SCAS News - 11 December, 2014

Former SCAS Fellow Marie-Christine Skuncke has been Awarded the Torgny Segerstedt Medal

Former SCAS Fellow Marie-Christine Skuncke has been named the recipient of this year's Torgny Segerstedt
Medal by Uppsala University.The medal, which was awarded for the first time in 1988, was instituted in honour
of Torgny Segerstedt, former Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University. It is awarded every two years to
‘Swedish scholars for especially meritorious work in the arts and social sciences.’ The medal will be presented
to Marie-Christine Skuncke at the Winter Conferment Ceremony on 30 January, 2015.

Marie-Christine Skuncke is Professor of Literature at Uppsala University and has had a long and close affiliation
with SCAS. Not only has she been a regular Fellow at the Collegium, but she was also a Non-resident Long-term
Fellow for Programmes in Eighteenth-Century Studies and Cultural and Literary History during many years. Her
most recent book, Carl Peter Thunberg, Botanist and Physician: Career-Building across the Oceans in the
Eighteenth Century
(2014) was to a large extent written while Skuncke was in residence at the Collegium. It was
the first book ever to be published by the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. Marie-Christine Skuncke has
previously published extensively on eighteenth-century Sweden in a European perspective, with a particular focus
on theatre and opera, the education of Gustav III, political rhetoric, and media history. Her research on Thunberg
turned her attention to relations with Asia and Africa.