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Cecilia Uddén and Michael Rowlands New Honorary Doctors

News: May 15, 2014

Swedish national radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio’s foreign correspondent Cecilia Uddén and Michael Rowlands, professor emeritus in anthropology and archaeology at University College London, have been appointed honorary doctors at the Faculty of Arts, University of Gothenburg.

Cecilia Uddén. Photo: Mattias Ahlm/Swedish Radio.Arts and humanities can offer a greater understanding of our reality and who we are. These words are well suited for Sveriges Radio’s foreign correspondent Cecilia Uddén. Her reports from the Middle East effectively convey an understanding of other people’s lives and reality, both in their vulnerability and desperation and in their happiness and joy. She has a remarkable ability to make the listener feel present in the everyday life she so skilfully portrays – a presence that yields a larger understanding of the people and cultures that she chooses to illustrate in a true humanist spirit.

One reason Uddén manages to convey her experiences in such a vibrant and insightful manner can be traced to her thorough familiarity with the Arabic world and her excellent language skills. Her fluency in Arabic enables her to connect well with her interviewees and gain good insight into their lives and stories. In a next step, her great stylistic skills help her share her observations in Swedish with great precision.

‘Also here is Cecilia Uddén a true humanist and a role model for many of our students who are spending both time and effort trying to understand other people’s circumstances, cultures and conditions through studies in the arts and humanities,’ says Margareta Hallberg, Dean.

Michael Rowlands.Professor Michael Rowlands has in the last five years played a key role for the development of the priority research area Critical Heritage Studies, which aims to strengthen and develop the interdisciplinary and critical cultural heritage research at the University of Gothenburg, in close cooperation with non-academic institutions and other universities nationally and internationally. His unique way of integrating archaeology, social anthropology and cultural heritage in a new research field has been a critical feature in this work.

Rowlands has for example compared different views of museums, conservation and cultural heritage in Africa, Europe and China. During his time as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Arts 2011–2012, he greatly inspired his colleagues through lectures and personal mentoring.

‘He also helped create theoretical and thematic frames of reference between the four faculties that collaborate within Critical Heritage Studies, and his contacts with University College London has been very valuable in the work to give the priority research area higher international status,’ says Hallberg.

More information:
Margareta Hallberg, tel. +46 (0)31 786 4865, e-mail: margareta.hallberg@gu.se

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Originally published on: hum.gu.se

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