Holberg Prize

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The Holberg Prize
Holberg prize logo (english).jpg
Awarded forOutstanding scholarly work in the fields of the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology.
CountryNorway
Presented byGovernment of Norway
First awarded2004 -
Websitehttps://www.holbergprisen.no/en

The Holberg Prize is an international prize awarded annually by the government of Norway to outstanding scholars for work in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law and theology, either within one of these fields or through interdisciplinary work. The prize is named after the Danish-Norwegian writer and academic Ludvig Holberg (1684 - 1754). The Holberg Prize comes with a monetary award of 6 million Norwegian kroner (NOK) (approximately $750 000 or €660 000), which are intended to be used to further the research of the recipient. The winner of the Holberg Prize is announced in March, and the award ceremony takes place every June in Bergen, Norway.

History[edit]

The prize was established by the Parliament of Norway in honor of Ludvig Holberg in 2003 and complements its sister prize in mathematics, the Abel Prize. Ludvig Holberg, who excelled in all the disciplines covered by the award, played an important part in bringing the Enlightenment to the Nordic countries and is also well known as a playwright and author. The objective of the prize was to increase awareness of the value of academic scholarship in the arts,humanities, social sciences, law and theology.[1] It has been described as the "Nobel Prize" for the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology.

Selection criteria[edit]

The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to scholars who have made "outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology." [2] Scholars holding positions at universities and other research institutions, including academies, are eligible to nominate candidates to the Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize. Self-nominations are not permitted. The Holberg Board awards the prize at the recommendation of the Holberg Committee.The Holberg Committee meets twice. At the first meeting, in early fall, they choose a shortlist from the nominations. The Committee then gather assessments on the short-list candidates from internationally recognized scholars before giving their final recommendation to the Board.[3]

Organisation[edit]

The Holberg Prize is funded through a direct allocation from the Norwegian government's budget. It is administered by the University of Bergen on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Research. The University of Bergen appoints the executive board of the Holberg Prize. The Holberg Board consists of the board chair and four board member. The board members must work in different institutions, and at least one board member must work outside the university and university college sector. Board members are appointed for a period of four years and may be reappointed once. Current chair of the Holberg board is professor Sigmund Grønmo.

The Holberg Prize is awarded annually in the University Aula in Bergen.

The Holberg Board awards the prize at the recommendation of the Holberg Committee who consists of five outstanding researchers in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The current Holberg Prize Academic Committee is composed of: Dame Hazel Genn (Committee chairman, University College London), Björn Wittrock (Uppsala University), Mary Beard (University of Cambridge), Graeme Turner (The University of Queensland) and Cui Zhiyuan (Tsinghua University).

Previous members of the Holberg Committee are among others: Mary Jacobus (University of Cambridge), Helga Nowotny (ETH Zurich), Kwame Anthony Appiah (New York University), Toril Moi (Duke University), Stein Kuhnle (The Norwegian Academy og Science and Letters), Johan P. Olsen (University of Bergen), and Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Center for policy research).

Laureates[edit]

