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Newsflash No. 10 - February 10, 2016

A collection of events, seminars, information and opportunities for master’s students in English that are being held primarily at the Faculty of Social Sciences


News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Information meeting: Third term options /Feb. 10th
  • Announcement: Application open for exchange studies
  • Announcement: Lund University Scholarship application 2016 now open
  • Announcement:Info about LUCRIS - LU: new current research information system
  • Seminar: Researchers: How to reach out in social media
  • Seminar: Career Seminar Series Spring term 2016 /Feb.18th
  • Development Practitioner Seminar #3: Priti Darooka /Feb.22nd
  • Seminar: Kvinnor, krig och flykt /Mar.8th

External news/events

  • Geograher talks about his ERC grant /Feb.10th
  • Seminar: How innovation systems can evolve with Swedish development cooperation, CIRCLE /Feb.10th
  • Seminar: Gender Studies Seminar - New Media New Intimacies /Feb. 10th
  • Workshop: Design Workshop for Post-Conflict Sustainability Lab /Feb.11th
  • Book launch: Jallad: Death Squads and State Terror in South Asia /Feb.12th
  • SASNET/SASA event with young connectors from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan /Feb.15th
  • Programme in Swedish: Lund philosophy circle /Feb.16th
  • AAFRA Film Festival 2016, AF Borgen /Feb.17th-24th
  • The Legislative Bodies and the Law-making Process in Uzbekistan: a socio-legal analysis /Feb.17th
  • SASNET/SASA Film Screening: Sara Singh on the Partition of India /Feb.19th
  • Justice: Socialist Core Values, symbols, and performance /Feb.24th


  • Applications are now being accepted for the RWI-Human Rights Research Grant for Turkey (HRRG)


  • Taking responsibility and being a role model is a leadership issue
  • Working for a healthy planet
  • Calendar girls to promote cancer research
  • The language collectors
  • Ellen Hillbom: free digital textbook about Africa
  • LU breaks new alumni ground in Washington

News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences

Information meeting: Third term options/ Feb. 10th
First year students are welcome to attend the information meeting on your third term options.
Learn more about the internship option
Venue: Eden Auditorium
Date: Feb. 10th
Time: 13:00-15:00


Application open for exchange studies
The application period for exchange studies through the Faculty of Social Science is now open, and close 1st of March. Find more information at the website, or through contacting your international coordinator.
Study Abroad - Information about exchange studies 2015/16 (PDF)


 Apply now for the Lund University Global and SI scholarship 2016
We are pleased to advise that the Lund University Global Scholarship is now open for application. The deadline to apply is Monday 22 February 2016. This is a competitive, merit-based, tuition scholarship. We invite all talented non-EU applicants to apply for this scholarship. For more information, please click here:


Info about LUCRIS - LU: s new current research information system

On 11 April 2016, LUP will be replaced by LUCRIS, as an input interface for research publications. LUP will be shut down for registration on March 23 and LUCRIS will be opened two weeks later for registration in the new interface. LUCRIS is a Current Research Information System for research information that aims to collect and visualize different aspects of a researcher's work. By linking scholarly activities, within academia and in relation to the so called third task, with the researchers, the projects and the publications, LU will have a database that provides rich information about the research conducted. This information can be used by colleagues both within and outside the university, by the media and the interested public.

 LUCRIS will have an input interface, and a public portal. All information in LUP will be imported to LUCRIS. You’ll find updated information about LUCRIS and the Social Science Faculty at this site: Do you have any questions about the LUCRIS project, the implementation or the launch in April – please contact: hanna [dot] voog [at] sambib [dot] lu [dot] se (hanna[dot]voog[at]sambib[dot]lu[dot]se)


 Career Seminar Series Spring term 2016

Spring term 2016 the Faculty of Social Sciences offer a career seminar series for students in the social sciences. We invite guests from different fields to talk about their work, their accomplishments and what they have learned. We hope the seminars will inspire you in your studies as well as your future career.

As a Social Science student your future job market is a varied one, both in terms of work tasks and in the wide range of organizations your studies prepare you to work in. During the Spring semester you will get the chance to meet alumni who work with management of change on the local-, regional and national level. These change makers will give you an idea on how the social scientist can work with and deal with an ever changing world. They will also inspire you on how to achieve and work towards the changes needed in society. The first lecturer and organization that you will meet in the spring term seminar series is:


February 18, Sara Lhådö and Helene Brewer, Länsstyrelsen Malmö

The County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen) works to promote gender equality in the county, based on the Swedish Government’s national gender equality policy. Sara Lhådö and Helene Brewer are both gender equality experts but have different career backgrounds. On this seminar, they will share their experiences of working with gender equality issues and how they got there.

