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Newsflash No. 32 - April 12, 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

  • Easter Holidays 2017/ April 16-17th (Read more HERE)

  • Information to first-year students on applying for courses for the autumn term 2017/deadline April 18th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: Does War Make States: Investigations of Charles Tilly's Historical Sociology/ April 19th (Read more HERE)

  • Open Crip and Queer Seminar: The borders of family life – dis/ability and relationships in the Swedish welfare state/ April 19th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: The Potlatch Revisited: Distinction and Destruction among the New Global Elite/ April 20th (Read more HERE)

  • Thesis Defence: Market Bureaucracy/ April 21st (Read more HERE)

  • Development Practitioner Seminar Series 2017: "Doing things right or doing the right things? : Quality and learning in disaster response and post-conflict recovery programmes"/ April 24th (Read more HERE)

  • Debate in Lund: Will Digital Destroy or Develop Democracy?/ April 24th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: Feeling at Home in the World/ April 26th (Read more HERE)

  • Graduate School's Spring Lunch with PhD students/ May 3rd (Read more HERE)

  • Thesis Introduction Day for Graduate School students/ June 2nd (Read more HERE)
  • Publication of chapter "Building a Home: The role of administration in in master's programmes" written by Shoshana Iten (programme coordinator) and Lena Örnberg (previoius director of studies) (Read more HERE)

External News & Events

  • Internships in research teams abroad  (Read more HERE)

  • Collaboration with Africa Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) (Read more HERE)

  • Online Seminar: How to write a cover letter and CV/ April 18th (Read more HERE)

  • Lecture: Professor Candidates holds Open Lectures/ April 19th (Read more HERE)

  • Workshop: How to Ace Your Job Interview/ April 19th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: The politics of scientific knowledge: Historical and Legal Perspectives/ April 20th (Read more HERE)

  • SASA talk on Mahatma Gandhi As a Communicator/ April 20th (Read more HERE)

  • Symposium: Words, images and numbers in financial communication/ April 20th-21st (Read more HERE)

  • Open lecture: Democracy and state patronage of religion: Evidence from Thailand/ April 21st (Read more HERE)

  • The science week: The Digital Society/ April 24-30th (Read more HERE)

  • Digital Asia: Visions, Transformations, and Engagements/ April 26th (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: Creating an Exponential Mindset – the fundamentals of strategic thinking/ April 26th (Read more HERE)

  • ELLIIT workshop 2017/ April 26-27th (Read more HERE)


Other News, Events & Opportunities

  • Public Lecture: The Language of Walls/ April 13rd (Read more HERE)

  • DIIS Seminar: Kosovo in a regional perspective/ April 19th (Read more HERE)

  • The Migration Seminar: Sweden, now a country like all the others?/ April 20th (Read more HERE)


News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences in Details


The Easter holiday runs from April 13-17, though opening hours will only be affected April 14-17. Gamla Kirurgen will be closed from April 14, Good Friday, through April 17th, Easter Monday (Annandag påsk). Graduate School and the Student Reception Desk will be closed on April 17th. Please note that there is no official break in the academic calendar for Easter, however in practice there is usually a break from classes over the Easter period, including the public holiday days. The exact dates for such a break are determined by each department so please check with the programme/department to confirm when classes/assignments pause.

Have a good holiday!

Application is open until midnight 18 April. Apply on the swedish website

You can apply for courses on bachelor level as well as master level. Once you’ve found an interesting course, make sure to read the fine print. You should look for the course period, language of instruction and eligibility requirements. If possible, choose to apply for courses within your programme: ”inom utbildningsprogram”. Rank your options carefully. For a full term you should study 30 credits.

If you are a fee-paying student interested in courses outside Lund University, please contact Graduate School as soon as you have applied with information about your choice of courses.

You do not have to apply for the internship course.

Lars Bo Kaspersen is a Professor at the Department of Political Science at University of Copenhagen.  During the seminar Lars B Kaspersen will present his book "Does War Make States: Investigations of Charles Tilly's Historical Sociology".

Date: April 19th, 2017
Time: 12:00-13:00
Venue: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, house H, Lund
For more information, contact info [at] stanceatlund [dot] org


How have the possibilities for relationships and family building for people with dis/abilities changed over time in a Swedish context? How have the concepts of ableism, sexuality, gender and normalcy shaped the possibilities and impossibilities for family formation?

Christine Bylund will discuss changes in the welfare state and their impact on the lifes of people with dis/ability from a crip-theoretical point of view. Does “anyone” dare to form a family? A what a cost? Is it even possible to imagine?

