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Research to the people on Researchers’ Night
How do we deal with men subject to violence, what myths surround open data and what do we actually mean by ‘typically Swedish’? These were some of the topics at European Researchers’ Night, when LiU researchers met the public at cafés and other venues in Linköping and Norrköping.
On 30 September, Linköping University organised European Researchers’ Night for the third time. At the Stadsmissionen Café in Linköping, guests arrived before the event was even open, and by the time the lecture started, almost every table was occupied.
Alma Persson, researcher at Gender Studies (right), discussed how we deal with men who are subject to partner violence.
“According to The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, one in five people have at some point been subject to partner violence, but few report it. And just as many men as women say this has happened to them.”
In her research, Alma Persson has interviewed social workers and others who come in contact with men who are subject to violence. Men report even less frequently than women – and there are numerous reasons for this.
“Many of these men don’t see it as violence. Being a victim of violence is not in line with the idea of the man as the stronger party. They see it as embarrassing, and it can take a long time for them to be able to put words to the experience.”
Social structures are often built from the perception that women are the subjects of violence, and men the perpetrators. Many municipal websites have a page offering assistance to men who carry out acts of violence, and to women who are subject to it.
“So, where should men who are subject to violence turn? There are even examples where they are placed in groups of violent men, and have to go through the same programme.”
One member of the audience who spoke to Alma Persson after the lecture was Natalia Puntigliano:
“I’m visiting my sister in Linköping and I thought this seemed interesting. I work at a short-term residential facility in Uppsala where we encounter lots of mothers who are subject to violence – but also fathers. The lecture was good, although it could have been longer.”
Five other lectures were held on the night, including two in Norrköping. At Coffice, LiU researcher Jonathan Jogenfors spoke on the digital currency Bitcoin. At the Museum of Work, assistant lecturer and pre-school teacher Anders Albinsson (right) discussed how pre-school children measure length, volume and time, while playing with Lego.
I Linköping one venue was Creactive, where Ulf Melin, associate professor of information systems, presented results from a current research project on open data. Maria Jenmalm, professor of experimental allergology, spoke at Babettes kafferi on the fight against the allergy epidemic and Kalle Bäck, professor emeritus, held a discussion with journalist Ragnar Dahlberg about what non-Swedes feel is typically Swedish.
The last Friday in September has been declared ”European Researchers’ Night” by the European Commission. At hundreds of activities throughout Europe, different types of research will be on offer for the public.
Photo: Charlotte Perhammar (Alma Persson) and Thor Balkhed (Anders Albinsson)
Last updated: 2016-10-05