Professor Gilroy has published a number of highly influential works, including There Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack (1987), The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), Against Race (2000), After Empire (2005) and The Black Atlantic in Darker than Blue: On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture (2010). Alongside these, Gilroy has co-authored three books and written numerous scholarly articles and essays.
Paul Gilroy joined the Department of English at King’s College London in September 2012 having previously worked at the London School of Economics, Yale University and Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Commenting on his Holberg Prize win, Janet Floyd, Professor of American Literature & Culture and Head of the Department of English, said: “We are very proud to have Paul Gilroy as a colleague in the English Department and we consider it a privilege to work with him. He has our warmest congratulations on this prize.”
Marion Thain, a fellow professor with the King’s Department of English and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, also complimented the 2019 Holberg Laureate: “Many congratulations to Professor Gilroy on this prestigious and richly deserved award,” she said. “Paul’s celebrated and highly influential body of work has had an indelible impact on his field, and we are delighted to have him as a colleague here at the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.”
Alongside his academic work, Gilroy was awarded an honorary doctorate of the University of London by Goldsmith’s College, the University of Liège, and the University of Sussex. He has also worked as a curator, journalist, researcher and musician.
- Established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003, the Holberg Prize is one of the largest annual international research prizes awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology. The Prize is funded by the Norwegian Government through a direct allocation from the Ministry of Education and Research to the University of Bergen. Previous Laureates include Julia Kristeva, Jürgen Habermas, Manuel Castells, Bruno Latour, Onora O’Neill and Cass Sunstein.