award for his achievements in the field of German language and Austrian literature.

Van der Knaap was awarded the Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst by the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Heidemaria Gürer. The ceremony took place in the residence of the ambassador in The Hague, in the presence of family, friends and colleagues of the Faculty of Humanities.

In his speech of thanks, Ewout van der Knaap remarked: "This prize is not only for me, it is also a tribute to "LITTERIS ET ARTIBUS", as it says on the cross. This means that the role of science and art in our society is considered meaningful, which in some circles today already amounts to a political statement."

Dr Ewout van der Knaap is Associate Professor for German Literature at Utrecht University.