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AAU Elections 2019: Five questions for candidate Steen Ledet Christiansen

AAU Elections 2019: Five questions for candidate Steen Ledet Christiansen

The humanities and social sciences are not experiencing a crisis - they are under attack. This is the view of professor with special responsibilities (MSO) Steen Ledet Christiansen, who is running for the University Board to take the helm of humanities and social sciences at AAU. This will be achieved by encouraging a transformation of the university’s internal budget models.

Name of the candidate, job title, place of employment at AAU:

Steen Ledet Christiansen, Professor with Special Responsibilities (MSO), Department of Culture and Learning.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE UNIVERSITY BOARD?

I have chosen to run for the university board to bolster the humanities and the social sciences at Aalborg University.

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS AAU'S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

AAU’s biggest challenge is to maintain strong Humanities and Social Sciences faculties and counter the long-standing neglect of non-STEM research and education.

HOW CAN THE IDENTIFIED CHALLENGE BE ADDRESSED?

Today’s most urgent situations can only be answered by humanities and social sciences scholarship. A full century before geologists identified irreversible climate damage by humans, human and social scientists had identified our way of life as unsustainable.

Humanities and the social sciences are the only avenues of research that provide answers on how to prevent the rise of fascism, intensified colonization, genocide and inequality on a planetary scale. These issues cannot be resolved through STEM research, yet urgently require scholarship to maintain a sustainable world.

If AAU’s strategy is to produce knowledge for a sustainable world, human and social scientists are pivotal for the university and the rest of the world.

WHY VOTE FOR YOU?

In running for the board, I plan to revisit the internal funding flows to reflect that the university as a whole is serious about engaging with the world.

WHAT IS YOUR KEY ISSUE?

The Humanities and Social Sciences are not in crises; they are under attack. Bolstering them from within is a solution.