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Newsflash No. 27 - January 30, 2017

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

  • Thesis defence: Assisting in the Shadows. Humanitarianism, Shelters and Transit Migration Politics/ February 3rd (På svenska, read more HERE)

  • Reminder: Seminar on Politics, History and State-Making: Mikael Sandberg/ February 8th (Read more HERE)

  • Reminder: Seminar on the Dynamics of Radicalization: Chares Dimitrou/ February 8th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: FonSyds vinterseminarium 2017: "Doktorander om akademisk karriär: Should I stay or should I go?"/ February 9th (På svenska, read more HERE)

  • Thesis defence: The Money of Monarchs: The Importance of Non-Tax Revenue for Autocratic Rule in Early Modern Sweden/ February 10th (Read more HERE)


External News & Events

  • Reminder: CIRCLE Seminar Series - Aldo Geuna, University of Torino/ February 1st (Read more HERE)

  • Open lecture: Reinventing China's Porcelain Capital: From Mass Production to Heritage/ February 2nd (Read more HERE)

  • Reminder: Lund Contemporary 2017 Music Festival/ February 3rd-5th (Read more HERE)

  • Graduateland Virtual Career Fair 2017/ February 8th (Read more HERE)

  • Reminder: CIRCLE Seminar Series - Hanna Hottenrott/ February 8th (Read more HERE)

  • CMES seminar: Yazidis: Survivors of 74 Genocides/ February 8th (Read more HERE)

  • Webbinar from Sweden's Public Employment Agency: How to write a cover letter and CV/ February 14th (Read more HERE)


Other News, Events & Opportunities

  • DIIS seminar: Is state fragility in North Africa and the Sahel region a threat to European security?/ February 3rd (Read more HERE)

  • 9 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political  Science and Sociology for the academic year 2017-2018 at SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE, Florence/ Deadline: February 20th (Read more HERE)

  • 8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) 2017/ August 1st - 7th (Read more HERE)



News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences in Details


Priscilla Solano försvarar sin avhandling "Assisting in the Shadows. Humanitarianism, Shelters and Transit Migration Politics" i Kulturens hörsal den 3 februari 2017 kl 10.15.

Opponent är professor Julia O'Connell Davidson, University of Bristol

Date: February 3rd, 2017
Time: 10:15 to 12:00
Venue: Kulturens hörsal
For moreinformation: priscilla [dot] solano [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


Mikael Sandberg is a Professor in Political Science at Halmstad University. He will give a talk on the topic: ”Political Institutions and Regimes since 1600: The New Historical Data Set ’MaxRang’’.

Date: Februarý 8th, 2017
Time: 12:00 (sharp) - 13:00
Venue: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund
For more information, contact info [at] stanceatlund [dot] org


Chares Dimitrou, Department of Sociology at Lund University, will give a seminar on "The Dynamics of Radicalization".

Date: February 8th, 2017
Time: 13:15-14:45
Venue: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund
For more information, contact jan [dot] teorell [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se


Universitetets doktorander bidrar signifikant till såväl forskning som undervisning och samverkan under sin tid i forskarutbildningen. Forskarutbildningen ingår på det sättet i all verksamhet i högskolan. Samtidigt får doktoranderna under sin relativt långa tid i utbildningen en levande bild av vad det kommer att innebära för dem att välja en akademisk karriär efter disputationen. Frågan är dock: Hur framstår akademin som en tänkbar arbetsmiljö efter disputationen för doktoranderna?

Seminariet hålls på svenska och anordnas av FonSyd (Forskarutbildningsnätverket Syd) i samverkan med AHU (Avd. för högskolepedagogisk utveckling) vid Lunds universitet. Alla med intresse är välkomna!

Anmäl ditt deltagande senast 6 februari på

Date: February 9th, 2017
Time: 13:15 - 16:00
Venue: AHU (tidigare CED), Sölvegatan 16, Lund. MNO-huset, andra våningen, rum M313
For more information, contact Eva [dot] Brodin [at] psy [dot] lu [dot] se


Klas Nilsson will defend his thesis “The Money of Monarchs: The Importance of Non-Tax Revenue for Autocratic Rule in Early Modern Sweden” in the Eden main auditorium.

Discussant is Professor Jørgen Møller, Aarhus University.

Klas Nilsson's personal page:

Date: February 10th, 2017
Time: 10:15-12:00
Venue: Eden main auditorium, Edens hörsal, Paradisgatan 5, house H, Lund
For more information:… or contact klas [dot] nilsson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se



External News & Events in Details


Aldo Geuna is Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis, University of Torino and Fellow of the Collegio Carlo Alberto. His research interests include Economics of Science, Economics of Innovation, Science and Technology Policy and Political Economy of Science and Technology. Aldo's core research area is the socio-economic analysis of university research behaviour and its links to innovation and economic growth.

Date:  February 1st, 2017
Time: 14:00-15:00
Venue: CIRCLE Seminar Room
For more information, contact palina [dot] sauchanka [at] circle [dot] lu [dot] se


Abstract: China has long been known for producing porcelain, and its most celebrated wares are from Jingdezhen, the city known to many as China’s “porcelain capital.”  Yet while Jingdezhen is renowned for making wares for emperors, export, and domestic consumers, the city’s porcelain industry has fallen behind newer ceramics producers in south China.  Central government officials removed from Jingdezhen the title of “China’s Porcelain Capital” in 2004, awarding it to the city of Chaozhou, which produces much of the tableware and sanitary ceramics labeled “made in China” today.  Since then, Jingdezhen officials, redevelopers, and entrepreneurs have reinvented the city as China’s capital for ceramics heritage, attracting millions of domestic tourists and thousands of artists each year.  In this talk we will examine which heritage locals promote, why, how, and to whose benefit.

Biography: Maris Boyd Gillette is a sociocultural anthropologist and filmmaker who has studied porcelain workers and entrepreneurs in Jingdezhen (southeast China) and urban Chinese Muslims in Xi’an (northwest China).  Recent publications include China’s Porcelain Capital: the Rise, Fall, and Reinvention of Ceramics in Jingdezhen (London: Bloomsbury, 2016) and “Muslim Foodways” in The Handbook of Food and Anthropology, eds. Jakob Klein and James L. Watson (London: Bloomsbury, 2016).  She works regularly with museums on exhibitions, public history, and education, most recently the Campbell House Museum, the St Louis Art Museum, and the Missouri History Museum.  Gillette has participated in numerous community engagement initiatives, including the community history and digital media project Muslim Voices of Philadelphia, for which she received a Courage in Media Award from the Council on American Islamic Relations in 2012.

Date: February 2nd, 2017
Time: 15:15-16:30
Venue:Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Asia Library, Sölvegatan 18, Lund
For more information: marina [dot] svensson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se


Lund Contemporary 2017 is a weekend festival for contemporary art music, organised by Odeum and Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, both part of Lund University, together with a number of local and regional participants.

The weekend will include more than 20 premieres by music composition students from the Malmö Academy of Music and others. New music by mainly regional composers will be interspersed with modern art music classics from the 20th century and onwards in a diverse programme. Another theme of the festival is the interaction between music and visual arts, with a particular focus on Skissernas Museum’s collection of art from the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937 – an event strongly marked by the dark political tensions at that time.

Music composed specially for the World Exhibition will be played over the weekend. In addition to concerts, Lund Contemporary offers lectures and a panel discussion on topics linked to the theme of the festival.

Admission to all events is free!

Date: February 3rd-5th, 2017
For more information: or contact david [dot] riebe [at] odeum [dot] lu [dot] se


Looking for a job or internship in 2017?  At the Graduateland Virtual Career Fair 2017, you can meet and chat with recruiters from companies across Europe - no matter where you are currently located yourself!

What is a virtual career fair? It’s an online event designed to bring together talented students/graduates and international companies: you can log in from anywhere, using your computer, mobile or tablet. All you have to do is: be online on February 8th, 2017, and log in with your user account.

On the digital venue, you will be able to chat with recruiters from some of the most popular international companies (see the whole list of attending companies below). You’ll be matched with the companies based on your studies, work experience, and CV.

Date: February 8th, 2017
Time: 11:00-16:00
For more information and registration:


Hanna Hottenrott is assistant professor at the Technical University of Munich - TUM. Hanna’s areas of interest involve industrial economics and applied micro-econometrics. Her research examines the economics of innovation, science and technological change.

Date: February 8th, 2017
Time: 14:00-15:00
Venue: CIRCLE Seminar Room
For more information, contact palina [dot] sauchanka [at] circle [dot] lu [dot] se


Nareen Shammo is an Iraqi journalist and activist who belongs to the Yazidi community. Nareen resigned from her position as an investigative journalist when ISIS started attacking the Yazidi community and enslaving its women and children while killing all the men. She thus decided to devote herself to the rescue and protection of Yazidi women, creating networks that will help captured women to escape or that will collect funds to be used to buy these women’s freedom. Come listen to Nareen talk about the Yazidi women's situation and their struggle to regain freedom.

Date: February 8th, 2017
Time: 16:00
Venue: CMES seminar room


The way you write an application can vary from country to country. In this webinar we will discuss how to write a cover letter and CV when you apply for a job in Sweden. We will also give you tips on how to present your application professionally in order to catch a recruiter's eye.

This activity is a webinar, a seminar on the web. You participate in the webinar through your computer, tablet or smartphone. You need to have an internet connection but can sit where ever you prefer. During the webinar you will see and hear the presenter. If you participate through a computer you can also ask questions through a chat. The webinar will be held in English.

Date: February 14th, 2017
Time: 13:00-14:15
To participate, register here:



Other News, Events & Opportunities in Details


The collapse of the state Libya after Gaddafi in 2011 and the subsequent creation of a breakaway “Islamic State” in Northern Mali by Al-Qaida affiliated Islamist militias in 2012 have brought the question of state fragility in North Africa and in the Sahel region high on the European security agenda. Seen from a European perspective, the collapse of Libya opened a direct route for ill-contained and poorly managed security threats from the Sahel region to easily reach European borders. In current policy lingo these threats are in particular manifested in three figures of non-state actors: Islamist terrorists and rebels, organized criminals and smugglers, and illegal migrants and refugees.

At this DIIS seminar we engage a number of experts and scholars on the Maghreb and the Sahel to assess whether and how state fragility in Europe’s southern neighbourhood regions should be seen as a threat to European security.

The seminar forms part of the Sahel-Maghreb Research Platform hosted by DIIS. The conference will be held in English and French (one presentation) and will be live streamed on

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Thursday 2 February at 12.00 noon.

Date: February 3rd, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:15
Location: DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen
For more information, visit…


The programme focuses on the following three research  areas:

  1. Democracy and social movements

  2. Comparative/global  public policy and  international governance

  3. Comparative politics and society

The grant is of  4 years. Full coverage of research expenses (conferences, summer schools, research periods abroads) is provided.

The Faculty is exclusively devoted to PhD teaching and supervision. The activities will be held at the seat of Florence of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Institute of Human and Social Sciences)

Deadline: February 20th, 2017
For more information, visit or


Humanitarian Affairs UK will host the 8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) 2017 at United Nations, Bangkok in Thailand from August 1st to 7th 2017. The theme of the Symposium is “Building LIFE, Giving HOPE”. We are expecting about 900 emerging world leaders from the United Nations Member States to participate in this event which focuses on developing leaders to bring social change.

The USLS is a week-long Leadership Conference in Social Development for young leaders from all over the world. The purpose is to instil a sense of social responsibility as well as to cultivate the attributes of selfless giving among our emerging world leaders. The young participants will learn what it means to give back to the community and be challenged to respond to the needs of the marginalized with works of kindness and unconditional service. Delegates will have the opportunity to expand their professional network and understanding of world affairs. They will be motivated to use their knowledge and leadership skills to impact the communities in need.

Humanitarian Affairs UK, is affiliated to United Nations Global Compact, World Association of Non-Governmental Organization, International Association for Voluntary Efforts and the World Alliance for Citizens Participation.

Date: August 1st - 7th, 2017
Venue: United Nations, Bangkok in Thailand  
For more information: or….
For other enquiry, kindly write to UN [at] humanitarianaffairs [dot] org



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