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Newsflash No. 33 - April 27, 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

  • Update your personal number (Read more HERE)

  • PhD Defence: Fibre Formations - Wool as an anthropological site/ May 2nd (Read more HERE)

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

  • Seminar: The Radical Left-libertarian Movement in Sweden 1997–2016/ May 4th (Read more HERE)

  • DPS (Development Practitioner Seminar) Series 2017: Peace Education in a Conflictual Context/ May 10th (Read more HERE)

  • Open seminar: The Material Politics of Movement/ May 10th (Read more HERE)

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


External News & Events

  • Symposium: Weapons of Mass Participation: Social Media, Radicalization, and the Politics of Crowdfunding for War in Iraq and Syria/ April 27th (Read more HERE)

  • Symposium: Participatory Media and Shifting Landscapes of Security and Surveillance in the Middle East: Perspectives from the Field/ April 27th (Read more HERE)

  • Neuroscience Day 2017/ May 4th (Read more HERE)

  • Book launch: Yakuza Tattoo/ May 4th (Read more HERE)

  • Europadagen i Lund: Ta chansen till en EU-karriär! (På Svenska)/ May 9th (Read more HERE)

  • Webinar from Sweden's Public Employment Agency: Nail the job interview/ May 9th (Read more HERE)

  • Finding your way to the labor market in Southern Sweden and Copenhagen/ May 10th (Read more HERE)

  • CMES Seminar: A Conversation About Music, Religion and the Black Atlantic/ May 10th (Read more HERE)

  • Sustainability Week Lund/ May 15th-20th (Read more HERE)


Other News, Events & Opportunities

  • Gender Troublemakers Solidarity Gathering for Academic Freedom/ May 2nd (Read more HERE)

  • Seminar: Europe’s last frontier: The spatialities of the refugee crisis/ May 5th (Read more HERE)

  • The Migration Seminar: Somalis in the Twin Cities and Columbus/ May 10th (Read more HERE)

  • Summer School on Gender & Diversity in Academia at the University of Groningen/ July 3rd-7th (Read more HERE)

  • 8th USLS Leadership Conference @UNITED NATIONS Bangkok, Thailand 2017/ August 1st-7th (Read more HERE)


News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences in Details


  • Update your personal number

You can now update your personal number (civic registration number) in the student portal: . You can do this under "My settings." 

Annika Capelán Köhler will defend her thesis "Fibre Formations - Wool as an anthropological site" in the Eden main auditorium on May 2, 2017 at 10.00.

Discussant is Professor Penelope Harvey, University of Manchester.

Date: May 2nd, 2017
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Venue: Eden main auditorium, Paradisgatan 5
For more information, contact: annika [dot] capelan_kohler [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


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

Elias Isaksson, political science

Per Andersson, political science

Katherine Burlingame, human geography

Cynthia Phiri, school of social work

Tullia Jack, sociology

Karl Eriksson, school of social work

Date: May 3rd, 2017
Time: 12:00-13.00
Venue: Student Lounge, Gamla Kirurgen



Södertörn University, Sweden

Contentious Politics, Radicalization and Protest Dynamics: The Radical Left-libertarian Movement in Sweden 1997–2016

Date: May 4th, 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


Roi Silberberg, Peace Educator, Director of School of Peace – Neve Shalom, Founder and Co-Director of the Association for the Promotion of Spoken Arabic in Israel, Educator & Group Facilitator, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel

"Peace Education in a Conflictual Context".

The seminar would focus on facilitating social change in a poisonous political environment. For the last 40 years, the School for Peace is conducting dialogue meetings between Jews and Palestinians under the assumption that only honest and straight forward dialogue would change the relations between Jews and Palestinians. This challenge grows bigger as political reality changes, and racism and mistrust grow stronger. In the last years we understood that dialogue is not enough. Every program that brings Jews and Palestinians together should also include a component of action - a joint initiative of the participants aimed at changing the social reality. Combining honest dialogue with a shared (Jewish-Palestinian) action is a challenging and some times contradicting attempt which yields surprising results

Dr. Roi Silberberg is a political educator, working in the field of social change, peace education and inter-group dialogue in Israel/Palestine. He has been involved in this field since 2004 and experienced challenges, complexities, and even some successes.

To attend this seminar, sign up via no later than May 8

Date: May 10th, 2017
Time: 13:15-15:00
Venue: House R115


Welcome to an open Gender Studies seminar. Our guest is Mahmoud Keshavarz and the seminar title is "The Material Politics of Movement".

Abstract: States, in order to make effective their abstract notions of borders, nations, welfare, equality, citizenship, legal protection, rights and territory are in dire need of material articulations. In contrast, the way these notions are presented to us is seldom associated with material infrastructures. It is of importance, to speak of such material articulations as acts of designing. The articulations that states and non-state actors make, fabricate and design involve various levels, shapes and scales.

In this presentation, I will discuss a series of material articulations that state and non-state actors design, produce and distribute in order to configure what bodies are to be recognised as regular, semi-regular or/and irregular in the context of moving and migration. These articulations pertain to passports, camps and borders. They are not mere instruments facilitating oppressive policies of migration. They shape, produce, persuade and perpetuate certain politics of movement in different localities with a tendency towards a global rationality.

Drawing on a series of cases, examples and moments, I will show how materiality and design have been and are involved in shaping the current politics of movement in terms of illegalising certain bodies. I will also show how the very same capacity of design and materiality can generate certain counter-hegemonic interventions in current politics of movement.

Date: May 10th, 2017
Time: 13:15 - 15:00
Venue: M:221, M Building, 2nd floor, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14, Lund
For more information, contact: maja [dot] sager [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se


The end of the year is swiftly approaching, and that means it will soon be time for Graduation Day. This year’s ceremony will be taking place on Monday, June 5th, 2017.

This year, you’ll find all graduation-related information available here on the Graduate School webpage:

On this page, you’ll find a guidebook for students filled with practical information and answers to frequently asked questions. Make sure to bookmark this page and return to it for updated information. We will also be updating the guidebooks as necessary, so please do not save the PDFs as you may miss new information added in the most recent version.

The formal invitation to the ceremony with link to the sign up page is published on the website. The sign up link is now open and you may sign up for the ceremony at your earliest convenience.

We look forward to celebrating your achievement with you!



External News & Events in Details


Researcher and guest-lecturer Nicole Grove on the new type of fighter who joins ISIS and the crowdfunding platforms that support them, while introducing the term: violence entrepreneurs.

In the last five years, North American and European civilians have been traveling by the hundreds to engage in combat operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the globalized and decentralized battlefields of Iraq and Syria. This talk focuses on two aspects of this phenomenon. First, researcher and guest lecturer Nicole Grove from University of Hawaii argues that these individuals represent a different kind of fighter from both private military contractors and battlefield laborers profiled in the private security literature. She suggests that these combatants represent a structural difference in their relationship to conflict insofar as capital becomes a means rather than an end in the innovation of violence. She refers to these combatants as violence entrepreneurs.

The second part of the talk focuses on how the imagined communities who support these fighters, both morally and financially, through the banal networks of Facebook and peer-to-peer funding platforms like GoFundMe, suggest a radical deviation from conventional organizational structures and capacities for waging combat. Here, crowdfunding platforms function as a kind of prosthesis that allows individuals to participate in wars and to mobilize forms of nationalism that do not always graft onto the state. While crowdfunding may not fully displace the collective action benefits that the state organizes through taxation, these platforms allow for the introduction of a new iPhone-armed competitor on these networked battlefields.

This talk is hosted by Lund University Internet Institute (LUii) and Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). It is open to everyone, and doesn't require registration.

Date: April 27th, 2017

Time: 15:15 - 16:15
Venue: LUX aula övre

For more information, contact stefan [dot] larsson [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se


Round-table on the digital Middle East.

