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Congratulations! The Harvard University Post Graduate Research Fellowships go to...

In 2023, the Bavarian American Academy once again awarded young scholars of Bavarian universities with fellowships and supports research stays at American Ivy League universities and research facilities. This year, Katharina Strika and Moritz Reichert received Post-Graduate Research Fellowships for Harvard University, which is sponsored by the Harvard Club München e.V..

For her Harvard University Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, Katharina Strika will examine narrative transformations of underworld journeys in late medieval and Renaissance texts. In particular, she seeks to discern how depictions of the underworld shifted from a transcendental to a physical place that can be subjugated to scientific laws and is, hence, rendered controllable. Tracing this shift to the late 15th and early 16th century, she is reviewing historical processes in the fields of cartography, philosophy, theology, and economy that prompted writers to alter the underworld into an immanent space. For this purpose, she will conduct research primarily on maps and early prints consulting the resources available at Harvard Map Collection and Houghton Library.

The working title of Moritz Reichert's research project is called Optimal Regulation of IPOs in the European Capital Markets Union. In this paper, he examines the regulatory options available to the European legislator for the optimal regulation of initial public offerings, so-called IPOs. After all, IPOs are the core mechanism by which scarce capital is distributed to companies. The research focuses on the one hand on the optimal conception of mandatory disclosure requirements for IPOs and the related private law enforcement in the EU. On the other hand, European legislators are increasingly discovering capital markets as an instrument to improve sustainable corporate financing, so-called green finance. Moritz therefore also examines the role that European primary market law can play in achieving this regulatory goal.

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Katharina Strika is a Ph.D. student at the Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. Her Ph.D. investigates late medieval and Renaissance literary underworld journeys with a focus on the hybridization of Greco-Roman infernal iconography, Christian notions of hell, and earth’s lower strata. In addition to her Ph.D., she works as a lexicographer at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities’ Dictionary of Medieval Latin. Katharina completed her first degree in English and Latin Philology at LMU Munich, which included an exchange year at King’s College London. Afterwards, she completed a research stay with Susanna Braund at the University of British Columbia in Canada working on German translations of Vergil’s Aeneid. Her research interests include reception and translation studies, literary theory, and medieval and Renaissance epics and poetry.

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Moritz Reichert studied law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and spent a semester abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He has been conducting research at the chair of Civil and Corporate Law at LMU München under Professor Rüdiger Veil since 2019. His main interests lie in the field of interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of European capital market law, in particular European primary market law. During his work as a research assistant, he has advised the EU Commission on the reform of European capital markets law and organized symposia on current issues of takeover law, optimal regulation of European capital markets, and the Wirecard complex together with Professor Veil.

We congratulate Katharina Strika and Moritz Reichert to their research fellowships and wish them all the best for their research projects!