Board of Trustees
CHAIRMAN: DANIEL TARSCHYS
Daniel Tarschys is Professor emeritus in Political Science at Stockholm University. He has been a Member of the Swedish Parliament, State Secretary, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Vice-President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). At present, Professor Tarschys chairs the boards of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the European Humanities University in Vilnius.
VICE CHAIRMAN: LEIF STENBERG
Leif Stenberg received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Lund University, Sweden in 1996. The award winning thesis The Islamization of Science. Four Muslim Positions Developing an Islamic Modernity was published 1996. From 1997 to 1999 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University. The following year, 1999-2000, Stenberg was a visiting scholar at Institut Français d´études Arabes de Damas (IFEAD) in Damascus, Syria. Since 2001 he holds a position at Lund University in Islamology and he became an Associate Professor in 2003. He has also held positions at Uppsala University and Växjö University. In 2004 Stenberg co-edited Globalization and the Muslim World: Culture, Religion and Modernity published by Syracuse University Press. In 2009 he co-edited Sufism Today. Heritage and Tradition in the Global Community published at IB Tauris. In 2007 Stenberg was appointed director of the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. Throughout his carrier he has travelled frequently in Muslim countries and given lectures at a number of prestigious universities and institutes of higher learning in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
SECRETARY: INGELA NILSSON
Ingela Nilsson obtained her PhD from the University of Gothenburg in 2001 and is now (as of 2010) Professor of Greek, specialising in Byzantine Greek, at Uppsala University. Nilsson’s main research interests concern all forms of narration and literary adaptation, and the tension that such procedures create between tradition and innovation. Her focus has been mainly on the twelfth century and the links between ancient Greek and Byzantine literature in that period. Such perspectives are at the center of her dissertation, as well as in a recent anthology in which narratological and intertextual problems such as literary imitation, genre and poetics are of particular interest (Plotting with Eros: Essays on the Poetics of Love and the Erotics of Reading, Copenhagen 2009). She is currently working on questions of narrative poetics and literary networks in twelfth-century Byzantium.
TREASURER: KJELL ANNELING
MBA. Swedish Former Ambassador to i.e. China, Norway, New Zeeland. Under- secretary and head of the Administrative department at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Treasurer of the Board for SRII since 2003.
Helena Bani-Shoraka obtained her PhD in 2005 from the University of Uppsala and is now (2012) a senior lecturer of Iranian languages. Her fields of interest are sociolinguistics, social interaction, bilingualism in informal as well as institutional settings, and translation studies. A special interest is pedagogical issues and situated learning in educational settings. Bani-Shoraka’s research has been carried out mainly in the cross roads of linguistics, sociology and anthropology. Within the field of bilingualism she has done research on issues such as language policy, language maintenance and language shift, and code-switching. While ethnographic fieldwork is one of several central methods of data collection, conversation and discourse analysis provide the main toolkit for analysis. Bani-Shoraka is currently working on aspects of social identity in interaction (co-construction of and/or resisting social identities) in different corpuses of bilingual data.
Marie Carlson is an associate professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gotenburg. Her main research interests are cultural studies and the sociology of education with a special focus on ethnicity, gender, class and power relations. After her PhD dissertation (2002) on Turkish immigrant women’s encounters with the Swedish welfare state in terms of language courses she has worked in several multidisciplinary projects – often in a transnational perspective and also in a Turkish context. In 2007 she co-edited, together with Fatma Gök and Annika Rabo, Education in ’Multicultural’ Societies. Turkish and Swedish Perspectives. Transactions Vol 18, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. This anthology was also published in Turkish 2011: Çokkültürlü Toplumlarda Egitim – Türkiye ve Isveç’ten Örnekler. Derleyenler Marie Carlson, Annika Rabo & Fatma Gök. Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayinlari.
Transnational Student Mobility in Higher Education in Asia - An interdisciplinary study of young people's strategies and living conditions (Fundings: Swedish Research Council/UVK).
Future citizens in pedagogical texts and education policies. Examples from Lebanon, Norway, Sweden and Turkey (Fundings: Swedish Research Council/UVK).
Other articles of interest in a transnational/Turkish perspective: ‘Swedish Language Courses for Immigrants – Integration or Discrimination’, in G. Walford (ed.) (2001), Education and Policy, Oxford: Elsevier Science Inc., and ‘Immigrant Women within Swedish Language Instruction: Contradiction and Transgressions’, in J. Sempruch, K. Willems & L. Shook (eds.) (2006), Multiple Marginalities: An Intercultural Dialogue on Gender in Education, Königstein: Ulrike Helmer Verlag.
Gunnel Ekroth received her PhD in Classical archaeology and ancient history from Stockholm University in 1999 with a thesis entitled The sacrificial rituals of Greek hero-cults in the Archaic to the Early Hellenistic periods. In 2011 she was appointed professor of Classical archaeology and ancient history at Uppsala University. Her main research focuses on the religion of ancient Greece, in particular ritual practices and animal sacrifice. In the last years she has conducted the project Greek sacrifice in practice, belief and theory, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, which explores the relation between the practical, ritual reality and the ancient conception of faith, the divine and man’s relation to the gods through sacrifice. Ekroth has produced a number of studies on altars, the treatment of blood, the division and preparation of meat and the meaning of the offerings given to the gods. She has recently worked on the importance of the osteological evidence for our understanding of ancient cult-practice, editing an anthology, Bones, behaviour and belief. The zooarchaeological evidence as a source for ritual practice in ancient Greece and beyond. She has excavated in Greece and also works on Geometric and Archaic pottery.
Ph.d. in economic history 1985; Professor of history, SU, 1997-; Secretary General for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Swedish Research Council (VR), 2007-2012; Member of Royal Academy of Science, 2008-; Major research interest: cultural dynamics, particularly global history of law codes (present); history of mentalities (past).
Master of Laws 1971; Assistant Judge at Södertörn District Court, County of Stockholm, 1972-74; Attaché at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm 1974; Second Secretary at the Swedish Embassy in Buenos Aires 1977; First Secretary at the Swedish Embassy in Berlin 1979; Head of Section at the Legal Department, MFA, Stockholm, 1982; Head of Section at the Political Department (East European Affairs), MFA, Stockholm, 1985, First Secretary (DHM) at the Swedish Embassy in Prague 1986; Deputy Assistant Under-Secretary at the Legal and Consular Department, MFA, Stockholm, 1988; Assistant Under-Secretary (Head of Consular Division) at the Legal and Consular Department, MFA, Stockholm, 1991; Consul-General of Sweden in Hong Kong (and Macau) 1993; Minister and Head of the Berlin Office of the Swedish Embassy in Bonn 1997; Minister (DHM) at the Swedish Embassy in Berlin 1999; Deputy Director-General and Head of the Security Department, MFA, Stockholm (November 2001-June 2002, Acting Director-General for Administrative Affairs, MFA, Stockholm) 2001-; Ambassador of Sweden to Slovakia 2006; Senior adviser, project leader, Department for Consular Affairs and Civil Law, MFA, Stockholm 2010-