Since 2011, scholarly and policy work on social media use in the Middle East has often centered on either its democratizing potential, or on critiques of the techno-determinism implicit in these narratives. It is true that interventionist ethics are frequently integrated into discourses on bridging the so-called ‘digital divide,’ however social and participatory media produce ambivalences in how the region continues to function as a laboratory for new techniques and technologies of capital accumulation, security, and gendered and racialized discipline, while also creating novel spaces for participatory politics that resist cultural and religious explanations of agency and change.  

This round-table, hosted by Lund University Internet Institute (LUii) and Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), considers how data and information produced in and about the region through participatory media platforms are shaping emerging infrastructures of surveillance in the region. It also addresses some of the methodological and ethical challenges of researching and writing about the politics of security for different platforms in an age of ubiquitous surveillance.

The round-table will also discuss research at the intersection of fieldwork and digital ethnography, and what this kind of research means for basic issues like privacy and the anonymity of informants. Finally, it will consider how participatory media and social technologies are producing new and complex interrelated global phenomena that frequently resist a ‘regionally-focused’ analysis.

Date: April 27th, 2017
Time: 16:15 - 18:00

Venue: LUX Aula, övre

For more information, contact: stefan [dot] larsson [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se


Neuroscience Day in Lund is an annual event bringing together both researchers and research students in the Lund - Malmö - Copenhagen area to stimulate interaction in an informal setting. This year's program features oral presentations by young investigators from the Lund/Malmö area and invited lectures by Konstantinos Meletis, Gil Rabinovici, Paolo Medini and Pierre Vanderhaeghen. Neuroscience Day concludes with the prestigious Segerfalk lecture, this year presented by Nora Volkow.

Program Neuroscience Day 2017:
Registration: Free of charge & no later than April 26th through the registration form in the following link:

Please register soon as the number of seats is limited! Abstract submission deadline: March 31st

Date: May 4th, 2017
Time: 9:00 - 17:00

Venue: Fernström Lecture Hall, BMC, Sölvegatan 19, Lund

For more information, contact: Paulina [dot] Pettersson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se


Join us for a book launch and discussion with Andreas Johansson who has recently published a book about Japanese tattoo. The art of the Japanese tattoo has fascinated people across the world for decades, but in Japan they are taboo since traditional full body tattoos are associated with the Japanese mafia – the yakuza. Yakuza Tattoo offers a unique insight into the dragons, fish and gods inspired by the structure of the yakuza and form the identity of the organization.

Andreas Johansson has a PhD in the History of Religions. He works at Lund University and is a fellow of Linnaeus University. He has a special interest in the religions of Asia and has conducted a number of field studies in South Asia, analyzing religious terminology and symbols used by non-religious organizations. Johansson is also an avid photographer

Date: May 4th, 2017
Time: 15:00

Venue: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Asia Library, Sölvegatan 18, Lund
For more information, contact: marina [dot] svensson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se


ad är ett EU-jobb? Varför en EU-karriär? Hur lyckas man få jobb i EU:s institutioner?

Som ni förhoppningsvis vet kan man just nu anmäla sig till uttagningsproven för fasta jobb inom EU:s institutioner. Första steget i anmälningsprocessen måste fyllas i senast 3 maj, via

Behörighetskraven för fasta tjänster är:

- EU-medborgarskap

- Akademisk examen (lägst kandidat) senast juli 2017

- Samt att man behärskar minst två EU-språk, till exempel svenska och engelska.

Alla studieprofiler uppmanas att söka, till exempel statsvetare, jurister, ekonomer, teknologer/naturvetare, kommunikatörer, personalvetare o.s.v.

På Europadagen, tisdag 9:e maj, erbjuder vi därför en gratis infoträff om vad ett jobb i EU innebär, om varför EU är en så intressant karriärsväg och om hur du maxar chanserna till ett jobb i EU:s institutioner.

