Prize winners - Photo:Photo: Martha Stewart / Veikko Somerpuro
Photo: Martha Stewart / Veikko Somerpuro

The 2022 Laureates of the Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize

The recipients of the 2022 Holberg Prize and the 2022 Nils Klim Prize was announced on Monday, 14 March. The Holberg Prize named American scholar Sheila Jasanoff as its 2022 Laureate and the Nils Klim Prize was awarded this year to the Finnish theologian Elisa Uusimäki.

The Holberg Prize recognises path-breaking scientific work in the humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The Prize shall, in addition, contribute to raising the status of these fields and to stimulate interest in research among young people. The prize is administered by a board appointed by the University of Bergen, on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The prize value is 6 million NOK.

Sheila Jasanoff is the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Jasanoff is regarded as a pioneer in the field of STS, which examines the creation, development, and consequences of science and technology in their historical, cultural, and social contexts. She is a leading scholar at the nexus of science, technology, law, democratic theory, and public policy. 

The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually to a scholar under the age of 35, from or in a Nordic country, for outstanding contributions to research in the humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The candidate must be a citizen of a Nordic country or be formally affiliated with a Nordic research institution. 

This year’s Nils Klim Prize is awarded to Finnish theologian Elisa Uusimäki, for her outstanding research into the literary and cultural history of Judaism in antiquity. Uusimäki is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the Department of Theology, Aarhus University in Denmark. She is also AIAS Associate Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies. Before moving to Denmark in 2020, she taught at the University of Helsinki.