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Skytte Prize Spotlight

Constructivism in International Relations

On September 29 at 15:15 the 2023 Skytte Prize laureates Martha Finnemore and Alexander Wendt will hold their prize winners’ lectures. The event takes place at the Department of Government, in Brusewitzsalen, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala.

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Skytte Prize History

In 1622, Johan Skytte donated land and property to Uppsala University in order to establish a professorship in Eloquentia et Politices [Latin: eloquence and politices]. Europe was at war and Sweden was one of the continent's super powers. Johan Skytte realized  that Sweden would need a whole new class of of civil servants, trained in the art of political negotiation and eloquence, to consolidate her newly-found place on the political map of Europe.

1622: Johan Skytte donated land and property in order to establish a professor chair in Politics and eloquence at Uppsala University.

​1979: The eleventh patron of the Skytte Foundation, Count Nils-Axel Mörner, demanded and campaigned for the restoration of an independent foundation that would guard Johan Skytte’s assets. This request was granted and the Skytte Foundation began its new chapter.

1994: The idea of a Prize in political science was born, a brainchild of the patron of the foundation, Nils-Axel Mörner and then Johan Skytte Professor, Leif Lewin. 

2022: The 400 anniversary of  the Skyttean donation i celebrated is celebrated with a number of lectures and a banquet at Uppsala Castle​.


Skytte Prize Laureates

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Prize Committee

The prize committee, comprising an international group of scholars, selects the laureates based on nominations received from the academic community.

Li Bennich-Björkman, chair

Johan Skytte Professor in Political Science and Eloquence, Uppsala University 

Lise Rakner

Professor, University of Bergen

Jan Teorell

Professor of Political Science, Lund University

Maurizio Ferrera

Professor, Università degli studi di Milano

Vello Pettai

Professor of Comparative Politics, Johan Skytte Institute, Tartu University

Kimberly Hutchings

Professor of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

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