Two Nobel Prize winners this year were suspended last year due to sexual assault scandals

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 Two Nobel Prize winners this year were suspended last year due to sexual assault scandals


Last years Nobel Prize for Literature was suspended for the first time since 1949 because of the sexual assault scandal. The scandal broke out in November 2017 when Swedish media broke out that Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of Katarina Frostenson, a Swedish academician and poet, had sexually assaulted and harassed at least 18 women between 1996 and 2017. Arnold was convicted of rape by a Swedish court last October and sentenced to two yearsimprisonment. Arnold appealed, but the court rejected his appeal and ruled that he had committed another rape, extending his sentence.

In a statement issued on March 5, the Nobel Foundation said that the measures taken and planned by the Swedish Academy will create a good opportunity to restore the trust of the Academy as an award-giving institution. Therefore, this autumn will announce two winners in 2018 and 2019.

The statement said that the most important change in the Nobel Prize for Literature was the appointment of five independent external members who would help the Swedish Academy select Nobel Prize winners in the next few years. How the Nobel Prize winners are chosen has been strictly confidential. It is known that in February each year, the College will review about 200 nominations. In May, the College will determine the shortlist and select five final candidates in the summer. The detailed selection process of the jury is not open until 50 years after the award is awarded.

The Swedish Academy announced in March last year that it had postponed awards and said it needed to focus on restoring public confidence.

In addition to the sexual assault scandal, Arnold has been exposed many times about the Nobel Prize winners. This series of scandals not only triggered criticism of the Swedish Academy, but also led to a wave of resignation within the Academy. Several academicians, including Klas Ostergren, Kjell Espmark and Peter Englund, resigned. Sara Danius, the first executive secretary of Swedish Academy, also resigned after demotion. This wave of resignation has left the remaining members of the college with fewer than 12 people to select.

Sarah Daniels, Permanent Secretary of Swedish Academy, resigned after criticizing the schools handling of the sexual assault scandal. Sarah is the first female Permanent Secretary in the history of Swedish Academy.

After the scandal, the Nobel Foundation criticized the Academy for cultivating a closed culture for a long time. But in Tuesdays statement, the foundation praised the college, saying that external voices will add valuable new perspectives to the jury. The statement also said that the College was considering time limits on membership and how to make rules to expel members. The College will no longer accept any members who have conflicts of interest or are subject to criminal investigation.

The Nobel Foundation also said: Although it will take time to fully restore confidence, the prerequisites for achieving this goal are very good now. Given the reforms that have been implemented and planned, the Swedish Academy has the opportunity not only to emerge from the scandals of the past year, but also to become a better-functioning organization in the future, the statement added. As the Nobel Prize for Literature was suspended last year, more than 100 Swedish writers, actors, journalists and other cultural figures established a New Academy Prize for Literature, which lasted only one year and announced the winner in October, when the Nobel Prize convention was announced. The prize was awarded to Maris Conde, author of the French island of Guadeloupe, with a prize of $112,000. Source: Ji Guojie_NBJ11143, responsible editor of Beijing News

The Nobel Foundation also said: Although it will take time to fully restore confidence, the prerequisites for achieving this goal are very good now. Given the reforms that have been implemented and planned, the Swedish Academy has the opportunity not only to emerge from the scandals of the past year, but also to become a better-functioning organization in the future, the statement added.

As the Nobel Prize for Literature was suspended last year, more than 100 Swedish writers, actors, journalists and other cultural figures established a New Academy Prize for Literature, which lasted only one year and announced the winner in October, when the Nobel Prize convention was announced. The prize was awarded to Maris Conde, author of the French island of Guadeloupe, with a prize of $112,000.