We congratulate our fellow Zanele Muholi who had received an Honorary Doctoral Degree (Doctor honoris causa) awarded by the University of LiÃ¨ge in Belgium to mark the start of the new 2023-2024 academic year. Muholi has previously received an Honorary Professorship from the University of the Arts/Hochschule fÃ¼r KÃ¼nste Bremen (Germany).
Muholi is being honoured alongside French astrophysicist and philosopher, AurÃ©lien Barrau, and French-American Nobel Prize-winning economist, Esther Duflo. University of LiÃ¨ge Rector Anne-Sophie Nyssen explains that the decision to choose these three specific recipients is motivated by the desire to â€œreconcile art and science and to commit to re-enchanting our worldâ€. She continues: â€œArt and science are essentially about us and our future. Reason and emotion, aesthetics and ethics, they structure the fundamental ways in which we perceive, feel and think about the world. Some artists and scientists have the talent to draw from this intimate coherence a commitment whose strength, clarity and sincerity arouse respect, even admiration. This is the case for the three personalities that the University of LiÃ¨ge will be honouring on 19 September.â€