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Rules prevent churches from expanding their role

6 May, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

To become more socially relevant, more and more congregations are trying to expand their role and open church facilities to more people. But contradictory rules and different interpretations of cultural heritage preservation are slowing this development, according to a new study from the University of Gothenburg. Secularization, loss of members and deteriorating finances: the Church […]

Who’s winning the vaccination race? Evidence from countries in Eastern Europe, the Baltic Sea region, and the Caucasus

1 February, 2021 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

With the pandemic still ongoing around the world and in many cases having entered both a second and third wave of infections and deaths—vaccination is urgently needed. Since the first vaccines against COVID-19 were approved, governments around the world are now pushing forward with the vaccination efforts – all with different strategies and methods. How are countries in Eastern Europe, around the Baltic Sea region and in the Caucasus region managing vaccination efforts in their countries and what are the key factors of success and failure? How different are the strategies?

16.4 million to a unique research environment at Linnaeus University

9 December, 2020 - Linnéuniversitetet

Stefan Amirell at the Linnaeus University Centre Concurrences has been given 16.4 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council to create a unique research environment that focuses on colonial expansion and intercultural diplomacy in South East Asia 1750-1920. Stefan Amirell is associate professor in History at the Department of Cultural Sciences. He has received 16.4 […]

The hero’s journey that recurs in fiction

11 September, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Have you ever  noticed that many hero stories follow virtually the same pattern? A new thesis examines how the theory of the hero’s journey, or Monomyth, which was first identified over 70 years ago, stands up in today’s popular culture. In his compilation thesis in English Literary Studies, which consists of five scholarly articles, Houman […]

AI agents can learn to communicate effectively

16 July, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Chalmers and University of Gothenburg has developed a framework to study how language evolves as an effective tool for describing mental concepts. In a new paper, they show that artificial agents can learn how to communicate in an artificial language similar to human language. The results have been published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

Old democracies cope better with severe crisis than newer ones

6 May, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

In established democracies with long experience of democracy, the risk of democratic breakdown, in the face of a crisis like the current corona-crisis, is low. The outlook is very different for new democracies, especially those with weak civil society and weak political parties, according to research from the University of Gothenburg. The interwar period, 1918–1939, […]

Influencers important in corona communication

9 April, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

How can you get people to follow to government recommendations and advice in times of COVID-19? Use the power of influencers, argues Assistant Professor Jonas Colliander. A big part in the fight against COVID-19 is getting information about government guidelines and regulations out to the population as quickly and efficiently as possible. As people’s news […]

New findings on the origin of the sciences of our consciousness

9 February, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

The big humanities research programme Representation and Reality sheds new light on how knowledge about our consciousness has evolved from antiquity through to the present day. For seven years, 19 researchers have studied how Aristotle’s theories about human perception and cognition were developed during the Middle Ages and right up until the present day. They are now concluding this collaboration with a final report and concluding conference in Gothenburg.

The Vikings erected a runestone out of fear of a climate catastrophe

8 January, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Press release from the University of Gothenburg, University of Uppsala and Stockholm University, 08-01-2020   Several passages on the Rök stone – the world’s most famous Viking Age runic monument – suggest that the inscription is about battles and for over a hundred years, researchers have been trying to connect the inscription with heroic deeds […]

Newly discovered motifs in rock art in Tumlehed shows seafaring in the Stone Age

8 November, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

South-west Sweden’s best preserved rock painting has now been dated – it is from the late Stone Age. With the aid of new technologies, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have been able to reveal a number of previously unknown motifs that are no longer visible to the naked eye. The most important of these […]