For more information, please visit:


Development Practitioner Seminar series presents Ms. Priti Darooka, PWESCR

"Trends in Human Rights: A Global South Feminist Perspective"

Our DPS series continues with a change in the schedule. We welcome Ms. Priti Darooka, founder and executive director of PWESCR (Programme on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), based in India and The Netherlands. She will talk about her engagement and work with the organisation, and reflect upon career choices and experiences in the field. Priti holds a Master's Degree in Women's Studies from the US, and has previously worked at the Ford Foundation, UNIFEM (now UN Women), and several community based organisations within the field.

Location: Geocentrum 1, Room 128 "Flygeln"
Date: February 22
Time: 15:00 -17:00

Please, sign up for the event here:
Full programme available through:


 The Vice-Chancellor’s second Seminar on LU: s new strategic plan

Welcome to the Vice-Chancellor’s seminar on the Lund University new strategic plan. Following the first seminar in November, this time it will be held in English. All university staff and students interested in the new strategic plan are welcome to attend

• Vice-Chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz opens the seminar
• Bo Ahrén, Pro Vice-Chancellor and project manager for the development of a new strategic plan, begins the discussion
• Panel discussion with representatives from University management and the working group, questions from the audience moderated by Bo Ahrén
• At the end of the seminar, coffee and cakes will be served.Location: Main University Building
Date: 10th February 2016
Time: 13:00-15:00


 Seminar: Kvinnor, krig och flykt
Location: Lux Auditorium, Helgonavägen 3, Lund
Date: 8 March 2016
Time: 10:00 – 16:30
The seminar will be held in Swedish, for more information, please visit:


 Researchers: How to reach out in social media
You are welcome to join our crash course in social media. The course suits researchers who want to take their research communication via social media to a higher level or who want to start communicating research via social media. All advice will be hands on and practical. During the course, we will deal with blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. For more information click here:

External News

Geograher talks about his ERC grant

Daniel Metcalfe, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, will give a lecture about her research on the occasion that he has recently been awarded ERC Consolidator Grant of EUR 1.75 million over five years. The money he receives for a project that will provide the first global picture of how plant-eating insects affect the amount of nutrients in the world's forests.

The lecture will be in English, and anyone interested is welcome. Date: 10th February, 2016
Time: 12:15- 12:45
Location: Lundmarksalen, Astronomihuset, Sölvegatan 27
For more information, please click:


CIRCLE Seminar: How innovation systems can evolve with Swedish development cooperation
- experiences of interactions between university, government and industry

Lena Trojer, Swedish Innovation Center for Development, will present experiences from 10 years of practice driven R&D in East Africa and Bolivia (for more information see: Discussant: Markus Grillitsch, CIRCLE

Date: 10th February, 2016
Time: 14:00-15:00
Location: Sölvegatan 16, Lund, CIRCLE, Seminar room
Contact: palina [dot] sauchanka [at] circle [dot] lu [dot] se (palina[dot]sauchanka[at]circle[dot]lu[dot]se)


Gender Studies Seminar: New Media, New Intimacies: Negotiating Gender in a Digital Era

Rikke Andreassen, associate professor in Communication at Roskilde University, Michael Nebeling, lecturer at University of South Denmark, Tobias Raun, lecturer in Communication at Roskilde University, Andrew Shield, PhD student in Communication at Roskilde University, Maria Bee Strynø Christensen, PhD student in Communication at Roskilde University

In this seminar, members of the “New media – new intimacies” (NewMI) project team will present and discuss their current work, which spans sexual intimacies, dating intimacies, bodily intimacies, family intimacies and global migration intimacies. To read more about NewMI:

Date: 10th February, 2016
Time: 15:15 -17:00
Location: Genusvetenskapliga institutionen, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, Lund
Kontakt: jens [dot] rydstrom [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se (jens[dot]rydstrom[at]genus[dot]lu[dot]se)


 Design Workshop for Post-Conflict Sustainability Lab

A joint initiative by the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) and the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at Lund University.

