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Newsflash No. 17 - May 18, 2016

Important information sent out to students on a biweekly basis, including information, reminders, opportunities and news from the Faculty and elsewhere

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



News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Faculty of Social Sciences Graduation Ceremony/ June 8th , 2016
  • Reminder: Looking for mentors for Summer Platform
  • PhD Thesis Defense, Niklas Altermark, Department of Political Science: After Inclusion. Intellectual Disability as Bio-politics/ May 20th
  • Seminar: The Politics of Non-Presence/ May 24th
  • Gender Studies Seminar/ May 25th
  • Mid-seminar Helena Lindberg, PhD Department of Political Science/ May 25th 
  • Open Lecture: “Men of the World: Global, Transnational, 'Gexual'”/ May 26th
  • Development Career Day/ May 26th
  • Seminar on Dissemination and Publications/ May 27th
  • Looking for students to help out on Graduation Day/ June 8

External news/events

  • Death Café at the Historical Museum/ May 18th
  • Social protection, social justice and social contract/ May 19th


  • Activist in Residence Programme
  • African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC)


News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences in details


  • Faculty of Social Sciences Graduation Ceremony – June 8th, 2016

Separate invitations and a link to sign up for the ceremony have been sent out to students expected to graduate this year. The last day to sign up was May 17th, but if you for some reason missed this chance, let us know (through the sign-up link) no later than this Friday, May 20th.


  • Reminder: Looking for mentors for Summer Platform

For the third time, Graduate School will hold an online preparatory platform during the summer for incoming programme students. The purpose of the platform is to provide new students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their program subjects, to develop their academic writing, and to become familiar with student life in Lund. This will be entirely voluntary and students can choose in which parts, if any, they want to participate. Many of you participated in this course, provided feedback, and we hope to build on these experiences to make it even more useful and engaging. We hope it will be inspiring and fun as well as offer a useful way to transition into student life in Lund.


The platform will be held on LiveatLund and will include a self-assessment quiz for academic writing, a writing assignment in a relevant subject area, readings, links, student-to-student guides, and a discussion forum.


We are now looking for 1st and 2nd year Graduate School students to act as mentors on the platform. The duties of the mentor can include:

- answering any program and subject-related question, esp in relation to the readings and study/reflection questions

- answering any practical questions, or direct them to where they can find more information

- actively engaging in discussions to make them feel welcome

-encourage students to participate in the academic writing component (quiz, readings)


This will be a part-time job where mentors are expected to work 5-10 hours a week during the months of July and August. You will receive a compensation of 120 sek/hour. You do not need to be physically present in Lund, but you do need regular internet access (at least once a day) with a good connection. Qualifications include that you have some experience with peer-tutoring/mentoring/teaching, that you have a good grade track- record, good writing and communication skills, and that you are comfortable using the web platform LiveatLund.

We will select 1 person per programme. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV along with a short motivation letter to:

Shoshana [dot] iten [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se (Shoshana[dot]iten[at]sam[dot]lu[dot]se) with the subject line Application Summer Platform Mentor no later than May 21st.  Please note dates between May 20 and June 8 when you are available for a face-to-face meeting. Those selected with be contacted and invited to meet. For more information contact :Shoshana [dot] iten [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se


  • Talk on"Modi-led BJP and Postcolonial Neoliberal Nationalism in India" with Dr. Kaul

Political Science Department in association with SASNET (South Asian Studies Network) are organizing a talk with Assistant Professor Nitasha Kaul from the University of Westminister, UK

Dr. Nitasha Kaul is a Kashmiri novelist, academic, economist and poet. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at University of Westminster, London where she teaches postgraduate courses on 'State, Politics and Violence' and 'Postcolonial International Relations'. She has previously been a tenured academic in Economics at the Bristol Business School and in Creative Writing at Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan. Her research and writing over the last decade and a half has been on identity, political economy, democracy, feminist and postcolonial theory, Kashmir and Bhutan. In her recent work, she has addressed issues of nationalism and neoliberalism in contemporary India and the question of nation-states and refugees in Europe. She has authored books including the scholarly monograph ‘Imagining Economics Otherwise’ (Routledge, 2007/2008) and a Man Asian Literary Prize shortlisted novel ‘Residue’ (Rainlight, 2014). More at


Date: May 19th , 2016

Time: 15:15 - 17:00

Venue: Conference Room 367 at the Political Science Department.


