The selection begins: the nomination committee sets a long list for the NDR award for the non-fiction book 2022 – Economy & Volkswagen – News

Hamburg (ots) – From the climate crisis to gender debates, politics and society, digital and artificial intelligence, racism and anti-Semitism, flight and home, the topics of this year’s NDR non-fiction book nominees are so diverse. From 145 applications by German-speaking publishers for the best non-fiction book 2022, the nominating committee will select ten titles for a long list in the coming weeks. The decision will be announced at the end of September.

“We are facing a summer of reading in the Commission – it is work, but above all it is broadening our horizons. Each good non-fiction book provides new insights, opens up new perspectives. And our world needs perspectives that we are more aware of in these times of crisis than ever before. I am looking forward to the exchange with my colleagues “- says Dr. Christoph Bungartz, committee chairman and head of the cultural events and music department in the NDR culture program area.

These are the members of the nomination committee:


Dr. Christoph Bungartz, head of the cultural events and music department in the NDR culture program area

Dr. Christoph Bungartz studied German and Philosophy in Bonn and Madison, Wisconsin.

For many years he was responsible for television formats in the field of culture and science, including the book magazine ARD “druckfrisch”. Since January, he has been involved in a new cross-media program area of ​​culture with concerts, readings and numerous special projects. Despite all the work for electronic media, he cannot imagine a world without books.

Ocke Bandixen, editor in the NDR culture program area

Ocke Bandixen studied Slavic and German philology at the University of Hamburg. He works as an editor in the culture / arts and cultural journalism program area and as a podcast host for “Urban Pop – Musiktalk mit Peter Urban”. He is also an author and writes books for children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading non-fiction to learn more about the world.

Dr. Claudia Christophersen, editor in the NDR culture program area

Dr. Claudia Christophersen studied German and philosophy in Tübingen, Heidelberg and Munich. Scientific stays failed her, among others to the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. In 2001, she defended her PhD on Hannah Arendt. Years later, at Bayerischer Rundfunk in

Since 2013 she has been working as an editor at Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Munich, is the author of the column “NachGedacht” and is responsible, inter alia, for the NDR Kultur à la carte program.

Daniel Drepper, temporary head of the research department of NDR, WDR, SZ

Daniel Drepper worked as an investigative journalist in the research department of the Funke media group since 2010, co-founded the non-profit research center Correctiv in 2014, and was editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News Germany for five years from 2017 (later: Ippen Investigativ). From April 2022, he leads the research cooperation between NDR, WDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Since 2021, he has been the president of Netzwerk Recherche, the association of research journalists in Germany. He is particularly interested in labor exploitation, abuses of power and environmental crime – and well-told non-fiction books. This is what a newsletter called “Fachbuchliebe” ( writes about it.

Anke Knafla, ARD journalist

Anke Knafla studied journalism in Dortmund. From 1989, she worked at the Hessischer Rundfunk, incl. as a radio reporter, news editor and in the program management of hr-iNFO. She was also responsible for cultural and scientific reporting and for many years accompanied the Frankfurt Book Fair. Her enthusiasm for books has accompanied her throughout her life and now uses the acquired knowledge in her work as a member of the nomination committee.

Dr. Ulrich Kühn, head of the department of artistic and cultural journalism in the area of ​​the NDR culture program

dr Since 1998 Ulrich Kühn was first author and presenter at NDR Kultur, and later editor of the Kulturelles Wort in Hanover. Since the beginning of this year, Ulrich Kühn has headed the art and cultural journalism department in the NDR cross-media cultural program area. He answers and moderates “Herrenhausen Conversations”, is the author of the column “NachGedacht” and editor of the series “Gedanken zur Zeit”. Ulrich Kühn was closely associated with the non-fiction award from the outset: until 2020 as moderator of the awards ceremony, for several years also as jury coordinator and member of the advisory board.

Frerk Schenker, editor-in-chief of Göttinger Tageblatt and Eichsfelder Tageblatt

After studying history, political science and media studies in Göttingen, Frerk Schenker completed an editorial internship at Hessische / Niedersächsische Allgemeine in Kassel. In 2011-2018 he worked as an editor at the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. In 2018, he moved to the editorial network Germany (RND) in Hannover, where he took up several management positions. Most recently, he managed the RND Digital Hub before becoming editor-in-chief of Göttinger Tageblatt and Eichsfelder Tageblatt in 2021.

Beke Schulmann, scientific editor at NDR Info

Beke Schulmann studied German-Italian philology and journalism at the universities of Bonn, Florence and Leipzig, since 2012 she has been working at Norddeutscher Rundfunk, working as a radio reportage author and children’s radio, and editor of culture. He is now a science editor at NDR Info and one of the hosts of the Coronavirus Update podcast. Her stack of books regularly includes non-fiction books on socio-political topics.

Siv Stippekohl, head of the MV multimedia culture department

Siv Stippekohl studied political science and social psychology. From 1999 she worked as a freelance journalist, mainly for NDR, and in 2000 she completed an internship at NDR. Then she worked for several years as an editor in the culture department of the state radio station in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Later, she was editor of the contemporary history specialist at NDR Nordmagazin, and today she heads the multimedia culture department in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2009, she published the book “Grenzenlos na Północy. People and the Fall of the Wall ”, and in 2015, together with Thomas Balzer, the book“ Atlas of the Departure. Stories from 25 years of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ”.

Annemarie Stoltenberg, NDR Cultural Literature Expert

Annemarie Stoltenberg studied literature and linguistics in Hamburg. In 1982, she started working as a freelancer for the NDR, mainly writing about literature for radio, newspapers and magazines, publishing books and working as a TV reporter. As a literary scholar of NDR Kultur, she runs her own series, Stoltenberg Reads. She goes on reading tours with her book publishing programs and tries to find the right books for the right readers who actually devour them with pleasure and profit. He also follows this approach in his work on the nomination committee.

Benedikt Stubendorff, editor for culture at NDR Schleswig-Holstein

Benedikt Stubendorff is the cultural editor responsible for NDR Schleswig-Holstein. His interest in reading remained with him throughout his life – both privately and professionally. For over 20 years he has been working for NDR in the editorial office of “Heimat, Kultur und Wissenschaft” on art, classics and colossal volumes. He was already a member of the NDR’s nomination committee for the 2021 Non-Fiction Book Award, and is looking forward to discussing non-fiction books worth re-reading this year.

About the NDR Award for a non-fiction book

With its award, the NDR honors non-fiction books devoted to future topics in the fields of culture, society, politics, research and knowledge. The winning title is honored as the author’s outstanding achievement, which opens socially, culturally or scientifically relevant topics to a wide audience and stimulates discourse. The NDR Non-Fiction award is 15,000 euros. Just like last year, the Göttingen Literary Autumn once again offers the setting for the award ceremony. The life science company Sartorius from Göttingen, which will award LifeScienceXplained for the second time, also returns as a partner. It honors young researchers who, regardless of format, make complex life science content simple and easy to understand. He is endowed with 10,000 euros.

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