Stockholm Academic Forum

proudly invites you to join the 3rd edition of

Stockholm Explorative Talks 

23 September 2021

Theme: Challenges

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Stockholm Explorative Talks is a forum with an aim to move beyond the habitual patterns and methods of academic inquiry and discourse. This year’s appointed curator, Gustav Borgefalk, will lead a discussion on the theme, ‘Challenges’ which tries to locate new insights by pushing disciplinary borders.

A number of carefully selected scholars from different disciplines representing 17 of the universities in Stockholm – The Team – will be pushed to challenge themselves and each other to propose ideas and examine problems in a creative way.

In an attempt to make the discussion freewheeling and spontaneous, that is all the information we have shared with the scholars! We have also made sure that they meet each other for the first time on stage, so they come totally unrehearsed!

The Curator

The Team

The Team comprises scholars who are carefully picked from different disciplines and various backgrounds. Together they are a diverse group of people, representing 17 universities of Stockholm. The Team members have been selected because of their ability to be creative, open-minded, and courageous!

Cheryl Akner-Koler

Konstfack - University of Arts, Crafts and Design

KonstfackCheryl Akner-Koler is Professor in Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics at Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design. Her research interests pivot around how everyday aesthetic experiences in the real world drive creative processes. She also investigates the haptic aspects of movement, touch, taste and smell within the field of aesthetics.

Mark Bassin

Södertörn University

Södertörn UniversityMark Bassin is Baltic Sea Professor in the Center for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University. His academic background is in the history of ideology, political geography and geopolitics, with a regional focus on Russia-Eurasia and Central Europe.

Gunilla Björling

The Swedish Red Cross University College

Gunilla Björling is Associate Professor in Technology in Health at The Swedish Red Cross University College and Professor of Nursing Science at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College in Moshi, Tanzania. Her main research area is health in technical development and the bridge between medical technology, patient safety and nursing.

Per Borin

Stockholm University of the Arts

Per Borin is Professor in Conducting and Musical Performance at the Department of Opera at Stockholm University of the Arts. He has extensive academic experiences in Germany, China and Sweden. Borin has been General Music Director for five opera houses in north Germany and conducting professor in Stuttgart for several years.

Photo: Stockholm University of the Arts

Samira Bouabana

Beckmans College of Design

Samira Bouabana is Assistant Professor in Graphic Design and Visual Communications at Beckmans College of Design. She is the founder of Hall of Femmes, an initiative to highlight the work of women in the field of art direction and graphic design. As a teacher she has received the Educator of the Year award, given by the Foundation for the Promotion of Graphic Professions.

Photo: Carola Grahn

Jason J. Czarnezki

Stockholm University

Jason J. Czarnezki is the holder of the 2020 Olof Palme visiting professorship at Stockholm University and Professor of Environmental Law at Pace University, USA. His research focuses on environmental and social justice, global climate and food policies, the interaction between civil society and sustainability, and the impacts of environmental harm on peace and security.

Robert Egnell

Swedish Defence University

Robert Egnell is Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish Defence University and Professor in Leadership. His expertise is best summarized with ‘the conduct and effectiveness of peace and stability operations.’ His research has spanned across civil-military relations, peace support operations, gender in military operations, women in combat, as well as the connection between security and development.

Cecilia Katzeff

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Cecilia Katzeff is Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. With a PhD in Psychology, she has a strong focus on people within the context of sustainability and ICT. Her research adopts a human oriented approach towards the design of digital interaction between people, their environment and various artefacts and systems.

Photo: Fredrik Persson

Göran Kenttä

The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

Göran Kenttä is Associate Professor in Sports Psychology at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences. The majority of his research is focused on elite sports with a stress-recovery perspective. He is engaged as an expert in sports psychology by the Swedish Sports Confederation and he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa.

Linnea Lundgren

Linnea Lundgren

Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College

Linnea Lundgren is a PhD student at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College. Her research interest is in the intersectionality of religion and civil society, both from a Swedish and a global perspective. Her dissertation project investigates the governmental regulation of religious communities in Sweden from the 1950s to today.

Christina Neofytou

Karolinska Institutet

Christina Neofytou is a doctoral student in Molecular Neurodevelopment at Karolinska Institutet. Her research focuses in the regulation of genes involved in brain development in health and disease, with particular interest in brain regions involved in social and cognitive processes.

Anna Norlén

The Erica Foundation

Anna Norlén is a licensed Psychologist, Psychotherapist, and the Vice-Chancellor of The Erica Foundation. She has long experience of supporting and treating children and young people subjected to violence, sexual abuse, maltreatment and other trauma. She is a doctoral student in psychology at Karlstad University. Her research focuses on dissemination and evaluation of trauma focused therapy for children aged 0–6 years.

Photo: Anna von Brömssen

Staffan Scheja

Royal College of Music in Stockholm

Staffan Scheja is Professor in Piano and the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has an international career as a pianist spanning over more than 50 years and has performed at venues across the world. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and has been a recipient of several prestigious awards.


Paolo Sodini

Stockholm School of Economics

Paolo Sodini is Professor of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is the director of the Institute for Micro Data (MiDa) and one of the founders of the European Network of Household Finance. His research focuses on Asset Pricing and Household Finance.

Ketil Thorgersen

University College of Music Education in Stockholm

Ketil Thorgersen is Assistant Professor in Music Education at both University College of Music Education in Stockholm (SMI) and Stockholm University (SU). His research interests are music educational history, aesthetic communications and music technology. He is a musician and music teacher himself, as well as a sound engineer.

Sophie Tottie

Royal Institute of Art

Sophie Tottie is an artist and Professor of Fine Arts at the Royal Institute of Art, with a specialization in drawing and painting. She examines topics with situation-specific, existential, political and historical reference points at the intersection of the individual and larger structural systems. Her art has been exhibited in several places around the world, such as MoMA in New York, Venice Biennale and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Photo: Vasilis Theodorou

Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson

University College Stockholm

Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson is Professor of Ethics at University College Stockholm. Her research has mainly focused on the ethical, philosophical and theological aspects of media ethics, surveillance, rights-oriented questions about the freedom of religion and conscience. She has, most recently, ventured into exploring the theological understanding of love, life and death, expressed in Swedish hymns.

Photo: Mikael M. Johansson

Event Details

Thursday 23 September 2021

Session I: 09.30-11.45

Session II: 13.30-15.45

Would you like to be part of The Audience?

Due to the current restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this year’s edition of Stockholm Explorative Talks will be live-streamed. However, there are a limited number of on-site seats available at the venue, at Royal College of Music in Stockholm. 

The day is divided into two separate sessions – you can attend both sessions online, but only one session if you want to be present at the venue.

Registration will be open from 1 June 2021

is the peak collaborative body and collective voice of the City of Stockholm and its 18 universities

Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institutet, Södertörn University, Stockholm School of Economics, Royal Institute of Art, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm University of the Arts, Swedish Defence University, University College Stockholm, The Swedish Red Cross University College, University College of Music Education in Stockholm, Sophiahemmet University, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, The Erica Foundation, Beckmans College of Design, The City of Stockholm