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  • Public contributions to science increasingly common

    [15 Jan 2016] So-called citizen science has become a significant force in several scholarly disciplines. The phenomenon can be found in both the natural and the social sciences, according to the largest systematic analysis to date on the topic, the results of which are published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

  • Finds in Bronze Age city confirm long-distance trade

    [12 Jan 2016] The Bronze Age city Hala Sultan Tekke (about 1600-1100 BC) in Cyprus is much larger than previously thought, and new finds suggest that its inhabitants were involved in trade reaching far beyond its immediate neighbours. Last summer, a Swedish archaeological expedition from the University of Gothenburg continued its excavations, and Cypriot authorities recently presented some interesting findings.

  • Excavations reveal agriculture of 5,000 years ago

    [22 Dec 2015] The early nature of agriculture and its economic and social significance is a matter of debate among archaeologists. For three years, researchers and students from the University of Gothenburg have engaged in archaeological excavations of a 5,000 year old settlement in Karleby right outside of Falköping, in a search for the answer.

  • Swedish teachers and students often talk about religion as something outdated and strange

    [7 Dec 2015] In Swedish classrooms, religion is often associated with an obsolete time when people just didn¿t know better - as if religion used to serve a purpose but there is no need for it in the modern world. This is the conclusion of a doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg that explores how teachers and students talk about religion and worldviews within the framework of non-confessional integrative Religious Education in upper-secondary classrooms.

  • Antiquity's Hermaphroditus - a Gender Bender

    [24 Nov 2015] The view that androgynous individuals are pathologically deviant has caused scholars to reject the possibility that the mythological figure Hermaphroditus could be perceived as erotically attractive. But the Romans had a different view of sexuality and a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that Hermaphroditus was an object of in particular men's desire.

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