Year Laureate(s) Image Institution Nationality Citation
2004 Julia Kristeva Kristeva IMG 5888.jpg Paris Diderot University Bulgarian
French
"for innovative explorations of questions on the intersection of language, culture and literature which inspired research across the humanities and the social sciences throughout the world and have also had a significant impact on feminist theory"[4]
2005 Jürgen Habermas JuergenHabermas crop1.jpg University of Frankfurt German "for developing path-breaking theories of discourse and communicative action and thereby providing new perspectives on law and democracy"[5]
2006 Shmuel Eisenstadt Shmuel N. Eisenstadt.jpg Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israeli "for developing comparative knowledge of exceptional quality and originality concerning social change and modernization, and concerning relations between culture, belief systems and political institutions"[6]
2007 Ronald Dworkin Ronald Dworkin at the Brooklyn Book Festival.jpg New York University
University College London
American "for developing an original and highly influential legal theory grounding law in morality, characterized by a unique ability to tie together abstract philosophical ideas and arguments with concrete everyday concerns in law, morals, and politics"[7]
2008 Fredric Jameson
Duke University American "for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the relation between social formations and cultural forms in a project he himself describes as the 'poetics of social forms'"[8]
2009 Ian Hacking
University of Toronto Canadian "for his combination of rigorous philosophical and historical analysis which has profoundly altered our understanding of the ways in which key concepts emerge through scientific practices and in specific social and institutional contexts"[9]
2010 Natalie Zemon Davis Natalie Zemon Davis.jpg University of Toronto
Princeton University
Canadian
American
"for being one of the most creative historians writing today, an intellectual who is not hostage to any particular school of thought or politics"[10]
2011 Jürgen Kocka Jürgen Kocka.jpg Free University of Berlin German "for effecting a paradigm shift in German historiography by opening it up to related social sciences and establishing the importance of cross-national comparative approaches"
2012 Manuel Castells Manuel Castells en La Paz, Bolivia.jpg University of Southern California Spanish for shaping "our understanding of the political dynamics of urban and global economies in the network society"[11]
2013 Bruno Latour Bruno Latour in Taiwan P1250394 (cropped).jpg Sciences Po French for having "undertaken an ambitious analysis and reinterpretation of modernity, and [having] challenged fundamental concepts such as the distinction between modern and pre-modern, nature and society, human and non-human"[12]
2014 Michael Cook
Princeton University British for having "reshaped fields that span Ottoman studies, the genesis of early Islamic polity, the history of the Wahhabiyya movement, and Islamic law, ethics, and theology"[13]
2015 Marina Warner
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Birkbeck, University of London British for her "analysis of stories and myths and how they reflect their time and place. She is known for the emphasis of gender roles and feminism in her literary work"[14]
2016 Stephen Greenblatt StephenJayGreenblatt.jpg Harvard University USA for being "one of the most important Shakespeare scholars of his generation"[15]
2017 Onora O'Neill OnoraONeillChairingWCITColloquiumHouseOfLords26June2013.jpg University of Cambridge British for "her influential role in ethical and political philosophy"[16]
2018 Cass Sunstein Cass Sunstein (2008) Harvard University USA For having "reshaped our understanding of the relationship between the modern regulatory state and constitutional law. He is widely regarded as the leading scholar of administrative law in the U.S., and he is by far the most cited legal scholar in the United States and probably the world."[17]

The Holberg Week[edit]

During The Holberg Week in June, The Holberg Prize hosts a series of lectures, discussions and other events in honor of the Holberg Laureate and the Nils Klim Laureate. The events feature the laureates, as well as other high-profile international scholars. The program feature, among other things, the Holberg Symposium, the Nils Klim Seminar and the Holberg Lecture. All events during the Holberg week, with the exception of the award ceremony and government banquet, are open to all and have free entrance. Several of the events are also livestreamed, and available to an international audience.

In addition to The Holberg Week, The Holberg Debate is held in December each year. The debate marks Ludvig Holberg's ideas of enlightenment, and seeks to discuss and find answers to key social issues. The Holberg Debate was held for the first time in 2016. Former participants in the Holberg Debate are Timothy Garton Ash, Jostein Gripsrud, Jonathan Heawood, John Pilger and Julian Assange.

Other prizes[edit]

As part of its research dissemination targeting younger people, the Holberg Prize also awards two other prizes:

  • The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually to a younger Nordic researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology.[18]
  • The Holberg Prize School Project is a research competition for students in the upper secondary schools in Norway.[19]

Symposiums[edit]

The Holberg Symposium is held annually in honor of the winner of The Holberg Prize. The event hosts prominent speakers who partake in a symposium dedicated to The Holberg Prize laureate.

