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Literary Agenda

The Literary Agenda gives SSE students the opportunity to participate in book circles and author’s talks led by faculty, staff and PhD students. We read seven selected books a year. The aim is to promote self-reflection, empathy and cultural literacy among students.


The reading list for 2022/2023.

Here is the deal:

We read seven books a year, selected by an advisory board of authors, publishers and our president. We divide the signed up students into groups of ten and give them a circle leader from faculty or staff. Then it´s up to the groups to decide on when and where to meet.

Each member of the initiative receives all the books for free (they can be picked up in the SSE library) and are provided free meals/fika (from the cafeteria) for the book circle discussions.

All students who read and discuss 5 out of 7 books in the Literary Agenda and hand in a reflection paper (we give out questions to answer), will get the Literary Agenda in their degree certificate under Formal Extracurricular Activities.

More than 1 350 students, doctoral students, faculty and staff have been part of the first four years of the Literary Agenda.

Sign up to the Literary Agenda:

Sign up for students

Sign up for bookcircle leaders


The initiative is financed by Stiftelsen Natur & Kultur and McKinsey & Company.

Would you like to know more about the Literary Agenda?
Please feel free to contact Tinni Ernsjöö Rappe, who manages it.


Reading list 2022/2023

Joseph Ponthus - On the line (Vid bandet). Original language French.
Pilar Quintana - The bitch (Tiken). Original language Spanish.
Yan Lianke - The Years, Months, Days (År månader dagar). Original language Mandarin.
Marie NDiaye - Ladivine. Original language French.
Elin Cullhed - Euphoria (Eufori). Original language Swedish.
Olivia Laing - The Lonely City (Den ensamma staden). Original language English.
Karl Ove Knausgård, Spring (Om våren). Original language Norwegian.

Student Klas on being a member of the Literary Agenda