The Q seminar

The Q seminar is organised by the research environment Culture and Society in collaboration with Forum for form, aesthetics and design.

The seminar series are based on texts by the research environment's own researchers and doctoral students, as well as presentations by external guests.

The seminars are usually held on Wednesdays 13-15 or Thursdays 13-15 every other week. With a few exceptions for internal workshops, the seminars are open to anyone who is interested.

All the seminars for the Autemn semester will be in hybrid mode: on Zoom (contact Daniela Dahl for link) with a possibility for in person participation in Tvärsnittet (Kopparhammaren 7, Campus Norrköping).The rule of a thumb for Tema Q seminars is academic quarter.

Autumn 2022 programme 

1 September: Discussion of Polina Ignatova’s ERC application grant: FISK: Fish Sentience Knowledge

Time: 13:15-15

Contact: Polina Ignatova

COMPASS seminar


12-13 September: Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Global Studies: Intellectual Property, Technology, Culture and Health

Time and place: Arbetets museum, Folksamsalen, Norrköping, Sweden. 

Welcome to the 2022 Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Global Studies, a collaborative project between the department of Culture and Society at Linköping University and the project PASSIM, focusing on intellectual property and Global health.

Please see the full program here.

Contact: Marc Stuhldreier och Martin Fredriksson

PASSIM and Global Studies


29 September: Cultural infrastructure(s): The practice of knowledge

Time and place: 13.00-18.00 (followed by refreshments), building Kopparhammaren 7, floor 3, Campus Norrköping

The concept of infrastructure is used widely to discuss various forms of underlying resource provision in a range of domains. Although often applied to particular spaces, built objects and technical systems, there is increasing emphasis on analysis and advocacy of ‘soft’ as well as ‘hard’ infrastructure. Indeed, this distinction tends to dissolve when it is applied to the many ways in which situated, networked knowledge reflexively conditions and is realised in practice. In the domain of what we call cultural infrastructure, it is the knowledge embedded and emergent in cultural production and consumption that is vital to many areas of research relating to socio-cultural policy, cultural institution building, cultural practices, and so on. This Symposium, the latest in the long-established collaboration between Western Sydney University’s Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) and its host, Linköping University’s TemaQ, brings researchers from Australia and Sweden together to exchange knowledge and ideas addressing the dynamic relationships between cultural infrastructure, knowledge regimes, communities of practice, and the politics of cultural provision.

Seminar in collaboration with Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.

Contact: Martin Fredriksson


13 October: Final seminar


Room: Tvärsnittet

Isabelle Strömstedt


28 October: Final seminar


Room: Tvärsnittet

Olga Zabalueva


10 November: Seminar

Time: 13-15

Room: Tvärsnittet

Discussion of Marc Stuhldreier's artikel

Contact: Marc Stuhldreier


15 December: Research application seminar

Time: 13-15

Room: Tvärsnittet

About Tema Culture and Society


Previous seminars

Spring 2022

History seminar: "Historieundervisning på kulturhistoriska muséer: Gymnasisters möten med muséers materiella samlingar"

Madeleine Larsson: Dissertation draft with preliminary title:"Historieundervisning på kulturhistoriska muséer: Gymnasisters möten med muséers materiella samlingar".


Text seminar: "Witnessing the Suffering of Others in Watercolor and Pencil: Jadwiga Simon-Pietkiewicz’s Holocaust Art Exhibited in Sweden, 1945-46"

Text seminar, Victoria Martinez: “Witnessing the Suffering of Others in Watercolor and Pencil: Jadwiga Simon-Pietkiewicz’s Holocaust Art Exhibited in Sweden, 1945-46”.


Seminar: “State secrets and compromises with capitalism: Lev Theremin and Intellectual Property in the Soviet Union”

Time: 13:00-15:00

Seminar, Johanna Dahlin: “State secrets and compromises with capitalism: Lev Theremin and Intellectual Property in the Soviet Union”.


LiU-Humanities seminar: “Images, computation and machinic intelligibility”

Guest speakers: M. Beatrice Fazi (School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex) and Geoff Cox (Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) at London South Bank University and at Aarhus University).


Dissertation defense: From Fossil to Fact: The Denisova Discovery as Science in Action”

Mattis Karlsson, 

Opponent: Staffan Bergwik, Professor, Stockholm University.


Research Application Seminar

Research applications seminar.



Marc Stuhldreier.



Sofie Lindeberg.



Eva Hemmungs Wirtén.



Johan Larson Lindal.



Daniela Dahl.


Seminar series: Bridging Research Praxes across Pluralities of Knowledge

Tema Q + COMPASS seminar series Bridging Research Praxes across Pluralities of Knowledge. Read more about the conference here.



Pontus Larsen.



Per Möller.


Theory seminar

Victoria Martinez & Johan Lindal.


PM seminar

Jesper Alkarp, Mansi Kashatria, Sebastian Rozenberg.


Seminar: "David Unaipon as inventor: Decolonising stories of innovation and patent"

Dr Kathy Bowrey visits the research environment Tema Q on special behalf of PASSIM.

David Unaipon descendant Kym Kropinyeri lived with his uncle David Unaipon, an Aboriginal man described as the Australian Leonardo Da Vinci and featured on the $50 note. Mr Kropinyeri approached Professor Bowrey with doubts and questions about standard accounts of the inventor’s life and in particular, about his much celebrated 1909 shearing patent. Why did Unaipon fail to benefit from this patent or indeed from any of his other numerous inventions? The family understood that the shearing invention was taken by Cooper Engineering/Sunbeam without recompense.

This research was based upon a Research Fellowship at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia and as a Visiting Scholar at the State Library of New South Wales. It draws upon archival material about mechanical sheep-shearing, Cooper Engineering and patent office files, moving from a conventional account of technological innovation that link the story of stand-alone objects to exceptional individuals, to better connect Unaipon’s invention to Aboriginal accounts of survival and opportunity.

With Dr Kathy Bowrey, Professor at the Faculty of Law, UNSW, Sydney. Read more in the invitation (PDF).