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Newsflash No. 31 - March 29, 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

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

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

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

  • Seminar: The Relevance of Sociology of Law in law-making: The Swedish Case of Mobile Phones and Driving Safety/ April 12nd (Read more HERE)

  • Social Sciences Master Graduation Ceremony – June 5th, 2017 (Read more HERE)


External News & Events

  • CMES Alumni conference 2017/ March 30th-31st (Read more HERE)

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

  • Reminder - Global Week 2017/ April 4th - 6th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: Working and living in a hot climate – adaptation and mitigation/ April 3rd (Read more HERE)

  • CMES 10th Jubilee week: Michelle Obeid - Disrupted Borders, Security and the Trapped Subject: the Lebanese/Syrian border/ April 5th (Read more HERE)

  • Job Fair: Sommar och extrajobbsmässa (På Svenska)/ April 6th (Read more HERE)

  • CMES 10th Jubilee week: Ido Zelkovitz - From the Books to the Guns: Students and the Palestinian Revolution in Historical Perspective/ April 6th (Read more HERE)

  • Pitching contest: Dragons at the University/ April 6th (Read more HERE)

  • CMES 10th Jubilee week: Dr. Abbas Milani - From Sayyad Qutb to Seyyed Khamenei: Islamist Challenge of modernity/ April 7th (Read more HERE)

  • Biology Day in Lund/ April 8th (Read more HERE)

  • Become an international mentor autumn 2017!/ Apply by 10 April at the latest (Read more HERE)


Other News, Events & Opportunities

  • Praktik vid Sveriges ambassad i Belgrad (På Svenska)/ Deadline March 31st (Read more HERE)

  • Gender Troublemakers: Video of our 8th of March Solidarity Gathering and Silent March (Read more HERE)

  • DIIS seminar: Migration or development?/ April 5th (Read more HERE)

  • DIIS seminar: Humanitarianism and body economies/ April 6th (Read more HERE)


New from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences in Details


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



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
For more information, contact annika [dot] bjorkdahl [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se


Welcome to an open Gender Studies seminar! Our guest are Sara Eldén och Terese Anving, Lund University.


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.

Through making care the hub of investigation, we show the tensions between the role of nanny/au pair, and the actual relationships that this caring situation requires. These tensions are crucial to understanding the (im)possibilities of ‘good nanny care’, we argue.

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



Måns Svensson, Associate Professor at the Sociology of Law Department, Lund University.

More research seminars in Sociology of Law this spring:

Date: April 12nd, 2017
Time: 13:15 - 16:00
Venue: Room M331, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, Lund
For more information, contact reza [dot] banakar [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se


The Faculty of Social Sciences will celebrate their newest graduates at the Master Graduation Ceremony on Monday, June 5th, 2017 in the University Building Auditorium. If you are expecting to graduate this June, please see the Graduate School website for more details on the ceremony and how to sign up (though please note that the application will only open once the formal invitation goes out):

Date: June 5th

Venue: University Building


External News & Events in Details


CMES Alumni conference 2017 Present and former students of the MA programme in Middle Eastern Studies at CMES are invited to an Alumni conference last week of March 2017. More information will follow but please let us now if you´re interested in joining. Send an email to our education coordinator Tina: kristina [dot] robertsson [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se

Date: March 30th-31st, 2017
Venue: AF-borgen
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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    


Open seminar with participants from HEAT, a previous Pufendorf theme, where they share their experiences

HEAT – and then?

