Prize papers 2019 – University of Copenhagen

Prize papers for 2019

At the Annual Commemoration Ceremony on 16 November 2018, the University announced the subjects of the prize papers for 2019.

The papers must be received by the dean´s office at the faculty in question by
12:00 noon on Wednesday, 15 January 2020.

The medals will be awarded at the Annual Commemoration Ceremony on
Friday, 20 November 2020.

Prize papers for 2019 by faculty

Present a study, that examines which role digitalization and changes in data and data usage will play for future health care systems and future health in general?


Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies

  1. What is wrong with the teaching of German in Denmark? A diagnosis and a concept for an electronically assisted systematic teaching.

  2. Renewal of grammar description and -acquisition within foreign language. How can it be much more efficient, especially on the pre-university level?

  3. Narrative and Reception Theory. Discuss metafiction in video games.

  4. Discuss the influence of German sociology on debates on Danish society.


Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

Sociology of Religion and AMIS (Centre for Advanced Migration Studies) in cooperation
Based on own collected material the prize paper should be a study of how religion and religious rights are handled by both authorities and migrants in a self-chosen part of the European asylum system.
Contact: Margit Warburg and Birgitte Schepelern Johansen.

Middle Eastern Language and Society, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish – Literature. Supervisor Claus Valling Pedersen
We request an examination of a limited literary area of the Middle Eastern literatures, in which the examination focuses critically on genre and definitions of genre.
Contact: Claus Valling Pedersen

Islamic studies
We request an analysis of one of the books in al-Ghazzali’s Ihya Ulum ad-Din together with an examination of its reception in the modern Muslim world.
Contact: Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen

Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics

The Centre for Gender Studies
An analysis of affect, gender and body in new Danish literature.
Contact: Mons Bissenbakker

Centre for Studies in Danish as a Second /Foreign Language and AMIS (Centre for Advanced Migration Studies)
An empirically based analysis of language encounters in which an interpreter participates. This may include both verbal and non-verbal aspects, just as it may focus on linguistic, sociolinguistic and/or conversational features. Moreover, the paper needs to compare the linguistic encounter between interpreters, professionals and citizens to broader discussions of language and linguistic resources in the Danish society in the era of globalization.
Contact: Martha Sif Karrebæk and Marta Kirilova

Roots of Europe
An archaeo-linguistic investigation of an optional semantic field within the Indo-European protolanguage or one or more branches of the Indo-European family.
Contact: Birgit Rasmussen

Lanchart Centre, Danish voices in the Americas

1. Possessive phrases in Argentina Danish, North American Danish and the Danish spoken in Denmark.
The Project Danish Voices in the Americas has established the Corpus of American Danish, which includes Danish as spoken by Danish emigrants and their offspring in the USA, Canada and Argentina. Based on the data in this corpus we want an empirical study of how the possessive phrases in Argentina Danish and North American Danish have developed under the influence of Spanish (analytical possessive phrases e.g. la revista de Juan ’Juan’s magazine’) and American English (both analytical and synthetic possessive constructions, cf. the colour of the car vs. John’s book) respectively. The study must compare its results on American Danish with Danish as spoken in Denmark (viz. the LANCHART Corpus).
Contact: Karoline Kühl

2. Discursive words in Argentina Danish, North American Danish and the Danish spoken in Denmark, a comparative study
The Project Danish Voices in the Americas has established the Corpus of American Danish, which includes Danish as spoken by Danish emigrants and their offspring in the USA, Canada and Argentina. Based on the data in this corpus we want an empirical study of the use of Danish (postposed ; ikke sandt?), Spanish (bueno) and English discursive words (you see etc.) in Argentina Danish, North American Danish and Danish as spoken in Denmark. The latter may take its point of departure in the LANCHART Corpus, which includes modern spoken Danish.
Contact: Karoline Kühl

The Saxo Institute

European Ethnology
The digitized everyday lives.  How are digital devices and media involved in shaping new forms of everyday life among e.g. families with children, young people or senior citizens?

European Ethnology and AMIS (Centre for Advanced Migration Studies) in cooperation
DIGINAUTS. How refugees’ digital practices potentially challenge usual ways of thinking about migration, the European border regime and the functioning of the digital platforms themselves.

Greek and Latin
A study of the linguistic representation of sense perceptions (e.g., auditory or visual perceptions) within a period or genre of ancient literature.

Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

What is wrong with Paternalism? The paper should address this question. The paper must include a review of contemporary (post 1960) literature about paternalism, and develop a framework for categorizing the different concerns various theorists have had vis-à-vis paternalism. The paper may focus on literature within political philosophy, normative/applied ethics, or both.

Provide a conceptually oriented rhetorical inquiry and criticism of ‘nationalism' as a theme in Danish public or political debate during a specified period.

