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Newsflash No. 12 - March 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

Announcement: Graduate school reception desk will be closed on the 23rd of March
Seminar: Social Control, Livelihoods and Competing Norms/ Mar.10th
Gender Seminar series: Bioethics' as De-Politicization/ Mar.16th
Announcement: Available M&E-presentation at Graduate school website!
Next DPS: Eva Schmitz from Both ENDS/ Mar.21st
Career Seminar: Oskar Ekbladh from Swedish Migration Board/ Mar.31st

External news/events

Seminar: Consciousness, conceptual agency, and the "unbinding" problem/ Mar.10th
CMES seminar with Nadia Murad, prisoner of ISIS/ Mar. 11th
Seminar: SASNET/CMES seminar on migration/ Mar.15th
Lund University Sustainability Forum: Climate Conversation with Anna Lindstedt/ Mar.15th
Association of Foreign Affairs, Malmö: Challenging the UN Security Council's veto power/ Mar.15th
The political is the personal: Women’s participation in Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement/ Mar.16th
Transnational impact of religious law developments/ Mar.16th
SOpact application deadline/ Mar.16th
Public Lecture: Entitlement Racism, Copenhagen Business School/ April 19th
CMES Master's students conference 2016: Crisis, change and continuity in a New Global Context/ April 21st

Film screening

Reminder: Film screening: A Young Patriot/ Mar.12th
Cinema for free "Me, Earl and the dying Girl"/ Mar.17

News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences

Announcement: Graduate school reception desk will be closed on the 23rd of March
Graduate school reception desk will be closed on March 23rd, 2016 and open on March 24th, 2016 from 10:00-13:00.  We will continue with the normal opening hours, on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00-13:00 afterwards. If you need to pick up documents or have an urgent request, please visit us then.

Seminar: Social Control, Livelihoods and Competing Norms: An Ethnographic Study of Welfare at Work among Street Vendors in Bogotá, Colombia Candidate: Ana Maria Vargas Discussant: Docent David Wästerfor
Millions of people around the world work as street vendors as a means to provide for their needs. However, most of them face exclusion and low levels of welfare at work due to laws that make their work illegal. This dissertation explores how law, as well as other social control practices, enable or constrain the welfare at work for street vendors in Bogotá. More specifically, this research answers the following three questions: (a) How do street vendors in Bogotá perceive their wellbeing in relation to their work? (b) How do street vendors experience legal and non-legal forms of social control? (c) And how do mixed-systems of social control enable or constrain welfare at work? The main aim of this research is to increase knowledge of how we can create a better situation and improve welfare for people employed in the informal economy, particularly for street vendors.
Date: March 10th, 2016
Time: 13:15- 17:00
Venue: House M Room 331
For more information click here:

Bioethics' as De-Politicization
Part of the Crip and Queer Seminar Series by the Department of Gender Studies
Niklas Altermark is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Political Science, Lund University. His dissertation will be published in May 2016, entitled After Inclusion: Intellectual Disability as Bio-Politics.  
This presentation focuses on how discourses of ’bioethics’ surrounding pre-natal diagnosis - targeting conditions associated with intellectual disability - works to de-politicize technologies of steering the composition of the population.
Date:16th March,2016
Venue:Room 226, Department of Gender Studies, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14M, Lund

Development Practitioner Seminar series: Available M&E-presentation at Graduate School website.
Madelene Eichoorn, who came and held a presentation on practical aspects of working with monitoring and evaluation, shares her presentation which is available as PDF through our website. See:

Next DPS: Eva Schmitz from Both ENDS - Small steps - what claiming women’s Human Rights actually looks like in Kenya, South Africa and India…
Eva will talk about the dilemmas facing local CSOs and international NGOs working on issues of gender and human rights. The Human Rights to Food, Water and to a Healthy Environment are internationally accepted and have been ratified by many nations. Yet what does this mean in reality for people living far away from the UN headquarters in New York? The global the run on natural resources puts communities dependent on these resources under immense pressure, with women suffering disproportionally from the negative impacts. Eva has been working with women’s groups in Kenya, South Africa and India to support them in claiming their rights. While this is challenging enough, engaging women in patriarchal societies brings its own pitfalls. Question arise such as, do women who struggle to survive even have time to claim their rights? Will their husbands and fathers react violently? Is the gender focus a Western point of view? How does one bring the men into the fight for women’s rights?
Date: March 21st, 2016
Time: 15:00- 17:00
Venue: R240, Gamla Kirurgen, Sandgatan 3, Lund (Graduate School)
Please, sign up to attend:

