The Specialist Literature Award

Each year, the Foundation presents the Award of 125,000 SEK for Specialist Literature to one or more (living) authors considered worthy of the distinction, given there are any, according to the motto of Forum Axess, “Science, erudition, tradition”. The purpose is to support authorships characterised by outstanding essays in the humanities, with an emphasis on science, erudition, and tradition of the highest stylistic and professional quality, promoting a narrative, erudite and eloquent tradition in the humanities in Sweden.

Recipients of the Specialist Literature Award

2011, Svante Nordin: Filosoferna. Det västerländska tänkandet sedan år 1900 (The philosophers. A history of Western thinking since 1900) (Atlantis)

2012, Nina Burton: Flodernas bok. Ett äventyr genom livet, tiden och tre europeiska flöden (Book of rivers. An adventure through life, time and three European streams) (Bonniers)

2013, Carl-Johan Malmberg: Stjärnan i foten. Dikt och bild, bok och tanke hos William Blake (The star in the foot. Fiction and image, book and thought in William Blake) (Wahlström & Widstrand)

2014, Susann Sifverstolpe: Silvergåvor från Sveriges regenter till Rysslands tsarer under 1600-talet (Silver gifts from Swedish regents to Russian tsars) (Atlantis)

2015, Fredric Bedoire: Den svenska arkitekturens historia (A history of Swedish architecture) (Norstedts)

2016, Max Engman: Språkfrågan. Finlandssvenskhetens uppkomst 1812–1922 (The language issue. The birth of Finland Swedishness in 1812-1922) (SLS/Atlantis)