New Academician keen to promote Swedish
16 maj 2023
In December this year, David Håkansson will become a member of the Swedish Academy. As professor and researcher in linguistics at Uppsala University, he is keen to enhance efforts to promote the Swedish language.
The AI tool quickly became good at Swedish
10 maj 2023
The AI tool Chat-GPT has stunned the world with its good language use. But how did the language model become so good at Swedish? We asked Joakim Nivre, Professor of Computational Linguistics. For the past two years, he has been involved in develop...
Two ERC Advanced Grants to Uppsala University
30 mars 2023
In the latest round of ERC Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC), two researchers at Uppsala University have been successful: Ashleigh Harris and Sebastian Deindl. Their projects are about metadata for African literature and adv...
Democracy researchers to participate in literature festival
22 mars 2023
War, crime and literature as a path to reconciliation is the theme of the Uppsala International Literature Festival on March 23–25. One of the organisers is the Democracy and Higher Education research programme at Uppsala University. Christina Kul...
The network diving deep into anxiety
07 december 2022
Anxiety is so much more than a rapid heartbeat, sweat and panic. For two years now, a network at Uppsala University has been meeting to discuss the phenomenon from an interdisciplinary perspective. According to those behind the initiative, this ha...
Nobel Prize-winning literature often published by small publishing houses
05 december 2022
During the Christmas trade period, books written by the latest Nobel Prize laureate tend to sell at least as well as the more traditional bestsellers. It is very important for publishers to have Nobel Prize winners on their lists, according to res...
Tablet computers make preschool children’s play less creative
21 november 2022
Preschool children's play involving tablets is less creative and imaginative compared to their play involving physical toys. This is shown in a new study by Uppsala University, and the difference is substantial. The results counter occasional clai...
New honorary doctors in the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences
03 november 2022
The faculties at Uppsala University have decided on the award of honorary doctorates for 2022. Among the new honorary doctors at faculties in the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences are researchers in economic geography, family l...
Collecting recipes and the stories behind them
14 juni 2022
Historical recipes and cookbooks abound to teach us about past foods and dietary habits. Less is known about the people who actually wrote them. A historical documentation project based in Uppsala University is trying to change that.
Putin’s vision of a conservative orthodox superpower
06 april 2022
Following traditional, conservative and Christian Orthodox ideals, in contrast to the “morally adrift” West, and defending Russia as a superpower. These are crucial themes in how Russia perceives and defends its invasion of Ukraine, thinks Maria E...
New book gives insight into Rök Stone’s runes
27 januari 2022
The magnificent Rök Stone (Rökstenen), a runestone in the county of Östergötland, bears the world’s longest runic inscription: a message about death and fear of climate catastrophe from 9th-century Sweden. More people can now discover the story, t...
Deciphering ancient runic messages
25 januari 2022
Henrik Williams’ speciality is deciphering runic inscriptions. He is the world’s only professor of runology, which may be the smallest academic subject in the world, but is now expanding at Uppsala University. Currently, he is attracting attention...
All known runestones now documented digitally
02 februari 2021
Have you ever wondered whether there is an interesting runestone nearby? Or would it be useful for you as a researcher to have access to specific runic inscriptions? Whatever the reason, the new digital search tool “Runor” provides access to all k...
Runic research in Uppsala receives support from USA
01 februari 2021
Over the course of many years, Swedish-American Myrna G. Smith has supported runic research at Uppsala University. Now she has pledged a legacy of USD 1.5 million to ensure and advance future runic research at the University. With additional fundi...
Archives crucial for Freemasons’ identity
22 december 2020
The Order of Freemasons’ meticulous archives are fundamental to their identity. The unique structure of the masonic archives reinforces the secrecy and mystique of the self-image that has been fashioned by the Order — and characterises it in the e...
Turkic cultural heritage in Uppsala
07 december 2020
Uppsala University has a rich collection of manuscripts, printed material, art objects and maps related to the Ottoman Empire and other Turkic cultures. How did they come to Uppsala? This story is told in a new book “Turcologica Upsaliensia. An Il...
At the Language Workshop, students hone their texts
09 oktober 2020
The experienced student looking to fine-tune their texts, those who have been out of education for a good while and doctoral students writing their dissertations; regardless of their basic situation, many people find it difficult to write academic...
Distinguished Teaching Awards 2020 announced
05 juni 2020
This year’s winners of Uppsala University’s Distinguished Teaching Awards teach subjects in the fields of pedagogy, political science, surgery and chemistry. The Independent Pedagogical Award has been awarded to Christine Mackay Tircomnicu of the ...
National Tests in Swedish now to be digitised
06 mars 2020
“Digitising the National Tests is our biggest challenge to date. It’s going to take a huge effort to ensure that everything’s working properly when the time comes for 100,000 pupils to log in from their units,” says Anne Palmér, scientific leader ...
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s tools for combating xenophobia
30 januari 2020
In his acclaimed debut novel, The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen offers new angles on the Vietnam war and its aftermath. Currently visiting Uppsala for a few days as a new honorary doctor, he wants to inspire more people to reflect on how we choos...