Career Seminar: Oskar Ekbladh, Swedish Migration Board
Oskar Ekblad is head of the Swedish Resettlement Programme at the Swedish Migration Board. Never before have Sweden received such a large number of asylum seekers in one year –163,000. Oskar Ekblad works specifically with the situation for syrian refugees coming to Europe.
Date: March 31st, 2016
Time: 15:00
Venue: R236, Gamla Kirurgen, Sandgatan 3, Lund (Graduate School)


External News

Seminar: Consciousness, conceptual agency, and the "unbinding" problem
Much discussion in consciousness studies focuses on how “inputs” from the various sensory modalities combine with “internal” brain processes to give rise to unified consciousness: the so-called binding problem. For a number of phenomenologists and enactive philosophers, such an approach raises a number of concerns.
For more information, please visit the LU Calendar:
Date: March 10th, 2016
Time: 13:15- 15:00
Location: SOL H428b
For more information about the venue click here:,13.197996,13z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1sSOL+lund!3m1!1s0x465397cedaaaaaab:0xb7abc377fdf5fedc?hl=en

CMES Seminar with Nadia Murad, prisoner of ISIS
Nadia Murad is visiting Sweden this week to draw attention to the Yazidi women's situation in Syria and Iraq. Murad herself was held as a sex slave for three months by ISIS before she managed to escape. The event is open to the public. Seats are limited, please be early if you want to make sure to get a seat.
Contact: anna [dot] hellgren [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se (anna[dot]hellgren[at]cme[dot]lu[dot]se)
Facebook event with more info:
Date: March 11th, 2016
Time: 13:00
Venue: Universitetsaulan

Seminar: SASNET/CMES seminar on migration
Dr. Rakkee Timothy from the V V Giri National Labour Institute holds a SASNET/CMES lecture at Lund University.he seminar, organised in collaboration with the Center of Middle Eastern Studies, at Lund University, is entitled "Migration of Women Workers from South Asia to the Gulf". Rakkee Thimothy is an economist by training and a Ph D. from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She had secured M.Phil in Applied Economics from Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. Her research interests include changing structure of employment generation, linkages between economic growth and employment, labour migration and skill development. This seminar is a part of a joint seminar series between SASNET/CME
Date: 15th March, 2016
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, seminarie room 1, Finngatan 16, Lund.
View full programme here:  

Lund University Sustainability Forum: Climate Conversation with Anna Lindsted "The road to and from Paris"
Welcome to a climate conversation on Tuesday 15 March, between Anna Lindstedt, Swedish Ambassador and Chief Negotiator for climate change, and Kim Nicholas, associate professor at Lund University.
What made the world ready for the agreement in Paris? And what does it actually mean? What are the keys to success when working with climate diplomacy? With the Paris agreement the world has decided to move together. But how important is any one country to the long-term success? What is the individual’s role in influencing and in implementing the UNFCCC process? Join the discussion with Anna Lindstedt on the road to – and from – Paris. The climate conversation is in English, open for everyone and free of charge. Organizers: Lund University Sustainability Forum together with Lund City Library.
Date: March 15th, 2016
Time: 17:00- 18:00
Venue: Lund City Library, Sankt Petri kyrkogata 6, Atriumgården
Contact: anna [dot] kristiansson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (anna[dot]kristiansson[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)
Sustainability Forum event page:

Association of Foreign Affairs, Malmö: Challenging the UN Security Council's veto power
The United Nations Security Council is criticized for its tendency to get locked in disagreement when conflicts and catastrophies threaten peace and security. At the core of the criticism is the veto - the option for the five permanent members on the council to completely block a decision.
Daniel Kjellén, president of The Challenge Group, will give you insights into the mechanisms and consequences of the veto. He will answer questions of how and why the veto is used, and present his organization's campaign "Stop Illegitimate Vetoes".
Where: Niagara, NIA0506
When: 15 March, 16:15-18:00
Participation Fee: Free for UF Members showing Membership card, 30 SEK for non-members
Facebook event:

