Anchored in a long-standing commitment to the value of interdisciplinary research, TQ offers a dynamic environment accommodating a broad range of research in the humanities and social sciences.
Scholars working at TQ/Culture and Society all share an interest in the social dimensions of culture, whether they study culture primarily as signs and meaning or as a professional field impacted by economy, law and politics.
TQ’s ambition is to consolidate even further our well-established interdisciplinary identity while contributing to the development of the field of culture studies in Swedish academia more generally. We welcome contacts from colleagues – nationally and internationally – who are interested in collaborating around these topics and activities.
The so called Higher Seminar on Tema Q was during the period from 2002 to 2017 the weekly arena for research presentations, intellectual discussions and talks from invited Swedish or international lecturers and guests. Since the year 2018 this activity are no longer run by Tema Q. Instead seminars are being organized by the Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture (ISAK).
Besides research the main focus of Tema Q is its own PhD education, which have been carried out since the department started 2002. The education consists of four years of full time studies and is carried out in close relation to the researchers at Tema Q and affiliated researchers with the goal to train the doctoral student to be an advanced and detached researcher in cultural science. Besides the thesis the PhD education consists of PhD courses and the possibility to get pedagogical training by own teaching on basic academic levels. The PhD education on Tema Q requires a high degree of intellectual mobility and curiosity. During the education the doctoral student is regarded as an employee on Tema Q and have full time salary, which leads to the demand of a high degree of participation and engagement in the research environment.
Basic academic education
Tema Q are besides research and PhD education also engaged in basic academic education on different levels. Researchers and PhD students have been and are teaching in a wide range of programs and courses inside and outside Linkoping University. The main engagement lays in the field of media and communication. Tema Q are also responsible for own courses, such as The Use (and Abuse) of Culture.