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The Swedish Academy breaks against the tradition during the högtidssammankomsten

the Academy's annual ceremonial meeting will not see out as usual.

Archbishop Antje Jackelén is boycotting the event because she ”can't express their solidarity through participation”. And the Academy has modified the traditional approach where the incoming akademiledamöterna keep the numbers of their representatives.

"We had to change the shape of the entry simply," says Anders Olsson to the TT.

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the poet Jila Elevated, literary scholar Mats Malm and lawyer Eric M Runesson on Thursday to take their entry, they will not keep the speech of Kerstin Ekman, Klas Östergren, respectively, Lotta Lotass, but speak more personally about themselves and their areas of activity.

"It is not possible to think of the usual högtidstalen when the representatives are in life and fully active," says Anders Olsson.

Despite the fact that it still is, to say the least stormy around the Swedish Academy sees Anders Olsson högtidssammankomsten as a major step forward.

" It means that we have entered phase two. We have overcome this serious crisis. I think we should not talk about crisis anymore in the Academy, but now it's all about build and make us even more solid and powerful, " says Anders Olsson to the TT.

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the statement may seem strange, considering how the debate has been raging around the Academy in the recent past, but concretely have invalen of great importance for the work of the institution. With twelve members in place, the Academy for the first time since april, to be able to make decisions on their own. We have, for example, negotiate with the three defectors Sara Danius, Peter Englund and Kjell Espmark.

In an interview with the TT earlier in the fall, noted Peter Englund that he had been well aware of this fact when he appeared to invalen.

and with that we have voted on them so we have also made ourselves powerless. It sounds glamorous, but it is true, our care for the Academy is greater than our concern about our own power, " he said.

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the members are in place in the Academy, solves also other problems, like the holes in the department's various committees can now be completed. The idea is that the Jila Elevated to connect to the committee for the new literature and Mats Malm to the committee for non-fiction.

– It will help. We have been overextended during the past year, " says Anders Olsson.


" I don't know, but we have discussed that we would be able to have an installation already in the spring so we may have a new addition of members, perhaps to the beginning of the autumn. It would be very good, " he answers.

Antje Jackelén explains his boycott with the way the Academy and the ”some members” have had a high profile during the year. She names no, but it is not difficult to understand that her words, inter alia, directed against Horace Engdahls demonstrations in various media in connection to the judgment against the so-called kulturprofilen.

"I don't want to take up individual members' statements, but we may return to it in the context that is most appropriate. I would like to go into it first in the individual interviews with the members before I go out in the media with my stance, " says Anders Olsson.

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