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Newsflash No. 30 - March 15, 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

  • Seminar: “Banal mobilisation? A proposal for a concept”/ March 22nd (Read more HERE)

  • Critical animal studies guest seminar on animal experimentation/ March 22nd (Read more HERE)

  • Open Crip and Queer Seminar: Collective Action by Sex Workers and Sex Clients on Social Media/ March 22nd (Read more HERE)

  • Talk: Diplomacy of Justice in a Turbulent World. Pufendorf Inaugural Lecture by Karin Aggestam/ March 22nd (Read more HERE)

  • DPS series: “To be a Swedish Civil servant in the European migration context by Marie Bengtsson”/ March 27th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: “Sexual Politics in Contemporary Europe”/ March 28th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: “Video-etnografi: Film screening and methodological discussion”/ March 29th (Read more HERE)

  • Workshop: “Why and How to Incorporate Sources (Voices) in Your Text”/ April 4th (Read more HERE)

  • Open Seminar: Good Nanny Care? Au-pairs, Nannies, Parents and Children in Sweden/ April 5th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar on the Leadership Paradox in EU Foreign Policy/ April 5th (Read more HERE)


External News & Events

  • Symposium: “Child & Noise - How does the child experience sound environment?”/ March 17th (Read more HERE)

  • Mentlife Seminar: “Drug Discovery, Development and Trends”/ March 21st (Read more HERE)

  • CIRCLE Seminar Series - Hanna Hottenrott/ March 22nd (Read more HERE)

  • Open lecture: “The Urban Brain: Living in the Neuro Social City”/ March 22nd (Read more HERE)

  • Lecture: “Extremists of Love: Cosmological Activism among Pakistani Sufi Muslims”/ March 23rd (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: “Introduction to Bayesian Networks for risk and impact assessment to support decision making”/ March 28th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: “Food Innovation for a Health Future”/ March 28th (Read more HERE)

  • Lunch Seminar: “Ready, Set, Network!”/ March 29th (Read more HERE)

  • IT Mässa/ICT Job Fair/ March 30th (Read more HERE)

  • Swedish Human Rights Film Festival/ March 31st (Read more HERE)

  • Global Week 2017/ April 4th (Read more HERE)


Other News, Events & Opportunities

  • Conference: Women in Asia Conference in Western Australia¨.Submission Deadline: 31 March (Read more HERE)

  • Call for one month position to prepare research application at Lund University (Read more HERE)

  • Travel grants for Lund University students to CREST in Kerala (Read more HERE)

  • NIFID - a start-up initiative in Malmö (Read more HERE)

  • Summer Seminar on “Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe and the Mediterranean” (Read more HERE)

  • Summer University Prague 2017: Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty (Read more HERE)

  • Call for papers for the fall issue of Asia Pacific Perspectives (Read more HERE)

  • Sheffield Conference on Subaltern Women's Narratives (Read more HERE)



News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences in Details


The presentation builds on my research seminar presentation in 2016, still asking what kinds of mobilization practices can be found in quotidian activities beyond the explicitly political. The newly suggested framing concept for such processes is entitled banal mobilization.

Date: March 22nd, 2017
Time: 13:00 - 15:00   
Venue: SOL Fakultetsklubben, SOL (B131)


LUCASN is pleased to host a critical animal studies guest seminar on animal experimentation. Come and join us for some interesting CAS lectures, networking, and of course some vegan fika!

Date: March 22nd, 2017
Time: 13:00 - 16:30   
Venue: Pufendorf institute, 2nd floor, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund


Meetings between sex workers and clients take place in many ways, one of the most common being on social media. This seminar explores how sellers and buyers interact in social media, not only to agree on physical meetings but also to negotiate general rules which are in their common interest.

This seminar will discuss how, despite it being illegal to purchase sexual services in Sweden and the selling of sexual services is not being recognized as work, sex clients and sex workers meet on social media to pursue joint interests and negotiate “collective contracts” concerning the rules that should apply on the prostitution market. What framings are brought forward and what collective identities are negotiated?

Date: March 22nd, 2017
Time: 15:15- 17:00
Venue: M226
Contact: jens [dot] rydstrom [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se


Karin Aggestam, the 5th professor to hold the Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Foundations’ Chair in Commemoration of Samuel Pufendorf, gives her Inaugural Lecture entitled "Diplomacy of Justice in a Turbulent World".

