2018-10-08 by Michal Smrek
The weekend closest to October 1, the day when the Johan Skytte professor’s chair in political science was established in 1622, is traditionally reserved for the Skytte prize-award ceremony. On September 29, Professor Jane Mansbridge of Harvard University became the 24th laureate of the prize. The prize was awarded by Nils-Axel Mörner, the 10th patron of the Skytte chair in political science.
As custom dictates, the celebrations began on Friday when Prof. Mansbridge delivered two seminars at the Department of Government (Uppsala University). In the morning, Prof. Mansbridge took part in a seminar on the challenges female academics face in their academic careers and reflected on her own experiences. The event was organised together with Uppsala Society for Female Researchers. In the afternoon, Prof. Mansbridge delivered a talk about her previous academic work as well as her new research on recursive representation to a crowd of more than 100 students and faculty. The seminars were followed by a ceremonial posting of Prof. Mansbridge’s portrait onto the wall of fame which features all previous Skytte Prize laureates.
Saturday began with the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Uppsala Cathedral. Thereafter, Prof. Mansbridge’s delivered her prize-winner’s lecture entitled “Legitimating Coercion”. The evening was wrapped up with a festive banquet held at Värmlands nation with more than 150 guests in attendance.
On behalf of the Johan Skytte Foundation, we extend warm congratulations to Professor Jane Mansbridge once again!