Great Expectations A symposium on the future of humanities and social sciences


You are invited by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, in connection with
our 50th anniversary celebrations to an international symposium on
research at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm on 6 May 2015.
Several international researchers have been invited to discuss
research today and tomorrow. Moderator is the writer, journalist and
broadcaster Johanna Koljonen.

Date: 6 May 2015

Time: 09.30 – 17.00

Location: Grand Hôtel, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, Stockholm



Registration and coffee


Göran Blomqvist
Chief Executive, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

10.10 Books, Libraries and the Digital future
Bild på Robert DarntonRobert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Harvard University. He is a pioneer in the field of the history of the book and is writing about electronic publishing. Darnton is founder of the Gutenberg-e program, sponsored by Mellon Foundation. His latest book was Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature 2014.

Understanding Governance and Local Development: Challenges and Prospects
Bild på Ellen LustEllen Lust is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Founding Director of the Program on Governance and Local Development at Yale University, as well as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy. She is currently writing a book examining the impact of social institutions on political behavior in the Arab world, and a jointly authored volume (with Jakob Wichmann and Gamal Soltan) on the Egyptian transition.


Acceleration and Alienation: Fast Life, Slow Democracy?
Bild på Hartmut RosaHartmut Rosa holds the Chair for Social Theory at Jena University, Germany. He also is the director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg/Institute for advanced study at Erfurt University and an affiliated professor of the New School for Social Research in New York. He authored the book Social Acceleration. A New Theory of Modernity and co-edits the international Journal Time and Society.





Research Challenges 1: Time, Mobility and the University
Peter Hedström, Professor of Analytical Sociology, Linköping University
Liv Langfeldt, Deputy Head of Research, The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU)
Johan Östling, Associate Professor of History, Lund University


Research Challenges 2 – Reach out, Impact and Ranking
Sverker Sörlin, professor of Environmental History at KTH
Linda Wedlin, associate professor of Business Studies and Senior lecturer at Uppsala University
Duncan Needham
, dr in History, Cambridge University, will talk about his work with History & Policy




The future - what can we learn and what shall we do?
Gustaf Arrhenius, Director of the Institute for Future Studies

Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, The Volkswagen Foundation
Helga Nowotny, Professor em. in Social Studies of Science at ETH in Zurich, former European Research Council President

16.30 50 years of Curiosity
Göran Blomqvist, Chief Executive, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 
17.00 The End