Board of Trustees
The board of trustees consists of a chairman and eight board members who are selected for three years at a time. The government selects the chairman.
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, Chair of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Vice-President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA).
VICE CHAIRMAN: GUNNEL EKROTH
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.
SECRETARY: RAGNAR HEDLUND
Ragnar Hedlund obtained a Ph. D. in Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University in 2008. His research has mainly focused on visual culture, archaeology and numismatics in the later Roman empire. He has also been a postdoctoral fellow at the Swedish Institute in Rome, funded by the Fondazione Famiglia Rausing.
In 2010–2013 Hedlund was a researcher, funded by the Swedish Research Council, within the project ”Propaganda and dialogue - visual media and societies in the Roman imperial age”. This project focused on the formation of ”propaganda” in ancient societies. Hedlund is presently employed by Uppsala University Coin Cabinet for an infrastructural projekt funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. This aims at making the holdings of ancient coins of Uppsala university digitally accessible in the Alvin database (www.alvin-portal.org).
Other research interests include the uses of Classical heritage in later history and present day society, and museum collections. Hedlund is also involved in the Swedish archaeological excavations in Labraunda in soutwestern Turkey (www.labraunda.org) and contributing to the publication of the Hellenistic and Roman buildings from the sanctuary.
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.
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).
David Thurfjell is professor in the study of Religions at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden. He received his doctoral degree in History of Religions from Uppsala University (2003) and have since published widely within the fields of Islamic and Romani studies. His academic interests include secularization and religious change, religion among Romani people, Iranian and Shi´ite studies, Pentecostal studies, ritual and postcolonial theory. He is the author of the monographs Living Shi´ism (Brill 2006), Faith and revivalism in a Nordic Romani Community (I.B. Tauris 2013) and The godless people: the post-Christian swedes and religion (Molin & Sorgenfrei 2015). He has a wide interest for international scholarly collaborations, particularly with Middle Eastern countries. Together with a group of Arab scholars he co-authored the UNESCO guidebook for history textbook authors writing on Europe and the Arabo-Islamic world (UNESCO/ISESCO 2011) and he has a wide network of scholarly contacts in the Middle East, especially in Iran and Iraq. He is the chair of the Swedish association for the history of religions (SSRF).
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-
During the annual meeting an election committee is selected, preparing the different elections that the Research council holds.