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Press room for the Holberg Prize, the Nils Klim Prize and the Holberg Prize School Project. Here you will find the latest press releases, photos and biographies for the laureates.

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THE 2021 HOLBERG PRIZE / MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM

BIOGRAPHY

Martha C. Nussbaum (b. 1947) is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department. Her research interests include ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of literature, feminism, music, and ethics, as well as animal rights. 

Nussbaum received her PhD from Harvard in 1975 (Classical Philology). She has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, and Oxford University.  

To date, Nussbaum has written 26 books, with one shortly forthcoming and three in progress. In addition, she has published about 500 articles and edited 26 books. Her books have been translated into two dozen languages. Nussbaum’s numerous awards include the Berggruen Prize in Philosophy and Culture (2018), the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy (2016).  

Nussbaum has received honorary degrees from over 60 colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. She is an Academician in the Academy of Finland, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also a member of the American Philosophical Society, where she was President of the Central Division from 1999 to 2000.

LINKS

Personal page at the University of Chicago
The Holberg Comittee Citation

PRESS PHOTOS

  • Holberg Laureate Martha C. Nussbaum and Harriet Berg, Norwegian Consul General in New York. (Foto: Alan Klehr / University of Chicago Law School)
    Holberg Laureate Martha C. Nussbaum and Harriet Berg, Norwegian Consul General in New York. (Photo: Alan Klehr / University of Chicago Law School)
  • Holberg Laureate Martha C. Nussbaum and Harriet Berg, Norwegian Consul General in New York (Foto: Alan Klehr / University of Chicago Law School)
    Holberg Laureate Martha C. Nussbaum and Harriet Berg, Norwegian Consul General in New York. (Photo: Alan Klehr / University of Chicago Law School)
  • Martha C. Nussbaum (Foto: Alan Klehr / University of Chicago Law School)
    Martha C. Nussbaum (Photo: Alan Klehr / University of Chicago Law School)
  • Martha C. Nussbaum (Foto: Alan Klehr / University of Chicago Law School)
    Martha C. Nussbaum (Photo: Alan Klehr / University of Chicago Law School)

  • Portrait of Martha Nussbaum (Photo: Robert Tolchin)

  • Portrait of Martha Nussbaum (Photo: Robert Tolchin)

  • Portrait of Martha Nussbaum (Photo: Sally Ryan)

  • Portrait of Martha Nussbaum (Photo: Jeff Brown)

Photos from the June 9 ceremony at the University Aula in Bergen are available here. (Photos: Eivind Senneset)

THE HOLBERG PRIZE 2020 / GRISELDA POLLOCK

BIOGRAFI

GRISELDA POLLOCK
(b. 1949)

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of CentreCATH (Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History) at the University of Leeds. She is a transdisciplinary cultural analyst of modernity and its traumas and a dedicated feminist art historian, which means critically examining the discipline of art history with the assistance of the widest range of cultural theory and multiple perspectives.

Born in South Africa where she spent critical years of her childhood, she also grew up in both Francophone and English Canada, before migrating to Britain where she completed her education. She studied Modern History at the University of Oxford and did an MA and PhD in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She has taught at the Universities of Reading (1972-74), Manchester (1974-77) and Leeds (1977-),  where she has devoted 43 years of her active and diverse teaching career teaching art history, cultural studies, fine art and feminist theory.

In 1990 she became Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art, stating with that title her commitment to a radical challenge to the discipline and to its pluralization. She co-founded an interdisciplinary Centre for Cultural Studies in 1985, a Centre for Jewish Studies in 1995 focussing on visualities, and she is the founding director of the transdiscipinary Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (2001-).

PRESSEFOTO

  • Holberg Laureate Griselda Pollock and Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Wegger Chr. Strømmen. (Foto: Nordic Productions Ltd. / Holbergprisen)
    Holberg Laureate Griselda Pollock og Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Wegger Chr. Strømmen. (Photo: Privat / Holbergprisen)
  • Holberg Laureate Griselda Pollock og Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Wegger Chr. Strømmen. (Foto: Nordic Productions Ltd. / Holbergprisen)
    Holberg Laureate Griselda Pollock og Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Wegger Chr. Strømmen. (Photo: Private / the Holberg Prize)
  • Griselda Pollock. Foto: University of Leeds
    Portrait of Griselda Pollock. (Photo: University of Leeds)
  • Portrett av Griselda Pollock. Foto: Joan Russel
    Portrait of Griselda Pollock. Photo: Joan Russel

THE 2021 NILS KLIM PRIZE / DARIA GRITSENKO

BIOGRAPHY

Daria Gritsenko (b.1986) is Assistant Professor in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences (2014) and a title of Docent in Environmental Policy (2018), both from the University of Helsinki. Gritsenko worked as a visiting researcher in Tromsø (Norway), Sapporo (Japan), Exeter (UK), and Las Palmas (Spain). In 2018-19, she was a Fellow of the prestigious Fulbright Arctic Initiative and a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University (DC, USA), investigating pathways of renewable energy development in the Russian Arctic.

