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Newsflash No. 20 - October 5, 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


External News & Events


Other Events



News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences in Details


The idea that people who receive benefits from the welfare system should also be involved in decision-making and policy processes is now common within neo-liberal social politics. This presentation will revolve around Erik Eriksson’s dissertation project, which is a study of how the so-called “user involvement” is implemented within two welfare organizations; a psychiatric unit and a municipal social-services provider. The study shows that while the concept creates some possibilities for users to influence the decision-making process, it is also severely limited and controlled by the organizations. Erik’s results will be discussed from a Crip as well as an Intersectional perspective.


Date: October 5th, 2016

Time: 15:15- 17:00

Location: Room 226, Department of Gender Studies, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14M, Lund

Contact: Jens [dot] Rydstrom [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se

Tomas Martin has a Ph.D. in development studies from Roskilde University and a focus on the localization of human rights, reform processes and bureaucratic practices. He previously worked for the Danish Institute for Human Rights but is currently based at DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture and engaged in a research project on ‘Legacies of detention in Myanmar.’

Abstract: With point of departure in one of the most iconic sites of human rights violations – the prison - this lecture will introduce the basic features of human rights in prisons and how they play out in Asian contexts. It will also discuss how the actual local appropriation of human rights within these seemingly closed institutional settings can be studied from an anthropological approach.


Date: October 10th, 2016

Time: 10:15- 12:00

Location: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, Room Alfa 1010

Contact: marina [dot] svensson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se


Imad Rasan presents: "Formal political participation in public spheres (women in political parties in Egypt)."

Research seminar series at the time, where the institution's researchers present current research in simple forms, touches on all the institution's research, subjects and specializations.


Date: October 11th, 2016

Time: 12:00- 13:00

Location: Conference room 1, The Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, House G, Lund

Contact: lisa [dot] eklund [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


Elin Ennerberg’s final seminar "Unemployment policies in Sweden - A New Direction?".

Opponent is Frederik Thuesen, The Danish National Centre for Social Science.


Date: October 12th, 2016

Time: 13:15- 15:00

Location: Conference room 1, The Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, House G, Lund

Contact: asa [dot] lundqvist [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se



The seminars showcase current research projects at the Department and are open to researchers and Masters students.

Research seminar series with associate senior lecturer Markus Grillitsch.


Date: October 17th, 2016

Time: 12:15- 13:00

Location: Sky High, 5th floor, Geocentrum I, Sölvegatan 10, Lund



Seminar with the department's research group focusing on migration and social work.


Date: October 18th, 2016

Time: 10:00- 12:00

Location: Room 14, Bredgatan 26, Lund

Contact: carina [dot] olsson [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se



Lisa Kings received her PhD in Sociology from Stockholm University in collaboration with Södertörn University in 2011, with a thesis on civil mobilization in the Swedish urban periphery. She is currently a senior lecturer in social work at the School of Social Sciences at Södertörn University. Her presentation will draw on two currently ongoing research projects Urban justice movements financed (funded by FORMAS) and the social mechanisms of creating memberless civil society organizations in Sweden, Russia and Poland (financed by VR). The presentation will address topics such as the opportunities and obstacles for urban justice movements to gain influence and participate in democratic processes in Swedish urban suburbs and how grassroots mobilization that addresses issues of segregation, racism and welfare transformation have developed in Swedish cities.


Date: October 20th, 2016

Time: 15:00- 17:00

Location: Gamla Kirurgen R:115

Contact: carina [dot] olsson [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se



We would like to invite you join us for some vegetarian soup and salad on Tuesday, November 8th from 12.15-13 in the Student Lounge in Gamla Kirurgen (House R). A representative from Student Health and the Student Chaplain will be there to talk about their work and the ways they can support you. This invitation goes out to several international master’s programmes at the faculty, and we hope you will take this opportunity to come in from the cold, warm up your bellies, and meet some of your fellow students while learning about some of the support that is offered here.

To sign up, please fill in this form no later than Sunday, Nov 6th:…

If you have signed up and realize that you will no longer be able to attend, please send an email to shoshana [dot] iten [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se so we order the right amount of food.


Date: November 8th, 2016

Time: 12:15-13:00

Location: Gamla Kirurgen Student Lounge

Contact: shoshana [dot] iten [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se



External News & Events in Details

Acquiring good writing skills is essential for your success both at university and in your professional life. The course “Writing in English at University” has been designed as a resource for university students who are involved in or wish to prepare for writing assignments or degree projects. As writing conventions differ between disciplines the focus is on generic skills of academic writing. The course covers different aspects of academic writing, such as how to structure your text and how to convey your argument, as well as how to use sources and how to edit your text. The course aims to provide guidance to all students, but will be especially useful to those with English as second language.


