The starting point of the programme is a belief that the humanities and social sciences contribute to in-depth understanding of the shifting nature and diversity of society. Such an understanding constitutes an indispensable value to society.
It gives coming generations a deep and more versatile understanding of themselves and their fellows, and of their place in history and society. Further, perspectives from the humanities and social sciences can create an in-depth understanding of humans as social, historical and political beings. Throughout life, language, literature and art can be pathways not only to self-insight but also to societal understanding and compassion.
Knowledge in the humanities and an artistic perspective contribute in this way to the type of culture and historical awareness that is necessary to make wise decisions. In-depth historical studies and a comparative perspective create understanding of our history and present, which is required to build a society characterised by sustainability, democracy, compassion and social justice.
Thus, the professorship programme is founded on the concept of education and research in the humanities, social sciences and artistic disciplines, as part of the foundation of a democratic society.
Through these professorships, Linköping University aspires to contribute to societal development based on knowledge, a broader utilisation of the knowledge assets of the academic world, and a society characterised by credibility, security and trust. It aspires also to the clear communication of these values to coming generations.
Appointment will be through a nomination procedure in which primarily research environments at the Department of Culture and Society can propose candidates.
The professorships will he held for a period of 1-3 years. The holders are expected to spend the majority of their time at Linköping University during this period, and will receive an appropriate academic salary at the level of professor, as agreed.
Linköping University will through these professorships attract people to the university renowned for scholarly or artistic expertise.
The programme is intended for prominent researchers in the humanities and social sciences, and those in elements of the educational sciences focussed on the humanities. The programme is also intended for authors, educators, teachers, journalists, writers, artists, film creators, photographers and those active in other art forms. The professorships may be awarded to Swedish and international applicants.