Do you want to know more about research in the humanities and social sciences at Linköping University? Welcome to the open lectures with new professors at the Department of Culture and Society (IKOS). The lectures are part of the professors’ installation in their new positions.

The Department of Culture and Society conducts teaching and research in various humanities, social sciences and aesthetic subjects. The research is inter- and multidisciplinary, with a focus on culture, society and languages.

In the inaugural lectures the department’s new professors talk about their specialities and their research. The lectures, which are open to the public, are a forum where the research of the Department of Culture and Society is highlighted and discussed. The lectures are documented in IKOS’s publication series.

The lectures are held at Campus Valla in Linköping or at Campus Norrköping.


The programme for upcoming inaugural lectures will be presented soon.

Interviews with the professors

Series of publications

IKOS: Installations

Read more about the research! In this publication series, professors from the Department of Culture and Society tell more about their research.

IKOS: Installations is a series of publications from the Department of Culture and Society, Linköping University. It consists of
essays written by, and based on inaugural lectures with, the professors at the department. With the publication series, IKOS wants to give examples of and highlight the department's interdisciplinary and multifaceted research in the humanities and social sciences.

The essays are published in Swedish or English. See the English essays below.

Cover of publication 'Lifeworld and Science'
Harald Wiltsche (2022)

Previous inaugural lectures

Existence, Temporality, and Mobility: Trends in Migration Research and Policy over the Last Three Decades

Zoran Slavnic, Professor of Sociologi

February 7 2024

Temporary protection and temporary residence permit in Sweden in the mid-1990s was an exception to the rule, which was a permanent residence permit and a strong focus on integration. Today, a temporary permit is not only a rule, but also the only residence permit that refugees and asylum seekers can get in Sweden.

I this lecture I shed more light on the basic trends in migration research and policy over the past thirty years.

The Cultural Geographers Guide to Sparsely Populated Areas

Josefina Syssner, Professor of Cultural Geography

January 27, 2023

How can a geographer's knowledge be useful for sparsely populated areas? In her installation lecture, Josefina Syssner talked about geographers' knowledge, with a particular focus on her own field of research: peripheral, sparsely populated areas.

The Debate on Local Government Structure

Gissur Ó Erlingsson, Professor of Political Science

April 19, 2022

What different reform alternatives concerning local government organisation are there? What are their advantages and disadvantages? In his inaugural lecture, Gissur Ó Erlingsson addressed these questions.

What we know (and don't know) about ignorance

Per-Anders Forstorp, Professor of Culture and Media

April 6, 2022

How can we understand ignorance? How can perspectives taken from research on culture and communication contribute to an understanding of ignorance? Those questions were approached by Per-Anders Forstorp in his inaugural lecture.

The Future of Migration and Borders

Claudia Tazreiter, professor of ethnic and migration studies

November 24, 2021

What can we learn from situating migration not as exception, or problem, as so often happens, particularly when questions of nation, resources, cultural values and contested histories and memories are at play?

In this lecture migration is explored as complex phenomena with implications and possibilities for new social formations beyond the common understanding of migration as the crossing of the territorial border of a state. New bordering practices are manifest as technologized borders, virtual borders, as well as imagined, or psychological borders. In her inaugural lecture, Claudia Tazreiter explored these new practices and the values that drive them, reflecting on epistemic and methodological challenges and their relation to broader implications for social life and social change.

Museums and the Cultural Heritage of Digitalisation

Bodil Axelsson, professor of cultural heritage

November 10, 2021

Museums have been addressing digitalisation for decades. Collections are converted to digital format, operations are presented on webpages, digital screens are displayed in exhibitions, visitors are addressed through digital media, and questions are asked about how digital cultures should be saved. In her inaugural lecture, Bodil Axelsson discussed how digitalisation of museums can be understood in relation to the central question of critical cultural heritage research: through which processes are selected pasts preserved and communicated to future generations? 

Lifeworld and Science

Harald Wiltsche, professor of philosophy

October 27, 2021

As the world reels around the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges posed by climate change, there is an alarming realization that a significant fraction of the general public openly distrusts science and its findings.

The situation is paradoxical: Although it is rather clear that science and technology are humanity’s best bet to master the existential threats we are currently facing, public belief in the authority of science is waning. Instead of discussing the complex socio-economical mechanisms that are behind this worrying development, Harald Wiltsche advanced the thesis that the critical state of scientific culture is in part self-imposed and has to do with the still unresolved tensions between lifeworld and science.


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