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Nobel Prize Winner 2018 in Literature

Olga Tokarczuk

Opening Speech from the Nobel Prize Winner
Wroclaw, Poland
Olga Nawoja Tokarczuk was born in the winter of 1962 in Sulechów, Poland and raised in Klenica, in the Lubusz Voivodeship. She graduated from the Cyprian Kamil Norwid secondary school and continued her education at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Warsaw. Already as a student, she worked as a volunteer with people with suffering from mental illnesses. After graduation, she worked as a psychotherapist at a mental health clinic in Wałbrzych.

She published her first short story under the pen name Natasza Borodin in 1979, in a magazine called Na przełaj. In 1989, a volume of her poetry entitled Miasto w lustrach [City in Mirrors] was published in Okolice. Four years later, Olga Tokarczuk’s debut novel Podróż ludzi Księgi [The Journey of the People of the Book] was published by Przedświt and went on to win the Polish Association of Book Publishers award.

In the following years, she published subsequent novels: E.E., the story of an adolescent girl with psychic abilities, and Primeval and Other Times (1996, translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones), which was warmly received by critics and nominated for Nike Literary Award. It won the Audience Award in the same competition. For this story about a mythical village and its residents, Olga Tokarczuk received also Polityka’s Passport and the Kościelski Award.

In 1997, she published a short story collection Szafa [The Wardrobe], and in 1998 the novel House of Day, House of Night (translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones), very characteristic due to its ‘constellation’ structure, which forms also the axis of the novel Flights from 2007. The English translation of the latter, by Jennifer Croft, gained international recognition in the form of The Man Booker International Prize in 2018. Apart from the works mentioned above, Olga Tokarczuk published two short story collections: Gra na wielu bębenkach [Playing Many Drums] (2001) and Ostatnie historie [Final Stories] (2004), as well as the novel Anna In w grobowcach świata [Anna In in the Tombs of the World] (2006), published as part of the international publishing series Myths, and a crime novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (2009), which was later adapted for the movie Spoor directed by Agnieszka Holland. Other publications include Zgubiona dusza [The Lost Soul], created together with the eminent illustrator Joanna Concejo (2017), as well as Opowiadania bizarne [Bizarre Stories] (2018) and a collection of essays Czuły narrator [The Tender Narrator] (2020). In 2022, it was the premiere of Olga Tokarczuk's new book Empuzjon

Olga Tokarczuk won Nike Literary Award twice: in 2008 for Flights and in 2015 for the novel The Books of Jacob (translated into English by Jennifer Croft), and she received the Nike Audience Award five times: for Primeval and Other Times (1997), House of Day, House of Night (1999), Playing Many Drums (2002), Flights (2008) and The Books of Jacob (2015). The Nobel Prize winner is the recipient of the titles of a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Warsaw, the Jagiellonian University and the University of Wrocław in Poland, and also in Sofia and Hong Kong. 

Olga Tokarczuk received the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis (2010), the Golden Honorary Badge “Merit for the Lower Silesian Voivodship” (2018), the Honorary Badge of the Kłodzko Province (2019) and the Medal of the Polish Senate (2019). She is the Honorary Citizen of the City and District of Bardo (2005), Nowa Ruda (2009), Wrocław (2019), Warsaw (2020) and Cracow (2021).


Fiammetta Cosci

Alison Creed Award Winner, Assessment in psychosomatics: the contribution of clinimetrics, University of Florence, Italy

Fiammetta Cosci, MD, MSc, PhD. She is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florence, Guest Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry & Neuropsychology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, Editor in Chief of the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. She received the EPA Research Prize, the Global Research Award for Nicotine Dependence, the Y-Mind Center for prevention of mental disorders award, the Alison Creed Award. She published more than 120 papers in WOS international journals. She deposited the copyright of the The Diagnostic clinical Interview for Drug Withdrawal 1 - New Symptoms of SSRI and SNRI.

Gary Rodin

Psychological Interventions in Palliative Care: Evidence and Implementation, University of Toronto, Canada

Jacek Szepietowski

Psychodermatology: an update, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland Immediate Past President of the European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry (ESDaP)

Rebecca Brendel

A Roadmap for the Future of Psychiatry: Perspectives from the US
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Rona Moss Morris

Mind-Body Dualisms and why it is time to retire the label medically unexplained symptoms, King's College London, UK

Christoph Herrmann Lingen

Effective psychocardiological treatments: expectations, evidence and enigmas, The University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany

Jane Walker

The HOME trial of proactive C-L psychiatry in older medical patients: main findings, University of Oxford, UK

Albert F.G. Leentjens

Will the biopsychosocial model survive in the age of artificial intelligence and machine learning...?
Frits Huyse Award Winner, Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands

Seryan Atasoy

Elsevier/EAPM Young Investigator Award winner, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Dr. Seryan Atasoy studied psychology at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and University of Southampton (England) from 2009 to 2014. She completed her PhD at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in Medical Research – Epidemiology and Public Health in 2019 with ‘summa cum laude’. Her research focused on the effect of mental health risk factors on the onset of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in the general population. Since 2019, she has continued to conduct post-doctoral research in the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at rechts der Isar Hospital, Technical University of Munich (lead by Prof. Dr. med. Peter Henningsen) and University of Gießen and Marburg (lead by Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Kruse). Her research focusses on the long-term effects of somatic symptoms and mental health risk factors on health and longevity. Dr. Atasoy also works as a psychologist at the rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich.


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