2008 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidsskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 17, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The Qualities of Cultural Research.
There is a widespread talk of an increasing role for culture and
for transgressing borders, but still interdisciplinary cultural
research experiences considerable difficulties in the new landscape
of research policy. Having outlined the problematics of measuring
quality in general terms a discussion and a series of proposals
concerning the main dimensions of this problematics follows.
First, the dominant scales for measuring publishing are criticised
for being biased against the humanities, in that a too narrow set
of international academic journals are unfairly favoured. Second,
when external funding is measured, grants from the Swedish Research
Council (Vetenskapsrådet) tend to overshadow all other and often
equally important sources, including those from EU and the ESF
(European Science Foundation). Third, it is argued that quality of
education and of external communication should also be considered,
as should the efforts made to create an innovative and productive
environment in the institutional collective.
Finally, particular attention is given to the specific issues
relating to evaluating interdisciplinary applications, inspired by
UK/US research by Georgina Born and others, as well as from a wide
range of Swedish experiences that indicate that the disciplinary
structure seriously hampers the ability to deal with truly
interdisciplinary work. A list of necessary considerations is
presented, proposing that such a list should be formulated and
fine-tuned by the Swedish Research Council, and be anchored among
all those who need to evaluate interdisciplinary work, so that such
evaluation is correct and fair.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 17, no 2
culture, research, quality, globalisation, interdisciplinarity, research policy
National CategorySocial Sciences
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