Department of Culture and Society (IKOS)

At IKOS, the social sciences and humanities unite in environments where research and education work together.

The Department of Culture and Society (IKOS) conducts education and research in various humanities, social sciences and aesthetic subjects, often in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary environments where language, culture and society are at the center.

IKOS strives to strengthen the role of the social science and humanities in society and we see collaboration between education, research and the outside world as a prerequisite for success. The department is located in both Linköping and Norrköping.


A man, his name is Zoran Slavnic.

I want to inspire future officials and decision-makers

“Temporality is a loaded word, everyone is talking about it today. I was one of the first to research it” Zoran Slavnic is a professor of sociology at REMESO LiU, he conducts research and teaches in areas such as migration, integration and ethnicity.

Studenter i samtal.

The learning of the future: International double degree programme in focus

In a world characterised by diversity and global challenges, double degree programmes in migration studies are an innovative resource at LiU. The programme is an unique opportunity to get broadening perspectives at two universities in two countries

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New master's programme for a better future

With its new master's programme Ethics, Science and Policy, Linköping University wants to make a difference in the world by teaching students to drive change, influence politics and thus improve society.

Current events


12 March 2024

Seminar serie "Negative Modernity: The War of Ideas" 2. Enlightenment and its Discontents

3.15 pm – 5.00 pm Tage, Keyhuset Valla, Linköping

IKOS’s current Tage Danielsson Professor, Keti Chukhrov, will be holding an open series of seminars entitled: "Negative Modernity: The War of Ideas". The seminars are open for everyone, the language is english. Sign up with either of the contact persons. More information in the PDF. The second seminare is: Enlightenment and its Discontents. Adorno, Freud, Mignolo. Denise Ferreira da Silva.


Nigel John Musk

15 March 2024

Public defence of doctoral thesis in Education oriented towards work and working life: Karin Wastesson

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Vampus Valla, Linköping, I:101, I-huset

Karin Wastesson, at the Division of Education and Sociology, Department of Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning defends HER thesis entitled " Learning Managerial Work: First-line Managers' Learning in Everyday Work Within Swedish Elderly Care ". Opponent is Oscar Rantatalo, Assosiate Professon, Umeå University. The event is open to the public. Language: Swedish.


15 April 2024

"Machinic landscapes: Art practices at the intersection of machinic logic and natural forms", seminar with Dr Lila Lee-Morrison

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Tvärsnittet, Kopparhammaren 2, Campus Norrköping, and Zoom

Welcome to the hybrid seminar with Dr Lila Lee-Morrison (Lund University), organised by Tema Culture and Society, in collaboration with The Eco- and Bioart Lab and Data Lab at the Department of Thematic Studies. Language is English. Pre-registration is not required.


Research Environments

The Ageing and Social Change research environment

The Ageing and Social Change research environment conducts leading-edge research on key social, political and cultural issues of ageing.

Brita Hermelin föreläser om Ostlänken på CKS kommundag 2016

Centre for Local Government Studies - CKS

CKS (Centre for Local Government Studies) is a research centre for studies on local politics, organization and development.

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Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society - REMESO

The institute conducts research with a multilevel approach to the understanding of migration, ethnicity and society.

Doctoral programmes

Adult education

Courses within the doctoral programmes at the Department of Culture and Society

The Department of Culture and Society offers a variety of graduate courses within the humanities and social sciences. The courses are offered to doctoral students at Linköping University and other institutions of higher education.

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The Doctoral Programme in Ageing and Social Change

The doctoral programme in Ageing and Social Change aims to give doctoral students in-depth knowledge in this field. Students shall independently plan and carry out a qualified research project and present and disseminate its results.


The Doctoral Programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies

The doctoral programme offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary research education in ethnic and migration studies.


Division of Ageing and Social Change (ASC)

ASC conducts leading-edge research on key social, political and cultural issues of ageing.

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Division of Language, Culture and Interaction (SKI)

The department includes professional languages, English as well as research and teaching in the field of interaction studies.

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Division of Social Work (SOCARB)

The division oversees education and research in the field of social work.

Contact us

Department management