  • PhD Thesis Defence: Niklas Altermark, After Inclusion. Intellectual Disability as Biopolitics

This dissertation examines contemporary politics targeting people with intellectual disabilities. Since this group first emerged, under labels such as ‘idiocy’ and ‘mental deficiency’, around the turn of the 20th century, its members have been seen as lacking the capacities necessary for citizenship and full societal belonging. For the last forty years, however, liberal democracies and international organizations have set out to include the group through policies promoting citizenship, emphasising ‘self-determination’, ‘independence’, and ‘autonomous decision-making’ as key ambitions. As a result, institutional care has been downscaled and replaced by socially integrated living arrangements. This is often described as a shift of paradigms in disability politics. I argue that this shift means that the same ideas of humanity, as characterised by ‘reason’ and ‘rationality’, that was once used as a yardstick to define and exclude ‘intellectual disability’, are now being put to work to include the group. The purpose of the thesis is to provide a theoretical understanding of what happens after the introduction of this kind of politics, in the era that I call ‘post-institutionalisation’. I do so by approaching the government of this group as an instance of what Foucault called ‘biopolitics’, which denotes the efforts of governments to manage human life, and by drawing on Judith Butler’s theorising of subjectivity. The opponent is professor Dan Goodley, University of Sheffield, UK.


Date: May 20th, 2016

Time: 10:15- 12:15

Venue: Edens hörsal, Paradisgatan 5 H, Lund

For more information contact: niklas [dot] altermark [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (niklas[dot]altermark[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)


  • Seminar: The Politics of Non-Presence

The seminar would be with Suzanne Dovi, University of Arizona (organized together with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute), "The missing piece of NGO accountability: Resistance". 

Date: May 24th , 2016

Time: 13:00 15:00

Venue: Ed367 Stora konferensrummet, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund

For more information: ole [dot] elgstrom [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (ole[dot]elgstrom[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)


  • Gender Studies Seminar

Rediscovering Rosemary Hakim: performing arab american womanhood as miss Lebanon America 1955 Performing Arab American Womanhood as Miss Lebanon America 1955, by Martina Koegeler-Abdi, a PhD Student at Center for Transnational American Studies at the University of Copenhagen Rosemary Hakim won the first Miss Lebanon American beauty pageant in 1955. She used her popularity among the Lebanese diaspora community to secure an invitation back to the homeland, which propelled her into the middle of US Cold War politics, cultural diplomacy and Lebanese nationalism.

After an eventful summer in Beirut she returned to the US and wrote an unpublished memoir, entitled Arabian Antipodes, which chronicled her visit. This 1955 account highlights an often overlooked moment in the history of Arab American women’s presence and public agency within the US. My talk looks at Hakim’s ambivalent self-representation on this transnational stage and the way she draws on varying kinds of Arab American womanhood to negotiate both Lebanese and US nationalisms, Orientalisms and her own sense of self.


Date: May 25th, 2016

Time: 15:15 17:00

Venue: Genusvetenskapliga institutionen, rum 221, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14 M, Lund

For more information  contact: Jens [dot] Rydstrom [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se (Jens[dot]Rydstrom[at]genus[dot]lu[dot]se)


  • Midseminar Helena Lindberg, Department of Political Science

Midseminar Helena Lindberg: Promises at the research frontier. How prospects of natural resource exploitations block off alternative social visions for the future, inhibiting environmental and social sustainability in the Arctic region.


Date: May 25th, 2016

Time: 13:00 15:00

Venue: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund


  • Open Lecture: “Men of the World: Global, Transnational, 'Gexual'”

What to do about men, and the study of men and masculinities, and why bother? Can there be a sociology, a social science, of men and masculinities? In this lecture I provide a brief overview of the growth of critical studies on men and masculinities, as a preface to the discussion of the question of how such studies interconnect with globalization, and then in turn the transnational and transnational processes of change. The final part seeks to relate these issues to the concepts of the material-discursive, trans (national) patriarchies, and the gexual.


Date: May 26th, 2016

Time: 10:00- 11:30

Venue: R240, R Building

Contact: helle [dot] rydstrom [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se (helle[dot]rydstrom[at]genus[dot]lu[dot]se)


  • Development Career Day - May 26

This year we will once again organize a Career Development Day for graduating (2nd year and 1-year masters) students of the three GDG programmes (Global Studies, Development Studies and Social Studies of Gender) as well as Lumid students.

The event will be held all day from 8.30-17 and will start at KEG.  

The purpose of the day is to provide you, our graduating students, with some useful tools and material to build your bridge towards your career outside academia. The event will include a presentation on trends and tips and a reality-check for careers in the development field, presentations from UNDP representatives, a panel with development studies alumni and a panel with professionals in the development field.

The Career Development Day has a development focus but, as always, is open and hopefully relevant to all three GDG programs, and includes international components. This day is specifically for those graduating this year (either in June or August).

When: May 26th, 8:30-17

Where: KEG

To attend this event, sign up here by May 24th:


  • Seminar on Dissemination and Publication: and Introduction – May 27

Dissemination and publications: an introduction" with Maja Carlson, Catia Gregoratti, Linda Eitrem Holmgren, Mikael Sundstrom and Ted Svensson. This participatory seminar is designed as an introduction to ways in which research can be disseminated and published. 