Lotta Vikström will present recent findings that reflect how disabilities shaped the life courses of men and women with regard to marriage and family formation in nineteenth-century Sundsvall region. Also, Vikström will introduce her recent DISLIFE project and the thematic life course research they will conduct over the next four years.

Christine Bylund is a PhD student in ethnology at Umeå University, affiliated with the ERC project DISLIFE. Previously she has worked as a researcher and method developer in the Swedish Independent Living Movement. Bylund has her BA and MA degrees in ethnology and gender studies from Stockholm University. In her ongoing PhD research “Ableist life lines: possible and impossible ways of family formation for people with dis/abilities” Bylund investigates family building and the changing conditions for people with disabilities.

Lotta Vikström is Professor of History at Umeå University. She makes use of demographic data and methods to research individual experiences in the past society to gain knowledge about gendered and socio-economic issues that confronted vulnerable layers of historical populations, such as paupers, unwed mothers, offenders, indigenous individuals and people with disabilities. She also collaborates with the Centre for Disability Research at Umeå University.

Date: April 19th, 2017
Time: 15:15-17:00
Venue: Room 226
For more information, contact jens [dot] rydstrom [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se


ASHLEY MEARS from Boston University, USA. The Potlatch Revisited: Distinction and Destruction among the New Global Elite

Date: April 20th, 2017
Time: 15:15-17:00
Venue: Department of Sociology, conf. room 1 (3rd floor)
For more information, contact sara [dot] elden [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


Linda Nyberg will defend her dissertation Market Bureaucracy on 21st April at 10.15 am in the Eden auditorium. Discussant is Ben Rosamond from Copenhagen University.

Date: April 21st, 2017
Time: 10:15
Venue: Eden auditorium, Paradisgatan 5, Lund
For more information, contact linda [dot] nyberg [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se


Liesbeth-Marije Hoogland, Disaster Response Coordinator at Dorcas Aid International

"Doing things right or doing the right things? : Quality and learning in disaster response and post-conflict recovery programmes"

Liesbeth-Marije Hoogland (MA International Relations and Humanitarian Action) is a professional in the field of disaster response, post-conflict recovery and development programming in Africa and the Middle East. She has worked  for more than 10 years in the sector and has encountered different challenges, dilemmas and learning opportunities.

The seminar will focus on quality and learning of programmes in complex disaster and post-conflict recovery settings in particular. The seminar starts with a brief overview of quality standards and Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning processes in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in disaster response and recovery. Accordingly,  the use of these standards and processes in practice will be discussed. To what extent are they influenced by donors, tax payers and trends? What role do the so-called beneficiaries of NGO programmes play in these processes? How does the NGO sector learn in dynamic (post-conflict) situations full of dilemmas? (How) do they ensure the people they serve remain the first priority? Liesbeth-Marije will share main learning outcomes from her field experience.  Naturally there will be space for questions about the sector as well as about her personal career and life in the field.

Date: April 24th, 2017
Time: 13:15-15:00
Venue: House R236
Sign-up no later than April 22 via


Expectations on the digital revolution’s democratic potential are high. Many hope for a revitalized democracy where social media will give marginalized groups a growing voice in politics and public debate. But what are the results so far? With accusations of cyber attacks on democratic elections and sophisticated digital strategies used to manipulate voters – is power actually shifting from citizens to a powerful select group of global ’netizens'?

On the panel:

Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University, academic and political activist

Carl Bildt, Former prime minister of Sweden

Marina Svensson, expert on human rights and digital society in China

Amelia Andersdotter, politician (Pirate party) and former member of the European Parlament

Moderator: Andreas Ekström, journalist and author

This symposium is part of 'The Digital Society' science week, which takes place between 24-30 April.

See all events during this week (in Swedish):…

Kick-off concert

The science week will be kicked-off with a concert on 23 April at 17:00 pm. The concert is free of charge but will require a ticket to ensure a seat (a small fee of 20 SEK will be charged). Musicians will play music from famous TV- and computer games in the City Hall here in Lund. The event will be held in Swedish but can still be enjoyed by English-speaking participants.

Learn more about the concert:

Date: April 24th, 2017
Time: 19:30 - 21:15
Venue: Athen, AF-Borgen i Lund
For more information, contact ulrika [dot] oredsson [at] kommunikation [dot] lu [dot] se


Jennifer Mitzen is an Associate Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science here at Lund University. She will give a talk on the topic: "Feeling at Home in the World."

