The Holberg Prize 2019

The Holberg Prize Names Scholar of Cultural History Paul Gilroy as 2019 Laureate

Today, the Holberg Prize in Norway—one of the largest international prizes awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, law or theology—named British cultural historian and postcolonial scholar Paul Gilroy its 2019 Laureate. Gilroy is currently Professor of American and English Literature at King’s College London. He will receive the award of NOK 6,000,000 (approx. USD 700,000) during a formal ceremony at the University of Bergen, Norway, on 5 June.

As one of the most internationally renowned contemporary British intellectuals and a preeminent scholar of modernity’s counter history, Gilroy will receive the Holberg Prize for his strong influence upon a number of academic fields and sub-fields. These include cultural studies, critical race studies, sociology, history, anthropology and African-American studies. Gilroy’s scholarship has long set the terms for investigation and study in areas such as the Black Atlantic world, colonialism and the role of racial and ethnic hierarchies, as well as the cultures generated by diasporic relations.

For more information about the Holberg Prize, Mr. Paul Gilroy and the commitee's reasoning for choosing Mr. Gilroy, please go to the Holberg Prize's website found here.