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Aug. 23: Pincikowski awarded Fulbright Scholar grant

Friday, August 23, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A professor of German at Hood College has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research at the University of Innsbruck.

Scott Pincikowski will serve as visiting professor in the humanities and social sciences from February to June 2014, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. He will teach two courses, one on pain and the other on memory in the German Middle Ages, and do research for a book project on the relationship between the depiction of medieval architecture in literature and memory.

Central to Pincikowski's book project is the prominent position of the castle in the medieval and modern imagination. His research will examine how the castle helped shape and continues to shape German cultural identity today. Rooted in the notion that people's impressions of castles are formed somewhat from personal sightings, but more so from depictions in literature, illustrations on medieval manuscripts, in paintings, on seals and coins and in film, Pincikowski's book will explore the power of the castle to evoke strong impressions of place and identity.

Pincikowski's academic career has been devoted to fostering cultural exchange, participating in and organizing international conferences with colleagues in Germany and Austria. Each semester students in Hood's German program study at the University Munich, and he recently arranged an academic exchange with the University of Mainz.

Pincikowski, who has been on the faculty at Hood since 2001, is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to more than 155 countries through the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2013-2014. The program, funded mainly by the U.S. Department of State, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

For more information, contact Pincikowski at or 301-696-3475.