Jurisprudence A: Legal position of suspects, accused and defendants in cases concerning gang-related crime or terrorism
In the fight against gang-related crime and terrorism, a large number of amendments have been made in the penal code (including criminalisation of preparatory and ancillary offences and increasing of penalties) and in the Administration of Justice Act (including easier access to interception of communication, search and seizure, etc., restrictions on disclosure of information and on the right to communication between defence counsel and client). An account of significant features of the legal development is wanted in order to explain how the legislative changes have affected the legal position of the suspects, the accused and the defendants in relation to fundamental principles of law observed in other areas. Comparative studies of the development in other legal orders could be included in the analysis.
Contact: Professor Jørn Vestergaard, 

Jurisprudence B: The interest of the company
Danish law views the limited company as a legally and financially independent person with its own assets and legal capacity. At the same time, it recognises the shareholders' ultimate right to govern the company, which is exercised at the annual general meeting. This right to act on behalf of the company is limited by considerations of the interests of the company, cf. Companies Act ss. 86 and 131 on incapacity; s. 136 on the power to bind the company; and s. 207 on self-financing. This consideration is assumed to constitute a basic principle of company law, which must be respected whenever transactions are made on behalf of the limited company. However, the principle’s content and scope is unclear, amongst other things with regard to the principle of equal rights for shares (Companies Act s. 45) and the application of the general clauses in Companies Act ss. 108 and 127. The principle may be difficult to reconcile with the view advanced by Law & Economics Theory that limited companies aim to maximise profits. Also, it can be considered how the notion of the interest of the company is in agreement with the interest of the various stakeholders of the limited company, e.g. current or future shareholders, employees, or more general public interests, and whether the interest of the company depends on the financial situation of the limited company. On this basis, an analysis is requested of the concept of the interest of the company and the function that the concept serves in defining the competence of those actors entitled to act on behalf of the limited company.
Contact: Professor Jesper Lau Hansen,

Jurisprudence C: Mandatory statutory provisions and invalidity in business conditions
Legal developments in recent years have made it easier for businesses to claim invalidity of commercial contractual provisions by reason of their contents. Numerous court decisions have – wholly or in part – freed commercial parties from their contractual obligations. In some cases the basis for such decisions has been the general clause in s.36 of the Contract Act. In other cases, the result has followed from a narrow interpretation of the contract. And yet in other cases the result has followed the judge-made rules on failed implied conditions. A number of statutory rules, such as the acts on commercial agents and on business tenancy, has provided for mandatory statutory bans against specific contractual provisions in commercial settings. Competition law rules may also sanction certain provision with invalidity. Based on a definition of what characterises a business undertaking, an analysis is requested on how Danish law protects different types of commercial contracting parties from the consequences of their own actions. The account should be accompanied by a legal assessment of the consequences of extending this protection in selected legal areas.
Contact: Professor Mads Bryde Andersen, 

Jurisprudence D: Who controls the personal data of the deceased?
Under section 2(5) of the recently implemented Danish data protection act, this act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) apply to information on deceased persons for 10 years after his/her death. However, neither the law nor the regulation addresses the extent to which close relatives or others are able to prosecute the rights of the deceased, including whether close relatives may have access to the deceased's personal data or information about their processing, whether the relationship between the deceased and the close relatives may have an impact on the answer and whether it is important that the information on the deceased can also contain information about others. It has, among other things, been discussed whether close relatives can access the profile of a deceased person on social media, which can also provide access to information about third parties. The German Federal Court of Justice, in a judgment of 12 July 2018 (case number III ZR 183/17), has found that the parents were entitled to access the Facebook profile of their deceased daughter. The Court of Justice of the European Union has not yet ruled on the issue that affects a number of very different areas of law, including inheritance law, contract law and data protection law. In this context, an analysis of the issues concerning the deceased's personal data according to Danish law is requested, with the inclusion of the legal position in the area in comparable jurisdictions.
Contact: Professor Henrik Udsen,

Catalytic and self-promoted glycosylations
Due to the importance of glycosylation reactions in medicinal chemistry, countless methods for glycosidic bond formation have been developed over the years. Several popular protocols have limited potential due to the addition of multiple equivalents of corrosive or toxic reagents, which has caused a demand for methods that are more environmentally benign and suitable for industrial scale-up. This prize essay should present personal experimental data, if possible, and discuss the limitations/possibilities of current methods.
Contact: Christian Marcus Pedersen dk, TEL: +45 40 18 55 76

Department of Political Science

  1. What is our greatest challenge to the democracy today and what should the answer to this challenge be?

  2. A comparative analysis of the labor market policy in two or more European countries since the financial crisis.

  3. An analysis of an important public administration research question with the use of (political) psychological theory and experimental methods which together contribute to the field of behavioral public administration.

Department of Psychology

A theoretical or empirical investigation of a visual function or attentional process of own choice. The prize thesis can include both cognitive and neuropsychological perspectives, as well as clinical aspects. The thesis will be supervised within the research group Cognition and Clinical Neuropsychology.

Department of Sociology

Conduct an analysis that demonstrates and critically examines opportunities and limitations provided by ’new’ types of digital data within self-selected sociological topic.

Section of Biblical Exegesis

The significance of the body in selected passages from Old Testament, New Testament and/or the Quran should be investigated by applying recent theories and methods.
Supervisor: Professor mso Thomas Hoffmann, Associate Professor Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme or Associate Professor Gitte Buch-Hansen

Afdeling for Kirkehistorie

D.G. Monrad and theology and church life in 19th century Denmark.
Supervisor: Associate Professor Anders Holm

Afdeling for Systematisk Teologi

Guilt and shame in a systematic-theological perspective.
Supervisor: Associate Professor Christine Svinth-Værge Põder