Demands and Challenges of Internationalization in the Swedish Humanities in the Era of Academic Capitalism

Magnus Öhlander,

Katarzyna Wolanik Boström,

Helena Pettersson


This article analyzes strategies and practices among Swedish Humanities scholars in relation to the demands of “internationalization” and in a framework of academic capitalism. The article is based on 30 qualitative interviews with scholars in philosophy, Romance languages and history. There are signs of cognitive dissonance, with conflicting set of norms. Benefits for the academic CV, along with a discipline’s ideals, traditions and its perceived role in society are the main context in which internationalization is understood, implemented and contested, with individual variations in international practices as e.g. international mobility, networking or publication strategies.

Słowa kluczowe: Humanities, Sweden, internationalization, international practices, academic capitalism

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