The Faculty of Arts

Research nodes

Since 2012, the Faculty of Arts has twice (2012-2015 and 2016-2018) provided financial support to researchers carrying out major multi-disciplinary research projects, so-called research nodes. The purpose of these nodes is to reinforce thematic and multi-disciplinary collaboration within the faculty and increase interaction both between different units and between teaching and research.

The nodes serve as a breeding ground for new research ideas, interdisciplinary ways of working, internationalisation and externally financed projects. The nodes give researchers at the faculty an opportunity to be active as research leaders as well as the means to increase contacts and exchanges among researchers, doctoral students and second-cycle students. 

The Cultural Heritage Node: A Research Node at Campus Gotland

These days, cultural heritage is a growing field of research at many academic institutions. Campus Gotland is located in a world heritage site, i.e. the Hanseatic town of Visby. It does well-established research work into areas which form the basis of the Cultural Heritage node. Two thematic areas are given special attention:

  • Cultural heritage production – cultural heritage processes, cultural heritage policies and the use of history
  • Cultural heritage administration and utilisation of its values in a sustainable manner

Knowledge, Organisation, Power

The research node Knowledge, Organisation, Power (KOP) gathers researchers and doctoral students interested in philosophical and historical analyses of knowledge-based information society. Discussions of political challenges and priorities currently proceed from the premise of comprehensive and fundamental changes in economic, social and cultural conditions. Conditions for discussing shared concerns change at the same rate as both the individual and collective scope for reflection and action is shifted.

History of Media 1750-1850

The research node “History of Media 1750-1850” is a collaboration between the Department of Literature and the Department of Education at Uppsala University. The theme, history of media, is to be understood in a wider sense. The concept “media” will include a wide range of sources, from textual media – both handwritten and printed – to visual and auditory media. The node will focus on developments and new stages of different aspects of the concept "media" during the 18th and 19th century, with a special focus on the period 1750-1850.

Conflict & Method

From news reporting and experts we regularly receive knowledge about current armed conflicts in terms of where something specific has taken place, the specific number of people who have been injured or killed, or who are fleeing – facts and phenomena which have been observed, counted or calculated, and proven to correspond to an external reality. Meanwhile, the human experience of an armed conflict rarely lends itself to description in such exact terms.

Our node takes an interest in the kind of truth about armed conflicts which human experience registers and conveys – the kind of truth which expresses what conflicts mean to those who find themselves directly affected by them.

Urban & Rural Space

Urban and rural issues are very topical these days but are often discussed only from a social sciences or political point of view. In addition to this, what counts as urban or rural is often taken for granted. Simplified and contradictory opinions abound and time perspectives are usually very short. To remedy this we have Urban and Rural Space! This looks at urban and rural from many different perspectives both in time and in space.

Early Modern Cultural History

Early Modern Cultural History is an interdisciplinary research node looking into cultural history, especially cultural practices, during the early modern era (c. 1450–1850). Within this field of study, the research node focuses upon material culture, social interaction, culture transfer and the history of collections.

Science, validation, partial perspective. Knowledge production beyond the norms.

Look at the image of the K. This is a so-called ‘word cloud’ generated from Donna Haraway’s now classic article ”Situated knowledges” from 1988. How do we generate knowledge in an academic context? Which norms are active, and what are the initial premises that we start from? What do we take for granted as central parts of our arguments, and what is neglected and thus rendered invisible? And how do all these questions correspond to issues regarding power, interpretative prerogatives, and representation? This is what Haraway discusses in her article, and this is also what we take an interest in within this research node. Just like the word cloud has refracted and rearranged Haraway’s text, we want to use critical and artistic perspectives in order to discuss, question and create alternatives to current research traditions, educational conventions and hegemonic paradigms at Uppsala University.