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Kulturforskningens kvaliteter
Linköpings universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9419-4883
2008 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidsskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 17, no 2, 8-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Qualities of Cultural Research.There is a widespread talk of an increasing role for culture andfor transgressing borders, but still interdisciplinary culturalresearch experiences considerable difficulties in the new landscapeof research policy. Having outlined the problematics of measuringquality in general terms a discussion and a series of proposalsconcerning the main dimensions of this problematics follows. First, the dominant scales for measuring publishing are criticisedfor being biased against the humanities, in that a too narrow setof international academic journals are unfairly favoured. Second,when external funding is measured, grants from the Swedish ResearchCouncil (Vetenskapsrådet) tend to overshadow all other and oftenequally important sources, including those from EU and the ESF(European Science Foundation). Third, it is argued that quality ofeducation and of external communication should also be considered,as should the efforts made to create an innovative and productiveenvironment in the institutional collective. Finally, particular attention is given to the specific issuesrelating to evaluating interdisciplinary applications, inspired byUK/US research by Georgina Born and others, as well as from a widerange of Swedish experiences that indicate that the disciplinarystructure seriously hampers the ability to deal with trulyinterdisciplinary work. A list of necessary considerations ispresented, proposing that such a list should be formulated andfine-tuned by the Swedish Research Council, and be anchored amongall those who need to evaluate interdisciplinary work, so that suchevaluation is correct and fair.

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Umeå: Föreningen Kulturella perspektiv , 2008. Vol. 17, no 2, 8-23 p.
Keyword [en]
culture, research, quality, globalisation, interdisciplinarity, research policy
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-4470OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-4470DiVA: diva2:360059
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2010-11-02 Last updated: 2014-06-17Bibliographically approved

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