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Newsflash No. 42 - January 17, 2018

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

Choice of method courses for the second half of the spring term.

Information meeting about third term.
 

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Doctoral studentships open for applications

Seminar: A fiscal anthropology in Sweden? Why, how and for whom?, 18th of January 

Thesis Defence: "Seeking Middle-Classness: University Students in Iraqi Kurdistan", 26th of January 

Seminar: Higher research seminar with Mats Alvesson: Return to meaning. A social science with something to say, 31st of January 

Mingle: “Hot cocoa and cream mingle!” 31st of January 

 

Other News and Events

Sustainability Forum at LU looking for student employee.

Academic Support Centre lectures

Seminar in Copenhague: “The politics of famine and its consequences”, 18th of January 

Conference: “Assessing 40 Years of Reform and Opening in China”, 23rd to 25th of January 

Seminar: “University invention and the abolishment of the professor’s privilege in Finland”, 24th of January 

Seminar in Malmö: “BUS seminar: Reception and education of Syrian refugees in Lebanon”, 26th of January 

Event: “Let's kick off for the future!”, 28th of January 

Seminar: “Postcoloniality in Migration Studies: Labor, Displacement and Art” 30th of January

Seminar in Copenhague: “New trends in power and politics in the Middle East and North Africa”, 31st of January 

 


Graduate School News

Choice of method courses for the second half of the spring term.

It is soon time for all programme students to make their choice of method course for the second part of this spring term (March 20 to June 1). You will be asked to choose two 7,5 credit courses. You'll find all available courses on our webiste. An information meeting will be held on Monday, February 5, 15:00 (sharp!). Location: Eden lecture hall. Detailed information on how to apply will be sent out by email.
 

Information meeting about third term.

An information meeting will be held on Monday, February 19, 15:00 (sharp!). In this meeting, we will discuss your options such as internship, academic courses and exchange studies. More information can be found in the latest Graduate School Newsletter, available at the reception desk and here. Location: Eden lecture hall.

 

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Doctoral studentships open for applications

Right now, the Fasculty of Social Sciences has several doctoral studentships open for applications. More information can be found on Lund University's website: https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/about/work-at-lund-university/vacancies?ref=D
 

Seminar: A fiscal anthropology in Sweden? Why, how and for whom?, 18th of January

Lotta Björklund Larsen, Linköpings universitet

The book Shaping Taxpayers. Values in Action at the Swedish Tax Agency is an attempt to address how taxation is made possible in society. Inspired by economic anthropology, actor network theory and fiscal sociology, I propose a fiscal anthropological approach that reveals how diverse knowledge claims – legal, economic, cultural – compete to shape taxpayer behaviour. It is an ethnography of knowledge making at one of Sweden’s most esteemed bureaucracies – the Tax Agency. In its aim to collect taxes and minimize tax faults, the Agency mediates the application of tax law to ensure compliance and maintain legitimacy for it actions in society. I followed one risk assessment project’s passage through the Agency, from its inception, through the research phase, in discussions with management to its final abandonment.

Time: 18th of January 2018 - 15:00 to 17:00
Location: G335, Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, Lund
Contact: lisa [dot] eklund [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information click: https://www.soc.lu.se/en/node/738


Thesis Defence: "Seeking Middle-Classness: University Students in Iraqi Kurdistan", 26th of January

Very welcome to Katrine Scott's doctoral dissertation on January 26th, 2018 at Kulturens Auditorium, between 10-12. She will defend her thesis entitled "Seeking Middle-Classness: University Students in Iraqi Kurdistan". The language of the dissertation will be English.

Time: 26th of January 2018, 10:00
Location: Kulturens Auditorium, Tegnérsplatsen 6, 223 50 Lund
Contact: irene [dot] pelayo_lind [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information click: https://www.genus.lu.se/event/welcome-to-katrine-scotts-thesis-defense


Seminar: Higher research seminar with Mats Alvesson: Return to meaning. A social science with something to say, 31st of January

Professor Mats Alvesson, Business Administration at Lund University

Mats Alvesson will present his new book: Return to Meaning. A Social Science with Something to Say.

Time: 31st of January 2018 - 13:15 to 14:30
Location: Large conference room, Eden
Contact: karin [dot] aggestam [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information click: https://www.svet.lu.se/en/event/higher-research-seminar-with-mats-alvesson-return-to-meaning-a-social-science-with-something-to-say
 

Mingle: “Hot cocoa and cream mingle!” 31st of January

The Social Sciences Student Union at Lund University invites you to drink some hot cocoa and cream in our red little house. You can stop by when you feel like it to hang around and get your questions answered while drinking some hot cocoa. This is a great opportunity to ask questions that often arise as a new student in Lund and a chance to get to know what the student union actually does and how to get involved. 

Time: 31st of January 2018, 12.00-16.00
Location: Samhällsvetarkåren vid Lunds Universitet, Paradisgatan 5S, 223 50 Lund
For more information click: https://www.facebook.com/Samhallsvetarkaren/

 

Other News and Events

Sustainability Forum at LU looking for student employee.

You'll find more information here: https://www.sustainability.lu.se/article/we-are-looking-for-a-student-employee-in-2018
 

Academic Support Centre lectures

The Lund University Academic Support centre offers individual support to students as well as workshops and public lectures on different study related themes. This spring they offer lectures on reading strategies, the writing process and how to better use sources. More information and a link to sign up, can be found here: https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/current-students/academic-matters-support/academic-support-centre/lectures-at-the-academic-support-centre
 

Seminar in Copenhagen: “The politics of famine and its consequences”, 18th of January 

Alex de Waal, Executive Director, the World Peace Foundation, and Research Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Perer Albrecht, Senior Researcher, DIIS.

