Anekdot is making knowledge more accessible


writer icon Lily Olsson     ISB   |   Tech     🕐 28. Feb. 2019

A popular Swedish podcast that focused on research, science and the spreading of knowledge, has developed into a digital magazine along the same lines.

The podcast 'Bildningspodden' which has been around since 2015, was frequently guested by some of the country's most learned people, to discuss topics ranging from celebrity history to Aristotle.

Its concept is now being taken one step further, in the inception of the digital magazine, a collaboration between Stockholm University and Kungliga Vitterhetsakademien (the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities).

The aim of the magazine is to further and spread academic knowledge to the broader masses, according to Anekdot’s editor in chief Magnus Bremmer.

There should be no need for prior knowledge on the topic[s] to be able to understand our scholarly talks or texts. I feel sick at the thought of someone who has an interest in what a researcher or scholar want to get across with their work, not following their reasoning even by way of introduction of it, Bremmer explains.

But we also don’t want to sacrifice all complexity to an issue. It often comes down to [finding ways to] concretise rather than simplify. It is easier to relate to Foucault’s theory of power when you also get an idea of what his student years in Uppsala were like, driving around in a jaguar and wearing a velvet suit.

Established academic scholars produce all the material available on, and its focus is primarily on providing humanist academic knowledge from a historical perspective.

We believe that information should be free and will therefore never put up a paywall.

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