Please note the time: 12.00 (sharp) to 13.00

Date: April 26th, 2017
Time: 12:00-13:00
Venue: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, house H, Lund
For more information, contact info [at] stanceatlund [dot] org

 Are you interested in hearing more about what it's like to be a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund? Do you want to hear more about how others got their positions, the ups and downs, and advise on how to pursue an academic career? Graduate School will organize its annual Spring Lunch where we invite current PhD students at the faculty to come and share their experiences with students. There will also be several teachers in attendance. All are welcome! Bring your own lunch and we will provide drinks. The following PhDs have expressed their willingness to attend:
Helena Lindberg, political science
Katherine Burlingame, human geography
Cynthia Phiri, school of social work
Elias Isaksson, political science
Per Andersson, political science
Tullia Jack, sociology
Karl Eriksson, school of social work

Date: May 3rd, 2017

Time: 12:00-13.00

Venue: Student Lounge, Gamla Kirurgen

We are happy to announce a new event specifically geared to get you up and running with your thesis thoughts at an early stage. To that end our Directors’ team has created the Thesis Introduction Day just before the summer break. We have made sure that you will not have any active methods course work left on that day, and of course expect all of you to join us on June 2 for an event that will assuredly be helpful – and hopefully inspirational too. The program will be handed out to you in print form during the simm23 lecture on April 18th. If you miss this lecture, then you can pick up a copy at the student reception desk after this day.


The role of administrators has been largely overlooked in educational literature, especially in relation to interdisciplinary and international programmes. The need for creating a sense of belonging is likely more significant among student groups coming from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, undertaking their education with a complex structure. This chapter reflects on some of the practices introduced and maintained by the administration with the aim to encourage an enabling learning environment. Written from the perspective of the administration, attention is drawn to the activities and practices introduced at three master’s programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The concept of microculture and cultural artefacts are used to understand practices that contribute to creating an enabling learning environment. Finally, the chapter brings attention to the importance of a solid administration in order to meet the needs and expectations of international and interdisciplinary master’s students.

The chapter is included in the book Diversity in Education: Crossing cultural, disciplinary and professional divides (2017) ed. by Naoko Tojo and Bernadett Kiss, Lund University, Lund. An electronic version of the book can be found here.


External News & Events in Details


If you are considering a career in research, you now have an opportunity to apply for internships in research teams at some of the most outstanding research-intensive universities in Europe.

What is STREAM?

STREAM (STudent REseArch Mobility) is a project started by the League of European Research Universities (LERU). LERU comprises the most outstanding research-intensive universities in Europe. These universities are now opening up internship opportunities for students from the universities which are LERU members.

Via STREAM, you can do an internship in a research team at one of the LERU universities, on a full-time basis, for one month up to a whole semester.

Many students can get credits transferred to their degree at Lund University for this experience. Please contact your home department/programme director at Lund University to find out what opportunities you have for credit transfer.

The universities currently participating are: University of Cambridge, Université de Genève, Université Paris Sud, Università degli studi di Milano, Leiden University, Utrecht University, Lund University

For more information:…


Lund university is now starting to explore possibilities for collaboration within the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) by participating in their "launch conference" in Accra, Ghana, 3-4 April. ARUA is a newly established network of research-intensive universities in sub-Saharan Africa with at present 16 members.More information about the network is available:…

The ARUA Secretary General, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, former rector of the University of Ghana, is a member of LU's external reference group for Africa Cooperation. Several of the ARUA members are prioritised in the LU strategy for cooperation with Africa such as the University of Ghana, University of Dar es Salaam, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, University of Cape Town, University of Nairobi, Makerere University and Addis Ababa University. Please find more information via…


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: April 18th, 2017
Time: 13:00-14:15
Venue: This is a webinar, a seminar on the web
To participate, register here:


On the 19th of April the four candidates for the position as Professor at CEC, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, will hold a 20 minute lecture each with the title:

"The role of environmental science in societal decision making"

The lectures will be targeted towards master students in Environmental Science but are open to everyone that has an interest in the topic and/or the candidates. The purpose of the lectures are to demonstrate the candidate’s pedagogical skills. Each lecture will be 20 minutes and will be followed by 10 minutes with questions from the audience. The schedule looks as follows:

09.15 – 09.45 Michael Coe

09.45 – 10.15 Natascha Kljun

10.15 – 10.30 Pause

10.30 – 11.00 Thomas Hickler

11.00 – 11.30 Yann Clough


Date: April 19th, 2017
Time: 09:15-11:30
Venue: Lecture hall Lundmarksalen, 1st floor Astronomy Building, Sölvegatan 27
For more information, contact olof [dot] blomqvist [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se


Pernilla Thellmark and Anna Månsson from the LUSEM Career Services covers everything you need to know in order to succeed in a job interview. They will talk about everything from the preparation before the interview to the follow-up afterwards.