The world almost conquered famine. Until the 1980s, this scourge killed ten million people every decade, but by the early 2000s, mass starvation had all but disappeared. Today, however, famines are resurgent. This seminar launches the world-renowned expert on humanitarian crisis and response Alex de Waal’s new book: Mass Starvation. It provides an authoritative history of modern famines, their causes, dimensions and why they ended. Alex de Waal analyses starvation as a crime, and breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. Refuting the enduring but erroneous view that attributes famine to overpopulation and natural disaster, he shows how political decisions or political failing is an essential element in every famine, while the spread of democracy and human rights, and the ending of wars were major factors in the near-ending of this devastating phenomenon.

Time: 18th of January 2018, 15.00-17.00
Location: DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies, Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen.
For more information click: https://www.diis.dk/en/event/the-politics-of-famine-and-its-consequences


Conference: “Assessing 40 Years of Reform and Opening in China”, 23rd to 25th of January 

The Chinese government can rightfully claim major achievements including decades of double-digit economic growth, widespread poverty reduction, improvement in the material wellbeing of hundreds of millions of citizens, and the construction of advanced physical and digital infrastructure connecting people across the country’s vast territory. At the same time, however, the liberalisation of the economy and the focus on economic growth at all costs has resulted in environmental catastrophe and deepening inequality—creating a situation of precarity for those not able to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the shifting socioeconomic landscape. By bringing together scholars from China, Europe and elsewhere, this event aims to provide a much needed forum to reflect on, and assess, the legacy of China’s four decades of reforms from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Time: 2018-01-23 09:00 to 2018-01-25 18:00
Location: Lund University. See programme for information on venues 
Contact: marina [dot] svensson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information and full schedule, click: https://www.lu.se/event/assessing-40-years-of-reform-and-opening-in-china


Seminar: “University invention and the abolishment of the professor’s privilege in Finland”, 24th of January 

Olof Ejermo, Department of Economic History, Lund University.

University invention and the abolishment of the professor’s privilege in Finland. The paper is co-authored with Hannes Toivanen.

Time: 24th of January 2018, 14.15-16.00
Location: Venue: Alfa1:3004, Scheelevägen 15 B, Lund
For more information click: https://www.ekh.lu.se/en/calendar/2018-01-24-ekh-sem-ejermo


Seminar in Malmö: “BUS seminar: Reception and education of Syrian refugees in Lebanon”, 26th of January 

Mashaal Hamoud, Sawa for Aid and Development (SDAID)

Mashaal Hamoud of Sawa for Aid and Development (SDAID) will tell us about the education system for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and about Sawa's work with Syrian families there. Sawa is a relief organisation run by Syrians and Lebanese, and which in cooperation with the concerned families works to provide some of their basic needs.

The event is organised by the department for Children, Youth and Society (BUS) at the faculty of Education and Society, in collaboration with the research project "Opening up new spaces for preschool education in a diverse and migrating world”.

Time: 26th of January 2018, 13.15-15.00
Location: Malmö Univerity, OR:B231C
For more information click: https://www.mah.se/Nyheter/Kalender/Reception-and-education-of-Syrian-refugees-in-Lebanon/


Event: “Let's kick off for the future!”, 28th of January 

Sunday 28 January 2018 will mark the end of Lund University’s 350th anniversary celebrations, exactly 350 years since the University’s inauguration. The event will be a kick-off for the future, full of activities, music, solemn ceremonies and a dinner. All those interested are welcome, but please note that some activities require registration.

Time: 28th of January 2018, 10.00-22.00
Location: Universitetshuset, Lund
Contact: lu350 [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information and full programme, click: https://www.lu.se/event/avstamp-for-framtiden-kick-off-for-the-future 


Seminar: “Postcoloniality in Migration Studies: Labor, Displacement and Art” 30th of January

Dawn Chatty, Oxford University; Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Aalborg University, GRS); Temi Odumosu (MIM, Malmö Högskola). 

The fourth seminar in the Pufendorf IAS initiative to forward interdisciplinary migration research focuses on Postcoloniality in migration studies

The theme of the seminar is postcoloniality and the ways in which colonial and imperial encounters, systems and relations have shaped regimes and attitudes of territory, displacement and mobility of people as well as how these relations have been articulated through art.The seminar will also address how today’s system of displacement in Middle East might have roots and precedents, but also ruptures with its Ottoman past.

Time: 30th of January - 13:00 to16:00
Location: Pufendorfinsitutet, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund
Contact: eva [dot] persson [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information click: https://www.lu.se/event/postcoloniality-in-migration-studies-labor-displacement-and-art


Seminar in Copenhagen: “New trends in power and politics in the Middle East and North Africa”, 31st of January 

Since the outbreak of the Arab uprisings in 2011, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has gone through a multiplicity of interrelated conflicts over power and politics. Pre-existing domestic, regional and global conflict potentials have been unleashed, and new dynamics have emerged. According to many observers, the region today faces a complex crisis that in its totality surpasses anything the region has experienced since the European decolonization in the middle of the 20th century. These conflicts are primarily challenges faced by governments and societies inside the region, but are deeply interconnected with broader patterns in global and international politics and thus also interrelate with foreign and domestic policies of European and American governments.

This conference organized by the Danish Institute for International Studies in collaboration with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to provide an analysis of six key trends in the conflicts over power and politics in the MENA region today

Time: 31st of January 2018, 08.30-16.00
Location: Eigtveds Pakhus, Strandgade 25G, 1401 Copenhagen K
For more information click: https://www.diis.dk/en/event/new-trends-in-power-and-politics-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa