Third stream activities

Researchers in Historical Studies place great importance on the university’s cooperation and collaboration with the surrounding community, for expertise and responsibility in different types of public enquiries and commissions, in working groups that deal with entrepreneurship and innovation and in the exchange of ideas between the interests of arts and culture and business.

There have also been investments in local popular education, such as archaeological and ethnological surveys in the area around the university.

When publishing research findings, there is great emphasis on how research is disseminated to the public and highlighted in the media.

In these ways. The area contributes to strengthening the university’s third stream activities, which will benefit the doctoral students’ contacts with the surrounding community and their links with the labour market during their doctoral studies at Södertörn University.

Culture and business

Researchers in Historical Studies work with business in a variety of ways. One example is MARIS, the research institute for marine archaeology, which has developed close links with private business.

The Spökskeppet PDFresearch project was conducted with funding from the Knowledge Foundation. It worked with the MMT survey company and with Deep Sea Productions.

These partnerships allow doctoral students at the university to work onboard vessel equipped with advanced equipment for seabed surveys and underwater documentation. This cooperation will be further developed.

Fieldwork around the university

Often, cooperation with the surrounding community can entail meeting people who live close to the university. One example of this is how archaeologists’ interest in their subject’s role in the community has been reflected in its activities.

These include fieldwork and seminar excavations which, in recent years, have often been located in the residential areas close to the university, and where archaeologists are expected to meet the public and discuss archaeology with them.

This work has been conducted with ethnologists, who have conducted parallel and supplementary fieldwork on the problems of cultural heritage in urban multicultural environments, so integrating the university’s third stream activities with fieldwork.

The subject of Ethnology has initiated research circles as a tool for professional reflection and school development for teachers in Huddinge and Södertälje municipalities. Another example is the History has offered a course in local history for upper-secondary school pupils as part of a joint project with municipalities in the south of Stockholm.

Disseminating research results

An important element of third stream activities in disseminating and the university’s research result and making them accessible to the public.

Researchers from all subjects in Historical Studies are very active in publicising the university’s research results, for example through articles in Populär historia, through lecturing and participation in debates at the annual book fair in Gothenburg and in similar contexts. They also publish essays and debate articles in the daily press and lecture at public authorities, organisations and associations.

The Institute of Contemporary History (SHI) regularly organises open seminars about themes in contemporary history that have awakened media interest. Community representatives are warmly welcomed at these seminars.

Historical research into genocide has been the focus of attention, including through our cooperation with the Living History Forum.external link, opens in new window

Many researchers from Historical Studies are on the editorial boards of scholarly journals, for example Social History, Historisk tidskrift external link, opens in new windowand Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift (now Tidskrift för genusvetenskap) and others. Research in the Baltic Sea region has a natural forum in the quarterly Baltic Worlds journalexternal link, opens in new window, which is also planning an annual edition aimed at the general public. Researchers in the subjects that are included in Historical Studies are also active in research councils, their panels and reviews, including the Swedish Research Councilexternal link, opens in new window, the Research Council of Norway and the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciencesexternal link, opens in new window.