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This text was once part of a research proposal. A professor, proving his proclivity for exaggeration, called it ‘a Rembrandt.’ The text was written some time after the attacks in Paris and Brussels. This is why it concentrates on Muslims. I have not the slightest inclination of single out Muslims. Personally, I am much more worried about the threats of the extreme right, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. There is no doubt that the enormous majority...

Contact us if you are stuck with writing up your thesis, your presentation or your research proposal or if you experience learning difficulties. Our coaches have a PhD, pedagogical competence and extensive experience in teaching, supervising and helping students. We supervised hundreds of students over the years. Coaching produces much better results than traditional teacher-student processes, such as mentoring or remedial teaching. Writing is a problem for many students. Difficulties are often due to the lack of a clear, realistic and concise plan. Exhaustion,...

Publishing is essential for your career, but it is far from a drama if a paper is being rejected (see also here). Evaluate the comments of the referees and make up your mind. If you believe in your article, improve the text, find a journal that is a close fit and submit the paper again. Have a blog, post articles on academia.net and researchgate or ask accomplished experts in your field if you can publish a guest article on their blog....

“Bad writing precedes good writing,” Janet Hulstrand writes. She advices to not waste time trying to avoid bad writing. Anything you write up can be changed. Just get started and go from there. Let’s take this further. Writing problems are almost always made worse by cognitive overload, an unrealistic plan, trying to do too much at once, or ‘perfectionism.’ You can read up more about this here and here. It’s not helpful to tell students to ‘just start’ and ‘go...

Editing is the final stage of your work. Everything depends on it. Even the most ingenious thesis will never pass if it is not well written. Let a professional edit your PhD or your other thesis. You will gain a lot of time and a meticulous clean-up will make your thesis look great. The work will gain in quality, it will be convincing and elegant. It is wonderful if your PhD is being accepted without...

I did my PhD on Hannah Arendt. A short time after my promotion, a friend told me that a journal which will now not be named was preparing an issue on Arendt. It was far from one of the top journals. I wrote up an article and submitted it. It took eight months before I received a letter basically saying ‘sorry, but what you wrote up is too specialized and don’t take it personally’. There was an ‘evaluation’ of one...

Apropå diskussionen om att det inte går att köpa köttbullar i alla mataffärer i Sverige, och den känsla av obehag, verfremdung, i ens eget land, som detta kan utlösa. Citatet i titeln kommer från en artikel av Kajsa Dovstad, gästkolumnen i Göteborgsposten 15/6, som har diskuterats intensivt. Agnes Wold twittrar t.ex. att nu har det gått för långt, nu säger hon upp prenumerationen på GP, det ger 1700 ”likes” och fler än 160 kommentarer, när jag tittade senast. Wold diskuterar med...

Introduction The work of the political economist and economic historian Karl Polanyi (1886–1964) is fashionable today (1). It got back into the limelight after the financial crisis of 2008-2009. Scholars of globalization, neoliberalism and post-democracy consider his work on disembedded societies and on reciprocity relevant. But a lot of questions and problems remain. Polanyi’s oeuvre is characterised by excessive ambition, unwarranted generalisations and, sometimes, plain contradictions. It is therefore not surprising that his texts generate...

The persistent problem of dropout Swedish schools have slipped from being one of the world’s best in international ratings to one of the most mediocre in Europe. Today, Sweden has some 400.000 university students. In 1990, we had 150.000. This is an increase of ca. 130% in 30 years. Thirty per cent of these students will drop out. Figures from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities show that 31 percent of students are unable to complete their studies at the gynmasiet within the expected three years. Even...

The magic of money and the illusion of biofuels: toward an interdisciplinary understanding of technology By Alf Hornborg (Human Ecology Division, Lund University) (1). Abstract. For several centuries, the dominant worldview in industrial societies has held that various problems —such as those recently identified as relating to sustainability— can be solved through technological progress. Technological progress has been conceived as the fruits of engineering science, new knowledge, and innovation. While knowledge of the principles of physics is certainly a necessary condition for...