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Björn Wittrock

Permanent Fellow, Founding Director and Former Principal (1996 - 2018), SCAS.
University Professor, Uppsala University

Björn Wittrock is a Founding Director and Permanent Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced
Study and was its Principal in the years 1996-2018. He became University Professor at Uppsala Univer-
sity in 1999. Prior to that he held the Lars Hierta Chair of Government at Stockholm University.

His professional service has included being President of the International Institute of Sociology in the
years 2005-2013, serving as Deputy Chair of the largest panel for Consolidator Grants of the European
Research Council as well as on the Science Advisory Board of the Swedish Government and on boards
and committees of more than twenty institutes for advanced study on four continents. He is one of the
founders of SIAS, a group of leading institutes for advanced study, and of NetIAS, the European group
of such institutes.

Wittrock is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea – of which he
is a Vice President – and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is one of the five members
of the Holberg Prize Committee. He is also a founding member of the Steering Committee of the Inter-
national Panel on Social Progress.

Björn Wittrock has contributed to the sociology of ancient, medieval and modern societies and to global
history, including The Cambridge World History, Vols. IV and V (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Among his publications are five monographs and fifteen edited books. The latter include Axial Civiliza-
tions and World History
(with J. P. Arnason and S. N. Eisenstadt, Brill, 2005); Eurasian Transformations,
Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries
(with J. P. Arnason, Brill, 2004 and 2011); The Rise of the Social Sciences
and the Formation of Modernity
(with J. Heilbron and L. Magnusson, Kluwer, 1998 and 2001); The Euro-
pean and American University since 1800
(with S. Rothblatt, Cambridge University Press, 1993 and 2006);
and Social Sciences and Modern States (with P. Wagner et al., Cambridge University Press, 1991 and 2008).


Among the honours he has been awarded are: the Torgny Segerstedt Medal (Uppsala University, 1999); an
Honorary Doctorate (University of Tartu, 2003); the Federal Cross of Merit (President of Germany, 2008);
a dedication of the book Social Theory: Twenty Introductory Lectures (Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knöbl,
Cambridge University Press, 2009); the King’s Medal “for significant contributions to Swedish social
science research” (King of Sweden, 2009); The Benefit of Broad Horizons: Intellectual and Institutional
Preconditions for a Global Social Science
(Festschrift, Hans Joas and Barbro Klein, eds., Brill, 2010); and
the Gustavus Adolphus Medal in gold (Uppsala University, 2017) “… as Principal of SCAS and its driving
force ever since its creation in 1985 [he] has contributed more than anyone else to the strong position of the
institute as an internationally renowned institute for advanced study … and for having made great contribu-
tions to the social sciences and the humanities in Sweden and in Europe”.


This information is accurate as of the academic year 2018-19.