Previous activities

23 april, 13.15–16.00

Lecture: Symbiotic or Parasitic? Universities, Academic Capitalism and the Global Knowledge Economy
Cris Shore

HERO invites you to an open lecture by Professor Cris Shore (The University of Auckland & Stockholm Centre for Organisational Research).

The health of many academic disciplines like education and anthropology has long been connected to their position as university-based subjects. However, changes in the political economy of higher education, including cuts in public spending, rising student fees, the privileging of STEM subjects over the arts and humanities, and the proliferation of new regimes of audit and accountability, pose challenges for the social sciences as well as the university itself. In countries such as Britain, Australia and New Zealand, academics are being urged to be more entrepreneurial, to focus on 'impact', and to engage proactively with business and finance in order to create a more commercially-oriented 'innovation ecosystem'. The idea of forging a 'triple helix' of university-industry-government relations has become part of the new common sense that now drives government policies for higher education. But how positive is this supposed symbiosis between universities and external financial interests? What are the costs and benefits of this collaboration? And what are the implications for the future of the public university?

Registration: by e-mail to Johan Boberg.
room 4-0019, English Park Campus.

Organized by HERO in cooperation with Engaging Vulnerability.

24 january, 13.15–15.00

Public Lecture: Making Sense of Globalizing Social Science
Johan Heilbron

Johan Heilbron is Director of Research at Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), affiliated to Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique de la Sorbonne (CESSP) and Professor of Economic Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Johan Heilbron has been appointed doctor honoris causa at Uppsala University, as a sign of appreciation for his contributions to historical sociology, sociology of science, economic sociology and research on higher education. You can read more about Heilbron's work here. The motivation for the nomination can be read here (Swedish).

Se föredraget.

Venue: Betty Pettersson Hall (14:031), Blåsenhus.

Organized by HERO in cooperation with SEC – Sociology of Education and Culture and SIHE – Swedish Centre for Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education.

22 january, 10.15–15.00

Workshop: Transnational Cultural Exchange and Globalization

Workshop with Johan Heilbron (CNRS, CESSP and Erasmus University Rotterdam) on transnational cultural exchange and globalization, with a discussion of the case of Swedish higher education.


10.15–12.00 (room 12:228)

Johan Heilbron: Introduction

Mikael Börjesson: The global space of international students

André Bryntesson & Ashley Haru: The space of Swedish Erasmus exchange students

Tobias Dalberg: Transnational academic travels of mid-20th century professors in Sweden

Martin Gustavsson: Transnational Carriers of Expert Knowledge. The import of Taylorism from the US and Industrial Physiology from Germany, 1920–1960


Lunch (room 21:137)

13.15–15.00 (room 21:137)

Mikael Palme:Transnational vs national symbolic capital. Stakes and struggles within the elite segment of upper secondary education in Stockholm

Ylva Bergström: Preparing for higher education, navigating in a polarised landscape. Upper secondary students’ transnational strategies and outlooks on higher education in Sweden

Andreas Hedberg: Swedes in French: Cultural Transfer from Periphery to Literary Metropolis

Donald Broady: On sociology of education and culture in Uppsala

Johan Heilbron: Conclusion and discussion

Coffee and continued discussion (room 21:137)

Venue: room 12:228 before lunch, and then Lilla matsalen (21:137), Blåsenhus.
Registration: by e-mail to Ashley Haru.

Organized by HERO in cooperation with SEC – Sociology of Education and Culture and SIHE – Swedish Centre for Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education.

4-5 december, 2017

Colloquium: Higher Education as a Research Object

The network organized a colloquium for doctoral students and research assistants. The idea behind the colloquium was to offer them an opportunity to present their work to researchers with adjacent academic interests, and thus to receive constructive criticism in a multidisciplinary environment. The program also included a keynote lecture on the topic of higher education, and a discussion of how HERO can help strengthening the position of junior researchers.


4 December

Sharon Rider


Anna Niklasson

14.15 –15.00
Ashley Haru and André Bryntesson


Sara Lindberg

Jennifer Waddling


5 December

Astrid Collsiöö

Hampus Östh Gustafsson



Steering committee meeting

Venue: Lilla Torget, Sigtuna Stads Hotell

9 November, 09.15–16.30

Workshop on Higher Education and Research Administration

Modern organizations have to an increasing extent developed administrative routines. This is true for their internal processes but also more and more so in response to external demands. In order to manage their organizations leaders adopt various internal systems for reporting and other feedback. At the same time also the external demands on reporting has increased as well as the felt need to handle market pressures and the scrutiny from the media and other surveyors. The mentioned circumstances have had the effect that the administrative overhead of modern organizations has grown through the creation of various units for internal control and the handling of external relations. Universities, which have become very significant organizations in modern society, are part of this development. As a result, their staffs contain today a considerable number of Higher Education Professionals (HEPROs). Against this backdrop, the workshop is intended to elaborate on the development of administration in organizations in general and in universities in particular.

Linda Wedlin: Introducing the HERA Project


Barbara Kehm: HEPROs in Modern Universities

Lars Engwall: The Organization of Persuasion, Promotion and Protection


Anders Forssell: The Society of Administration

Josef Pallas: Media and Modern Organizations


Francisco Ramirez: The Rationalized University

Concluding Discussion

Detailed program.

Venue: Hörsal 2, Ekonomikum.
Registration:  by e-mail to Johan Boberg no later than October 31st.

Organized by HERO in cooperation with SUIT – Swedish Universities in Transition.

7 NOVEMBER, 13.15–17.45

Studies of the Internationalization of Higher

The Swedish Centre for Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education is organizing a section on studies of the internationalization of higher education at Global Super Tuesday: Celebrating Internationalisation of Swedish Higher Education.


Mikael Börjesson, André Bryntesson & Ashley Haru: The space of Erasmus exchange experiences and motives among Swedish Erasmus students

Leandro Aramburu: The European dimension in Erasmus exchange

Elspeth Jones: Current trends in internationalisation of higher education

Andreas Åkerlund: Academic internationalisation as foreign policy, development aid and selling Sweden – SI scholarships 1945-2010

Linda Wedlin: Ideas of a global market for universities

Anne-Catherine Wagner: International strategies in France

Mette Dahlberg Hansen: "Go West"  Unravelling the experiences of Eastern European students pursuing a master's degree in Denmark

Eva Åkesson, Henrik Edgren & Mikael Börjesson: Inauguration of the Centre for the Study of Internationalisation of Higher Education

Detailed program.

Venue: Hörsal Bertil Hammer (24:K104), Blåsenhus.
Registration: here no later than November 1st.

Organized by The Swedish Centre for Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education in cooperation with the research node LIME  Language, Internationalisation, Migration, and Education.

24 OCTOBER, 13.15–16.00

Seminar on Teacher Education and the Teaching Profession

The network organized a half-day seminar on teacher education and the teaching profession with presentations by Mikael Gustavsson, Emil Bertilsson and Kristin Larsson.


Michael Gustavsson: Metodsjukan

Emil Bertilsson: Utbildningssociologiska perspektiv på rekryteringen till lärarutbildningarna och lärares yrkeskarriärer


Kristin Larsson: Förändrade spelregler för professionalism?

Closing Discussion

Abstracts for presentations.

Venue: Gyllenhielmska biblioteket, Skytteanum.

Organized by HERO.

6 september 2017, 1.15–3.00 PM

The Paradox of the Global University

Professor Mitchell Stevens (Stanford University)

No university of ambition officially claims to be local. Touting international reach and reputation is a nearly essential feature of university strategic planning, worldwide. Yet being a global university is paradoxical. Academic institutions historically are servants of particular cities, regions, and nations, and one of their essential functions has been to connect particular places with world affairs. International rankings regimes, the frenzied search for tuition revenue among schools in a few large markets, and the remarkable consistency with which nations pursue status through higher education: all of these deepen the implication of universities in the fate and future of particular locales.

Venue: Hörsal Sydney Alrutz (rum 13:026), Blåsenhus.

Organized by HERO in cooperation with  SEC – Sociology of Education and Culture and SINAS – Swedish Institute for North American Studies.

5 september 2017, 10.15–4.30 PM

Workshop with Professor Mitchell Stevens

HERO organized a workshop for doctoral students and early career researchers together with Professor Mitchell Stevens (Stanford University). Stevens held a lecture on American research on higher education, after which the participants gave short presentations of their research. Professor Stevens gave comments.

Venue: Fanjunkaren, Eklundshof

12 june 2017, 1.15–4.30 PM

Kan vi styra universiteten?

Debatten om universitetens och vetenskapens styrning och roll har en ständig plats i det offentliga rummet. Ett tema idebatten under senare år har varit hur universiteten ska styras och hur de ska utvecklas till autonoma och självstyrandeorganisationer. Medan dessa diskussioner i hög grad utgått från frågan om hur man kan och bör styra universitet och högskolor, finns också behovet av att utvidga diskussionen till frågor om vad som kan styras, och i så fall varför?

Forskargruppen SUIT, Swedish Universities in Transition på Företagsekonomiska institutionen vid Uppsala Universitet arrangerar seminariet "Kan vi styra universiteten?". Frågor om vad som ska styras och varför har diskuterats i flertalet nyligen utkomna böcker, varav fem är redigerade eller skrivna av forskare knutna till Uppsala universitet. Vid seminariet möts författare av dessa böcker, bland andra Shirin Ahlbäck-Öberg, Lars Engwall, Kerstin Sahlin, Thomas Karlsohn,Linda Wedlin och Josef Pallas för att diskutera de insikter som böckerna bidrar med, och för att i ett gemensamt samtalmed publiken vidareutveckla idéer om vilka förutsättningar som behövs för universitetens fortsatta utveckling ochframgång.

Location: Hörsal 1, Ekonomikum

22 may 2017, 1.15–4.00 PM

Briefing Seminar

Presentations of previous and ongoing research.

Location: Eng 4-0019

9 may 2017, 1.15–3.00 PM

Designing a Curriculum for a Post-Truth World
Professor Steve Fuller (University of Warwick)

Listen to an audio recording of the lecture.

Location: Eng 2-1077.
Organized in cooperation with the Department of Philosophy and Engaging Vulnerability.

HERO is financed by the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences. If you would like to receive regular updates from the network, please contact Johan Boberg.