Bring your lunch and come to the workshop on 19 April! We will be providing the coffee!

Register for the workshop in MyCareer!

This event will be given in English.

Date: April 19th, 2017
Time: 12:00-13:00
Venue: Room EC1:136 at LUSEM, Tycho Brahes väg 1, Lund, Sweden
For more information:


NB! This event is held at Bromansalen, Universitetsbiblioteket, Helgonabacken 1, Lund NOT at the Pufendorf Institute

Pufendorf ASG Transformation of Scholarly Communication have invited Alex Csiszar, Harvard University and Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, Linköping

Towards a New Genealogy of Open Science: Narratives of the history of ‘open science’ have often implied that ‘openness’ is a quality that can be measured on a linear scale: secret practices gradually gave way to norms of public science which reigned for centuries only to be pushed back later in the 20th century by the encroachment of commercial interests into scientific life. But such stories have concealed a more important and continuous history of struggles over just what ‘public science’ ought to mean. These include struggles over just what ought to be public, how it ought to be made public, and most importantly, who that public should be. This talk brings to light key moments in nineteenth-century Europe when the question of how to make discoveries ‘public knowledge’ became a subject of high controversy. At stake was just what ‘publication’ should mean in science, the rights and responsibilities of scientific authors, and the relationship between property in inventions and priority of discoveries.

Patent Trails: The Law and Order of Information: This exploratory paper focuses on the formation of modern knowledge production and scientific information through the lens of patents. While historians of science and book historians have dedicated considerable time unpacking the workings of the scientific journal in all its institutional and informational make-up, parallel readings of patents as texts and documents are far scarcer. This presentation will suggest a few possible consequences of treating patents as “boundary objects,” embodied in three different twentieth-century "patent-phases" incorporating networks in law, science and information.

Followed by a reception at Pufendorf Institute (kl. 17.00).

Organised by the Advanced Study Group “The Transformation of Scholarly Communication” at the Pufendorf Institute 2016-2017

Date: April 20th, 2017
Time: 14:30-16:30
Venue: Bromansalen, Universitetsbiblioteket, Helgonabacken 1, Lund
Please register by emailing to jutta [dot] haider [at] kultur [dot] lu [dot] se

On Thursday 20 April 2017, 17.00 Dr. M.S Harikumar will hold a talk entitled "Mahatma Gandhi As a Communicator" at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES seminar room, Finngatan 16, Lund). The talk is organized by the South Asian Student Association (SASA) in collaboration with SASNET.

Apart from being a national leader and social reformer, Gandhi was a great communicator. More than any one else, he recognized that communication is the most effective tool to shape opinion and mobilize popular support. He was successful because he had a latent skill in communication that surfaced in South Africa where he had gone initially to set up practice as a lawyer. This gave him the clue to rally millions of his countrymen when he returned to India. Gandhi’s journalism belonged to an era when there was neither radio nor television. Such was the power of his 'soul communication' that whatever he said and wrote reached the farthest corners of this country within days and to the entire world thereon. Gandhi, in a journalistic career spanning nearly four decades, edited six journals. None, including Harijan and Navjivan, at first, could boast a circulation of more than a few thousand copies. But such was Gandhi's grasp of the basics of mass communication that he ensured that his daily "outpourings of heart and soul" reached all.

Short- bio of M.S Harikumar PhD: A Media professional turned academician, Dr. M.S Harikumar currently teaches at the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Kerala, India. He has close to two decades of experience in the newspaper industry and was earlier Chief Sub Editor and Chief Reporter in Mathrubhumi daily which is one of the most circulated newspapers in India. His PhD thesis in Mass Communication was a seminal explorative study on the reader-editor gap with a special emphasis on the gate-keeping theories of Mass Communication. At the Department of Communication and Journalism, UoK he teaches Cyber Journalism, Development Communication and News Reporting at the Master level besides supervising PhD candidates of Mass Communication. He has published several popular articles as a professional journalist and many research papers as an academician. He is also a member of the International Relations Group formed by the Higher Education Council of Govt. of Kerala, India.

