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“Sections of One Great Institution”: Prizes, Publications, and Transnational Communication at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the Nineteenth Century
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2019 (English)In: Nuncius: annali di storia della scienza, ISSN 0394-7394, E-ISSN 1825-3911, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 377-391Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The paper examines the prizes and publications of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as part of a transnational system of scientific communication. Nationally and internationally, prizes and publications served as currency in systems of recognition and benchmarking, and could be converted into international reputations as well as honours and positions in national systems of research, education, and administration. The institutional and linguistic conditions for this exchange changed significantly during the nineteenth century. For Swedish scientists, the symbolic translation of scientific capital depended on the literal translation of texts, from Swedish as well as into Swedish. I focus on two cases that highlight the complex and changing relations between prizes and publications in Swedish science, approaching them from the perspective of language and translation: the judgements delivered by the chemist Berzelius in his journal Annual Survey of Progress in the Sciences (1821–1848), and the Letterstedt Prizes of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1862–).

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2019. Vol. 34, no 2, p. 377-391
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History History of Ideas
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History of Sciences and Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392148DOI: 10.1163/18253911-03402009ISI: 000476662800009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392148DiVA, id: diva2:1347014
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg FoundationAvailable from: 2019-08-29 Created: 2019-08-29 Last updated: 2019-09-10Bibliographically approved

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