  • Symposium in Honor of Julia Kristeva, 2004 - "Thinking About Liberty in Dark Times" [20]
    • Participants: Kelly Oliver, Sara Beardsworth, John Fletcher, Atle Kittang and Iréne Matthis.
  • Symposium in Honor of Jürgen Habermas, 2005 – "Religion in the Public Sphere" [21]
    • Participants: Arne Johan Vetlesen, Gunnar Skirbekk, Cristina Lafont, Cathrine Holst, Helge Høibraaten, Craig Calhoun, Thomas M. Schmidt, Jon Hellesnes, Hauke Brunkhorst and Tore Lindholm.
  • Symposium in Honor of Shmuel Eisenstadt, 2006 - "The Processes that Change the World" [22]
    • Participants: Jack A. Goldstone, Jonathan Friedman, Sverre Bagge, Johann P. Arnason, Donald Levine, Bernhard Giesen, Shalini Randeria, Jeffrey Alexander, Fredrik Barth, Rajeev Bhargava, Said Amir Arjomand, Shalini Randeria, Luis Roniger, Nina Witoszek-FitzPatrick, Yehuda Elkana, Georg Klein, Bernt Hagtvet and Jeffrey Alexander.
  • Symposium in Honor of Ronald Dworkin, 2007 [23]
    • Participants: Jan Fridthjof Bernt, Stephen Guest, Frank Henry Sommer, Jeremy Bentham's severed head, Jeremy Waldron, Peter Koller, Rebecca Brown, Seana Shiffrin, Thomas Nagel, Rainer Forst, Dietmar von der Pfordten and Synne Sæther Mæhle.
  • Symposium in Honor of Fredric Jameson, 2008 [24]
    • Participants: William A. Lane, Jr, Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Paik Nak-chung, Maria Elisa Cevasco, Wang Hui, Michael Löwy, Perry Anderson, Sara Danius, Helmut F. Stern and Xiaobing Tang.
  • Symposium in Honor of Ian Hacking, 2009 [25]
    • Participants: Ragnar Fjelland, Professor Dagfinn Føllesdal, Bruna De Marchi and Merle Jacob.
  • Symposium in Honor of Natalie Zemon Davies, 2010 – "Doing decentered history – the global in the local" [26]
    • Participants: Bonnie G. Smith, David Abulafia, Joan W. Scott, Ida Blom and Erling Sverdrup Sandmo.
  • Symposium in Honor of Jürgen Kocka, 2011 – "Civil Society and the Welfare State: Competitors or allies?" [27]
    • Participants: Theda Skocpol, Christoph Conrad, Per Selle, Simone Lässig, Stein Kuhnle and Ivar Bleiklie.
  • Symposium in Honor of Manuel Castells, 2012 – "Media and Democracy" [28]
    • Participants: Ivar Bleiklie, Helga Nowotny, Göran Therborn, Helen Margetts, Andrew Chadwick, Jostein Gripsrud, Terhi Rantanen, Annabelle Sreberny, William Dutton and Mette Andersson.
  • Symposium in Honor of Bruno Latour, 2013 - "From Economics to Ecology".[29]
    • Participants: Barbara Czarniawska, Dominique Pestre, Mike Hulme, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Oliver Morton, Adam Lowe,
  • Symposium in Honor of Michael Cook, 2014 - "Ancient Religions, Modern Dissent".[30]
    • Participants: Guy Stroumsa, Sabine Schmidtke, Maribel Fierro, Petra Sijpesteijn, Muhammad Qasim Zaman, and Mona Siddiqui.
  • Symposium in Honor of Marina Warner, 2015 - "Myth, Homelessness, and the "Country of Words”".[31]
    • Participants: Wendy Doniger, Roy Foster, Finbarr Barry Flood, Wen-chin Ouyang, and Tamim al-Barghouti.
  • Symposium in Honor of Stephen Greenblatt, 2016 - "Art in life/Life in art".[32]
    • Participants: Horst Bredekamp, Joseph Koerner, Pippa Skotnes, Homi Bhabha, Adam Phillips, Sarah Cole, Louis Menand, and Daniel Jütte.
  • Symposium in Honor of Onora O'Neill, 2017 - "Ethics for Communication".[33]
    • Participants: Jonathan Heawood, Rowan Cruft, Laura Valentini, Steven Barnett, and Rae Langton.
  • Symposium in Honor of Cass Sunstein, 2018 - "Democracy and Truth".[34]
    • Participants: Tali Sharot, Tyler Cowen, Samantha Power, Lawrence Lessig.

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Ronald Dworkin". Holbergprisen. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
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  11. ^ "Manuel Castells". Holbergprisen. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
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  14. ^ "Marina Warner | Statement from the Holberg Committee". Holbergprisen.no. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Stephen Greenblatt | Statement from the Holberg Committee". Holbergprisen.no. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
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  19. ^ The Holberg Prize – School projects
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