1 NOVEMBER, 13.15–15.00

Seminarium: Fienden inom oss  normstyrning i forskning och den högre utbildningen

Sharon Rider och Sten Widmalm presenterar ett artikelutkast.

Lokal: 4-0019, Engelska parken.

Anordnas av HERO.



HERO anordnar ett internat för forskningsassistenter, doktornader och juniora forskare som studierar högre utbildning och forskning.

Plats: Krusenberg Herrgård.

Anmäl dig genom att kontakta Johan Boberg senast 15 september.

Anordnas av HERO.

3 OKTOBER, 15.15–18.00

Invigning av HERO

Måndagen den 3 oktober, kl. 15.15–18.00, invigs Centrum för högre utbildning och forskning som studieobjekt (HERO) vid Uppsala universitet. Programmet inleds med en formell invigning av rektor Anders Hagfeldt med flera och följs sedan av tre tematiska block: Akademisk frihet och de högre lärosätens autonomi, Högre utbildning – för vem och varför? och Universitet och pandemin. Invigningen avslutas med en paneldiskussion om studier av högre utbildning och forskning. Invigningen är öppen för alla som är intresserade, och riktar sig till forskare, lärare, studenter, administratörer och andra som engagerar sig i frågor om forskning om högre utbildning och forskning.

Lokal: Humanistiska teatern, Engelska parken.

Anmäl dig här senast den 29 september.


Anders Hagfeldt, Tora Holmberg, Kerstin Sahlin, Mikael Börjesson & Johan Boberg

Akademisk frihet och de högre lärosätens autonomi
Inledning: Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg (moderator)
Diskussion: Anna Jonsson Cornell, Karin Åmossa & Johan Östling

Högre utbildning – för vem och varför?
Inledning: Mikael Börjesson
Diskussion: Sharon Rider (moderator), Ulf Danielsson, Sverre Wide & Ulrika Winblad


Universitetet och pandemin
Inledning: Emma Laurin
Diskussion: Ida Lidegran (moderator), Linn Areskoug, Åsa Kettis, Kim Solin & Anton Thornqvist

Panel: Studier av högre utbildning och forskning – varför, hur, och vad behövs?
Diskussion: Kerstin Sahlin (moderator), Agneta Bladh, Margareth Hagen, Anders Hagfeldt & Anders Söderholm


Ladda ned programmet.

Anordas av HERO.

12 SEPTEMBER, 10.15–12.00 & 13.15–16.00

Föreläsning: Steve Fuller, The Bildung Tradition

Professor Steve Fuller (University of Warwick) föreläser på temat "The Bildung Tradition" inom ramen för kursen The Idea of the University. Föreläsningen är öppen för alla intresserade.

Lokal: 4-0019, Engelska parken.

Anordnas av HERO i samarbete med ämnet utbildningssociologi.

AUGUST 15–26, 2022

Workshop: R for Sociology and Social work

The workshop will cover the basic elements of using the statistical software R. It aims to provide basic orientation in reading data into R, data management, descriptive statistics via summary measures, and visualization. It also introduces basic concepts of quantitative text-analysis.

The workshop is also given as a course for PhD Candidates. The language of instruction is English.

More information can be found here.

Organized by HERO in cooperation with the Department of Sociology and Sociology of Education.

June 7–9, 2022

Conference: "Universities under Siege?"

”The crisis of the university” is a familiar topos in contemporary discussions about higher education. It is said that the University is facing untold threats from, inter alia, the anti-intellectualism of populist politicians and authoritarian regimes, the commodification of knowledge resulting from neo-liberal ideas about utility and international competition, the politicization of teaching and learning arising out of identity movements, the fragmenting of the university in response to stakeholder demands, and so forth.

This conference poses the question: Is this really the case? And, if so, what exactly is being threatened?

The aim of the meeting is to take a serious look at what is ultimately at stake, among other things, by examining the roots of these developments in terms of our conceptions of what is useful knowledge, why it is desirable and what is required to establish, maintain and develop it through our institutions of higher education.

You are invited to submit an abstract outlining in brief your analysis of the central problems confronting the university today. Examples of topics that may be relevant include the casualization of faculty, the rising costs of higher education, limitations on academic freedom, internationalization, digitalization, and student employability. We welcome contributions from all disciplines.

For more information, see conference webpage.

Organized in cooperation with The Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES) and Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society.