Kristina Jakobsson, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University

Clothing – protection or nuisance in heat?
Kalev Kuklane, Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology, LTH

Climate-sensitive urban design in warm climates
Erik Johansson and Moohammed Wasim Yahia, Housing Development  and Management, LTH

Work and health when it is too hot
Kristina Jakobsson, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University

The battle against chronic kidney disease in the sugar cane industry
Jason Glaser, LaIsla Network,

From Pufendorf HEAT to EU Heat Shield – a Horizon 2020 project on health and productivity in manufacturing, construction, transport, tourism and agriculture in a hotter Europe

Chuansi Gau, Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology, LTH

Date: April 3rd, 2017
Time:15:00 -l 17:00
Venue: The Pufendorf Institute, Biskopsgatan 3
For more information, contact kristina [dot] jakobsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se


In this public address, Michelle Obeid will talk about the areas by the Lebanese/Syrian border and the repercussions of the conflict and the emergence of Da`ish. The talk will draw on her long-term fieldwork and knowledge of the border. How do the people who are not drawn into radical Islamism experience the changes and securitization? And what are the experiences of the communities that are ‘hosting’ refugees – an area of research so far underexplored.

Date: April 5th, 2017
Time: 16:00
Venue: CMES seminar room


Söker du extrajobb, sommarjobb eller praktik? Kom på årets jobbmässa för extrajobb brevid studierna.

Torsdagen den 6 april, klockan 10:00-13:00, har du möjlighet att träffa företag som söker dig som vill arbeta i sommar eller som vill ha ett extraarbete. Du är välkommen till Lilla salen i AF-borgen, Lund.

Date: April 6th, 2017
Time: 10:00-13:00
Venue: Lilla Salen, Af-borgen, Sandgatan 2, Lund, Sweden
For more information:…


The lecture will explore the Palestinian Student Movement from an historical and sociological perspective; the main aim of the presentation is to demonstrate how Palestinian national identity has been built in the absence of national institutions, whilst emphasizing the role of higher education as an agent of social change, capable of crystallizing patterns of national identity.

Date: April 6th, 2017
Time: 16:00
Venue: CMES seminar room


Dragons at the University is a competition where students from the Master's programme in Entrepreneurship, Venture Lab’s incubator and Lundaekonomerna gets the chance to pitch their business ideas for venture capitalists – the "Dragons”.

The project started at the Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship in 2010 as a part of the Master's programme in Entrepreneurship, with inspiration from the television show Dragons Den.

Participants at the Dragons semi-finals will prepare a 2 minute pitch, explaining their business project according to the selection criteria. 6 teams are picked for the finals of the Dragons at the University.

A jury will decide on an overall winner - but you will also have the chance to vote for your favourite pitch as a member of the audience! You decide!

Date: April 6th, 2017
Time: 16:00-19:00
Venue: The University building
For more information: or contact lottie [dot] norrsen [at] fek [dot] lu [dot] se


For the last century, modernity has been the most enduring challenge facing Muslim societies of the Middle East. What does Sayyad Qutb, the grand theorist of the Muslim Brotherhood in predominantly Sunni Egypt, share with Sayyad Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the predominantly Shiite Iran, in their challenge to Modernity?

Date: April 7th, 2017
Time: 16:00
Venue: CMES seminar room


We open the day at 11.45 with a short lecture and planting of a magnolia tree.

After a hiatus last year, it’s time again for Biology Day in Lund – LU350 anniversary edition!

During the afternoon we will open the Biology Department to the public, and you can participate in a packed programme of events. Don’t miss the Biology Show, with two exciting and family-oriented performances.

Or why not drop in for the chance to ask questions and listen to answers from our own ”celebrities”, Jessica Abbott och Marie Dacke. Professor emeritus Bengt Olle Bengtsson has also made a film about the history of Lund University. We will show the film at regular intervals all afternoon.

Discover our beautiful microscopy and other research photographs at our photo exhibition. If you are curious about microscopy and would like to learn more, there will be a demonstration of our microscopes. You can also take a look at our world-famous wind tunnel.

Our museum, Biologiska museet, will show parts of their collection and tell you their story. You might even have the chance to get to know some really “creepy” live animals.

You can’t have a Biology Day without a scavenger hunt. Come for the scavenger hunt and sharpen your knowledge of the living world.

The show and most talks will be in Swedish, but there is no problem to see the exhibitions and ask questions in English. All participants speak English.