Date: March 22nd, 2017
Time: 14:30
Venue: Universitetsaulan, Universitetshuset, Lund university, Paradisgatan 2, Lund


Marie obtained my Ph.D. with a dissertation on central – local government relations within the migration area at Lund University in 2002. She worked as a lecturer at the Department of Political Science and began working for the Swedish Migration Agency in 2005. Since 2008 she has been working as a national coordinator for the Swedish national as contact point to the European Migration Network (EMN). The EMN provides objective, up-to-date, relevant and comparable information on Migration to Europe by producing studies, responding to ad-hoc queries and analysing the information to make it useful for policy makers both at European and national level. This line of work means quite a lot of travelling, mostly to Brussels but also to other capitals of the EU member states, and professional and personal relations with colleagues from all over Europe.

The lecture will focus first and foremost on what it is like to be a Swedish civil servant in the European migration context and what it takes to cooperate with migration experts from 27 other countries. Secondly what happened within the migration field during 2015 will be discussed together with different priorities at EU and Member state level and how they develop and influence the work of the EMN.

To attend this seminar, sign up via… no later than March 24th, 2017.

Date: March 27th, 2017
Time: 14:00-16:00
Venue: TBA


European countries are currently revising their laws on issues to do with sexuality, such as prostitution, rape, and grooming. While the developments are very different throughout the region, they all point to how European countries are significantly more invested in policy-making in the field of sexuality than previously. Sexuality and gender are also topics taken up in the EU Parliament and addressed through resolutions and framework decisions.

The EU continuously balances which issues should be harmonised and which should be guided by national agendas and priorities, and if we in fact are seeing more EU level involvement in these issues, this means that particular ways of defining and regulating gender and sexuality more than before are seen as a part of European identity. The flurry of national and EU level policy making and debate indicates to us that something is at stake, and in this presentation I will look into what this might be.

Date: March 28th, 2017
Time: 13:00- 15:00
Venue: Room M331, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, Lund


Annica Skoglund, Uppsala University, will give a seminar on "Video-etnografi: Film screening and methodological discussion".

Date:  March 29th, 2017
Time: 13:15- 14:45
Venue: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund
Contact: johannes [dot] stripple [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se


This in-depth workshop on making decisions about source use covers topics like why and when to cite and includes summarizing and paraphrasing practice to help you incorporate sources effectively and elegantly while avoiding accidental plagiarism. Note that this seminar does not include the mechanics of any referencing system.

Sign up for the event by emailing: english [dot] support [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se.

Date: April 4th, 2017:
Time: 15:15- 18:00
Venue: Genetikhuset, Sölvegatan 29 B, Lund
Contact: english [dot] support [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se


Children are taken care of by nannies and au pairs all over the world. Paid domestic care plays an important role when families try to solve work/family conflicts, especially so when more and more middle class women take on demanding careers.

In our research project ”Care for children in an era of private market service” (RJ) we analyse the practice of doing care and family in families who hire nannies and au pairs. The study has been carried out in Sweden; a context where private solutions of nannies and au pairs have previously been uncommon due to the vast prevalence of publicly funded day care. However, the last decade, neo-liberal challenges to the social-democratic welfare regime has resulted in a (re)introduction of, and a growing acceptance for, hiring domestic workers. This, we argue, makes Sweden a particularly interesting case to study.

To grasp the complexity of this practice, we have interviewed all participating actors: nannies/au pairs, parents and children. This enables us to compare and contrast the ways in which the participants look upon and experience the caring situation in the family. Including narratives of children currently receiving care by nannies and au pairs is novel, and makes our research a pioneer contribution to the field.

Date: April 5th, 2017
Time: 13:15- 15:00
Venue: Room R:236, “Gamla Kirurgen", second floor, Sandgatan 3, Lund
Contact: maja [dot] sager [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se


Lisbeth Aggestam, University of Gothenburg, will give a seminar on "The Leadership Paradox in EU Foreign Policy".

Date: April 5th, 2017
Time: 13:15- 14:45
Venue: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund
Contact: annika [dot] bjorkdahl [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se



External News & Events in Details  


This interdisciplinary symposium is aimed at shedding light on how the sound environment may affect children spanning from the prenatal stage to the young person enjoying loud music or engaging in other loud activities. More seldom do we ask how the child him/herself perceives the sound environment. The Sound Environment Center at Lund University takes a holistic grasp on childrens´ chronological exposure to sound and noise, Research on childrens´ exposure to sound and noise today includes many different disciplines, like audiology, acoustics, logopedy psychology, environmental medicine and neuroscience. Top researchers from these fields are taking part in this symposium. The child´s exposure to sound will be scrutinzed both in detail and at meta levels.

Pre-Registration necessary, email to projektledare [at] ljudcentrum [dot] lu [dot] se. Write 17/3 in the subject line. Please register early to be sure of seating.

More info can be found at
Date: March 17th, 2017
Time: 09:00- 16:00
Venue: Belfragesalen, BMC, Sölvegatan 19, Lund. (D1539a, floor 15, lift) Entrance Klinikgatan 32!
Contact: projektledare [at] ljudcentrum [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information:…


It is a pleasure to invite you to an afternoon where we are introduced to five major pharmaceutical companies and a global CRO in the region.

Each company will present themselves and their research, and there is an opportunity to meet company representatives after the presentations.

Date: March 21st, 2017
Time: 16:00- 19:00
Venue: Auditorium, Medicon Village
Register at


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: March 22nd, 2017
Time: 14:00- 15:00
Venue: CIRCLE Seminar Room
Contact: palina [dot] sauchanka [at] circle [dot] lu [dot] se


This open lecture is organized by The Cultural Studies Group of Neuroscience (Bagadilico) and is part of the open Medical Humanities Seminar series hosted by the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences.

Nikolas Rose is the author of several well-known books on this topic such as Governing the Soul: The Shaping of the Private Self and The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century. Together with Joelle M Abi-Rached he has co-authored Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind (2013) in which the authors describe the developments leading to the influence of neuroscience outside medicine.

Date: March 22nd, 2017
Time: 14:15- 16:00
Venue: Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, LUX, room C121, Helgonavägen 3, Lund.
Contact: kristofer [dot] hansson [at] kultur [dot] lu [dot] se


Since the advent of the so-called “war against terror,” Sufi shrines in Pakistan have been attacked, supposedly by factions of the Taliban or ISIS affiliated groups. The most recent suicide attack took place at the shrine of the major saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar on February 16, 2017 and claimed the lives of more than 80 people. In this presentation I shall attend to some of the Sufi responses to, and absorption of, these kinds of events in order to explore some of the multiple political forms of Sufi Islam in Pakistan. Sufism is often described as the ‘spiritual’ and ‘soft’ dimension of Islam. Moreover, Sufi followers in Pakistan – the majority of the country’s almost 195 million people – are frequently characterized as disengaged in worldly affairs, if not outright apolitical. Based on twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork in Lahore between 2009 and 2012 for my PhD thesis, I argue that Sufi cosmological concepts and practices also amount to more or less explicit forms of political activities and visions. Through an ethnographic exploration of the ways in which Sufi followers conceive the world and the cosmos to be governed, I attempt to answer the question: What are Sufis’ own politics? I suggest that practices of deliberate passivity, self-cleansing ritual practices (such as zikr or recollection of Allah), the search for peace and tranquility (sukoon) and, above all, love are all different forms of what I call ‘cosmological activism.’

Date: March 23rd, 2017
Time: 16:00- 17:15
Venue: Center for Middle Eastern Studies seminar room, Finngatan 16, Lund
Contact: elina-maria [dot] vidarsson [at] sasnet [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information:…


This workshop aims to introduce Bayesian (Belief) Networks to students and researchers. We will provide a theoretical background together with hands on exercises from risk and impact assessments and decision making.

Target audience: Undergraduate and graduate students and researchers interested in learning how to build and use Bayesian (Belief) Networks to integrate evidence, assess risk or impacts, and evaluate decision alternatives. We will use examples from environmental risk and impact assessments, but the scope of the workshop is BNs with no particular type of application. No previous experience in BNs is needed. Participants are encouraged to study a literature list sent out prior to the workshop.

Motivation: A Bayesian Network is a modelling framework that enable us to integrate evidence to inform decisions, based on causal relations between decision, state and impact variables. BNs allows integration of data and expert knowledge.