The purpose of the workshop is to explore and discuss roles for higher education institutions to contribute to addressing the current migration challenges through providing spaces for innovation and visioning of post conflict & Sustainable re-building of distant homes while at the same time engaging and building capacities among the community of displaced scholars and students. The outcomes will feed into the design of an extended learning experience for integrating displaced scholars and students based on visioning spaces and sustainable development goals (SDGs), addressing these questions: - How can sustainability visioning labs be leveraged as instruments for capacity building and accelerated learning?
- How can visioning labs be used to generate alternative narratives that instill hope, avoid marginalization and disappointment, and shape mindsets that embrace for post-conflict sustainable futures? Participants are invited from various departments at Lund University and other national and international stakeholders including networks working with displaced scholars.Date: 11th February, 2016
Time: 09:00- 15:00
Location: In the IIIEE Aula, Tegnérsplatsen 4, Lund


 Book launch: Jallad: Death Squads and State Terror in South Asia

SASNET Organizes a book launch of the book JALLAD: Death Squads and State Terror in South Asia, by Tasneem Khalil, Sweden based editor and publisher of Independent World Report, a journal of human rights and global politics.

The book lunch covers the extrajudicial execution, enforced disappearance and torture – these are the tools used by death squads across South Asia. The Rapid Action Battalion of Bangladesh, the 'encounter specialists' of India, army units of Nepal, the Frontier Corps of Pakistan and 'the men in white vans' of Sri Lanka are specialists on violence deployed by the state in campaigns of state terror. They are shielded by black laws and emergency acts. Their targets are the political opponents of the state and socioeconomic troublemakers. Khalil argues that Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are national security states, connected to an international system of state terror patronised by sponsors like the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Israel. Date: 12th February, 2016
Time: 17:30-20:30
Location: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, seminar room 1, Finngatan 16, Lund.


SASNET/ SASA event with young connectors from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

29 dynamic young individuals from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan  – 8 from India, 9 from Pakistan and six each from Bangladesh and Afghanistan – spent three weeks in Stockholm during September 2015, being selected participants for the Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) programme which is being arranged by the Swedish Institute (SI) for the third year in a row (photo). They now come back for a follow-up week in Malmö 15-19 February 2016. SASNET deputy director Lars Eklund has been involved in the planning of the 2015 programme.
SASNET, along with its student organisation SASA, will organise a Fika without borders event in Lund for the YCF participants in Lund. The gathering will be held in the auditorium of Lund University’s External Relations building, Stora Algatan 4 in central Lund. The YCF programme participants will present themselves and the work they are involved in back home in South Asia, snacks will be served, and the Lund based International Tagore Choir will perform. All are welcome to join this event and mingle with the YCF participants.

 Date: 15th February, 2016
Time: 09:00- 15:00
Location: External Relations building, Stora Algatan 4, Lund


 Programme in Swedish: Lund philosophy circle

How to form an opinion in a stream of contradictory information?
Mia-Marie Hammarlin: "scandals, rumors and gossip - news in the name of general".

Date: 16th February, 2016
Time: 19:30- 21:00
Location: Palaestra, Lund.
For more information contact: Sven_A [dot] Jonsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Sven_A[dot]Jonsson[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)


AAFRA Film Festival 2016
The Association of African Affairs (AAFRA) seeks to bring a little bit more of Africa to Lund University by hosting its first annual film festival. The widely acclaimed films that will be screened revolve around the topics of the transantlantic slave trade, colonialism, africa identity and a Pan-African future. Coinciding with the screening of the films will be panel discussions with Lund University professors, lecturers and activists. All are welcome to participate in this event, which will take on 4 evenings during the month of February at Café Athens, AF Borgen.

For more information about the films, the dates of screening and frequent updates, please refer to the Facebook event:

 The Legislative Bodies and the Law-making Process in Uzbekistan: a socio-legal analysis

Dr. Shukhrat Rakhmanov, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan).

Date: 17th February, 2016
Time: 13:30- 16:30
Location: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, 223 62 Lund, Hus M, vån. 3, Room M331. 


SASNET/SASA Film Screening: Sara Singh on the Partition of India
On Friday 19 February 2016,  from 17.00-–20.00, the South Asian Students’ Association (SASA) in collaboration with SASNET has the privilege to show the award-winning film The Sky Below by Indo-American film director Sara Singh, specially invited to Sweden for this event. This courageous and moving film evokes painful memories and raises powerful issues that continue to trouble the South Asian subcontinent. Lyrically shot on both sides of the Indo-Pak border, the film should be watched by those who care about the legacy of Partition as well as those trying to understand the complexities of fighting wars in those lands. There will be a Q&A with director Sara Singh afterwards. The event is free of charge, and all are welcome.

