New leadership at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science

ByAlyssa R. Elliott

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Alexander Almér thinks the Head of Office function is an interesting one.
“When you set your all into executing one thing excellent, it’s stimulating. I have a good belief in the value of our topics in the modern-day planet and in the way they interact. And I see wonderful opportunity in the extensive-ranging things to do currently staying carried out in the office to establish additional collaboration, the two with other disciplines and with encompassing culture.”
Issues about the tutorial legitimacy of the humanities and their part in culture are often lifted in public discussion.
“Our office can make a contribution to the discussion by demonstrating likely methods ahead, making use of our disciplines in theory and in exercise,” states Alexander Almér.

Thinker and cognition scientist

Alexander Almér has long practical experience in the college earth and was previously Head of the Division of Cognition and Interaction in the Division of Utilized IT the place he earlier held the write-up of Deputy Head of Department and taught cognitive science.
“I began by finishing a PhD in theoretical philosophy in 2007. If an individual today had been to talk to what I was doing work on back then, I would say a thing about philosophy of language, pragmatics and semantics. I could possibly also mention that I see wondering, language and interaction as intricate expressions of the actuality that we are social biological creatures who have made about a extended interval of time below tension of selection. As a cognitive scientist, I have dedicated time to constructing an training programme at the University of Gothenburg when also conducting investigate,” claims Alexander Almér, continuing:

“I’m intrigued in what feelings are and the cognitive and social function they have. A similar theme is social influence on choices, assessments and behaviours, additionally group-relevant phenomena these types of as polarisation. I glimpse ahead to owning the prospect to bring jointly the threads from my philosophical studies and the get the job done I did later on.”

From London to Gothenburg

Christine Howes has been appointed Deputy Head of Office. A senior lecturer in computational linguistics, she has been performing in the office due to the fact 2014 when she moved to Sweden from London.
“My analysis is about discussion and conversation – in particular misunderstandings – which could be helpful as a supervisor. I arrive from the United kingdom and have knowledge of a different bigger education technique. This suggests I have a wide standpoint on how universities work (and when they do not…),” suggests Christine Howes.
For a couple of many years now, she has been Head of the Linguistics, Logic and Principle of Science Unit. She will keep this role.
The two took up their new posts on 1 April and are appointed for six many years until finally 30 June 2028.

Text: Monica Havström