Gritsenko's research is in the field of public policy and governance, with a particular focus on the dynamics between the state and non-state actors in response to the changing natural and technological environments. Her work appeared in renowned academic journals, including Energy Policy, Energy Research and Social Science, Elementa, Policy Studies Journal, and Regulation and Governance. 

In 2017, Gritsenko co-founded Digital Russia Studies, a scholarly network exploring new ways for combining data science and social sciences in area studies. This initiative resulted in publication of multidisciplinary Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies (2021), a volume that reflects how the 'digital' is simultaneously changing Russia and the research methods scholars use to study Russia and offers practical methodological guidance.

Gritsenko and her family spend winters in Helsinki and summers on a small energy independent island in the Baltic archipelago. 

LINKS

Personal page at the University of Helsinki
The Nils Klim Committee Citation

PRESS PHOTOS 

  • Nils Klim Laureate Daria Gritsenko and Dag Stangnes, Norwegian Ambassador to Finland. (Foto: Unigrafia Creative / Holbergprisen)
    Nils Klim Laureate Daria Gritsenko and Dag Stangnes, Norwegian Ambassador to Finland. (Foto: Unigrafia Creative / Holbergprisen)

  • Portrait of Daria Gritsenko. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
  • "Portrait of Daria Gritsenko. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro"
    Portrait of Daria Gritsenko. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
  • "Daria Gritsenko. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
    Portrait of Daria Gritsenko. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

THE 2020 NILS KLIM PRIZE / FREDERIK POULSEN

BIOGRAPHY

FREDERIK POULSEN (b. 1984)

Frederik Poulsen is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen. His current research project “Stories in a Strange Land” is supported by the Carlsberg Foundation.

In 2014, Poulsen received his PhD degree at the University of Copenhagen; in 2019, he obtained the title of dr.theol. (doctor theologiae) at the same university for his dissertation on exile in the book of Isaiah. He has worked as a visiting researcher in Oxford, Jerusalem, Bonn, and at Yale.   

Poulsen’s research interests include exile and diaspora in the Bible, Old Testament prophecy, biblical theology, and reception history. In addition to a number of articles, he is the author of three research monographs: God, His Servant, and the Nations in Isaiah 42:1-9 (2014), Representing Zion: Judgement and Salvation in the Old Testament (2015), and The Black Hole in Isaiah: A Study of Exile as a Literary Theme (2019).

PRESS PHOTOS 

  • Nils Klim Laureate Frederik Poulsen and Aud Kolberg, Norwegian Ambassador to Denmark. (Foto: Jacob Kjerumgaard /Holbergprisen)
    Nils Klim Laureate Frederik Poulsen and Aud Kolberg, Norwegian Ambassador to Denmark. (Photo: Jacob Kjerumgaard / The Holberg Prize)
  • Frederik Poulsen. (Foto: Suste Bonnén)
    Portrait of Frederik Poulsen. (Photo Suste Bonnén)
  • Portrett av Frederik Poulsen. (Foto Suste Bonnén)
    Portrait of Frederik Poulsen. (Photo Suste Bonnén)

 

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Logo files and other graphics for the Holberg Prize, Nils Klim Prize and Holberg Prize School Project can be downloaded from the online brand guide.

 

  • THE HOLBERG PRIZE

    The Holberg Prize is an international research prize, awarded annually to a scholar who has made outstanding research contributions to the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The Holberg Board awards the prize at the recommendation of the Holberg Committee. The Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003 and is administered by the University of Bergen on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Research. It has a money value of NOK 6,000,000 (Approximately EUR 585,000 / USD 700,000 per 1 March 2021). The Holberg Prize is named after the scholar and author Ludvig Holberg, who played an important role in bringing the Age of Enlightenment to the Nordic countries.

  • NILS KLIM PRIZE

    The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually to a scholar from a Nordic country under the age of 35 for outstanding scholarly work in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The Nils Klim Prize is awarded to a young Nordic scholar who has made an outstanding research contribution within one of these academic fields or through interdisciplinary work. The scholar’s ability to be original and innovative is highly emphasised. The Prize has a value of NOK 500,000 (approx. EUR 55,000). It is awarded by the Holberg Board at the recommendation of the Nils Klim Committee. The Prize is named after the hero in Ludvig Holberg’s novel Nils Klim’s journey to the underworld from 1741.