Awards and Prizes

The Center for Partnership Studies awards prizes periodically to outstanding scholars contributing to the dissemination of the partnership model.

Humberto Maturana and Ximena Davila Yáñez: the Biology of Love

Ximena Davila Yáñez and Humberto Maturana

On January 15, 2020, the Center for Partnership Studies awarded the second International Prize for Research, Study, and Dissemination of Partnership Studies to Humberto Maturana and Ximena Davila Yáñez in recognition of their pioneering international work through Instituto Matríztica on the biology of relationships and love in alignment with partnership cultural principles.

The Center launched this international prize in 2018 to recognize the work of scholars worldwide who dedicate their critical research and teaching to disseminate and nurture partnership studies worldwide, thus contributing to the shaping of a better and more caring and humane future.

Humberto Maturana’s work, along with his colleague Ximena Davila Yáñez, spans over 23 years and has been particularly focused on the biology of love. Their invaluable research at the Instituto Matríztico, now Escuela Matríztica de Santiago, has become an influential scientific contribution to our understanding of the biological-cultural nature of humanness.

Maturana and Yáñez have published two ground-breaking books in Spanish, Habitar Humano en Seis Ensayos de Biología Cultural (2008) and El Árbol del Vivir (2015) in which they show how the emotion of love is operationally the fundament of the origin of living beings in the conservation of all molecular autopoietic systems. In accord with Riane Eisler’s partnership model, Maturana and Yáñez demonstrate how the evolutionary history of humanity is not centered on competition and aggressive striving but on love and cooperation.

 

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The Partnership Studies Group - Udine, Italy

Antonella Riem. Photograph by Conrad Del Villar

On February 15, 2018, the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS, California) awarded its first prize honoring scholars who distinguish themselves in the dissemination of partnership studies in different fields of academic study and research. The inaugural prize was awarded to Antonella Riem, Professor of English literature and founder of the Partnership Studies Group at the University of Udine, Italy, in acknowledgement of her international scholarly work on partnership studies.

The Center launched this international prize in 2018 to recognize the work of scholars worldwide who dedicate their critical research and teaching to disseminate and nurture partnership studies worldwide, thus contributing to the shaping of a better and more caring and humane future.

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Watch the video “A Talk with Antonella Riem“, in Italian.