Date: April 8th, 2017
Time: 11:45 - 16:00
Venue: Biology building, Sölvegatan 35, Lund
For more information: or contact Emily [dot] Baird [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Are you interested in getting to know people from all over the world? Do you want to practice your knowledge in e.g. Spanish, Chinese and English? Are you thinking of studying abroad or have you maybe already lived abroad? Become an international mentor for Lund University that every year welcomes 3500 international students from more than 80 countries!

As an international mentor you play an important role in helping the international student settle into Lund’s student life and in Swedish everyday life. You will together with 4-5 other mentors organise activities for the new international students, especially during the introduction weeks but also during the autumn term. You are also needed during Arrival Day 15 August.

A short video about the international mentorship programme:

Being an international mentor is really fun but it is also seen as a qualification when you apply for exchange studies and jobs. More information and the application link:…. Apply by 10 April at the latest.



Other News, Events & Opportunities in Details


Sveriges ambassad i Belgrad söker två nya praktikanter för hösten 2017. Vi vore mycket tacksamma om ni ville vara vänliga att förmedla detta vidare i era kanaler.

Annonsen är klar att publiceras på er hemsida. Vänligen se bifogade filer (annons + annonsbild). Annonsen finns redan på ambassadens hemsida som ni eventuellt kan länka till:…

Sista ansökningsdag är 31 mars 2017


Gender Troublemakers is a feminist collective, which aims to offer an alternative and safe space to share knowledge, learn and reflect on the wide spectrum of gender-related topics and issues. Our purpose is to create an open and welcoming platform, where people from any kind of background can join and choose among different levels of participation, from simply attending our events to actively eng...aging in the collective’s organization.

Initially, this project started within an autonomous group of master students from Lund University’s Social Studies of Gender Program and consisted in spontaneous post-lectures meetings, with the idea to continue deepening our lectures’ conversations and discussions outside the academic schedule and through a feminist perspective.

Do you want to know more about Gender Trouble Makers and what we did during our 8th of March Solidarity Gathering and Silent March? Here's the official video of the event! Again, the collective would like to thank all the amazing people who joined us and passionately participated!

You can find the video here:

For our Facebook page, please visit:

Background: Increased migration flows to Europe have instigated political interest in combating the root causes of migration. It has also led to an increased focus on cooperation with countries that are strategically important from a migration perspective. However, what are the consequences of the current migration situation for the volume and orientation of official development assistance (ODA)? What can actually be categorized as ODA? How much of ODA can be re-allocated for in-donor refugee costs? How do different European countries, including Denmark, deal with this issue? And what are the consequences for aid effectiveness when aid is used for migration purposes?

To investigate the response of various European donors (Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and the European Union), the Swedish Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) recently commissioned a study from the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM). During this seminar the authors of the report present the main findings of the study and discuss the possible consequences for European aid policy in general and Danish aid policy and practice in particular with experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and DIIS.

Date: April 5th, 2017
Time: 14:00-16:00
Venue: DIIS AuditoriumGl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
For more information:


Background: This seminar will discuss the political economies of humanitarianism from practical, political and conceptual perspectives. It is held as part of the PhD course ‘Body Economies’; a term that highlights the ways in which bodies are, on the one hand, constituted by and for social and political authorities, and on the other, are sites and means through which material and symbolic value is produced, transformed, transported, marketed and exchanged both by subjects/citizens themselves and by various external actors.

Humanitarian intervention in international politics takes many forms, ranging from medical assistance to victims of sexual violence in conflict, migration management of displaced populations, to the political administration of dead bodies. The crisis of humanitarianism is compounded today by the mass displacement of populations who seek asylum outside of their home countries or outside of the global South.

How do practices of care within this system contribute to the nurturing of some bodies and the misuse or displacement of others? How does humanitarianism participate in body economies, how is it subject to forces of capital, and how does it undermine its own premise that the suffering body speaks truth to power?

This seminar will bring these questions to bear on the topic in order to inquire into practical, political and conceptual aspects of humanitarianism and body economies.

Date: April 6th, 2017
Time: 14:15-16:30
Venue: DIIS AuditoriumGl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
For more information:



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