May 30, 16:15–18:00

Lecture: Why has Feminism not Achieved More for Care Workers and Parents?

David Goodhart

Progressives often complain about the low status of care work, especially in the social care sector (and even more so since the pandemic). Yet they are reluctant to consider one explanation that is hiding in plain sight. As the feminist writer Madeleine Bunting has complained: mainstream, modern feminism has partly defined itself against care.
    The overwhelming focus of mainstream feminism has been to establish equality with men in the professional sphere. Staying at home to care for children is seen as a step backward for women. Fair competition with men in the world of work is, of course, a reasonable goal, as is the attempt to make it easier for people to combine caring work in the family with professional success. But feminism’s ambivalence towards domesticity has worked against the interests of parents who place family before career.  It also undermines the interests of demographic stability. Covid has exacerbated the falling birth rate in most rich countries, but there is some evidence that couples would actually like to have more children.
    This raises several big questions, (some of which I touched on in my book Head, Hand, Heart: The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century). Can feminism be more pluralistic, so a to reflect the priorities of family-orientated people? Is it possible to raise the status and pay of care work in the public economy without doing so in the private realm? Is higher status for the care work done in the family, mainly by women, compatible with gender equality? What about the likelihood that men will move in much larger numbers into caring work (currently in the UK 88% of NHS nurses, 82% of people working in social care and 85% of primary school teachers are women)?
    Will the labour of care somehow make a comeback? An ageing society, combined with the fact that care work is hard to automate, might point in that direction. On the other hand, care work in both the public and private realm often requires a degree of patience and selflessness that is not a feature of modern culture. Can democratic pressure from below together with current events tilt us in a new direction?

Venue: Humanities Theatre.

David Goodhart is a British journalist, commentator and author. He worked at the Financial Times for 12 years, founded the current affairs monthly Prospect in 1995 (editing it for 15 years), ran the think tank Demos for three years, and in 2017 published the best-selling book about contemporary politics The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics. In 2020, he published a follow-up book: Head, Hand, Heart: The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century.

Organized by HERO in cooperation with Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice.

May 4–6 , 2022

Academia Europaea HERCulES Symposium:
The Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions

During the past thirty years or so, the internationalization of higher education institutions has become a very significant issue on the agenda for policy-makers, academic leaders and researchers. Against this backdrop, it is timely to look closer at the conditions for internationalization and its effects. In so doing, the symposium will address questions such as the role of universities in a global world, international rankings, the mobility of ideas and students, costs and returns in internationalization as well as international branch campuses. An expert panel discussion will conclude the symposium, which is an Academia Europaea HERCulES event.

Venue: The Humanities Theatre.

For conference program and registration, see conference webpage.

Organized in cooperation with The Academia Europaea HERCulES group and SIHE – The Swedish Centre for Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education. With the financial support of Åke Wiberg Foundation and Department of Education, Uppsala University.

APRIL 29, 14:15–16:00

Seminar: Vetenskapens förtrollning och avförtrollning

See Swedish event for information.

Organized by HERO.

April 26, 10:15–12:00

Seminar: Covid-19 and the university

See Swedish event for information.

Organized by HERO.

April 21 and 25

Workshops: Applications to Democracy and Higher Education

See Swedish event for information.

MARCH 28–29, 2022

Workshop in bibliometrics and scientometrics

A workshop in bibliometrics and scientometris with Yves Gingras, Professor at Department of History, Université du Québec à Montréal and Director of L’Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST). Gingras is a world-leading scholar in history of science, sociology of sciences, bibliometrics and scientometrics.

The workshop combines an introduction to the fields of bibliometrics and scientometrics, their histories, development and state of the art, with applications of the methods on empirical materials. Researchers and PhD students who are engaged in or plan devote themselves to empirical work with bibliometric or scientometric methods, or are interested in the uses of such methods, are welcome to participate. There will also be room for participants to present former and ongoing work.

The workshop will be held Monday March 28 and Tuesday March 29, both days 10:15–16:30, room 12:228, Campus Blåsenhus, von Kraemers allé 1.

More information about the workshop is available here.

To apply for participation, contact Mikael Börjesson who will provide more information.

Organized HERO in cooperation with Sociology of Education, Uppsala university.

MARCH 17, 13:30–14:30

Sociologidagarna: Biblio- and Scientometrics: Measurement, Quality, Judgment

HERO is co-organizing a semi-plenary panel session at Sociologidagarna on biblio- and scientometrics, with presentations by Yves Gingras and Steve Fuller. The session is introduced by Mikael Börjesson and moderated by Sharon Rider.

