Programme for the 2019 Holberg Week

The University Aula is the venue for the main events during the Holberg Week. Here, from Stephen Greenblatt's Holberg Lecture in 2016. Photo: Marit Hommedal, NTB Scanpix

Join us in the celebration of the 2019 Holberg Laurate and the Nils Klim Laureate. The Holberg Week will take place on 3 - 6 June in Bergen and Oslo.

Monday, 3 June

The Nils Klim Seminar: "Why Trust a Scientist?"

Seminar with an introduction by Nils Klim Laureate Finnur Dellsén, followed by lectures by invited guests and a panel discussion. 

Finnur Dellsén, the 2019 Nils Klim Laureate, is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Iceland and og Associate Professor II at Inland Univeristy of Applied Sciences. His research focuses on epistemology and philosophy of science.
Liam Kofi Bright is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Logic,and Scientific Method, London School of Economics.
Hanne Andersen is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Head of the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen.
K. Brad Wray is Associate Professor at the Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus University.
Ole Thomassen Hjortland will moderate the event. Hjortland is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen.

Venue: Auditorium A, Ulrike Pihl House, Bergen
Time: 11:00 A.M. – 01:00 P.M.

The Holberg Masterclass: "Multiculture or Melancholia?"

The Holberg Prize has invited five PhD students from Nordic univeristies to participate in a Masterclass with the 2019 Holberg Laureate Paul Gilroy.

The PhD candidates are:
Tora Djúrhuus, University of Copenhagen
Anders Westerström, University of Gothenburg
Lotte Danielsen, University of Oslo
Branislav Bédi, University of Iceland
Ella Alin, University of Helsinki

Holberg Laureate Paul Gilroy is Professor of American and English Literature at King’s College London.

Venue: Auditorium A, Ulrike Pihl House, Bergen
Time: 02:00 P.M. – 04:00 P.M.

Tuesday, 4 June

The Holberg Symposium:
"From Double Consciousness to Planetary Humanism"

Four scholars from different academic fields are invited to speak at the 2019 Holberg Symposium, in honour of Holberg Laureate Paul Gilroy. The topic is chosen by Prof. Gilroy. 

Temi Odumosu, Senior Researcher, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University: "Sensitive Skin"
Sivamohan Valluvan, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick: "The Long March of Racial Nationalisms: Left Complicities and Convivial Margins".
Katherine McKittrick, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Queen's University, Canada: "Wires, Kerosene, Data".
Lidia Curti, Cultural critic and Honorary Professor of English Studies, University of Naples "L'Orientale": "From Black Humanism to the Voilence of the Present".

Venue: The University Aula, Bergen
Time: 09:00 A.M. – 01:00 P.M.

The Holberg Lecture:
"Never Again: Refusing Race and Salvaging the Human"

Lecture by the 2019 Holberg Laureate, Professor Paul Gilroy.

Venue: The University Aula, Bergen
Time: 02:00 P.M – 03:00 P.M.

An Evening with the Holberg Prize

A conversation between Holberg Laureate Paul Gilroy and Nils Klim Laureate Finnur Dellsén about their background and their research. The discussion will also touch on the role of the universities in public debate, and what it means to be an expert. The conversation will be moderated by Ole Thomassen Hjortland, Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen.

Venue: The House of Literature, Bergen
Time: 06.00 P.M – 07.15 P.M

Wednesday, 5 June

Award Ceremony
The Holberg Prize School Project

Announcement and Award Ceremony for the winners of the Holberg Prize School Project and the Teacher's Prize.

Venue: Bergen Katedralskole, Kong Oscars gate 36
Time: 10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Award Ceremony
The Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize

The Holberg Prize will be conferred upon Paul Gilroy by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon and the Nils Klim Prize will be conferred upon Finnur Dellsén by the Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education, Iselin Nybø. 

The Ceremony is by invitation only. All guests must be seated no later than 01:45 P.M. 
The event will be livestreamed.

Venue: The University Aula, Bergen
Time: 02:00 P.M. – 03:30 P.M.

Thursday, 6 June (Oslo)

The Holberg Laureate LIVE: "Conviviality In a Seamless World"

A conversation between the 2019 Holberg Laureate Paul Gilroy and Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo.

Venue: The House of Literature, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo
Time: 06:00 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.