Date: May 27th, 2016

Time: 9:15 to 12:00 (Helena said we could organize a small breakfast and mingle at (9:15) but this needs to be organized. We will start sharp at 9:30. 

Venue: Gamla Kirurgen, House R: 240.

Sign up here by May 24th:


  • Looking for students to help out on Graduation Day/ June 8

At Graduate School we are currently planning the biggest event of the academic year – the Graduation Ceremony! The ceremony will be held in the university building on Wednesday, June 8th. This is an important event for all graduating students at the Faculty of Social Sciences. There will be 450 graduating students and their guests, as well as programme coordinators and the dean herself present.


We will need approximately 6-8 students who can work all day, from 8 am to 5 pm. We will work as a team to form the ceremony and the reception following it. Before the ceremony we will be welcoming the guests and make sure everything runs smoothly. We will be carrying food and drink, set it up and serve the guests as the arrive from the ceremony.


Student workers will be paid 120 SEK per hour.


If you are interested in working at the Graduation Ceremony, please send me a short  letter of motivation by June 2nd to Shoshana. If you have previous experience from working in the restaurant industry or with catering and/or events, please state that in your letter.




External Events/News in Detail


  • Death Café at the Historical Museum

Death Café is a global project designed to increase awareness of death, in all its diversity, with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives, over cake and tea. Founded in the UK in 2011, the movement soon spread with café’s now being hosted in cities, towns, villages and favelas across the globe.

Geared towards both students and local community members. The Death Café will be conducted in English. We aim to create a safe environment where people can comfortably explore the topic of death, as it manifests in daily life, in politics, in science, theory, and much, much more. We feel that death is an important ‘taboo’ topic to discuss in order to both reconcile and initiate change, and is thus invaluable tool for engaging in broad social projects, as well as fostering a rich, interpersonal life.


Date: May 18th , 2016

Time: 17:00- prompt

Venue:  Historiska Museet 223 50 Lund

For more information click here :


  • Social protection, social justice and social contract

Social protection, in the form of social assistance and social insurance programs, has long been considered a response to problems of inequality and poverty and as of late, as an important factor in state building. Governments across the world are working with or considering the use of safety nets, discussing how to target state assistance, and debating the extent of poor people’s responsibilities for improving their own livelihood condition. Is a little financial ‘nudging’ necessary and sufficient? Should benefits be allocated on the basis of need or citizenship or be universal to all within a country? Can refugees or migrants be provided with the same benefits and services without full citizenship?


Date: May 19th , 2016

Time: 13:30 16:00

Venue: University of Copenhagen Auditorium P301 Rolighedsvej 23 1958 Frederiksberg C



  • Activist in Residence Programme

Three month funded fellowship - apply by 1 June 2016  

The Activist in Residence programme enables those directly engaged in work promoting justice and equality for women in conflict-affected areas to spend a period of time at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE.

Activists in Residence will be working on issues such as addressing sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, peace-building, peace-keeping or local efforts to enhance women’s security or ensure women’s active and effective participation in processes for conflict prevention, management and resolution.

The Centre will prioritise applications from those working in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

Activists in Residence will be provided with space and time to develop their work, to extend their networks, and engage in discussions for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Activists will be involved in the work of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, interacting with students and academics and contributing to activities such as research and writing projects, public events, policy-oriented and knowledge-exchange workshops.

Activists will have the time to pursue their own interests and to benefit from a period of reflection and respite. They will have desk space and use of IT facilities in the Centre and full access to the physical collections and online resources of the LSE Library. Additional support, training and development opportunities provided at LSE will be made available as required.


What is provided?

Return trip to from home country (plus visa costs)

Three months’ accommodation in London

Monthly stipend for living costs

Where needed, the Centre will provide an allowance directly to the employer, to support the costs of covering work while an activist is at LSE              

        Application deadline: 1 June 2016    

For more information click here :…


  • African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC)

AU-YVC promotes volunteering to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key participants in the delivery of Africa's human development targets and goals. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated Continent and by implication strengthen Africa's relevance in the globalized world.

The concept is in line with the African Youth Charter as well as the Decision of AU Head of States and Governments in Assembly/AU/Dec.274 (XVI) January 2010, to set up a continental Volunteer initiative.

AU-YVC was officially launched on the 3rd of December 2010 in Abuja, Nigeria, in the presence of H.E. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ministers of Youth from across the AU, high level AU representatives, Partners and other Volunteer Organizations and Africa's Youth at large.

Objectives of the AU-YVC

- Engage Africa's Youth in the Continent's development through meaningful youth participation by providing Service for their Continent;

- Provide opportunities to Young Africans to serve and gain crucial professional experience, soft skills, social competence, international exposure and leadership skills;

- Promote shared values and Pan-Africanism among the upcoming generation.

Fully Funded.

For more information click here: