Cultural complexity in the new Norway was a strategic research programme at UiO from 2004 to 2010.
Five faculties at UiO cooperated in this research programme, held conferences, published books and articles and financed research. I 2010 they were rewarded with UiO's communication price, because of their extensive dissemination.
The most important goal for Culcom was to strengten UiO's research about cultural complexity. This has been done through financing master students, PhD-students and senior researchers. More than 120 people from the five facultites were involved in Culcom during the six year period. Culcom resulted in 9 PhD-degrees, 42 master degrees and many books, articles and media coverage.
The project group
The programme involved five faculties: The Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Education.
The project group was composed of one represenative from each faculty: Ivar Morken (Education), Anne Hellum (Law), Oddbjørn Leirvik (Theology), Knut Kjeldstadli (Arts) and Thomas Hylland Eriksen (Social sciences), and Beatrice Halsaa from the Centre for cross-disciplinary gender research.
This group’s proposal was accepted by the University’s board in the Spring of 2004 after having been evaluated both internally at the University of Oslo, and by an international academic panel.
The group of applicants was later supplemented by Tore Lindholm from the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.