Saturday, October 25, 2014

Please Help Save Funding for the Swedish Institutes at Athens, Rome and Istanbul

Thank you to CAES board member Linda Emanuel for sharing this. We hope you can take a moment to sign the petition. If your Swedish is a bit rusty, never fear: a nice "tutorial" is included below the petition link.

Dear colleagues,

Yesterday the Swedish Government announced that they will end all state funding for the Swedish Institutes at Athens, Rome and Istanbul from 2017. Our research Institutes have no private funding and will therefore have to close down and terminate their work within two years.

The decision has been made without any prior consultation or investigation of the consequences: the Institutes will not be able to fulfill their responsibilities of taking care of archaeological material or sites in the Mediterranean and providing education with the fields of Classical Archaeology, Classics, Art History, Architecture and Social sciences, nor to conduct and publish research, give conferences, host cultural activities, take part in heritage management or run our research libraries in the Mediterranean countries.

The decision would be a huge tragedy for Classical research and education in Sweden and we ask you to consider signing the petition against it:

Please enter through "Skriv på listan" (Sign the list)
Add your "förnamn" (name), "efternamn" (surname), emailadress (for verification only), "postort" (city), and "ämne/titel" (title/subject). Press "spara" (save) and sign through the verification email.

Thank you for your support,
Jenni Hjohlman

Jenni Hjohlman, PhD, Editor
The Editorial Committee of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Stockholm University

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