Huvudtalare: Susanne Lindahl, EU-informatör. Tjänstledig från EU-kommissionen.
Plats: Lunds universitet, lokal meddelas senare
Tid: 12:15-13:30

Anmälan: senast 5 maj till petra [dot] goransson [at] uhr [dot] se

Vi bjuder på kaffe + smörgås!

Susanne Lindahl finns dessutom på plats i Lund under förmiddagen den 9:e maj och erbjuder kort kostnadsfri handledning och rådgivning till dem som har påbörjat sin ansökan till årets uttagningsomgång. Om du vill träffa Susanne och få hjälp med din ansökan, mejla henne direkt på snn [dot] lindahl [at] gmail [dot] com. Handledning ges enskilt eller till grupper på max 4 personer, 30-45 minuter beroende på behov och efterfrågan. Begränsat antal tillfällen, först till kvarn.

Mer information och stöd i antagningsprocessen kan också fås via

Missa inte chansen, EU-kommissionen erbjuder en fantastisk karriärmöjlighet!

Date: May 9th, 2017
Time: 12:15 - 13:00
Venue: Eden sal 129, Paradisgatan 5, Lund


How should you prepare for a job interview in Sweden? What kind of questions can you expect the reqruiter to ask you? How do you show the reqruiter that you are the right person for the job? In this webinar we will discuss how you can prepare for a job interview, what to think about during the interview and what you can do when the interview is over.

This activity is a webinar, a seminar on the web. The webinar will be held in English.

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.

Date: May 9th, 2017
Time: 13:00 - 14:15
To participate, register here:


When new in a country it can be challenging to find a job even if you already have the skills and work experience that can be attractive to many companies in the area. At the same time, living in Southern Sweden and the Copenhagen area offer a unique opportunity to live on one side of the sound (Öresund) and work on the other. In order to save you time and hopefully open new doors we have brought together seven recruiting companies, representing a large number of clients, both from Denmark and Sweden that are on the hunt for international talent. You may be one of those that have the skills needed to fill positions. Take the opportunity to meet them and learn what they are looking for!

BBi Communication with expertise in intercultural training will share how Swedish and Danish culture differ and give useful tips on what to be aware of at the workplace. You will also meet representatives from Øresunddirekt that provide important information about working and living in the two different countries. And take the chance to talk to Work in Denmark and Copenhagen Capacity that target international jobseekers and Danish employers with information, guidance and tools to find each other. They will tell you how you to get involved and make the most of their services.

Registration: Confirm a place by clicking…  As places are limited, we kindly ask you to register no later than 4 May. There is a no-show fee of 200 SEK.

Date: May 10th, 2017
Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Venue: Studio Meetingpoint, Room MEGA floor 2, Nordenskiöldsgatan 24, Malmö.
For more information:


Organized by Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Centre for Religious Studies and Theology at Lund University & Oscar Signe Krook's Foundation. After the conversation drinks and snacks will be served. The Moroccan rapper el Haqed and Reda Zine (guitar and guimbri) will perform exclusive acoustic set.

The talk discusses the rise of both highly politicized music of the Black Atlantic tradition, from Reggae and Bob Marley to Afrobeat and Fela Kuti, as well as hip-hop in the US and Americas more broadly and how these often irreverent and always "weaponized" genres went up against the rise of highly conservative forms of Islam and Christianity that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s across West and North Africa, from Saudi-inspired Islamism to American-funded evangelical trends among Christians. Finally, Aidi and LeVine look at the intersection of religion and pop culture in the neoliberal global era through music in contemporary African and African American music, exploring the continuities and challenges of producing, consuming and politicizing popular culture today on both sides of the Atlantic.

Date: May 10th, 2017
Time: 18:00
Venue: LUX C:121


We live in an ever-changing world and we are facing the challenge of transitioning to a sustainable future for all! Get inspiration and new ideas on the theme sustainability. Take part in the dialogue between, researchers, students, the public, organisations and politicians. You can find events and activities in English via

Date: May 15th - 20th, 2017



Other News, Events & Opportunities in Details


Over the last few months, we have been receiving the alarming news from universities all over the world. In some, neoliberalism forces the commodification and subsequent dumping down of higher education; in others, it is the direct oppression from increasingly authoritarian and totalitarian regimes: think of Orban’s Hungary, Erdoğan’s Turkey and Putin’s Russia. As both a political and an academic collective, Gender Troublemakers have decided to show our solidarity and support for the academic freedoms in the world where they shrink on a daily basis.

We are still working on the program for the event, and we will be posting updates as they come. We are going to have several presentations from people who have an experience of studying in countries and universities where the problems with academic freedoms are severe. After the presentation, we will have a discussion on academic freedom and ways of fighting for it, where everyone will have a chance to participate and share their thoughts and experiences.

If you have any questions about the event or the collective, please don't hesitate and send an email to gendertroublemakers [at] gmail [dot] com.

Date: May 2nd, 2017
Time: 13:00-16:30
Venue: Genusvetenskapliga institutionen, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14 M, vån 2, Lund, Sweden
For more information:…


Speaker: Prof. Dimitris Dalakoglou. Vrije University Amsterdam.

Dimitris is a Professor, holding the Chair of Social Anthropology at Vrije University Amsterdam. Hisfocus is anthropology of infrastructures, mobility and urban public spaces and I carry out an anthropological research of the Greek Crisis since 2010. In 2012 I was awarded an ESRC-Future Research Leaders grant for the project The City at a time of Crisis: Transformations of Public Spaces in Athens. His work includes books like The Road (2016) or Crisis-scapes: Athens and Beyond (2014) and articles like Migrating-remitting-‘building’-dwelling.

Sign-up by sending an email to Vitor Peiteado: vitor [dot] peiteado [at] mah [dot] se

Date: May 5th, 2017
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: Malmö University, Niagara Hörsal (Auditorium) A & B, Ground floor


During the 1990s, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota and Columbus, Ohio experienced an influx of Somali refugees. These refugees found low-skill jobs in warehouses and food processing plants and struggled as social "outsiders," often facing discrimination based on their religious traditions, dress, and misconceptions that they are terrorists. This lecture will address the refugee experience in Midwestern cities where new immigrant communities are growing.  Chambers' research examines how culture and history influence the incorporation of Somali immigrants in the U.S., and discusses policy changes that can advance rather than impede new immigrant incorporation.

Date: May 10th, 2017
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Venue: Lounge room, 9th floor, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University


We are pleased to invite you to the Summer School on Gender & Diversity in Academia at the University of Groningen.

The Summer School will take place on the week from the 3rd to the 7th of July 2017. We have confirmed amazing scholars, such as Jack Halberstam, Rosalba Icaza, Akwugo Emejulu, Dan Hassler Forest and Ann Phoenix among others, and we will be discussing issues that range from diversity in neuroscience and the decolonisation of knowledge to mansplaining and fragile masculinity in academia.

More info can be found on our Facebook page and website. We would be very grateful if you could disseminate the digital and or a printed version in your networks. Please share as widely as possible.

Deadline for applications May 15th.

Date:July 3rd-7th, 2017
Venue: University of Groningen, Netherlands
For more information:…


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 symposium is being held this August at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand and is truly and once in a life time opportunity. While we do hold the USLS every year, it does not take place in the same country, no two symposiums are ever the same, and this year we have the honour, as mentioned, to hold the symposium at the United Nations.

The United Nations Development Program ( UNDP ) will be the co-host for the 8th USLS. The United Nations Development Programme works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Click here  for more information about UNDP.

It will be great if interested students could send in applications by April 28th as to give the selection team time to process and select applicants, as well as ensuring eligibility for the extended Early Bird registration fee. Kindly use the attached Delegate Application form to apply.

More information about the program, speakers and fees of the Symposium can be obtained from or from United Nations webpage at :….  

Date: August 1st-7th, 2017
Venue:  Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: reka [dot] bures [at] humanitarianaffairs [dot] org



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