Date: April 20th, 2017
Time: 17:00-19:00
Venue: CMES seminar room, Finngatan 16, Lund
For more information, contact elina-maria [dot] vidarsson [at] sasnet [dot] lu [dot] se


Welcome to the Pufendorf theme "The Annual Report" symposium

Please sign up to the event no later than the 12th of April via…

Want to know more about "The Annual Report"?:

Date: April 20th - 21st, 2017
Venue: The Pufendorf Institute, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund
For more information, contact Henrik Rahm at henrik [dot] rahm [at] nordlund [dot] lu [dot] se or phone: + 46 736 78 25 32


Open lecture with Tomas Larsson, Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Abstract: Are democracies more or less inclined than autocracies to seek legitimacy through patronage of religion? While it makes theoretical sense for democratic governments to strive for religious legitimation primarily in a negative sense – namely by being protective of religious liberties – existing studies based on quantitative cross-country analysis have not found any strong correlation between regime type and the degree to which states promote (or restrict) religious life. This essay addresses the question through a detailed analysis of political regimes and government efforts to act as patron and protector of Buddhism (and other officially recognised religions) in Thailand, a country that has experienced successive democratic breakthroughs followed by autocratic reversals. Specifically, it examines government expenditure on Thailand’s religious bureaucracy from 1960 to 2016, and it finds that democratization is followed by dramatic increases in spending on the state bureaucracy responsible for managing religion. Popularly elected parliamentarians have been exceptionally generous towards the religious bureaucracy, more so than the military strongmen and other autocratic leaders who have often been depicted as placing particularly heavy emphasis on traditional symbols – monarchy and Buddhism – as part of their political legitimation strategies

Date: April 21st, 2017
Time: 10.00
Venue: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18, Lund
For more information, contact astrid [dot] noren-nilsson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se


The science week entitled “The Digital Society” wants to create interaction between digital technology and different aspects of society. The public is invited to an exciting week to discuss where technology is headed, how it affects us and how we can control its development.

Although digital technology is still under major development, it already has a firm grip on society. Many researchers at Lund University have a digital perspective, through their extensive work on technological innovations or their studies of the societal impact of digitisation. The digital society science week aims to capture the breadth and hopefully also stir things up.

For more information about the science week, visit


This event will discuss the Asian digital societies and findings from a interdisciplinary research project on China.

East and Southeast Asia is today one of the most dynamic regions when it comes to development and use of information and communication technologies, as well as home to the world’s largest Internet populations.

Through presentations this event will examine the socio-political contexts and uses of the Internet in a selected number of Asian countries such as China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Myanmar. The speakers will address both the everyday uses of new communication technologies as well as citizens new opportunities to discuss public affairs and become involved in civic and political mobilization.

This event is organized by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies and open to everyone. No pre-registration is required. Welcome!

This symposium is part of 'The Digital Society' science week, which takes place between 24-30 April.

See all events during this week (in Swedish):…

Kick-off concert : The science week will be kicked-off with a concert on 23 April at 17:00 pm. The concert is free of charge but will require a ticket to ensure a seat (a small fee of 20 SEK will be charged). Musicians will play music from famous TV- and computer games in the City Hall here in Lund. The event will be held in Swedish but can still be enjoyed by English-speaking participants.

Learn more about the concert:

Date: April 26th, 2017
Time: 09:15-17:00
Venue: Nedre Palaestra
More information about the event:… or contact marina [dot] svensson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se


Stein Kleppestø: Creating an Exponential Mindset – the fundamentals of strategic thinking

As we attempt to make important decisions in an evermore complex, unfamiliar and uncertain world, the need for strategic thinking increases. Research indicates that human beings have a preference for simple and well-known answers to complex and unfamiliar problems. In our research we are looking into the psychological and cognitive aspects of strategic thinking - that is the thought process needed when making important decisions with long-term consequences in a global world. In this lecture Stein Kleppestø will answer these questions: What is strategic thinking? Can the ability to think strategically be measured? Can you learn how to think strategically? (and; Yes you can!)

Date: April 26th,2017
Time: 19.00-20:00
Venue: Crafoordsalen, Ekonomihögskolan
For more information, contact anna [dot] lothman [at] fek [dot] lu [dot] se


ELLIIT is a strategic research environment funded by the Swedish government in 2010, as part of its initiative to support strong research in information technology and mobile communications.  ELLIIT has four partners: Linköping University, Lund University, Halmstad University and Blekinge Institute of Technology.   ELLIIT constitutes a platform for both fundamental and applied research, and for cross-fertilization between disciplines and between academic researchers and industry experts.

