Karol Vieker, Equality & Diversity Manager
- I'm reading A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. It's a heartwarming tale about the power of community, something we need more of these days!
Anna Dreber Almenberg, Professor at the Department of Economics
- The Peripheral is a stimulating cyberpunk sci-fi thriller in the spirit of Neuromancer (one of my favorite books, also by Gibson). Though if one is to read Gibson, I would start with the Sprawl trilogy (in which Neuromancer is the first book). I'm also reading a book about Ernst Thiel, which describes a fascinating man and era that I did not know enough about.
Erik Modig, Assistant Professor at the Department of Marketing and Strategy
-Three years ago Clay Johnson wrote what we all have been talking about after the Brexit and Trump surprises (for most of us). We all need to be aware of the information we use and build our decisions on. Let 2017 be the year when we develop our own Information Diet. Or else, our information obesity will probably lead to a lot of new surprises.
Jenny Lantz, Researcher at SSE Institute for Research (SIR)
- I recommend Karolina Ramqvist's elegant essay "Det är natten,” on writing and the role of the author. As researchers, we ought to think more about the form of our writing and ask ourselves what is lost when everything must be clear and summarizable. There are also parallels, and differences, between the Author and the Researcher as entertainers. In exemplary short format, only 85 pages!"
Marie-Louise Fendin, Library Director
- I want to recommend “Antropocen – Dikt för en ny epok” by Jonas Gren. It's a kind of ecopoetry addressing the ecological changes. It also raises questions about sustainability and climate - current and important topics - in poetry format, which makes it very interesting.
Anna Nyberg, Assistant Professor at Department of Marketing and Strategy
- This Christmas I look forward to reading Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo. I like the way he can make a story come alive. He has a particular talent for making the not so distant past relevant and urgent.
Elin Åström Rudberg, Affiliated Researcher at The Institute for Economic and Business History Research
- I'm reading a book by the political thinker Isaiah Berlin called "Essäer om frihet". He writes about various aspects of freedom, politics and idologies in a clear and insghtful way. Today, with increasing extremism and divisions in society, his ideas come across as highly relevant. Reading this book makes me feel that I understand the world a little bit better than before.
Emma Stenström, Associate Professor at Department of Management and Organization
- During the holidays, I plan to spend time reading about something that is not (yet?) related to my research, namely female sexuality. Although it might sound controversial, I believe it is important, not only on a personal level, but also in society in general – and in business life.
Why? Because when we connect to our sexuality, we also connect to our power and our creativity, if one is to believe some of the thinkers in the field. And yes, the effects in our brains and bodies can even be measured.
Still, female sexuality remains somewhat a mystery. Many researchers agree that women differ much more, and have a much wider spectrum in their sexuality than men, and that there therefore is so much to be explored.
Reading and talking about female sexuality in a course this fall, really opened up my eyes. I had no clue that there were so much to learn – and as a researcher that intrigues me, of course.
Here are some of the books that are downloaded on my Kindle (yes, I feel it is easier to not show the whole world that I am reading them):
Naomi Wolf (2012) Vagina: A New Biography, Virago. Highly recommended for anyone, woman or man, who wants to understand female sexuality better.
Regena Thomashauer (2016) Pussy: A Reclamation, Hay House. A bit provoking for a Scandinavian, but “Mama Gena”, as she is called, is a cult person in the field of female sexuality.
Emily Nagoski (2015) Come as You Are, Simon & Schuster. Very useful, and with an important message: you are fine just as you are. We all differ – and that is what makes it so exciting.