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GU's Vice Chancellor speaks up about culture and health

News: Jun 20, 2013

Pam Fredman is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg and a major proponent of culture and health. According to Pam Fredman the research area belongs to the future – but it requires a long-term view and serious political effort.
– In order to spark high-quality research within an innovative field such as culture and health, patience is required. It is impossible to establish a new science area overnight if you have qualitative ambitions. In order to build up new cross-disciplinary structures, you need long-term organic work. It is by stimulating new meetings and collaboration between researchers from established disciplines that one lays a solid foundation.
– New subjects burgeon over time. Today, for example, gender studies and environmental science are givens, but not so long ago they were non-existent. In the case of environmental science, it was natural scientists and economists who built up a robust subject identity, incrementally and with engagement.

How do you view the future of culture and health as a research area?
– I perceive that there is great interest from politicians on a national level. Today there is not least a parliamentary committee for culture and health with representatives from the various parties. However, the area has not yet received full legitimacy, since it has been the subject of great effort. Culture and health is to a high degree a cross-disciplinary research area dependent on the possibility of seeking research grants across traditional subject boundaries. In short, this requires comprehensive and targeted research grants. If you advertise such research grants, you signal the importance of the area to the Swedish academic community.

Click here to read the whole interview with Pam Fredman.

BY: Danie Brodén

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