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  • The Vikings erected a runestone out of fear of a climate catastrophe

    [8 Jan 2020] Several passages on the Rök stone - the world's most famous Viking Age runic monument - suggest that the inscription is about battles and for over a hundred years, researchers have been trying to connect the inscription with heroic deeds in war. Now, thanks to an interdisciplinary research project, a new interpretation of the inscription is being presented. The study shows that the inscription deals with an entirely different kind of battle: the conflict between light and darkness, warmth and cold, life and death.

  • New season of the podcast series Inside the Box

    [11 Dec 2019] In September 2019 Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) and the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg (VKM) introduced the new conversation- and podcast series Inside the Box.

  • Newly discovered motifs in rock art in Tumlehed in Sweden show seafaring in the Stone Age

    [8 Nov 2019] South-west Sweden's best preserved rock painting has now been dated - it is from the late Stone Age. With the aid of new technologies, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have been able to reveal a number of previously unknown motifs that are no longer visible to the naked eye. The most important of these newly discovered motifs are boats with elk-head stems. This is the first time that these kinds of boats have been documented in southern or western Scandinavia and these motifs provide further evidence of the long-distance sea voyages undertaken by Stone Age maritime hunters.

  • Watching films on a small screen has an impact on comprehension and immersion

    [24 Sep 2019] How does the experience of watching a film on a smartphone differ from watching it on the big screen in a cinema? This has been investigated in an experiment and the findings indicate that the viewing situation has an impact on comprehension and immersion in the film's narrative, and even on the viewer's empathy with the fictional characters as well.

  • Nineteenth century Swedish women writers wrote international best-sellers

    [5 Sep 2019] Emilie Flygare-Carlén and Fredrika Bremer were translated and distributed far and wide beyond Sweden¿s borders in ten times greater volumes than the works of Carl Jonas Love Almqvist. But it is predominantly Almqvist who lives on in Sweden¿s literary history. A research group at the University of Gothenburg has shown that a number of Swedish women writers were best-selling celebrities in the nineteenth century.

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Page Manager: Eva Englund|Last update: 4/16/2019
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