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2020 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize Laureates Named

The 2020 Holberg Prize is awarded to British-Canadian scholar Griselda Pollock for her contributions to feminist art history and cultural studies. The Nils Klim Prize is awarded to Danish theologian Frederik Poulsen for his research on The Old Testament.

Yesterday 5th of March, the Holberg Prize - one of the largest international prizes awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, law or theology - named South African-born, Canadian and British feminist art historian and cultural analyst Griselda Pollock its 2020 Laureate. The Nils Klim Prize is awarded to Danish theologian Frederik Poulsen for his outstanding contribution to research on The Old Testament. Both the Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize will be conferred during a ceremony at the University of Bergen on 4 June.

Pollock is a world-leading figure in feminist, social, queer and postcolonial interventions in the histories of art and cultural studies, and she has influenced thinking on gender, ideology, art and visual culture worldwide for over 40 years. Pollock helped create feminist art history as an academic field in the 1970s and has remained a renowned authority in her field since then. Through the use of transformational concepts in her approach to art history and cultural studies, she has changed scholarly and curating practices. By re-thinking visual art through the entangled lenses of gender, class and race, Pollock has made visible the most ground-breaking works by artists who have otherwise been excluded from the canon of art history.

Describing the key purpose of her work, Pollock says: “I analyse and resist the injuries of class, race, gender, sexuality as they are inflicted through images and cultural forms such as media, cinema, art, literature and academic thought.” “I have spent forty years creating new concepts with which to challenge art history’s white patriarchal structure to produce ways of thinking about art, its images, its practices, its effects that are not about admiration of selective greatness,” the Laureate explains. “Instead I seek understanding of the work that art does as representation and of how

She will receive the Holberg Prize for her profound influence on art history, as well as on related fields—including feminist cinema studies, trauma studies, and Holocaust studies.

Read more about the 2020 Holberg Prize Laureate Griselda Pollock here.

Assistant Professor Frederik Poulsen at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen, he is an exceptionally accomplished scholar in Biblical studies, and his publications have already received international acclaim. At the age of 35, he has already published three research monographs with renowned publishers. This is the first time the Nils Kilm Prize is awarded to a theologian.

His work is characterised by an innovative combination of historical-critical and literary methodologies that have enabled him to cast new light on these ancient texts. Due to the depth and excellence of his work, Poulsen has been awarded a number of prestigious grants and fellowships. His classical scholarly expertise, and his creative approaches to Old Testament studies, have already earned him a solid position in Biblical studies

Read more about the 2019 Nils Klim Prize Laureate Frederik Poulsen here.

  • The Holberg Prize is an international prize awarded annually by the government of Norway to outstanding scholars for work in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law and theology, either within one of these fields or through interdisciplinary work.
  • The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually to Nordic scholars under the age of 35, for outstanding contributions within the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology, either within one of the relevant fields alone or through work of an interdisciplinary nature.