Seminar on “Women's room in change”
At the seminar, Berit Sahlström presented her works of art that have hung in the university
building since 2017 and put them in relation to her previous experiences as a student, researcher, teacher and gender
equality officer at Uppsala University. The seminar was also attended by Ninna Edgardh, professor of ecclesiology, and
Anneli Holmberg, senior lecturer in textile science.
Berit Sahlström's artwork shows that even at the beginning of the last century there were prominent intellectual women who were of great importance for both academia and for a broader debate in church and society.
The artworks in the university building are part of Uppsala University's history writing. Who is allowed to take a seat in the public space is to a large extent a question of relevance to equal opportunities work. It is important both because it tells a story that not everyone knows, but also to create a room where more people feel welcome. How Uppsala University presents its history is an expression of what kind of environment the university wants to be today.
ACTORS AND STAKEHOLDERS
- The Faculty of Theology's Equal Opportunities Committee.
- The Advisory Board for Equal Opportunities.
- Vice-Chancellor (approve funding for equal opportunities projects).
- The seminar was open for everybody, also outside the university.
What would you do the same/differently another time?
What have you learnt? Do you see relevance for this in other contexts?
Anyone who uses the hall can view the artworks, but the background and the female pioneers are not widely known. One improvement measure could be to adhere the information for each piece directly beside each artwork.