The visiting professorship

Since 2003, The Torgny Segerstedt Foundation has supported visiting professors in the Memory of Torgny Segerstedt. The holders are appointed by the University of Gothenburg for periods of one year and must represent subject fields with a connection to democracy, freedom of expression, human rights or religion. The professorship is not linked to any particular faculty.

For the year 2016-17, Sami Adwan is visiting professor in the Memory of Torgny Segerstedt, based at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning. He is a pioneer in the research on how education can contribute to peace building and conflict resolution, working as Associate Professor and Academic Vice President at the University of Hebron. Professor Adwan is also one of the founders of the organisation PRIME, which has been working with UNESCO and other international organisations to promote a model in which historical narratives are used in education as a peace-building tool.

“It is important to understand how others view their past, so that we can understand each other today. History really is not about the past, it’s about what we live in now and our future,” says Sami Adwan.


Read a longer interview with Professor Adwan.

Previous visiting professors.