Water is a fundamental resource for all life on Earth. The way we use water is a crucial part of the transition towards a more sustainable society. The purpose of this directive is to gain insights into people's experiences with water and their daily practices related to it. The questions have been created by an interdisciplinary project that includes two faculties at Lund University - social science and technology - as well as the city of Helsingborg and RecoLab (www.recolab.se).

This directive does not require any identifying information, and participation is voluntary. Background information is requested only to contextualize the responses. The collected responses will be archived at the Folklife Archives at Lund University, and will be accessible for research and public use.

Cecilia Fredrikson, professor of ethnology at the Department of Service Studies, Campus Helsingborg/Lund University is the project manager responsible for this initiative and can be reached at cecilia.fredriksson@ses.lu.se.

For any inquiries regarding archiving and access, please contact Gabi Louisedotter at gabi.louisedotter@folklivsarkivet.lu.se.

Bangers and mash. Not for every kid. Photo: Picasa/Mostphotos

Swedengate – disrespect or being stingy?

A heated discussion under the hashtag Swedengate erupted on social media last spring. Swedes were accused of being strange as they did not invite their children’s friends to eat with them when the family was having dinner. The phenomenon was upsetting and ethnologist Håkan Jönsson was quickly inundated with questions. Are Swedes stingy?


The Folklife Archives capture everyday life for tomorrow

The archives initiate, collect, preserve and make every day life visible  in Sweden through stories and other forms of expression.

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Purpose of The Folklife Archives at Lund University:

The Folklife Archives serves a dual purpose, with a dedicated focus on the academic realm and a broader societal perspective on cultural heritage issues.

Functioning as a crucial infrastructure, it facilitates qualitative research and education by offering support, archiving research data, and students' collected materials. Furthermore, the archives actively engage in teaching and provide a knowledge base for students. The Folklife Archives spearheads and investigates both historical and contemporary materials.

Positioned as a cultural heritage actor, the archives actively collects, manages, processes, and disseminates knowledge reflecting people's everyday lives across different times and contexts. The materials housed, including those from the Scania Music Collections, form a vital component of the university's historical heritage, contributing significantly to society's comprehension of how the past influences the present.

The Board of the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology at Lund University officially endorsed The Folklife Archives with the Scania Music Collections' mission on September 30, 2020.