Research programme and Research network previously supported by CIRCUS

Housing as a right

Housing as a Right received support from CIRCUS between 2019-2020. The network gathers researchers from the Centre for Social Work (CESAR), the Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF) and the Real Estate Research Institute (IFF) to investigate the intersection of legal and social housing policy issues.

Project leader: Emma Holmqvist,  Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF),

Ecological Narratives: Bio/Cyber/Semiotic Perspectives

Ecological Narratives received support from CIRCUS between 2019-2020. The network brings together researchers from English, Cultural Geography, Gender Studies and Modern Languages to investigate diverse ecologies of signs and how these signs develop into narratives. Building on the interdisciplinary field of biosemiotics, the research network will develop a theoretical framework (cyber/bio/semiotics) that includes signifying and meaning-making practices in nonhuman lifeforms and computational media as well as human practices.

Project leader: N. Katherine Hayles, Guest Professor at the English Department (2018-2020),

Exploring Rules and Principles in Citizenship: New challenges in the Wake of Migration, Populism and Increasing Global Interdependence

The purpose of the research program Exploring Citizenship, that had support from CIRCUS between 2017-2019, was to create an integrative interdisciplinary research environment to investigate citizenship and democracy. Increasing globalization and mobility create complexity when civil rights tend to be linked to citizenship in a specific country. The network gathers researchers from Philosophy, Law and Political Science.

Project leader: Patricia Mindus, Department of Philosophy,

From close reading to remote reading: digital humanities and new forms of text analysis

The research program From Close Reading to Remote Reading received support from CIRCUS between 2017-2019. The research program lays the foundation for infrastructure for computer-aided text analysis of Swedish texts. Computer-aided text analysis is a relatively new field of research that gives researchers great opportunities to analyse large volumes of text in order to find semantic, linguistic and thematic patterns. 

Project leader: Johan Svedjedal, Department of Literature,

HERO- den högre utbildningen som forskningsobjekt

Given the enormous expansion of higher education in recent decades and its increasing strategic significance in society, it is surprising that relatively little research has been conducted in this field in Sweden. HERO investigates questions regarding the organisation and governance of education, its social structures, and the foundations for the university as an idea. The network gathers researchers from Political Science, Business Studies, Education Studies, History of Ideas, and Philosophy. The network has twice been awarded support from CIRCUS between 2017-2020. Since 2021, HERO is its own research center, Centrum för högre utbildning och forskning som studieobjekt (HERO).

Project leader 2017-2019: 
Mikael Börjesson, Department of Education,

Project leader 2019-2020:
Linda Wedlin, Department of Business Studies,

Human Diversity Research Network

The research network Human Diversity received support from CIRCUS between 2017-2019. The network gathered researchers from Linguistics, Archaeology, Gender Studies and Genetics to study human diversity as linguistic, cultural and biological expressions.

Project leaders: Michael Dunn, Department of Linguistics and Philology,,  Gabriele Griffin, Center from Gender Research,,  Mattias Jakobsson, Department of Organismal Biology,,  Paul Lane, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History,,  Neil Price, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History,

Justice, Sustainability and Arctic Futures

The Arctic region is right now experiencing large geopolitical shifts and climatic change. How can the response to these challenges be made in a just and fair way? Artic Futures gathers researchers to investigate the pre-conditions for creating sustainable development in the Arctic by researching aspects of justice in global climate initiatives and economic expansions currently under way. By looking at how different ethical systems can be part of regional and national governance and political goals, the project aims to develop theoretical models for how to safe-guard equality and justice in future sustainability initiatives. The network gathers researchers from International Relations, Geography, Theology, Anthropology, Social Science and Business Studies. 

Project leader: Corine Wood-Donnelly, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies,

Cultural Heritage and Ethics in Peace and Conflict

The research network Cultural Heritage and Ethics in Peace and Conflict had support from CIRCUS between 2019-2020. The network gathered researchers from Law, Philosophy, Art History and Peace and Conflict Studies to investigate factors that affect the protection of heritage property and how these factors in turn influence peace-keeping missions and re-building after conflicts.

