The Academy’s Prize for Outstanding Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences - 2019

Jon Elster Symposium

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The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Jon Elster DNVA
Jon Elster. Foto: DNVA.

The Academy's prize for outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences (The Stefi and Lars Fylkesaker prize) was in 2019 awarded to Jon Elster, Professor of Political Science at Columbia, New York. Elster was awarded the prize for "his outstanding contributions in the fields of philosophy and social sciences". 

This symposium will bring together a group of international scholars from different fields of science, to celebrate the career of Elster, as one of the most influential political scientists of his time. Invitations will be sent out in November. 

If you have any enquiries, please contact Gro Havelin at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters:




10:00             Opening, Prize Ceremony 

10:15              Professor Jon Elster (Columbia University):  Is social science possible?

                        Commentaries by Ken Binmore (University College London) and Thomas
                        Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo)

13:00             Lunch

14:30             Jon Elster (Columbia University):  France before 1789: The Unraveling of an

                        Absolutist Regime 

15:15             Commentaries by Stephen Holmes (New York University) and Julian Swann

                        (Birkbeck College) 

16:00              Response from Elster and discussion

16:30              Panel discussion addressing Jon Elster’s significance and influence

                        Introductions by Professor Diego Gambetta (European University Institute)

                        and George Ainslie (Veterans Affairs Medical Center & Uni. of Cape Town)

                        Panelists: Professors Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund, Olav Gjelsvik, Cathrine Holst,

                          Aanund Hylland, Bjørn Erik Rasch

18:00              Reception

19:00              Dinner