Erich-Fromm-Prize 2024 to Prof. Dr. Bernhard Pörksen

on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 11 a.m. at the Hospitalhof Education Center in Stuttgart

The Erich Fromm Prize will be awarded in 2024 to the Tübingen media scientist Prof. Dr. Bernhard Pörksen.

It will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, the 124th day of the year. Erich Fromm’s birthday, in a matinee event at 11 a.m. at the Hospitalhof Education Center in Stuttgart. The laudatory speech will be held by publicist Kübra Gümüşay.

For the five-member jury, Bernhard Pörksen’s scientific and public work fulfills the intentions of the humanist social psychologist Erich Fromm to a high degree, who was aware of the importance of a qualitatively high level of information as “a decisive prerequisite for the formation of a genuine democracy” (Haben oder Sein). Pörksen’s concepts for promoting media literacy and his call for “editorial competence” for all, in which “the reflective handling of information becomes an element of general education”, is a vision in the spirit of Erich Fromm and his concern for humanity, freedom and democracy. Pörksen’s work and public commitment also show his proximity to humanistic psychology and the work of Erich Fromm.

The exact program and the conditions for participation will be published on this page at the beginning of 2024.

If you have any questions for the Erich Fromm Prize jury, please contact: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hardeck (Chairman of the Jury), Tel. 0171-4488248 or

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The Erich Fromm Prize, endowed with €10,000, has been awarded annually by the International Erich Fromm Society since 2006. The prize is awarded to individuals who have made or are making outstanding contributions to the preservation or recovery of humanistic thought and action in the spirit of the social psychologist Erich Fromm (1900-1980) through their scientific, social, socio-political or journalistic commitment.
Previous prizewinners include Noam Chomsky, Eugen Drewermann, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Georg Schramm, Gesine Schwan, Götz Werner, Christel and Rupert Neudeck, John Neumei-er, Hartmut Rosa, Konstantin Wecker, Gerhart Baum, Daniel and Sabine Röder (Pulse of Europe), Paul Mason, Maja Göpel, Ueli Mäder and Thomas Fuchs.

Overview of the previous award winners


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