Project leader: Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann, Department of Philosophy,

Migration as a legal and political process

Migration is one of the major social challenges of our time and decision makers need a solid knowledge base in order to meet these challenges. The network Migration as a legal and political process brings together researchers from different disciplines who approach legal and political dimensions of migration in a number of ways. Traditional migration research has often started from the notion of migration as movement in space, over borders. But where a person is located geographically may not necessarily be decisive for his or her migration status. Therefore, the project aims to study migration as a movement in time, that is as a temporal process. Time as in a person’s age and time spent at a particular location may play an important role in the identification of who is counted as a migrant, as well as where, how and why this is the case. The network gathers researchers from Law, History, Philosophy, Social Science and Theology.

Projektledare: Rebecca Thorburn Stern, Department of Law,

Nature as Culture: The (Re)production of Common Sense (NaC)

The multidisciplinary network Nature as Culture: The (Re)production of Common Sense (NaC) investigates first, how the concepts of nature and culture figure and are articulated in various disciplinary contexts and secondly, how these concepts, frequently through being taken as common sense, feature in establishing truth claims within different scientific cultural formations.

Project leader: Ulrika Dahl, Center from Gender Research,

Studies on Education, Migration and Segregation (EMS)

Sweden is witnessing an increase in ethnic and socioeconomic segregation, both in terms of housing and education. The negative effects of these two segregation processes primarily impact socially and economically disadvantaged groups. One group that has increasing difficulty in asserting itself on the housing market and on the educational market consists of individuals with a foreign background, i.e. people who are born in another country or whose parents have migrated to Sweden. EMS gathers researchers from Sociology of Education and Culture, Housing and Urban Research, and Social and Economic Geography to study the social, spatial and societal effects relating to education, migration and segregation.  

Project leader: Håkan Forsberg, Department of Education,

TextWorlds: Global Mapping of Texts From the Pre-Modern World

From Egyptian hieroglyphic papyri and Babylonian cuneiform tablets to Inka quipu knots, Chinese oracle bones, and Viking rune stones - texts from the pre-modern world form a critical basis for our knowledge of the past. But how do these bodies of historical source material compare? How many are there? And where do they come from? TextWorlds brings together scholars from Assyriology, Latin, Turkic, Old Norse, History, Archaeology and Digital Humanities to explore text corpora of the pre-modern world in a comparative perspective.

Project leader: Rune Rattenborg, Department of Linguistics and Philology,

TextWorlds: Global Mapping of Texts From the Pre-Modern World

The Interdisciplinary Island and Seascape Research Cluster

There are around 600 million islands in the world. Despite the fact that they make up a small percentage of the total land mass, they have played a significant role in the history of humanity. How can we face tomorrow’s challenges by studying islands and seascapes from a long-term perspective? In this project, researchers gather around questions of how climate change impacts eco systems, how life is shaped by the particular dispositions of islands and seascapes, and how these spaces are used by local inhabitants and external stakeholders as heritage sites, as tourist destinations, and as scientific laboratories. The network includes researchers from Archaeology, Heritage Studies, Anthropology, Ethnology, Management, Physics, History, Sociology, Geoscience and Engineering Science.

Project leader: Helene Martinsson-Wallin, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology,

The role of commensality in the present and the past: implications for policy and planning

The research network The role of commensality in the present and the past received support from CIRCUS between 2017-2019. The research network aimed to further understanding of meals from a sociological, historical and theological perspective and how meals shared with others affect us and how this knowledge can be converted into practical social innovations and guidelines for e.g. construction, city planning and meal planning for elderly people.

Project leader: Agneta Yngve, Department of food studies, nutrition and dietetics,

Last modified: 2022-09-06