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Need Swedish museums more volunteers?

The annual political event Almedalen, on the island Gotland in Sweden, is just around the corner.

During the first week of July politicians and lobby-organisations meet on common ground to discuss current events – and this year I’m in🙂

Cultural Heritage is of course part if that and so are questions regarding museums, archives and libraries. A few months ago I was elected to the board of DIK – the creative union; that includes communicators, archaeologists, museum employees, antiquarians, librarians, speech pathologist etc.

One of the debates this year concerns volunteers in cultural institutions. In one corner are Annika Olsson, Gender studies – Stockholm University, (me) Magnus Reuterdahl, DIK, and Karin Thorasdotter, Arenagruppen.

On this side we are concerned when it comes to volunteers. There is a risk that they are replace paid personal, and issues regarding insurances, liability and costs are not clear – among other things.

On the opposite side are Lars Amréus, Antiquarian of the Realm, RiksantikvarieÀmbetet (National heritage board), Nicklas Lundblad, IT debater, social policy adviser, Google and Lars-Anders Johansson, responsible for cultural issues, Timbro.

They are for more volunteers.

The debattle is organized by RiksutstÀllningar (The Swedish Travelling Exhibitions) under the name; Need Swedish museums more volunteers? (Behöver svenska museer fler volontÀrer?)

The debate is held on July 2,10:00 – 11:30 at RiksutstĂ€llningar.

Read more about it here (in Swedish).

Magnus Reuterdahl


Tycooning

Today I was elected to the Association Board of DIK, the Swedish union for academics working on Culture and Communication, for the next three years

It’s both inspiring and exiting to be part of the DIK’s Association Board and to get be part of an interesting group of people and to work with interesting issues.

DIKs styrelse 2013-2015.
Övre raden frĂ„n vĂ€nster: Erik Palm, Magnus Reuterdahl, Sara Sivre, Mia Lindgren, Lars Aldemark. FrĂ€mre raden frĂ„n vĂ€nster: Susanna Wennerfeldt, Helena Leidebrant, Karin Linder, Lena Sundberg, Emili Rask, Anna-Stina Takala. Ej med pĂ„ bild: Jimmy Mannung, Sara Wranne. Bild: DIK.se

Idag blev jag invald i DIKs förbundsstyrelse, dÀr jag kommer att sitta de nÀrmsta tre Ären. Jag ser fram emot att fÄ arbeta med ett gÀng intressanta mÀnniskor frÄn andra branscher, sÀtta mig in i nya frÄgor och ta del av intressanta arbetspolitiska frÄgor.

Magnus Reuterdahl


Am I to become a union tycoon?

Most archaeologist along with librarians, antiquarians and communicators in Sweden are in the union DIK (Link in Swedish), a part of SACO (Swedens Academics Central Organisation). DIK is short for Documentation, Information and Culture (Kultur).

Now I never been much of a union man, though I do recognize they do an important work. Lately I’ve been pulled into it, though, as I’ve been working in a work group with ethics & archeology. Also it seems they gotten a new image via the current president, Karin Linder, that does do a good job.

A few days ago I was asked to run as a board member for the national council of DIK. Its always an honor that someone, whoever it is, has proposed me for a position such as this. Currently I am considering it: partly cause I’ve become more and more interested in the union as such and I believe that they do a good job, partly due to the fact that I feel it is important that an archaeologist, and especially someone that does not have a permanent job (as most archaeologists), can have a voice within DIK.

I don’t believe I’ll become a tycoon but I do believe that I might be able to be an interesting voice within DIK and that why I considering saying yes.

Magnus Reuterdahl


Ombud pĂ„ DIK:s kongress

This post is written in Swedish, it’s states that I am elected as a delegate to DIK’s (Swedish Union for archaeologists) Congress on 24-25 November.

Fick ett mail med följande rubrik idag: Grattis du Àr vald till ombud pÄ DIK:s kongress den 24-25 november.

Stort tack till er som röstade pÄ mig! Totalt var 160 nominerade varav 79 blev valda.

De 79 som blev valda kommer att finnas presenterade pÄ DIK:s webbplats senast den 4 juni (www.dik.se/kongress)

Av totalt 21 728 medlemmar röstade 2563 , dvs ca 12 %. Arbetet med kongressen kommer att lÀggas upp pÄ http://www.dik.se/kongress, dÀr alla kongresshandlingar att lÀggas ut efter hand som de fÀrdigstÀlls och slutligen Àven all dokumentation av kongressen.

Magnus Reuterdahl


Uppdrag: FĂ„ in fler arkeologer pĂ„ DIKs kongress

This post is written in Swedish regarding the up comming election to DIK (Swedish Union for arcaheologist etc).

Nu Àr röstningen pÄ kongressombuden igÄng till DIKs kongress, sÄ Àr du medlem i DIK Àr det dags att göra din röst hög, personligen propagerar jag för att försöka fÄ in sÄ mÄnga arkeologer som möjligt. LÀs mer hÀr!

SjĂ€lv Ă€r jag nominerad i valkrets Stockholm (lĂ„ngt ned pĂ„ listan), du Ă€r varmt vĂ€lkommen att rösta pĂ„ mig – men det viktigaste Ă€r du röstar pĂ„ nĂ„gon du tror kan företrĂ€da dina intressen och göra DIK bĂ€ttre!

Magnus Reuterdahl


Nytt uppdrag: Etik & arkeologi – A new mission: Ethics & Archaeology

This post is available in English further down.

Som jag nĂ€mnt i tidigare inlĂ€gg byter jag arbetsgivare frĂ„n och med den 1 februari, frĂ„n LĂ€nsstyrelsen i VĂ€sternorrland till LĂ€nsstyrelsen i Östergötland.

Det Ă€r dock mer pĂ„ gĂ„ng för mig inom det arkeologiska – jag kommer ingĂ„ in en arbetsgrupp inom DIK med uppgift att ta fram etiska riktlinjer för arkeologer. Tanken Ă€r att dessa ska fungera som vĂ€gledning för alla arkeologer; forskare sĂ„vĂ€l som för arkeologer pĂ„ olika myndigheter, museer, stiftelser, företag m fl. Tanken Ă€r att riktlinjerna ska vara överskĂ„dliga och lĂ€tta att kommunicera. I uppdraget ingĂ„r ocksĂ„ att lĂ€mna förslag om hur de etiska riktlinjerna kan lanseras och förankras bland Sveriges arkeologer och diskussioner kring certifiering.

Efterhand hand hoppas jag kunna skriva ytterligare nĂ„gra inlĂ€gg om detta. just nu ligger spĂ€nningen i vilka Ă€r de övriga i arbetsgruppen? – Vet du skriv en kommentar!

DIK Àr ett fackförbund och en del av centralorganisationen SACO, Sveriges akademikers centralorganisation. DIK företrÀder akademiker inom kultur- och kommunikationsektorn och dÄ bland annat arkeologer.

LÀs mer hÀr

http://www.dik.se/artikel/10797/dik-startar-arbetsgrupp-om-etik-arkeologer

More new challenges as I will have to begin thinking on Archaeology and ethics in a more concentrated form. In previous posts I’ve mentioned that I start a new job February 1st in Linkoping at the Administrative County board of Östergötland.

As I mentioned in previous posts I’m changing employers as of February 1st, from the County Administrative Board of VĂ€sternorrland to the County Administrative Board in Östergötland.

But there is more news regarding the archaeological – I will be part of a working group within DIK with the task of developing ethical guidelines for archaeologists. DIK is a trade union and part of SACO, a trade union confederation for university graduates or professionals with a college degree. DIK represents the culture and communications sectors, and among them the archaeologists.

The idea behind the guidelines is that they are to serve as guidance for all archaeologists, researchers as well as to archaeologists at various government agencies, museums, foundations, corporations and others. The idea is that the guidelines should be transparent and easy to communicate, and the assignment also includes proposals on how the ethical guidelines can be launched and anchored among Swedish archaeologists and discussions around certification.

I will get back to you on a later date with more info on this.


En riktig arkeolog grĂ€ver?

Normaly I don’t post in Swedish but this post is written for DIK’s (the Swedish union for archaeologist, antiquarians, librarians etc.) summer blog. It concerns my situation as an archaeologist in Sweden and what I do for a living and some thoughts concerning that – most has been posted at one time or another here before.

Kvartsbrott i Medelmad

Detta inlÀgg finns ocksÄ publicerat pÄ DIK-medlemmarnas sommarblogg!

Mitt namn Ă€r Magnus Reuterdahl, jag Ă€r arkeolog och osteolog och arbetar pĂ„ ett Sveriges privata arkeologföretag: Arkeologicentrum AB, i Östersund. Vi arbetar över i princip hela Sverige vilket ger en fantastisk möjlighet att se och uppleva stora delar av vĂ„rt vackra land men ocksĂ„ att fĂ„ möjligheten att se skillnader och likheter mellan de spĂ„r som vĂ„ra förfĂ€der avsatt och de spĂ„r vi avsĂ€tter idag.

2010 Ă€r lite speciellt för mig, det Ă€r första Ă„ret sedan jag tog min examen 2004, som jag har möjlighet att ta ut en riktig sammanhĂ€ngande sommarsemester. Som arkeolog Ă€r sommaren normalt sĂ€tt arbetstid – och anstĂ€llningsformen normalt sĂ€tt projektanstĂ€llning eller vikariat. Men sedan den 1:a januari Ă€r jag tillsvidareanstĂ€lld och har dĂ€rmed ocksĂ„ möjlighet att likt vanliga mĂ€nniskor ta ut semester. FrĂ„n midsommar och tvĂ„ veckor dĂ€refter fĂ„r jag med andra ord uppleva det som de flesta tar för givet – en sammanhĂ€ngande ledighet, egentligen den första sedan 1999 dĂ„ jag likt de flesta studenter inte hade rĂ„d att ta ledigt pĂ„ sommaren under min studietid. DĂ„ jag Ă€r en fornnörd kommer dock en hel del av min semester tillbringas i sĂ€llskap med fornlĂ€mningar, vilka kommer fotas och kommenteras pĂ„ min blogg Testimony of the spade.

En jordkÀllare i VÀstergötland

SĂ„ hur mycket grĂ€ver jag? Svaret Ă€r ibland! För det mesta jobbar jag med utredningar, frivilliga utredningar eller sĂ€rskilda utredningar (bestĂ€llda via en lĂ€nsstyrelse), med vilket menas att man inventerar av mindre omrĂ„den. Vi besöker kĂ€nda lĂ€mningar: fasta fornlĂ€mningar (t ex gravar, gravfĂ€lt, boplatser, fossila Ă„krar, jĂ€rnframstĂ€llningsplatser m m.) och övriga kulturhistoriska lĂ€mningar (torplĂ€mningar, fossila Ă„krar, tjĂ€rdalar, kolbottnar m m.) för att lĂ€gga till information och eventuellt justera utbredningen av dessa samt för att finna lĂ€mningar som inte tidigare registrerats i RiksantikvarieĂ€mbetets databas för FMIS/Fornsök inför exploatering av olika slag sĂ„som husbyggen eller vindkraftverk. I FMIS kan du hitta vad som registrerat pĂ„ din tomt eller mark,  en annan intressant sida Ă€r LantmĂ€teriets historiska kartor dĂ€r du i bĂ€sta fall kan hitta kartor över din egendom frĂ„n 1600-talet och framĂ„t. Tidigare har jag arbetat pĂ„ lĂ€nsstyrelserna i Kronobergs och Norrbottens lĂ€n, lĂ€ns museerna i Östergötland och Nordbotten m fl.

Utsikt frÄn Storumans utsiktsplats mot fjÀllen

Som arkeolog lever jag oftast, liksom min sambo (sĂ€rbo) med en kontinuerligt packad kappsĂ€ck redo att ta mig an nĂ€sta grĂ€vning eller landsĂ€nda, att sova pĂ„ nĂ€sta vandrarhem eller inhyrd sommarstuga, att ta nĂ€sta tĂ„g eller buss för att hitta ”nya” lĂ€mningar eller Ă€ventyr. Om du upplever denna text som en klagan har du missuppfattat det hela, att vara arkeolog Ă€r vĂ€rldens bĂ€sta yrke – nĂ€r du har jobb – det finns stĂ€ndigt nĂ„got nytt att uppleva eller lĂ€ra – men det Ă€r ocksĂ„ slitigt – man trĂ€ffar sin sambo i bĂ€sta fall en gĂ„ng per vecka, man jobbar sannolikt mer Ă€n man bör och Ă€r stĂ€ndigt pĂ„ sprĂ„ng. Man blir lite som en legosoldat i kulturhistoriens tjĂ€nst.

I vanliga fall kan ni följa min vardag pÄ bloggen Testimony of the spade (pÄ engelska), mitt forskningsprojekt (tillsammans med Johan Klange) pÄ Yangshaoprojektet, mitt sÀr intresse, ben, via Osteologiska föreningen och mitt fritidsintresse, vin, pÄ Aqua Vita.

Glad sommar önskar!

Magnus Reuterdahl


DIK summer blog

DIK is the union for archaeologist, antiquarians, librarians etc. in Sweden – this year they have a summer blog for it’s members, including me. All members are welcome to post on what they do this summer; concerning work, studies or their free time. One of the best propsals I’ve heard from DIK in some time, and of course Testimony of the Spade will participate in a near future – and I hope most archaeologist will as well.

Check it out at http://sommarbloggen.posterous.com/ (I guess most posts will be written in Swedish)

To participate send an e-mail to sommarbloggen@dik.se.

Magnus Reuterdahl


DIK – redo your homework and get a reality check!

Updated 2009-07-21

I don’t know about the situation outside Sweden, though I guess the situation is more or less the same everywhere, it is hard to get a job at a museum or as an archaeologist; and if you demand a salary way above your limit it does not make it easier. 

At this point the Swedish union; DIK (a union for archaeologist, employees at museums among others) goes out and claims that you should demand an entry pay of 26000 sek or ca 2300 €/ a month (at this date 1€ = ca 11,30 sek) for someone fresh out of a University with a master or equivalent (article in Swedish), a salary I haven’t accomplished after 5 years in this line of work with a master in my bag; My current salary is ca 24000 sek /month, and I’m morte or less pleased with that. I believe this recommendation is close to be considered a fraud and it makes me seriously considering leaving the union. I would guess that a reasonable first pay check in my line of work today is somewhere around 19-21000 sek depending on the employer and the job, at least among those I know.

I honestly believe that if someone without experience just leaving a University or High school demands this payment they’ll be considered a joke by employer and thier application’s cast away. This makes this recommendation a horrific one and those believing in it are truly f**ked by its own union. I recommend DIK to do a serious reality check and redo the homework. I am sure you do good things but this is just outrageous and borders on idiocy. A union should work for its members not be contra productive.

Now this does not mean that I think that there isn’t room for better pay and conditions for archaeologists. As many are badly paid and work on unsecure contract which doesn’t give the possibility to have a consecutive period of vacation etc. I just think that this is the wrong way to start, as I feel that it does not benefit those most vulnerable on the job market, those who does not have experience or are yet to build a network.

I feel that there is much for DIK to work on and I hope they do.

Magnus Reuterdahl


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