The winner of the 2020 CEU Award for Outstanding Research—announced at CEU's Academic Year Opening Ceremony—is Professor Jean-Louis Fabiani, from the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology.
The annual accolade, first awarded in 2014, was founded to recognize outstanding research by CEU faculty that has had a significant international impact. The Awards Panel, chaired by Provost and Pro Rector Liviu Matei, praised Jean-Louis for his "outstanding intellectual impact, exceptionally broad range of work of the highest academic standards, his exceptional reputation as a scholar of international stature as well as his several important recent publications".
Having authored eight monographs, in 2016 Jean-Louis published another formidable contribution to sociological theory and intellectual history, Pierre Bourdieu: Un structuralisme héroïque (Paris, Le Seuil, 2016), which brings a new turn in the critique of Bourdieu’s influential sociological oeuvre. Since its publication in French, the book has been translated into Chinese and Arabic. During the Covid lockdown, Jean-Louis revised the text for publication in English (Bourdieu: A Heroic Structuralism, Brill, 2020).
Sandwiched between the original French publication of Bourdieu and its English translation, Jean Louis has made another internationally recognized contribution to public sociology, Sociologie de la Corse, [Sociology of Corsica] (Paris, La Découverte 2018), and completed a monograph Clint Eastwood: Le dernier mâle? [Clint Eastwood: The last male?] (Paris, La Découverte, 2020). In announcing the award, Provost Matei referred to Fabiani as "a scholar of both formidable intellectual consistency and versatility".