Stockholm Explorative Talks is a new forum with an aim to move beyond habitual patterns and methods. This year’s appointed curators, Moira von Wright and Micael Dahlen, will use imagination as a way to step into new and different roles without abandoning their identity, as a way of pushing borders and make change.

A number of carefully selected scholars from different disciplines and from different universities in Stockholm, The Team, will be pushed to challenge themselves and each other to try ideas and problems in a creative way. Stockholm Explorative Talks will create an opportunity to grab questions and problems and push disciplinary borders to reach new insights.


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The Curators

Moira von Wright is Professor of Humanity and Welfare at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College and among other things former Vice-Chancellor at Södertörn University.

In the area of educational philosophy and social theory Moira raises crucial questions about human communication: What are the conditions for genuine participation? What role do activity and imagination play? Why – and how – does place matter? Her current research concentrates on imagination, participation and resilience, and on a contemporary approach towards “doing good” in civil society.

Micael Dahlen is Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics with a leading position in the field of consumer behavior, creativity, and marketing. Dahlen has been ranked number 10 in the world among researchers in his field and was nominated for the Business Professor of the Year Award by The Economist’s Intelligence Unit.

Micael is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has given keynote presentations in cities that include Istanbul, New York, Lisbon, and Shanghai, for clients such as Google, Ericsson, Samsung, Deloitte, Volkswagen, Fujitsu, and Oriflame.


The Team

The Team is carefully picked from different disciplines and various backgrounds. In common they have that they all are scholars from one of Stockholm’s 18 universities. But even more important, they are creative, prestigeless, and courageous.

Mark Rhinard is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University. His research interests include the dynamics of international cooperation, particularly as they concern ‘transboundary’ security threats including terrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics.

Loulou Cherinet is Professor in Fine Arts at Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design. She is trained at universities in both Addis Ababa and Stockholm. Loulou is interested in politics – “the taste of it, what it looks like and it’s sound, when a state materializes in our bodies, our conversations and behaviour”. In her moving images she examines issues like place and territories.

Walter Osika is deeply engaged in issues about social sustainability with focus on empathy, compassion, trust, altrusim and wisdom. He is the Director at Center for Social Sustainability and Associated Professor in Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet. As specialist in both cardiology and psychiatry he knows a lot of both body and mind.

Sanna Nordin-Bates is chartered psychologist and Associate Professor in Sport Psychology at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, with a research focus on dance. She investigates perfectionism, eating disorders, motivation and creativity among dancers. Beside her research in UK she also worked as an applied psychology consultant for the English National Ballet.

Gustav Borgefalk is Postgraduate Researcher in service design at the Royal College of Art, in London and a Swedish tech entrepreneur. He is investigating The Future of Captology – computers as persuasive technologies. Gustav has a mission: to create equal access to opportunities for all. Among other things he has been awarded Intel Top 50 Young Innovators of the World.

Robin Teigland is Professor of Business Administration at the Stockholm School of Economics. Robin’s research interests reside at the intersection of strategy, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She identifies a new culture in young businesses built on networking, shared resources and a different mindset. In 2017 and 2018 Veckans Affärer nominated her as one of the 125 most influential women in Sweden, especially within technology.


The event is a collaboration between Stockholms Akademiska Forum and Nobel Center and a part of the Nobel Calling 2018, October 1-8.

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