Venue: Humanities Theatre.

Yves Gingras

We have recently observed the application of the term “justice” to a plethora of domains including the idea of “epistemic justice”. Even more recent is of the notion of “citational justice” which suggests that researchers should choose their citations taking into account the identity of the persons cited. I propose to show that the very emergence of this notion is a direct consequence of the use of bibliometrics in research evaluation. These seemingly generous talk invoking “justice” are in fact based on the acceptation of the current view of research evaluation methods based on citation metrics. So, not only is the notion of “citational justice” very problematic in itself – for reasons I will analyze – but it is made possible by the very use of citation as a basis of evaluation of researchers.

Yves Gingras, Professor at Department of history, Université du Québec à Montréal, Director of L’Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST). Gingras is a world-leading scholar in history of science, sociology of sciences, bibliometrics and scientometrics.

Steve Fuller

I shall argue that default academic citation practices are unjust mainly because they create a culture of indebtedness that undermines the very idea of free inquiry. Moreover, the reliance on citations in academic evaluation encourages an intellectual property mindset that effectively turns researchers into knowledge rentiers who block the clear and safe passage of inquiry. The increasing paranoia over plagiarism is a downstream effect of this mentality, which has fed into educational practice. Generally speaking, we should be citing less and perhaps even claim the work of others as our own, especially if they are not doing much with it themselves, other than accruing citations like rents. Think of this as a version of ‘epistemic anarchism’.

Steve Fuller holds the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Fuller is the author of twenty-five books.

Organized by HERO in cooperation with Sociology of Education

MARCH 7, 2022

Webinar: Universities under siege?

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the 4th annual Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Conference that was planned to take place in Uppsala on October 19th–20th, 2020, was postponed. The new date is set for June 8th–9th, 2022. In the interim, the organizers have offered a series of webinars.  This webinar offers two presentations by Lars Engwall and Mats Hyvönen that touch on the main theme of the conference.

Lars Engwall

All organizations, universities included, are influenced by signals from regulators, markets actors and scrutinizers. The role and impact of these governors will wary over time and space. This in turn will have implications for the internal governance and structure of organizations. Against this background the presentation will demonstrate how changes in regulation, market orientation and various kinds of evaluations have influenced the organizational structures by increasingly adding administrative units and expertise. In addition, the adoption of managerial ideas has had an effect on the recruitment of university leaders with the expectation that they should be a chief executive officer rather than a primus inter pares. This has led to a widely spread belief that university leaders should act strategically and lead their institutions through a chain of command. At the same time, they are increasingly expected to handle the environment of their institutions and therefore be more of Secretary of State than President.

Lars Engwall is professor emeritus of management at Uppsala University, Sweden. His has published widely on the production and diffusion of management knowledge as well as on organizational aspects of newspapers, banks and universities. His most recent publication on universities is the edited volume Missions of Universities: Past, Present and Future (Springer, 2020).

Mats Hyvönen

The rise of social media just over a decade ago has in many ways, for better or worse, upended how everyone, including students, teachers and researchers, communicates. Any occurrence on campus today can become a subject for heated discussion and debate far beyond the walls of the university. The almost instantaneous dissemination of information together with the universal reach of social media make possible the influence of people outside the academic community on judgments about and interventions in what happens inside the university. In other words, the broad utilization of social media can both directly and indirectly effect what happens in the classroom and the lab, and shape the decisions made by university managers and administrators. This situation reanimates an issue that has accompanied the university since its inception: the relationship between “town and gown”, that is, between the academy and the society of which it is a part. Based on case studies from Sweden, this talk poses the question: How well prepared are today’s marketized and micromanaged universities to handle potential and actual pressures from economic and political actors that come with the increasingly blurred boundaries?

Mats Hyvönen is coordinator for the Engaging Vulnerability Research Programme at Uppsala University. Hyvönen’s research interests are, among others, the medialization of higher education. Recent publications include (as co-editor and contributor) World Class Universities: A Contested Concept (Springer, 2020).

The event is free and open to all interested, but registration is obligatory. If you wish to attend, please send an email, with your name, title and affiliation, and email address to: phec2020@humsam.uu.se.

Please sign up for the webinar before March 5, 2022.

Organized by HERO in cooperation with PaTHES – Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society.

Last modified: 2024-03-12