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Newsflash No. 43 - January 31, 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

Meeting: "Information meeting about extensions of student residence permits in Sweden", 15th of February

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

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Interested in exchange studies?

Seminar: “From Utopian One-worldism to Geopolitical Intergovernmentalism”, 1st of February

Seminar: “The Horns of a Dilemma in Colonial Policies: Rubber, Rice and Living Standards in the Malay Peninsula”, 7th of February

Research Seminar: "Carl Schmitt in Turkey: Struggles over the Political Decision of the Turkish Republic", 7th of February

Seminar: “Higher research seminar with Annika Björkdahl on Peacebuilding and Spatial Transformation: Peace Space and Place”, 14th of February

Social movements in global governance

Other News and Events

Open House: “The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Open House”, 8th of February

Book Launch: “Ending War Crimes, Chasing the War Criminals with Jonathan Power” , 8th of February

Seminar in Malmö: “The politics of diaspora-making: A critical approach to Turkey's diaspora engagement policy in Europe”, 8th of February

Book Launch: “Working and Organizing in the Digital Age”, 12th of February

Internship Opportunities: "The Mercy Corps Global Internship Program"

Minor Field Studies in European Affairs
 


Graduate School News

"Information meeting about extensions of student residence permits in Sweden"

Lund University’s International Marketing and Recruitment Team will be holding information meetings for students on February 15th on how to make a successful application for extension of your residence permit. Please sign up by following the link below.

Time: 15th of February 2018 (Two slots; 15.00 - 17.00 and 17.00 - 19.00)
Location: To be announced
For more information click:  https://www.universitysurvey.se/LUGS/LIME/index.php/survey/index/sid/627164/newtest/Y/lang/en

 

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 website. An information meeting will be held on

Time: Monday, February 5, 15:00 (sharp!). 
Location: Eden lecture hall. Detailed information on how to apply will be sent out by email.

 

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Interested in exchange studies?

As a student at the Faculty of Social Sciences  you have great opportunities to study abroad as an exchange student. The Faculty of Social Sciences encourages students to take this opportunity to get a degree with an international profile. The application for studies during autumn 2018 or spring 2019 is open 1-25 February. An information meeting will be held this Friday, February 2nd.

Time: 2 February, 12-13.
Location: R236, Gamla Kirurgen, Sandgatan 3, Lund
For more information click: https://www.sam.lu.se/en/education/exchange-studies/outgoing-exchange-students

 

Seminar: “From Utopian One-worldism to Geopolitical Intergovernmentalism”

Per Wisselgren, Department of Sociology, Umeå University

As a new coordinating body in the rapidly expanding field of post-World War II international social science, UNESCO’s Department of Social Sciences (SSD), set up in 1946, played a central role. This paper explores the formation of the SSD during its first decade with a special focus on its organizational aspects. By conceptualizing the SSD as an “international boundary organization”, the article analyzes the organizational structuration of agency spaces on different levels – within SSD, in relation to UNESCO and to the UN system at large – as well as over time. As a result, the paper discerns four phases, distinguished by a number of organizational changes under which the SSD was successively transformed from a relatively independent transnational organization, which shared the utopian vision of one-worldism, to an intergovernmental organization considerably more vulnerable to external geopolitical pressures.

Time: 1st of February 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/744

 

Seminar: “The Horns of a Dilemma in Colonial Policies: Rubber, Rice and Living Standards in the Malay Peninsula”

Kostadis Papaioannou, Department of Economic History, Lund University

The effects of colonial policies on the living standards of smallholder farmers have been widely debated. The ‘dependency’ view of local farmers becoming increasingly vulnerable due to exposure to international market volatility has been contrasted with the neo-classical view that suggests that this exposure was counteracted by an increase in surplus revenues generated by export crop specialization. The controversy becomes even fiercer when the debate is centred around the impact of the Great Depression on the material conditions of rural households. This article addresses this controversy by studying the most important agricultural policy in the British Malay Peninsula around the years of the Great Depression (1924-1937), using new fine-grained data on harvest yields, mortality and hospitalization rates at the district level. On March 1, 1931, the colonial government enacted the New Rice Policy, encouraging local farmers to substitute rubber cultivation with rice fields. This new policy was not implemented at the same time throughout the Malay Peninsula, nor was it enacted in all districts. We build our empirical approach around this temporal and spatial variation of the new law, and compare the mortality and morbidity responses to harvest failures before and after the New Rice Policy was in effect.

