Human diversity as a research area
29 May 2018
Human diversity abounds in language, culture and biology. An understanding of this diversity is central to a lot of research, but it is important to address the ethical issues raised by this research. The Human Diversity Research Network takes an interdisciplinary approach to diversity and also discusses ethical and social dimensions of the research.
“Many questions remain to be answered before we understand how languages, culture and genes interact in the social and physical environment,” says Michael Dunn, Professor of Linguistics and one of the research leaders of the Human Diversity Research Network.
Understanding human diversity in language and culture, and from a biological perspective, is central to research in humanities and social sciences, but also in genetics.
“To yield intelligible, useful knowledge, studying human diversity, which is based on historical social and biological processes, calls for research in various subjects. So interdisciplinary studies are key to exploring human diversity.”
The Human Diversity Research Network consists of researchers from fields such as linguistics, archaeology, gender studies and genetics. The network thus combines human diversity research in humanities and social sciences with genetic research on humans.
“The purpose of the network is for researchers from different fields to learn from one another and develop new, interdisciplinary ways of exploring human diversity. In parallel, we also want to stimulate discussion on the ethical and social dimensions of this research. Not least, it’s important to scrutinise the problematic research conducted historically through, for example, the Swedish State Institute for Racial Biology.”
Scholarship took him from China to doctorate in Uppsala
10 June 2018
Yan Shao was one of the first Chinese students to receive Anders Wall’s scholarship for a Master’s degree at Uppsala University. Back then he knew almost nothing about Sweden. Six years later, he has completed his doctorate and regards Uppsala as ...
Human diversity as a research area
29 May 2018
Human diversity abounds in language, culture and biology. An understanding of this diversity is central to a lot of research, but it is important to address the ethical issues raised by this research. The Human Diversity Research Network takes an ...
Antibiotics from a humanist perspective
21 February 2018
Hello there... Klara Bertils, linguist and doctoral student at the Uppsala Antibiotic Center, which analyses conversations between healthcare staff and patients in consultations where antibiotic prescription may be relevant.
Collaboration for new knowledge in culture and society
9 December 2017
Uppsala University is aiming to develop new research collaborations spanning different research subjects. The newly created Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society at the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences will fac...
Inauguration of The Swedish Centre for Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education
5 December 2017
Vice-chancellor Eva Åkesson has inaugurated The Swedish Centre for Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education.
“A national language strategy is needed”
3 November 2017
Hello there Coco Norén, Dean of the Faculty of Languages. You have been a part of a working group at the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) that has written a report on the need for a national language strategy for Sweden. What did you...
Faculty of Languages appoints new honorary doctors
11 October 2017
Geoffrey Khan, Professor of Hebrew at Cambridge University, UK, and Laurent Gosselin, Professor of French Linguistics at the University of Rouen, France, have been appointed honorary doctors at the Faculty of Languages.
Faculty of Languages appoints two new honorary doctors
6 October 2016
Professor Stephen C. Levinson of the Max Planck Institute in the Netherlands and Helmer Gustavson, former department head at the Swedish National Heritage Board in Stockholm, have been appointed honorary doctors at Uppsala University’s Faculty of ...
New PhD programme in sinology launched
21 April 2016
Uppsala University is launching a PhD studies programme in the Chinese language and Chinese culture and society. The programme is a welcome addition to Sweden’s research community and aggregate knowledge about one of the definitive superpowers of ...
Uppsala Ottoman Heritage now digitized
26 October 2015
Uppsala University Library keeps large collections of Turkish / Ottoman origin. An important part of these collections has now been digitized and made avalaible on the Internet, thanks to a generous support from Turkey.
Epigram researcher awarded honorary doctorate by Faculty of Languages
6 October 2015
Peter Howell has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University. His research has contributed greatly to the study of epigrams, one of the most important genres in Greek and Roman poetry.