Press Room

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.

RECENT PRESS RELEASES

 

PRESS CONTACT

Ole Sandmo
Communications adviser for Holbergprisen
E-post: ole.sandmo@holbergprisen.no
Tel: +47 980 01 878

THE 2022 HOLBERG PRIZE / SHEILA SEN JASANOFF

BIOGRAPHY

Sheila Sen Jasanoff (b. 1944) is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in the social sciences, she explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies. Her books include The Fifth Branch (1990), Science at the Bar (1995), Designs on Nature (2005), The Ethics of Invention (2016), and Can Science Make Sense of Life? (2019).She founded and directs the STS Program at Harvard; previously, she was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell. She has held distinguished visiting professorships at leading universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. Jasanoff served on the American Association for the Advancement of Science Board of Directors and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her honors include the SSRC’s Hirschman prize, the Humboldt Foundation’s Reimar-Lüst award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, foreign member of the British Academy and the Royal Danish Academy, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Twente and Liège.

LINKS

Personal page at Harvard University
Citation from the Holberg Committee

PRESS PHOTOS

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    Sheila Sen Jasanoff. Photo: Martha Stewart
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    Sheila Sen Jasanoff. Photo: Martha Stewart
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    Sheila Sen Jasanoff. Photo: Martha Stewart
  • "Sheila Jasanoff" Thor Brødreskift
    Sheila Jasanoff og Elisa Uusimäki at the Award Ceremony. Photo: Thor Brødreskift
  • "Sheila Jasanoff" Thor Brødreskift
    Sheila Jasanoff at the Award Ceremony in the University Aula in Bergen. Photo: Thor Brødreskift
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    Sheila Jasanoff at the award ceremony. Photo: Thor Brødreskift
  • "Sheila Jasanoff" Thor Brødreskift
    Sheila Jasanoff and HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway at the Award Ceremony. Photo: Thor Brødreskift
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    Sheila Jasanoff at the Award Ceremony. Photo: Thor Brødreskift

COMMITTEE CITATION

Citation from the Holberg Committee

EXPERT CONTACT FOR SHEILA JASANOFF

Professor Roger Strand
University of Bergen
E-mail: Roger.Strand@uib.no

THE 2022 NILS KLIM PRIZE / ELISA KATARIINA UUSIMÄKI

BIOGRAPHY

Elisa Uusimäki (b. 1986) is Associate Professor in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, Denmark. She also serves as the Principal Investigator of the project “An Intersectional Analysis of Ancient Jewish Travel Narratives”, funded by the European Research Council (2021-26), in the same institution.

Uusimäki holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic philology (2013) and a title of docent in Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism (2017), both from the University of Helsinki. She has worked as a visiting researcher, for example, at the University of Manchester (UK), Yale University (USA), and Hebrew University of Jerusalem (IL). Previously, Uusimäki was a fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, and she currently participates in cross-disciplinary projects as an associate fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies and as a member of the Danish Young Academy at the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, among others.

Uusimäki specializes in the literary and cultural history of Judaism in antiquity, with a focus on reading early Jewish literature in its broader ancient eastern Mediterranean context. She has published on wisdom and descriptive ethics, lived ancient religion, travel and cultural interaction, gender, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Hellenistic Judaism. She is the author of two monographs and numerous articles published in renowned academic journals such as Dead Sea Discoveries, HenochJournal for the Study of JudaismJournal of Ancient Judaism, and Vetus Testamentum.

LINKS

Personal page at Aarhus University
Citations form the Nils Klim Committee

PRESS PHOTOS 

  • "Elisa Uusimäki. Photo: Lars Kruse"
    Elisa Uusimäki. Photo: Lars Kruse
  • "Elisa Uusimäki. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro"
    Elisa Uusimäki. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
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    Elisa Uusimäki. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
  • "Sheila Jasanoff" Thor Brødreskift
    Sheila Jasanoff and Elisa Uusimäki at the Award Ceremony. Photo: Thor Brødreskift. Photo: Thor Brødreskift
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    Elisa Uusimäki at the Award Ceremony. Photo: Thor Brødreskift
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    Elisa Uusimäki at the Award Ceremony. Photo: Thor Brødreskift
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    Nils Klim Prize Laureate Elisa Uusimäki and Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education at the Award Ceremony. Photo: Thor Brødreskift
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    Sheila Jasanoff at the Award Ceremony. Photo: Thor Brødreskift

EXPERT CONTACT FOR ELISA UUSIMÄKI

Professor Jorunn Økland,
University of Oslo
E-mail: jorunn.okland@stk.uio.no

​​​​​LOGO FILES AND GRAPHICS

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.