Time: 7th of February 2018 - 14.15-16.00
Location: Alfa1:3004, Scheelevägen 15 B, Lund
For more information click: https://www.ekh.lu.se/en/calendar/2018-02-07-ekh-sem-papaioannou

 

Research Seminar: "Carl Schmitt in Turkey: Struggles over the Political Decision of the Turkish Republic"

Dr. Acar Kutay, Research Fellow at the Faculty of law in Copenhagen.

This paper examines the politics of constitutional change in Turkey with a particular focus on the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) intent to reconfigure the constitutional identity of the secular state. Many commentators had considered the influence of the military and the judiciary over the elected governments as the greatest obstacles to Turkey’s democratization. However, when the politicians achieved to curb the power of the military and the judiciary, and when these institutions ceased to be obstacles for democratization, the regime has not become more liberal. Carl Schmitt’s socio-political approach to the constitution helps us understand the hegemonic struggles over the political decision concerning the revolution-restoration of the Turkish state, as this becomes the site of confrontation between different identities and political demands.

Time: 7th of February 2018 - 13:15-16:00
Location: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, House M, 3rd floor, room M331
Contact: reza [dot] banakar [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se 

 

Seminar: “Higher research seminar with Annika Björkdahl on Peacebuilding and Spatial Transformation: Peace Space and Place”

Annika Björkdahl, Professor Department of Political Science – Lund University

Annika Björkdahl will present her book Peacebuilding and Spatial Transformation: Peace Space and Place.

This book investigates peacebuilding in post-conflict scenarios by analysing the link between peace, space and place. By focusing on the case studies of Cyprus, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland and South Africa, the book provides a spatial reading of agency in peacebuilding contexts. It conceptualises peacebuilding agency in post-conflict landscapes as situated between place (material locality) and space (the imaginary counterpart of place), analysing the ways in which peacebuilding agency can be read as a spatial practice. Investigating a number of post-conflict cases, this book outlines infrastructures of power and agency as they are manifested in spatial practice. It demonstrates how spatial agency can take the form of conflict and exclusion on the one hand, but also of transformation towards peace over time on the other hand. Against this background, the book argues that agency drives place-making and space-making processes. Therefore, transformative processes in post-conflict societies can be understood as materialising through the active use and transformation of space and place.

Time: 14th of February 2018 - 13:15 to 14:30
Location: Large conference room, Eden
Contact: anders [dot] uhlin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

For more information click: https://www.svet.lu.se/en/event/higher-research-seminar-with-annika-bjorkdahl-on-peacebuilding-and-spatial-transformation-peace-space-and-place

 

Social movements in global governance

Sara Kalm, Associate Professor in Political Science at Lund University.

Social movements have become increasingly important actors in international organizations and other forums that make up global governance. They are often directly involved as international organizations open up to consultation and other forms of cooperation with them. But they are also important actors in their own right, and not all of them are even willing to partake at the inside of global governance but instead choose to target them by protests and contention from the outside. This seminar will be dedicated to the role of social movements in global governance, with particular focus on explaining how these actors choose strategy. Most exemplifications will come from cases within the issue area of development, as discussed in the book Civil Society and the Governance of Development by Sara Kalm and Anders Uhlin.

