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2017-09-03 by Michal Smrek (updated on September 6)

The award ceremony of the 2017 Johan Skytte Prize is quickly approaching. Professor Amartya Sen, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Economics, is visiting Uppsala for two days and we have prepared a number of occasions on which the wide public can meet this year’s Skytte Prize laureate.

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2017-04-25 by Li Bennich-Björkman, Johan Skytte Professor in Eloquence and Political Science at Uppsala University and Chair of the Skytte Prize Committee.

As per custom, the winner of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science is announced on the pages of a Swedish daily newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, penned by the sitting Johan Skytte Professor in Political Science. While the text is usually featured in Swedish, we now offer you an English translation.

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2017-04-24 PRESS RELEASE

Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont Professor at Harvard University, who won the 23rd Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, has officially accepted the Prize and will attend the traditional Prize Award Ceremony that will take place in Uppsala on September 30, 2017.

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2017-04-20 PRESS RELEASE

Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont Professor at Harvard University, wins the 23rd Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. Sen is awarded the Johan Skytte Prize for his multifaceted achievement that

“combines insights into human vulnerability with knowledge about the potential of democratic political power to redress and relieve this deprivation.”

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The Skytte Prize Committee members have met in Tartu in early March to discuss the nominations and select the 2017 Skytte Prize winner. The meeting was hosted by Vello Pettai, one of the Prize Committee members who is based in Tartu. The histories of Tartu and Johan Skytte are closely intertwined. In 1632, Johan Skytte helped to found Tartu University, while serving as the governor of Swedish Baltic provinces of Livonia and Karelia. To honour his memory, Tartu University has founded the Johan Skytte Institute in Political Science in 2016.

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2017-01-12 by Michal Smrek

We have now began the countdown to the end of the nomination period for the 2017 Johan Skytte Prize – only three days left! Make sure you submit your nomination by January 15 if you want to help determine the next Skytte prize laureate.

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2017-01-07 by Michal Smrek

The Skytte Prize has an essential role to play in recognizing and rewarding the intellectual work that is done in our profession on a global and life-long scale.

– Vello Pettai, Skytte Prize Committee Member

The Skytte Prize Committee that traditionally consists of 6 senior political scientists welcomes a new member – Vello Pettai, Professor of Comparative Politics based at the new Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at Tartu University (Estonia). Earning his PhD in 2004 from Columbia University, Vello was appointed as a Professor of Comparative Politics at Tartu University in 2005. Tartu University was founded in 1632 by Johan Skytte, an enlightened supporter of education and higher learning, while serving as the governor of Swedish Baltic provinces of Livonia and Karelia. This, however, is not the only connection that ties Vello to the legacy of Johan Skytte. In 2016, he was among the founding members of the newly established Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies in Tartu.

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2017-01-03 by Michal Smrek

We would like to bring to your attention a video interview that we have conducted with the 2016 Johan Skytte Prize winner, Jon Elster.

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2016-11-24 by Elin Bjarnegård

At the same time as this year’s Johan Skytte festivities took place, the Skytte Foundation hosted the sixth Johan Skytte Manuscript Workshop, held at the Department of Government, Uppsala University.

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Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the University of Marburg in Germany, resigns after 7 years of dedicated and much appreciated work for the Skytte Prize Committee. Prof. Berg-Schlosser studied economics, sociology and political science at the Munich University, Sciences Po Paris, University of California at Berkeley and Free University Berlin. He received his PhD from the University of Munich in 1971 and UC Berkeley in 1979. In 1985, he was appointed as a Professor at Marburg University – a place where Johan Skytte also studied nearly 4 centuries before Dirk’s time. This, however, is not the only connection Prof. Berg-Schlosser has to the educator whose spirit the Johan Skytte Prize takes its inspiration from.

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