For more information, visit or contact Ebba Ruhe via ebba [dot] ruhe [at] math [dot] lu [dot] se



Hur lär jag mig skriva fungerande texter? Det är en fråga som många studenter söker svar på. I denna kurs tar vi upp vad som är viktigt i det akademiska skrivandet. Du får konkreta tips på vad du kan tänka på för att utveckla både dina texter och ditt skrivande. Du får också träning genom olika övningar och kortare skrivuppgifter.


For more information, visit or contact Ebba Ruhe via ebba [dot] ruhe [at] math [dot] lu [dot] se



Prof. Dr. Dick Douwes, Dean of Erasmus School of History, Communication and Culture (ESHCC), Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands


Present-day tensions and violence in the Middle East are often defined as being sectarian and, in fact, several parties that are involved in warfare in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere have a sectarian discourse and perform sectarianism through violent–at times severely cruel–symbolic action, the most obvious case being the Islamic State (IS) having staged an seemingly apocalyptic battle based upon a radical reading of the religious past and present, legitimizing the killing of ‘unbelievers’, the degradation of their women to slavery, the destruction of shrines, churches, monasteries, etc.. But sectarian reasoning and action are not the prerogative of IS and other Jihadist movements, as its adversaries, too, including various regimes in the region, invoke images from an imaginary past in their slogans and use–apart from lethal military violence– violence such as desecrating and destroying what is held sacred by the other, including the killing of religious leaders and the destruction of mosques. Within the pro-regime war cult the shrine of Sayyida Zaynab occupies a central position for Shiite millitants from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere who have flocked to the Sayyida Zaynab neighbourhood, a southern suburb of Damascus, in an effort to re-enact Shiite historicy as an act of empowerment of the community.


Date: October 6th, 2016

Time: 15:00

Location: CMES seminar room, Finngatan 16



Open panel discussion on the historical peace agreement recently signed between the Colombian government and the guerilla FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia)

Five invited panelists will present varying scenarios and hold an open discussion with questions from the participants, see the programme here:


Date: October 7th, 2016

Time: 15:00- 17:00

Location: Pufendorf Institute, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund

Contact: ana_maria [dot] vargas_falla [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se



Gaetàn de Rassenfosse is Assistant Professor in Science & Technology Policy at EPFL. He is an expert in patent and patent citations analysis, as well as in the mechanisms of financing innovation. His work is published on Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.


Date: October 19th, 2016

Time: 15:00- 16:00

Location: CIRCLE seminar room, Sölvegatan 16

Contact: palina [dot] sauchanka [at] circle [dot] lu [dot] se


The International Desk is closed from October 17 to 21, 2016 (week 42). It can still be reached during the telephone hours Monday-Friday from 10:00-12:00, or via email studentreception [at] lu [dot] se



Opportunities in Details



The UN's new 17 global sustainability goals mean local challenges and here is neither a lack of will or initiative in Malmö to achieve them. Between the 30th November  -  2nd December 2016, Malmö municipality is organising an international conference on how cities can work with global development and how we have made the UN's goals our own on the road to a sustainable city.


Date: November 30th - December 2nd, 2016
Location: Malmö Live, Beringsgatan, 211 18 Malmö

For more information and registration:




Other Events


Lund University brass band gives a concert with music by among others, Peter Graham, Kevin Houben and Philip Sparke. The program includes several major "classics" of the brass band repertoire, and among others in front of the band his racing music for this year's Brass Band Championships in November. Conductor and soloist Roger Andersson Roger Karlsson on the euphonium.


Admission: 100 kr, Students / Seniors / Children 50 kr


Date: October 15th, 2016

Time: 15:00

Location: Stadshallen, Stortorget i Lund

Contact: sofia [dot] rydberg [at] odeum [dot] lu [dot] se



Sustainability and the Political Economy of Welfare (Routledge Studies in Ecological Economics, 2016), eds. Max Koch & Oksana Mont

This book raises the issue of what is required to make welfare societies ecologically sustainable. Co-authored by a variety of cross-disciplinary contributors it is the result of opportunity to assemble an interdisciplinary team of researchers from five Lund University faculties as well as Kate Soper, Hubert Buch-Hansen and Ian Gough, who wrote the preface, and to work together for eight months at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies.


For further information:

For a summary:


Date: October 18th, 2016

Time: 16:30- 18:00

Location: Pufendorfinstitutet, Biskopsgatan 3

Contact: max [dot] koch [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se



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


Graduate School Staff