Sign up here:…

Date: March 28th, 2017
Time: All day
Venue: TBA
For more information:…


For seminar program and more:

Registration (latest March 20th): maria [dot] johansson [at] food-health-science [dot] lu [dot] se

Date: March 28th, 2017
Time: 09:00- 12:30
Venue: Nedre Inspira, Medicon Village, Scheelev 2, Lund
Contact: maria [dot] johansson [at] food-health-science [dot] lu [dot] se


How many times have you been told how important networking is? So, at this point, you know that who you know can be the difference between you getting that new gig or not. Anna Månsson from the Career Services and Tove Eriksson from Communications at the School of Economics and Management, will share useful tips and tricks on how to “master the mingle”. Register for the seminar in MyCareer!

Bring your lunch and an open mind. We will provide the coffee!

Since there is a limited amount of seats, please make sure you do not register for the event unless you are actually going to participate.

Date: March 29th, 2017
Time: 12:00- 13:00
Venue: Room EC1:136 at LUSEM, Tycho Brahes väg 1, Lund, Sweden
For more information:


The Job Fair is for everyone that are looking for a job within the ICT field. There will be around 50 companies looking for new talents. The companies are looking for a wide range of talents within software development but also hardware, test development, IT-architecture, Project Management and also technicians and support. There are also some companies that have open positions for engineers within for example electronics and mechanics.

Date: March 30th, 2017
Time: 10:00- 13:00
Venue: Ideon Agora, Ideon Science Park, Scheelevägen 15, Lund, Sweden
For more information visit  


The first Swedish Human Rights Film Festival will take place in Stockholm and Lund on March 31 to April 2. The festival features three days of powerful and important films and discussions on the major human rights issues of our times.

The initiative comes from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden.

“Right now we’re seeing human rights increasingly coming under pressure around the world,” says Morten Kjaerum, the director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute. “A key challenge is how to reach a broader public to talk about the importance of ensuring human rights for all. With this, the first Swedish Human Rights Film Festival, we hope to engage even more people in these important discussions.”

Date: March 31st- April 2nd, 2017
Time: 17:00
Venue: Biografen Kino i Lund och Klarabiografen i Stockholm
Contact: gabriel [dot] stein [at] rwi [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information: and


On 3–7 April, Lund University will organise a whole week focusing on different aspects of internationalisation for staff at Lund University and colleagues from our international partner universities.

Global Week is dedicated to staff at Lund University and at international partner universities (e.g. administrators, teachers and international managers) who are curious or would like to learn more about:

Date: April 4th- April 6th, 2017
Time: 09:00
Venue: Palaestra Lecture Hall
Contact: LU350_GlobalWeek [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se    



Other News, Events & Opportunities in Details


The 2017 Women in Asia (WIA) conference will be held at the University of Western Australia on 26-28 September. Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2017.

The Women in Asia (WIA) Conference continues a tradition started by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Women’s Caucus (now Women’s Forum) in 1981.This will be the first time this Conference has been held on the west coast, and it follows the UWA hosting of the Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference in 2014.

The 2017 Women in Asia Conference provides an opportunity to showcase the work of scholars who research women and gender relations in Asia. WIA conferences particularly attract scholars and practitioners from Asia, as well as local and domestic participants from the community sector, academia and government.

With a particular thematic focus on 'Gender-Based Violence', the 2017 WIA conference aims to draw together scholars and activists working on this issue in Asia and Australia, to foster a discussion on the various challenges and strategies involved in addressing Violence Against Women in different contexts.

For more information:

For the third year, SASNET invites researchers at Lund University to apply for a one month position (”ansökningsmånad”) at SASNET in which to prepare a research application with a South Asian focus.

The purpose is to promote more South Asia-related research at Lund University. Members of all faculties and disciplines at the University are invited. The salary will range to a maximum of SEK 35 000.

Applications, including CV, should be sent to andreas [dot] johansson [at] sasnet [dot] lu [dot] se by the closing date of 31 March 2017.

Read about previous granted applications here:


SASNET announces two travel grants for Lund University students to the Centre for Research & Education for Social Transformation (CREST) in Kerala, India.

These grants are dedicated for students on BA, MA or PhD level who are planning to do fieldwork in South Asia during 2017. The field work can be conducted elsewhere in the South Asia region, but the students should have CREST as their base and stay there for at least a few weeks (this can be discussed with SASNET) and interact with students there.

Applications will be ranked based on the quality of the project proposal (not more than 5 pages), relevance of the research, grades of the applicant and the experiences as listed in the CV.  

Applications, including CV, an up-to-date copy of your LADOK results and a statement from your supervisor approving the trip, should be sent to andreas [dot] johansson [at] sasnet [dot] lu [dot] se by the closing date of 31 March 2017.


The Nordic Initiative for Innovation and Development (NIFID) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit legal entity under Swedish law, which is is headquartered in Malmö, Sweden and planned for geographic coverage of operations in Nordic and South Asian countries including a regional chapter in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

NIFID's major objective is to facilitate social empowerment and transfer of knowledge/skills between Nordic and South Asian countries with the following core objectives:

  1. Mutual exchange of best practices and impactful models

  2. Empowering human resources by fostering social innovation, leadership, stewardship and entrepreneurship

  3. Bridging ideas by building sustainable partnerships and collaborations

Therefore, the organisation strongly look for positive and effective human empowerment and tangible social changes in developing world by utilizing the Nordic innovation and best practices with a simple TRACK model - Training, Aspiring and Cultivating Knowledge among youth.

Go for NIFID's facebook page here:


The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in partnership with Charles University (Prague) and the support of Princeton University, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO Cyprus Centre), the LSEE unit ‘Research on South Eastern Europe’ and the Chair of Jewish Studies (School of Philosophy AUTH) are pleased to announce a unique educational opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, junior researchers and practitioners.

For more information:
For replies and questions: sumschool17 [at] auth [dot] gr


The objective of the Summer University Prague 2017, “ Understanding Europe in an Age of Uncertainty”, is to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe.

Instead of relaxing at the “End of History” after the collapse of Eastern Bloc in 1989, Europe is facing new challenges at the beginning of the 21st century. These new challenges – including the economic and financial crisis, ageing population, complicated relations with Russia and Turkey, terrorist attacks connected with the activities of the Islamic State and most currently, the strong immigration flow – are raising concerns and leading to significant political radicalisation and social unrest. On the one hand, this challenging period raises feelings of uncertainty: Are we moving from solid to “liquid times”? What will “Europe” mean in the future? How does all this influence our everyday lives? On the other hand, this “Age of Uncertainty” is an ideal time to revise common approaches and look for new perspectives. We will, together, analyse and discuss the current development of Europe in an inspiring environment made up of students coming from countries all over the world.

Period of Summer University: September 9th – September 23rd, 2017
The application process has just started. They look forward to receiving your application!
For more information:


The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce a call for papers for the fall 2017 issue of Asia Pacific Perspectives. The issue will explore the varied interpretations of masculine identity across Asia. Deadline is 3 April.

This issue will provide a forum for exchange of the latest research on both historical and contemporary constructions of masculinity in China, Japan, Korea, India and the Philippines. They are particularly interested in submissions from the social sciences and humanities focused on themes such as: Empire, nation and globalization; gender identity and sexuality; health, body and medicine; and masculinity in advertising, media, cinema and pop culture.

Papers must represent original work not already published or in press. To submit a paper, e-mail your documents electronically in MS Word or compatible format to lawoodhouse [at] usfca [dot] edu.

Deadline: Monday April 3, 2017
For more information:


On 23 June 2017 the Conference "Subaltern Women’s Narratives: Subversion, Resilience, and Shifting Responses" will be held at the University of Sheffield, Uk. Abstract deadline is 23 April.

This conference aims to look at the material histories and lives of subaltern women. In her 1988 essay ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’, Gayatri Spivak extends the definition of the ‘subaltern’, going beyond “strict class analysis”, to incorporate a range of different subject positions, not predefined by dominant political discourses. We draw on her definition in our usage of the word ‘subaltern’, to focus on the experience of marginalised women in the present day. Most of the current academic discourse on subaltern women concentrates heavily on narratives of subjugation. However, the varied nature of lived experiences of these women has presented challenges in the knowledge and understanding of their experiences through an overarching critical narrative. The dominant approach of acknowledging only their subjugation eclipses the narratives of resistance and subversion by women. This conference seeks to focus on alternative narratives to such prevailing discourse.

The last date for submitting abstracts is April 23, 2017. The conference will be held on June 23, 2017, at HRI, University of Sheffield. Please send abstracts to: subalternwomen2017 [at] gmail [dot] com

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