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Manuel Castells Announced Winner of Balzan Prize for Sociology

The Balzan Prizewinners 2013
International Balzan Prize Foundation
9 September 2013
Ph: Manuel Castells

Manuel Castells, Spanish sociologist and Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning and of Sociology at UC Berkeley, was announced by the International Balzan Prize Foundation ( as one of four winners of the 2013 Balzan Prize, one of the highest scientific honors in the world. He is the first in 50 years to receive the Balzan Prize for Sociology, and is honored for his outstanding achievements and innovative thinking about the wide-reaching impact of a new global information society, the digital revolution and rapid technological change on communication. The prize includes a monetary award of 750,000 Swiss Francs, half of which must be allotted to projects by young researchers under the Laureate's guidance. 

The awards ceremony will take place on November 15, 2013, following a symposium on November 14 for the Laureates to present their research.

Castells is currently University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California (USC). He has published 26 academic books and co-authored or edited 22 additional books, and has authored over 100 articles in academic journals. He has served as Visiting Professor at 17 universities and has lectured at over 300 academic and professional institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and has received numerous honors including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Robert and Helen Lynd Award from the American Sociological Association and the C. Wright Mills Award from the American Society for the Study of Social Problems. He was awarded the prestigious 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize, a $775,000 accolade that recognizes his outstanding scholary work in social science.

Castells will be giving a lecture at UC Berkeley on October 24, 2013, as part of the CED Lecture Series. For more information, visit: