Closing of the Swedish Institutes at Athens, Rome and Istanbul from 2017 – SIGN THE PETITION

“Dear colleagues,
Yesterday the Swedish Government announced that they will end all state funding for the Swedish Institutes at Athens, Rome and Istanbul from 2017. Our research Institutes have no private funding and will therefore have to close down and terminate their work within two years.
The decision has been made without any prior consultation or investigations of the consequences: the Institutes will not be able to fulfill their responsibilities of taking care of archaeological material or sites in the Mediterranean, provide education within the fields of Classical Archaeology, Classics, Art History, Architecture and Social sciences, to conduct and publish research, give conferences, host cultural activities, take part in heritage management or run our research libraries in the Mediterranean countries.
The decision would be a huge tragedy for Classical research and education in Sweden and we ask you to consider signing the petition against it:
http://www.namninsamling.com/site/get.asp?Medelhavsinstitut#.VElipDs-IkA.facebook
Unfortunately the list is for the moment only in Swedish but here is a translation.
Please enter through “Skriv på listan” (Sign the list). Add your “förnamn” (name), “efternamn” (surname), emailadress (for verification only), “postort” (city), and “ämne/titel” (title/subject). Press “spara” (save) and sign through the verification email.
Please spread the petition to anyone who might be interested in signing it.
Thank you for your support,
Gunnel Ekroth”