Date: 19th February, 2016
Time: 17:00- 20:00
Location: Eden Auditorium, Paradisgatan 5H, Lund


 Justice: Socialist Core Values, symbols, and performance

Justice is a complex idea to analyse in any system. In the People's Republic of China, Justice is not only a concept in moral philosophy, or political philosophy strictu sensu. Even more importantly, it is one of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s Twelve Socialist Core Values, and a key component of the morality and customs of society. Therefore, while the idea of justice is embedded in the political-legal system, it can also be embodied in fields and activities that go beyond the narrower structures of politics and the law. In this sense, the value of justice – not unlike the other Twelve Socialist Core Values – traverses various fields of knowledge and activity. It cuts across culture and the arts, politics, legal theory, and the practice of law. It is expressed by and through all of these fields. The main questions pursued in this presentation do not concern what constitutes justice in relation to the Twelve Socialist Core Values. The presentation instead discusses how the value of justice is embodied in those symbols which are most representative of Chinese culture, and acted upon in high-profile criminal trials by political-legal organs, the public, and Chinese as well as Western media.

Date: 24th February, 2016
Time: 13:15- 15:00
Location: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, Room Alfa 1010


 Professor Olle Qvarnström and Dr. Martin Gansten from the Center of theology and relgious studies holds a SASNET/CMES lecture at Lund University. The seminar, organised in collaboration with the Center of Middle Eastern Studies, at Lund University, is entitled "Hindu reception of Perso-Arabic traditions of knowledge and the role of Jainism in cultural transmission" Date: 25th February, 2016
Time: 15:00- 17:00
Location: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, seminarie room 1, Finngatan 16, Lund.





Applications are now being accepted for the RWI-Human Rights Research Grant for Turkey (HRRG)

The main goal of the RWI-Human Rights Research Grant is to enhance human rights law education and to support human rights research capacity at the academic institutions in Turkey,” says Seda Alp, Programme Officer in Turkey. The deadline for submission of the research proposal is 14 March 2016. The maximum amount awarded for each research project is 15.000 TL.

Research proposals must be relevant to contemporary human rights issues in Turkey. The planned duration of the research study should be a maximum of six months, and the submission date of the completed research should not exceed 30 November 2016.




 Taking responsibility and being a role model is a leadership issue 

"Student life in Lund is an old custom and tradition full of celebration and merriment, as well as crazy antics”, writes the Vice-Chancellor in his blog, noting that, in these contexts, alcohol is often romanticised. Simultaneously, there are those who experience problems with alcohol, and these issues must be taken very seriously. “During their studies, some, albeit few, pave the way for alcohol abuse and addiction-related diseases later in life”, he writes, and asks the question whether the University is to be responsible or have opinions on drinking, which sometimes gets out of hand, and takes place after hours. Some believe that the University is only responsible for the students’ education, and not what adults choose to do in their spare time. “However, that point of view does not sufficiently consider that the outside world sees Lund University’s student life as part of the entire experience. The brand is largely based on great education, and great parties – in Lund you can study and have fun! We are all responsible for the image of our University – both staff and students – during the day when studies are in session, and at night when it’s time to party”, writes Torbjörn von Schantz, who believes that being a good example and ensuring that all staff/colleagues/members are in good health is a leadership issue


 Working for a healthy planet

Kimberley Nicholas is a researcher from California who came to Lund with a passionate commitment to climate issues and strong interest in food and wine. “What nature gives us is what makes life worth living”, she says. She was in Paris for the climate conference that generated hope for the future, and she is successful in sharing her thoughts and research through social media.
For more information click here:


 Calendar girls to promote cancer research

Professor Stina Oredsson and the owner of the women’s underwear store Kvinnligt under, Carolina Le Prince, have together created a calendar of partially nude women. This unusual way to raise money for cancer research resulted in SEK 235,000.
For more information click here:


The language collectors

Within 100 years, approximately half of the 6,000 languages in the world will become extinct. A window to the past is currently being opened in Lund, where you can listen to languages that are no longer spoken thanks to a special resource for digital language documentation.
For more information click here:


Ellen Hillbom: free digital textbook about AfricaMeet Ellen Hillbom, the economic historian, who, in cooperation with a Dutch and a German colleague, has created an online textbook on trends in Africa’s economic history. The book, which can be downloaded free of charge from the internet, has so far reached over 4,000 readers.
For more information click here:  


 LU breaks new alumni ground in Washington

“I am so happy to be here”, says Alvina Erman, this evening’s perhaps newest alumnus. She completed her studies in Lund in Sweden last year and, together with her Canadian friend and former Lund student Jean-Francois Trinh Tan, she has come to attend Lund University’s very first alumni event in Washington DC.

For more information click here:


If you have events or information that you would like to include in this newsflash, please contact master [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se (master[at]sam[dot]lu[dot]se).


/Graduate School Staff