The aim of this annual workshop is to share experiences and results within the environment and to inspire collaboration within the ELLIIT-network and between the network and the surrounding society.

Keynote speakers:

April 26 at 13.30: Margaret-Anne Storey, University of Victoria, Canada  "The software developer as the knowledge worker of tomorrow”

April 27 at 9.00: Thor I. Fossen, NTNU Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems, Norway "Nonlinear Observer Design and Strapdown Inertial Navigation Systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”

Program and registration:

Time: April 26th, 2017 at 10:00 - April 27th, 2017 at 13:00
Venue: Kårhuset, LTH, Lund
Program and registration:
For more information, contact Emelie [dot] Engstrom [at] cs [dot] lth [dot] se


Other News, Events & Opportunities in Details


Welcome to Public Lecture with Ruth Wodak, Guest Professor in Memory of Willy Brandt at MIM/Malmö University for Spring 2017, Em. Professor  FAcSS, Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies, Lancaster University/University Vienna.

Abstract: Inclusion and exclusion of migrants and refugees are renegotiated in the European Union (and beyond) on almost a daily scale: ever new policies defining and restricting immigration are proposed by the 28 (27) EU member states. Moreover, recent heated political debates across Europe, about borders and walls (body-politics), citizenship, and the construction of the migrant and refugee as ‘the post-modern stranger’, coincide with the global financial crisis and the crisis of the welfare state. Related anxieties (and resentment) are reinforced and reproduced by right-wing populist parties such as the Austrian Freedom Party, the French Front National, the Hungarian Jobbik, and the British UKIP in election campaigns and in everyday politics (Wodak 2015; Wodak et al. 2013); the success of these parties seem to influence mainstream parties in a shift to the ‘right’: a normalisation of ever more exclusionary rhetoric (and related policies) can be observed.

Public Lecture is arranged in cooperation with Europe Direct Malmö.

Date: April 13rd, 2017
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: Malmö City Library, Slottet 2nd floor
Registration by Wednesday April 12 on europadirekt [at] malmo [dot] se includes a lunch sandwich.


Background: As a cornerstone of Europe, the Western Balkans have in the past 20 years experienced a vast transition from the destruction of war and onto an EU path. However, political, ethnic and regional tensions are still tangible, and the region is increasingly affected also by foreign influence and radicalisation. Can the region hold together and keep moving forwards towards EU membership?

To answer this and other questions, DIIS is pleased to have Dr. Enver Hoxhaj, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, to give a lecture on Kosovo’s road to independence and the challenges and opportunities facing the Western Balkans as a region. Dr. Hoxhaj’s presentation will be followed by a discussion with Associate Professor in East European Studies, Christian Axboe Nielsen, from Aarhus University. The discussion will be moderated by Senior Researcher at DIIS, Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke.

Date: April 19th, 2017
Time: 15:00-16:30
Venue: DISS Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen
For more information:


Welcome to a research paper seminar with Jens Rydgren, Professor of sociology, Stockholm University.

Title: Sweden, now a country like all the others? The radical right and the end of Swedish exceptionalism

Abstract: Fifteen years ago, Jens Rydgren (2002) asked why no electorally successful radical right-wing party had yet emerged in Sweden. In this respect, Sweden was a negative case. Rydgren posited four main explanations: (1) social class mattered more in Sweden than elsewhere. Working class voters identified strongly with their social class and with the Social Democratic party, making them largely unavailable to radical right-wing mobilization; (2) socioeconomic issues still structured most politics in Sweden, and issues belonging to the sociocultural dimension – most importantly immigration – were of low salience for voters; (3) voters still perceived clear policy alternatives across the left-right divide; and (4) the leading radical right-wing alternative, the Sweden Democrats, was perceived as being too extreme. Since 2010, however, Sweden can no longer be considered a negative case, as the Sweden Democrats received 5.7 percent of the vote in the 2010 election and 12.9 percent in the 2014 election. In this paper we argue that in order to understand the rise and growth of the Sweden Democrats we should focus on changes in the factors enumerated above, that is: (1) the decline of class politics in Sweden; (2) the growing salience of sociocultural politics, and in particular the politicization of the immigration issue; (3) the increased convergence caused by a double move toward the center by the Social Democratic party and the Conservative party, leaving voters confused about policy alternatives; and (4) the process by which the Sweden Democrats have tried to distance the party from its neo-fascist past and erect a more respectable façade.

Link to full paper:

Date: April 20th, 2017
Time: 14:15-16:00
Venue: Lounge room, 9th floor, MIM, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University



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