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I took the picture above some years ago: the Nile somewhere between Luxor and Aswan.

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OF BOOKS AND PEOPLEPosted by Tore Nordenstam Monday, September 19 2011 14:35:20

When I met him for the first time, I was surprised. The context was a seminar series organised by Albert Danielsson, professor of Industrial Economy and Organisation at the Royal Technical Institute KTH in Stockholm, and Håkan Törnebohm, professor of Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. The general theme was values and evaluations, and I was invited to talk about values and evaluations of an élite in an underdeveloped country. A Ph.D. student in Albert Danielsson’s department had been selected to comment on my contribution. In the ensuing discussion he tried to clarify what he was after with the help of references to Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Strindberg’s Miss Julie ...

It turned out that the Ph.D. student in question had started his academic career with an unusual combination of subjects – mathematics and theatre studies. That span has characterised his whole career. With one foot in the world of formal rules and the other foot in the world of theatre, music and art, he was one of the first to observe the limits and dangers of computerisation. The tension between the exact language of formal rules and the practical knowledge which is to be found in the various professions was the leitmotif of Yrkeskunnande och teknologi (Professional Knowledge and Technology), the new subject which he created at KTH in the eighties and nineties. The meeting between art and science was the main theme in the other great innovative enterprise of his, the Dialogue Seminar, crossing the borders between Academia, in casu KTH, and the world of theatre, represented by the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.

A dynamic and creative person of this calibre won’t by stopped by such hazards as becoming a retiree. As visiting professor he takes a very active part in the establishment of Professional Knowledge and Technology at Linnæus University in Southern Sweden, including co-operation with the Centre for Practical Knowledge at the University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway. The time for surprise is not over yet …

On October 4, he will be seventy.

A fanfare for Bo!!/Menu/general/column-content/attachment/CV-Bosse.pdf

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