Collaboration for new knowledge in culture and society
9 December 2017
Uppsala University is aiming to develop new research collaborations spanning different research subjects. The newly created Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society at the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences will facilitate the growth of innovative research collaborations.
The Uppsala University Board decided on 15 November to establish the Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS) at the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences. CIRCUS will be an environment for initiating and developing collaboration in multidisciplinary and problem-driven research.
“Our strength lies in our strong disciplinary research and we aim to supplement this strength with more collaboration between different research subjects,” says Anna Singer, Deputy Vice-Rector for the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences. “New knowledge is often created in the meeting between different research subjects.”
Facilitating work for researchers
Organisationally, CIRCUS is directly under the Humanities and Social Sciences Disciplinary Domain Board. It is a five-year project funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s strategic funds and by the Humanities and Social Sciences Disciplinary Domain Board.
“CIRCUS will facilitate work for individual researchers and research groups in the important initial phase of new collaborations, both within the humanities and social sciences and with the two other disciplinary research domains,” says Singer. “A group of researchers may, for example, see problems that need to be researched or opportunities for research financing that require research from different subjects. They should then be able to turn to CIRCUS and develop their ideas in the forms of support offered there. With CIRCUS, we want to give our researchers the opportunity to work together to shed light on research and societal issues in various areas. This is actually nothing unusual – we researchers do that all the time – but it takes a lot of time and we want to support this important work.”
During the process of developing the proposal for CIRCUS, Singer has been met with great interest and curiosity among the researchers.
“It feels like an idea whose time has come,” she says. “It has also become clear that CIRCUS meets many of the needs pointed out in the current Quality and Renewal 2017 Report.”
CIRCUS will have staff, visiting research fellows and premises with space for seminars. CIRCUS will work with calls for applications, networks, workshops, research contacts and more.
“It is difficult to be more specific at present,” says Singer. “We want the scientific director we employ to have the space to develop their vision of the organisation. But CIRCUS will need staff with experience in working in multidisciplinary research environments.”
Inspiration from Cambridge and Oxford
CIRCUS was partly inspired by similar organisations at universities in Cambridge (CRASSH) and Oxford (TORCH), which are both hubs for interdisciplinary research collaborations.
“But we will not apply direct government funding for research at CIRCUS as they have done at CRASSH and TORCH,” says Singer. “Instead, we want CIRCUS to develop an organisation that can stimulate new research programmes and research funding at our departments. This is important to us.”
Now that the formal decisions regarding CIRCUS have been made, the work is ready to move into a more resolute phase.
“We are currently working to find premises and fill positions such as scientific and administrative directors,” says Singer. “We are also writing instructions for CIRCUS and forming a board of directors.”
History professor given prestigious assignment
22 januari 2020
Maria Ågren, professor of history, has been awarded a distinguished professor grant of SEK 50 million over 10 years by the Swedish Research Council. The council awarded grants totalling some SEK 380 million to eight applicants.
Winner of the 2019 Geijer Prize Named
14 januari 2020
The Geijer Prize for history 2019 has been awarded to Mia Kuritzen Löwengart for her doctoral thesis A Matter of Social Urgency: The emergence of a symphony orchestra and concert house in Stockholm, ca. 1890-1926 and Hedvig Widmalm for her doctora...
Legendary runestone bears witness to climate anxiety 1,200 years ago
08 januari 2020
After more than 1,000 years, one of the greatest mysteries of the early Viking Age, the Rök runestone which bears the world’s longest runic inscription, appears to have been solved. According to four Swedish researchers, the puzzling inscription h...
Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize goes to Afaf Doleeb and Patricia Lorenzoni
21 november 2019
The Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize is Uppsala University’s foremost award for contributions to the promotion of human rights and liberty. This year’s prize is shared by graduate student Afaf Doleeb and researcher Patricia Lorenzoni for their com...
Large-scale cadastral maps on parchment digitised
08 november 2019
Uppsala University Archives holds a large collection of hand-drawn seventeenth century maps on parchment. These maps are of significant historical value and a valuable source of information on the University’s agricultural properties at the time.
New Honorary Doctors Appointed at Uppsala University
21 oktober 2019
The nine faculties at Uppsala University have decided on who they wish to appoint as honorary doctors this academic year. The new honorary doctors include researchers in fields as diverse as string theory, maternal healthcare, evolutionary biology...
Excavation documentation from Labraunda digitised
21 oktober 2019
Uppsala University Library's part of the project Mötesplats Medelhavet ("Labraunda") - a research platform for digitised archaeological collections and archives at the Swedish institutes in Athens, Rome and Istanbul, is now being started. The aim ...
Aristocratic family trees became scientific model
01 oktober 2019
Before the French Revolution, family trees were reserved for the feudal upper classes, who used them to consolidate their social status. While feudalism broke down and family trees lost their old roles, the trees gained new functions as scientific...
Uppsala philosopher elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
19 september 2019
Folke Tersman, professor of practical philosophy at Uppsala University, has been elected as a member of the class for humanities and for outstanding services to science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Johan Ihre’s dissertations now in digital form.
06 september 2019
Johan Ihre (1707-1780) was professor of Rethoric and Politics at Uppsala University for 42 years. During this time he managed no less than 453 dissertations, the theses of the time. These dissertations are currently a widely used source material i...
Sustainable urbanisation requires collaboration
10 juni 2019
On Sunday, 30 June, six seminars on sustainability and urbanisation focusing on India and Sweden will take place in Almedalen. To find out more, we talked to Swaminathan Ramanathan, visiting research fellow, and Owe Ronström, professor of ethnolog...
Races for women play an important role
06 maj 2019
Participating in a race for women plays an important role for women and increases self-confidence among participants. Women aim to perform as well as they can, and they place most emphasis on their physical performance, despite the organisers’ oft...
Award for research and teaching on the Holocaust
11 april 2019
Tomislav Dulić, Senior Lecturer in History and Director of the Hugo Valentin Centre, has been awarded the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award 2019.
Diplomatic wives’ political clout often overlooked
07 mars 2019
Many 20th-century accounts of international relations and diplomacy often leave out the role of women. Diplomats’ wives were not officially employed, but diplomacy was frequently based on couples working together.
Ola Larsmo awarded Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize
16 november 2018
The Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize is Uppsala University’s foremost award for efforts to promote human rights and liberty. This year’s prize is awarded to author and honorary doctor Ola Larsmo.
New light cast on Scandinavia’s most important Bronze Age site
09 oktober 2018
Håga, Scandinavia's most significant Bronze Age site, is relatively unknown. But in a new book, archaeologists at Uppsala University have brought together what is known and placed Håga in a larger context.
New study shows virus traces in historical skeletal material
06 september 2018
A new international study shows the importance of studying historical skeletal material to increase knowledge about how viruses develop.
Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century
13 juni 2018
The intensive whaling that has pushed many species to the brink of extinction today may be several centuries older than previously assumed. This view is held by archaeologists from Uppsala and York whose findings are presented in the European Jour...
Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson to receive King’s Medal
08 juni 2018
H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf has decided to award Uppsala University’s Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson and Johan Svedjedal, Professor of Literature, H.M. The King’s Medal.
This year’s Distinguished Teaching Award winners chosen
04 juni 2018
The 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award winners at Uppsala University teach subjects related to art history, informatics and media, pharmaceutical biosciences and information technology. The free Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Senior ...