The Holberg Committee has for the last couple of years had its autumn meeting in Vienna at the offices of former committee member and former director of ERC, Helga Nowotny. The 67 nominations were evaluated carefully and a short list was selected for further evaluation. Assessments on the candidates will be gathered in the next couple of months. These reports aims to be a candid presentation of the nominated candiate´s work, and are written by referees suggested by the nominators as part of the nomination. These reports are important advisory tools in the further deliberations of the Committee.
The Holberg Laureate will be announced on 12th March 2015
The Committee will meet again in London February 26th 2015. At this meeting the Holberg Prize laureate 2015 will be chosen. March 2nd the Holberg Committee will submit their recommendation to the Holberg Board. The Holberg Board formally confirms the choice of Holberg Laureate. The Chair of the Board, Professor Sigmund Grønmo, will announce the Holberg laureate 2015 12th March 12:00. The official prize ceremony is 10th June in Bergen, Norway.
There are five members of the Holberg Committee. In addition to their individual scholarly and institutional achievemenets, the choice of members also take into consideration the need for the Committee to cover the scholarly fields of the Holberg Prize (social science, humanities, law and theology) and to have a certain geographical spread. Mary Jacobus is Chair of the Committee.
Two new members
The meeting in Vienna 19th September was the first meeting for the two new Committee members: Professor Dame Hazel Genn and Professor Björn Wittrick. They are replacing Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah and Professor Helga Nowotny. Dame Hazel Genn is currently Dean of the Faculty of Laws, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at University College London. She is a leading authority on civil justice, and her work has had a major influence on policy-makers around the world. Professor Genn is a member of the British Academy. Björn Wittrock is University Professor at Uppsala University and Principal of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), Uppsala. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and of Academia Europaea. He was previously a member of the Nils Klim Committee.
Björn Wittrock is University Professor at Uppsala University and Principal of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), Uppsala. He has formerly been Lars Hierta Professor of Government at Stockholm University. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and of Academia Europaea, and of the editorial board of its journal European Review. Björn Wittrock has worked extensively with research councils, academies, and institutes for advanced study in a number of countries and has been a member of panels of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat); the Max-Planck-Society (MPG); the European Research Council (ERC) and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (WIKO). He was President of the International Institute of Sociology (founded in Paris in 1893) in the years 2005-2013. He has published extensively, with nineteen books to the present day, in the fields of intellectual history, historical social science, social theory, and civilizational analysis. He has served on the editorial boards of 23 scholarly journals. His publications from recent years include: Nordic Paths to Modernity (Berghahn, 2012, with Johann P. Arnason); Frontiers of Sociology (Brill, 2009; with Peter Hedström); Eurasian Transformations, Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries: Crystallizations, Divergences, Renaissances (Brill, 2004; paperback edition, 2011; with Johann P. Arnason). In 1999, Björn Wittrock was awarded the Torgny Segerstedt Medal (highest award of Uppsala University to a Swedish scholar in the social sciences and humanities). In 2003, he received an honorary doctorate at the University of Tartu. In 2008, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz, 1. Kl) by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Dame Hazel Genn
Dame Hazel Genn is Dean of Laws, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and co-director of the UCL Judicial Institute in the Faculty of Laws at University College London, where she is also an Honorary Fellow. She previously held a Chair and was Head of the Department of Law at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. In January 2006, she was appointed an Inaugural Commissioner of the new Judicial Appointments Commission established under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life 2003-7. In April 2009 she was appointed to the Secretary of State's Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity. She has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000, a member of its Council 2001-2004 and is currently Chair of its Communications and Publications Committee. In 2005, she was awarded the US Law and Society International Prize for distinguished scholarship and she holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Keele, Edinburgh , Leicester, and Kingston. She worked with the Judicial Studies Board for 12 years, serving as a member of the Main Board and the Tribunals Committee, and contributing to the design and delivery of training for the judiciary at all levels. She served for eight years as Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council's Research Grants Board.
Etan Kohlberg is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Kohlberg's scholarly activity focuses on medieval Islamic religious thought and literature, with particular emphasis on Shia Islam. In numerous articles he has described and analyzed the principles of Shiite faith and law. He has also devoted considerable attention to Shiite literature, especially that part of it which is concerned with hadith (traditions) and with polemics against other Muslims. Another field to which he has made a major contribution is the study of martyrdom (shahada) in Islam. Many of his writings have been translated into Persian, Turkish and Arabic. Etan Kohlberg was twice a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University, and twice a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. In 1993 he was elected to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and for six years represented it at the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation.
Mary Jacobus was a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, from 1971 to 1980. In 1980 she moved to Cornell University, where she held the John Wendell Anderson Chair of English and Women's Studies. In 2000 she returned to the UK as Grace 2 Professor of English at the University of Cambridge, where she is also a Professorial Fellow of Churchill College. Mary Jacobus was Director of Cambridge University's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) from 2006 - 2011. Her past work has focused on Romanticism, feminist criticism and theory, and Continental and British psychoanalysis. She has written widely on literature, feminism, psychoanalysis, as well as visual culture, and is currently working on the artist Cy Twombly. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President of Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. He was previously Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University; Associate Professor of Government and of Social Studies at Harvard. He was also Professor of Philosophy and of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at NYU Law School. His areas of research include, political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy and international affairs. Mehta has a B.A. First Class in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University (St. John's College); and a Ph.D in Politics from Princeton University.
Pratab Bhanu Mehta has also done extensive public policy work. He is member of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India. He was Member-Convenor of the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission; Member of the Supreme Court appointed committee on elections in Indian Universities and has authored a number of papers and reports for leading Government of India and International Agencies, including the World Bank, UNRISD, DFID. He has been involved with several instituions of Higher Education. He is on the Board of Governors of International Development Research Council (IDRC), and numerous other academic institutions, including National Institute of Finance and Public Policy. He is also a member of the WEF's Global Governance Council.