Time: 14th February - 13:15 to 16:00
Location: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, House M, 3rd floor, room M331
Contactreza [dot] banakar [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se 

 

Other News and Events

Open House: “The Center for Middle Eastern Studies - Open House”

CMES (Lund University) welcomes new and old colleagues and students to their open house to discover who they are and what they do! In 10-minute presentations, staff will introduce CMES research, education and outreach work.

Time: 8th of February 2018 12.00 to 16.00
Location: The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Finngatan 16
Contact: anna [dot] hellgren [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information click: https://www.sam.lu.se/event/cmes-open-house

 

Book Launch: “Ending War Crimes, Chasing the War Criminals with Jonathan Power”

For 17 years, Jonathan Power has been a foreign affairs columnist for the International Herald Tribune/New York Times.

The book includes an analysis of the characters of Adolph Eichmann and Heinrich Himmler. It moves on to look at the role played by some of Africa’s war criminals and also offers portraits of alleged war criminals from the Western world, including Henry Kissinger, George W. Bush, Ariel Sharon and Tony Blair. The book also tracks the wars, genocide and subsequent international criminal law trials of suspects in Cambodia, Africa and the former Yugoslavia. In its final chapter it asks the question: Can human rights be pursued by making war?

In a partnership with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Jus Humanis presents its Winter Forum 2018 kick-off with a book presentation by Jonathan Power: Ending War Crimes, Chasing the War Criminals. Free admission and a reception to follow.

Time: 8th of February 2018 17:00 to 18:30
Location: pin Pufendorf Hall, Lilla Gråbrödersgatan 3C, 222 22 Lund
Contact: sofie [dot] viborg_jensen [at] rwi [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information click: https://www.lu.se/event/book-launch-ending-war-crimes-chasing-the-war-criminals-with-jonathan-power

 

Seminar in Malmö: “The politics of diaspora-making: A critical approach to Turkey's diaspora engagement policy in Europe”

Bahar Baser, Coventry University, UK  

This event is part of The Migration Seminars Spring 2018 – Malmö Universitet.

Time:  8th of Februrary 2018 - 14:15 to 16:00
Location: MIM Room C0929/Library, 9th floor, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University.
For more information click: https://www.mah.se/Nyheter/Kalender/The-politics-of-diaspora-making-A-critical-approach-to-Turkeys-diaspora-engagement-policy-in-Europe/

 

Book Launch: “Working and Organizing in the Digital Age”

Digital technologies have changed and will continue to change the way we think, live and work. Working and Organizing in the Digital Age presents case studies, analyses and graphic illustrations of how various digital technologies transform work processes and affect the working lives of professionals.The anthology draws upon knowledge bases and perspectives from multiple disciplines to facilitate a holistic, critical and innovative investigation of the transformational potential of digitalization on working and organizing.
 

Time: 12th of February 2018 - 16:30 to 17:30
Location: Pufendorfinstitutet, våning 2
Contact: Eva [dot] Persson [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information click: https://www.lu.se/event/bokslapp-working-and-organizing-in-the-digital-age

 

Internship Opportunities: "The Mercy Corps Global Internship Program"

The Mercy Corps Global Internship Program offers exploration into future careers in international relief and development while supporting our beneficiaries in their local communities in 25 countries around the world. These internships revolve around a particularly demanding mission - to help people on the ground turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s most challenging places with the tools and support they need to transform their lives.

For more information click: http://jobs.jobvite.com/mercycorps?t=Intern


Minor Field Studies in European Affairs

The Centre for European Studies at Lund University (CFE) regularly awards smaller grants to students who would benefit from carrying out minor field studies in connection with their Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis. The overall theme of the thesis must be related to European affairs, broadly interpreted. Students enrolled at Lund University, who are planning to write their Bachelor’s or Master’s theses during the spring semester 2018, are eligible to apply for the grants. Typically, the grants may cover for instance a flight or train ticket, and/or a few days of budget accommodation. 

Deadline: for applications is February 16
Contact: maria [dot] stromvik [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se