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Newsflash No. 38 - October 18, 2017

A Collection of events, seminars, information, and opportunities for master's students at the Faculty of Social Sciences.


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Graduate School News

Graduate School 10 years, October 20

Applying for method courses for spring term 2018

How to check your registrations

Soup Lunch November 7th

News from Faculty of Social Sciences

Seminar: Re-scaling Humanitarianism: the transnational con-struction of Global Health in American medicine. Oct 19th

Seminar: Interplay between media and everyday life – What can focus groups reveal? Oct 24th

Seminar: on Politics, History and State-Making. Oct 25th

Lecture: Caring for black African women: ethnographic reflections on the provision of HIV specialist antenatal care in London. Oct 25th

Other News and Events

Development Research Day, Oct 19

Seminar in Malmö: Preventing an “Uncontrollable Onslaught”: Swedish Asylum Policy and Practices toward Afghan Asylum Seekers. Oct 19th

Seminar CMES: Private and public lives of Iranian women, a generational perspective. Oct 25th

Lecture: The EU as a force for good in human rights issues? The case of the EU-Turkey deal. Oct 25th

Seminar Malmö: In courts we trust: administrative justice in Swedish migration courts. Oct 26th

Seminar Malmö: Spreading the norm of open borders in the Baltic Sea Region. Nov 1st




Graduate School 10 years!

This Friday, October 20th, Graduate School will celkebrate it's 10 year anniversary. We have invited students and colleagues to share their experiences and discuss our past, present and future. The event if fully booked but pictures and documentations will be available afterwards for those interested.


Applying for courses for the spring term 2018

Information to programme students currently doing their first year at Graduate school. 

As a programme student, you have a guaranteed place in and are directly admitted to all Graduate School courses that are a mandatory part of your programme. This includes both profile (SIMP) courses as well as methods (SIMM) courses. For such courses, you do not need to apply on If you have already applied for SIMP courses or SIMM courses on, please delete your application to those courses. Because you as a programme student already have a guaranteed place in Graduate School courses, applying on Antagning as well would lead to you taking up two places in the same course, taking a place away from an external applicant.


How to check your registrations

The Student Portal ( ) is the place to go to register yourself for your upcoming course as well as to check your registration status for both course and programme. This is not the same at Live@Lund, which is a learning platform. Access to a course page on Live@Lund is not necessarily an indicator of registration to a course/programme. Always use the Student Portal to complete and confirm your registration.


Soup Lunch for students, November 7th

one of many Graduate School tradition is inviting all ours students to have a light lunch together with representatives from the Student Health Services and the Studen Chaplains. This year the lunch will take place in the Student Lounge on November 7 at 12:00.Take the opportunity to meet your peers from the programme and learn more about what the University can provide in terms of health servoce. More information and a link to sign up will be sent out shortly.


Seminar: Learning to Lead? Germany and European Order

Professor Adrian Hyde-Price, Gothenburg University

Over recent years, Europe has faced cascading crises, including the financial crash, terrorism, Ukraine, migration and Brexit. With the election of Donald Trump, some have suggested that we are now facing the demise of the liberal world order itself. No country is more directly and immediately affected by these developments than Germany – Europe’s ‘Zentralmacht’. Germany has responded to these multiple challenges to Europe’s liberal values and institutions by assuming a growing leadership role, a role with which it is neither familiar nor comfortable. This seminar will examine the nature and style of German leadership, focusing on the Ukraine crisis, European security cooperation and transatlantic relations. It will also explore what impact the recent federal elections – and resultant coalition negotiations – might have on this evolving leadership role in defending the liberal world order.

Time: 18/10/2017 - 13:15 to 14:30

Location: ED367, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund

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Seminar: Re-scaling humanitarianism: the transnational con- struction of Global Health in American medicine

Tine Hanrieder, Berlin Social Science Centre, Germany.

Time: 19/10/2017 - 15:00 to 17:00

Location: G335, Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, Lund

Contact: lisa [dot] eklund [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

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Seminar: Interplay between media and everyday life – what can focus groups reveal?

Tullia Jack, Doctoral student, Sociology, Lund University.

Lunch Seminar at the Department of Sociology, Lund University. Each presenter talks for about half an hour, followed by discusson. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Time: 24/10/2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Location: Konferensrum 1, våning 3 (G:335), Sociologiska institutionen, Paradisgatan 5, Hus G, Lund

Contact: anna-lisa [dot] linden [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

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Seminar: on Politics, History and State-Making

Amanda Cheney is a Post Doc at the Department of Political Science here at Lund University.

Amanda Cheney will give a talk on the topic: "The Mechanics of International Order Transformation Between the Sinosphere and Westphalia."

Time: 25/10/2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Location: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund

Contact: info [at] stanceatlund [dot] org

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Lecture: Caring for black African women: ethnographic reflections on the provision of HIV specialist antenatal care in London

Dr Ulla McKnight, Goldsmiths, University of London

Based on an ethnographic study of an acute National Health Service HIV specialist antenatal clinic in London – this talk explores how social understandings of HIV and pregnancy are intimately entangled with (bio)medical practice, technological intervention, and what I have called an HIV diaspora. The concept articulates the inequalities that exist between people living with or affected by HIV originally from countries wherein access to life sustaining medication and care that would enable HIV to be decoupled from death, are not readily accessible, and who have managed to relocate themselves to geographical places, wherein the availability of medical care and biomedicines have turned HIV into a manageable chronic illness.

Time: 25/10/2017 - 13:15 to 15:00

Location: Room G236, Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, Lund

Contact: malin [dot] akerstrom [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

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Development Research Day 2017

You are all invited to the annual Development Research Day 2017. This year the event is hosted by the Department of Economic History.

Time: 19/10/2017 - 9:15 to 16:00

Location: Lund University School of Economics and Management (Tycho Brahes väg 1). Morning session: Crafoodsalen, EC1. Afternoon sessions: lecture rooms 131, 134, 136 and 137, in EC1.

Contact: emelie [dot] till [at] ekh [dot] lu [dot] se

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Seminar: ”Preventing an “Uncontrollable Onslaught”: Swedish Asylum Policy and Practices Toward Afghan Asylum Seekers in the 1980s and the 1990s”

Admir Skodo from the Swedish South Asian Studies Network, Lund University

This paper argues that restrictionist techniques and discourses within the right of asylum are not exclusively triggered by large numbers of asylum seekers or by pressing foreign policy considerations. Rather they must be understood in contingent historical contexts within what the historian Peter Gatrell has termed “refugeedom,” by which is meant “multiple and overlapping regimes” comprised of “different and contested doctrines and policies at a governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental level,” as well as refugees’ and asylum seekers’ own agency. This paper examines asylumhood from this perspective by an empirical focus on Swedish asylum policy and practices toward Afghans in the 1980s and the 1990s. Drawing on material from the archives of the Swedish Migration Agency I show that, despite their small numbers, Afghan asylum seekers in the 1980s and the 1990s encountered highly restrictive techniques. I seek to elucidate why that was the case and how Afghan asylum seekers, NGOs working on their behalf, and the UNHCR responded to these techniques.

Time: 2017-10-19 14:15 -- 2017-10-19 16:00

Location: Seminar room 9th floor, MIM, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

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Seminar: Private and public lives of Iranian women, a generational perspective

Masserat Amirebrahimi, Ph.D, Independent Social Science Researcher.

This paper will discuss transformations which occurred in the public and private lives of middle-class, urban Iranian women from the mid 20th century until present day. My focus will be on different generations of women’s and their increasing significance as social and economic actors since the Revolution in 1979; and how different generations of urban middle class women managed / learned / invented different strategies to change their situation despite multiple limitations and segregation imposed by the traditional society or the state and religious authorities.

Time: October 25th, 16:00 - 18:00

Location: CMES seminar room

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Lecture: The EU as a force for good in human rights issues? The case of the EU-Turkey deal

Professor Michelle Pace, Roskilde Universitet

The EU as a force for good in human rights issues? The case of the EU-Turkey deal. Is the EU losing its legitimacy as a normative power and promoter of human rights? The Association of Foreign Affairs (UPF) and Raoul Wallenberg Institute present Professor Michelle Pace

Is the EU losing its legitimacy as a normative power and promoter of human rights? At the end of May 2016 humanitarian groups revealed that children as young as nine were risking their lives in desperate attempts to reach Europe as the number of unaccompanied child refugees arriving on smugglers' boats soared (HRW, 2015). This lecture focuses on the EU-Turkey deal and specifically on its impact on refugee children. I acknowledge that the EU finds itself in a long lasting moral conundrum when dealing with, on the one hand, what has been the most pressing issue for European citizens since the first half of 2016 (migration) and, on the other hand, its ethical and legal obligations - and those of its member states - under the UN convention on the rights of the child. This conundrum is getting even more challenging to resolve with the attempted July 2016 coup in Turkey and Erdogan’s authoritarian responses to his opponents ever since the coup attempt. The overarching question we are left to discuss is thus whether the EU is about to lose its legitimacy as a normative power and as a promoter of human rights in our contemporary times.

Time: October 25th, Palaestra et Odeum

Location: 19:30 - 21:30

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Migration Seminar: "In courts we trust: administrative justice in Swedish migration courts"

Livia Johannesson, Ph.D, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University.

In my dissertation I investigated how judicial practices generate administrative justice in asylum determination procedures. Previous research on immigration policies argues that when asylum determinations are processed in courts, principles of administrative justice are ensured and immigrants’ rights protected. I challenge that argument by approaching administrative justice as an empirical phenomenon open for different types of interpretations. Instead of assuming that administrative justice characterizes courts, I assume that this concept acquires particular meanings through the practices of the courts. Empirically, this dissertation studies practices of assessing asylum claims at the Swedish migration courts. By interviewing and observing judges at the migration courts, litigators from the Migration Board and public counsels from different law firms, this interpretive and ethnographic study analyzes how administrative justice acquires meanings in the daily practices of assessing asylum claims at the migration courts.

The main result is that a ceremonial version of administrative justice is generated at the migration courts. This version of administrative justice forefronts symbolic dimensions of justice. The asylum appeal procedure succeeds in communicating justice through rituals, building design and metaphors, which emphasize objectivity, impartiality and certainty on behalf of the judicial practices. However, these symbols of justice disguise several unfair aspects of the asylum appeal procedure. The implications of these findings are that immigration policy research needs to reconsider the relationship between the courts and immigrants’ rights by paying more attention to the everyday practices of ensuing administrative justice in courts than on the instances when courts oppose political attempts to restrict immigrants’ rights.

Time:2017-10-26 14:15 - 16:00

Location:Seminar room 9th floor, MIM, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

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GPS Seminar: Spreading the norm of open borders in the Baltic Sea Region

Martin Kerntopf (PhD candidate, International Research Training Group “Baltic Borderlands”, University of Greifswald, Germany; co-supervised by Prof. Bo Petersson, GPS)
Discussant: Michael Strange (Associate professor, GPS)

Borders are a reoccurring subject of change and conflict as the current EU migration crisis or the beginnings of Brexit negotiations show. This study seeks to explain if and to what extend regional IGOs can influence the border configuration of their member states and which processes are involved. Drawing on contemporary border studies, organizational studies, and constructivism, borders are theorized as norm dependent processes of varying permeability.

The norms responsible for border transformation are distributed by states, IGOs, and groups on the trans- and subnational level. This study assesses the influence of IGO distributed norms and their impact in regard to heightened economic permeability of borders among the Baltic Sea States. The empirical analysis draws on economic import and export data and the normative content of multilateral agreements related to borders.

Time: 2017-11-01 13:15 - 15:00

Location: Department of Global Political Studies (GPS), Lounge room, 9th floor, Niagara building, Malmö University, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö

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