Open lecture: The political is the personal: Women’s participation in Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement
The lecture examines experiences of ‘unorganized’ women who had never before actively participated in social movements. These Taiwanese women—many of them housewives—joined the Sunflower Movement, a large-scale protest against a trade pact with China, and a related anti-nuclear movement in 2014. Picking up threads from social movement studies’ micro-level analyses of personal experience and feminist concerns about women’s role in civil society, I examine these new protesters’ experiences, focusing on women’s redefinition of politics and practices that break the binary between the supposedly public and private spheres. I argue that it is not only their participation in street protests that take these women into the ‘public’ sphere. Their speech and actions in ‘private’ everyday life constitute a kind of social action that blurs the arbitrary division between private and public, staking out new spaces for meaningful feminist political intervention.
Chia-Ling Yang is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Gender Equity Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan She is currently a guest researcher in the Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, working on a project on women and civil society. Yang is also a researcher in the Department of Sociology and Work Science, Gothenburg University, involved in a research project on migration from India and China to Sweden.
Date: 16th March,2016
Time: 10:15-12:00
Venue: Lux aula, Helgonavägen 3, Lund
For more information click here:

Seminar: Transnational impact of religious law developments
The seminar will be presented by Prof Bettina Lemann Kristiansen, Faculty of Law, University of Aarhus and Prof Lisbet Christoffersen, University of Roskilde.
Date: 16th March,2016
Time: 13:30-16:30
Venue: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, 223 62 Lund, Hus M, vån. 3, Room M331.
For more information click here:

SOpact deadline for acceleration programme: Is social entrepreneurship your way forward?
SoPact is a social impact accelerator for social ventures, to give you the same advantages as the mainstream startup culture, but tailored to your needs.
Applications for the acceleration programme is open until March 16th.
Read more at SOpact website:

Public Lecture: Entitlement Racism /April 19th
In the lecture Professor Essed will talk about the decades of UN declarations against racism in the 20th century, today we are witnessing, often unapologetic, racist discourse and images in the name of freedom of expression. This is not only a social media hype but also, and probably more importantly, an issue of political and other public leadership, which paved the way for racially offensive discourse to become respectable over the past few decades. While seemingly targeting foremost those perceived as Muslims, anti-Black racism is at the heart as well of the same phenomenon.  Entitlement racism, as I have called the practice of claiming the right to say whatever you want about ethnic and racial groups, regardless of the consequences, seems to be on the rise in Europe’s 21th century. Entitlement racism involves hurting and humiliating those perceived as religious, ethnic or racial Others. Humiliation, a relational phenomenon, has always been a key element of racism.  It is an attempt to destroy or violate the dignity of the racialized Other. While it can have the impact of repressing resistance and undermining the self-respect of the Other, it also compromises the dignity of those who humiliate. In addition, a sense of feeling humiliated can trigger unpredictable responses.
Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Time: 14:30- 17:30
Location: Copenhagen Business School - 14A Kilevej Lokale Ks.48 (ground floor), 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
For more information click here:…

CMES Master's students Conference 2016: Crisis, Change and Continuity in a New Global Context
Take the opportunity to attend an academic conference focusing the Middle East.
Learn more here:


Film Screening:

Reminder Film screening: A Young Patriot (2014, 106 minutes)
Screening of the documentary film by Du Haibin who will also be present for Q&A. A Young Patriot explores the passionate patriotism of some Chinese youths born after 1990. It documents five years in the life of  Zhao Chantong, who is sitting for the university exam when the films begins. Du Haibin has gained intimate access to Zhao, his friends, and his family, and over the years followed Zhao from his hometown Pingyao in Shanxi province to his university life in Chengdu. Through Zhao we bear witness to China's complex history and development and its impact on one young man.
Du Haibin studied at the Beijing Film Academy and has made several documentary films including Umbrella (2007) and 1428 (2009) on the Sichuan Earthquake, which won the Orizzonti Prize for Best Documentary at Venice. His latest film A Young Patriot (2015) has been screened at several film festivals, including the Toronto Film Festival and the Copenhagen documentary film festival, and will be screened at the Tempo documentary festival in Stockholm in March.
Date: 12th March,2016
Time: 15:15-18:80
Venue: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, Room Alfa 1010

Cinema for free "Me, Earl and the dying Girl"
Get your free ticket at Studentinfo (in the AF buiding) or at Kino
Watch the trailer here:
Date and time: Friday 17 March, 17:30
Venue: Kino/Folkets Bio, Kyrkogatan 3


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