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Newsflash No. 49 - April 25, 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

Public holidays May 1st and May 10th

Practitioner Seminar: Nela Porobic, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 7th of May

Update on new Ladok and the Student Portal

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Seminar: Abusive Paternalism, 27th of April

Seminar: How to Get Published: Editors' Perspectives, 2nd of May

Seminar: Academic (Un)freedom in the GCC Countries, 8th of May


Other News and Events

Conference: Nature of Peace conference, 26th of April

Symposium: Arts Meet Science, 27th of April

Seminar: 'Ingenious Mechanics: Artisan Skills and the Origins of the British Industrial Revolution, 27th of April

Seminar in Copenhagen: Colombia at a Crossroad, 2nd of May

Lecture: Talk on post-war Sri Lanka, 8th of May

Internship in international development work

Write Night at the Academic Support Center, 14th May


Graduate School News

Public holidays May 1st and May 10th

As you might already know there are some public holidays coming up in May. The Gamla kirurgen-building will be closed April 30 to May 1 and May 10-11. It is likely that other university buildings, like the libraries, will also be closed during these periods.

Practitioner seminar: Nela Porobic, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Nela Porobic, MA in political science from Lund University.

Porobic has for past ten years worked with variety of international organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Office of the High Representative, to UN agencies such as UNDP and UNFPA. Her current work is with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) where she works on feminist analysis of the Bosnian peace process and the outcomes of the different interventions as part of peacebuilding efforts. WILPF-led initiative in Bosnia, Women Organizing for Change (more info:, is conducted in partnership with local women organizations and activists. The outcomes of this work are continuously shared with women’s organizations in other post conflict and conflict countries.  This event is part of the Development Practitioner Seminar Series, a seminar series hosted by Graduate School during the spring semester. Lecturers are invited to share their expertise and experiences from specific organisations and fields. Find out more about life after studies, build up your professional network, and link theory to practice!

Date: 7th of May - 13:15 to 15:00
Location: Room R236, Gamla kirurgen 2nd floor, Sandgatan 3, Lund
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Update on new Ladok and the Student Portal

As you might have noticed, the new Ladok has been launched and this imposed some unexpected issues:

  • The Student Portal has a new address:
  • At the moment the Student Reception Desk at Graduate School are unable to print transcripts. Please send any requests for documents to master [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se and we will make sure to assist you as soon as we can.
  • Online registration for courses starting this week will be open until Friday, April 27.

More information can be found here:


News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Seminar: Abusive Paternalism

Matthias Abelin, Doctoral Student in Social Anthropology, Lund Unviersity

Abelin will give a seminar on the topic “Abusive Paternalism”. The discussant will be Stina Melander, senior lecturer at Department of Political Science in Lund University. Matthias Abelin’s research portal can be viewed here:

Time: 27th of April 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00
Location: Room G335, Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, Lund
Contact: bo [dot] isenberg [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
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Seminar: How to Get Published: Editors' Perspectives

Panel discussion on how to get published. The participants are Professors at the Department of Political Science: Karin Aggestam, Annika Björkdahl, Hanna Bäck, Martin Hall, Magnus Jerneck, Catarina Kinnvall and Ted Svensson. This event is part of the series Higher Research Seminar. Convenors: Karin Aggestam & Anders Uhlin

Time: 2nd of May 2018 - 13:15 to 14:30
Location: Large conference room, Eden
Contact: anders [dot] uhlin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
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Seminar: Solidarity and the struggles for commons and commoning in Buenos Aires

Assoc. Prof. Gabriel Videla and Dr. Paola Rafaelli

Gabriel Videla is a geographer and member of faculty at different universities in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2008, he co-founded the Colectivo Ecológico Unidos por Laguna de Rocha, an environmentalist organisation that struggles for a common use of the ecologically rich wetland -and high-value lands- close to Buenos Aires city. Paola Raffaelli is a sociologist with a PhD in Management from University of Roehampton, UK. For the last 10 years, she has done research on social and solidarity economy, sustainable economy and ethical business.

Time: 2nd of May - 10.00 to 12.00
Location: Lecture hall, The Pufendorf Institute, Biskopsgatan 3
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Seminar: Academic (Un)freedom in the GCC Countries

Abdulhadi Khalaf, senior lecturer Department of Sociology – Lund University

This event is part of the Lunch Seminars, that are developed on Tuesdays at the Department of Sociology, Lund University. Each presenter talks for about half an hour, followed by discusson. Feel free to bring your lunch! You can view Abdulhadi Khalaf’s profile here:

Time: 8th of May 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00
Location: Konferensrum 1, våning 3 (G:335), Sociologiska institutionen, Paradisgatan 5, Hus G, Lund
Contact: carola [dot] aili [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
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Other News and Events

Conference: Nature of Peace conference

This conference is organized by the interdisciplinary research group ‘The Nature of Peace’ at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University. The research group scrutinizes the role of the natural environment in post-conflict societies.

This is a two-days conference that will take place in Lund on the 26th and 27th of April 2018. The conference will serve as a platform to engage with professionals working from different disciplinary angles and perspectives. The conference is structured in seminars: (1) Natural resources exploitation, (2) Environmental legislation / nature governance, (3) Biodiversity conservation, (4) Monitoring environmental transformation (tools and mechanisms), (5) Nature, culture and rights

(6) Intersectionality, post-conflict and natural environment. Finally, the conference will be closed with a Panel on Local perspectives and a final plenary session. Keynote speakers: Päivi Lujala, Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Carl Bruch, Environmental Law Institute, Washington DC (US); Miguel Londoño, Global Green Growth Institute, Colombia. To attend the conference you need to register here:

Time: 26th of April 08:00 to 27 April 2018 17:00
Location: To be announced
Contact: torsten [dot] krause [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se
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Symposium: Arts Meet Science

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, in collaboration with Skissernas Museum, invites you to the event Arts Meet Science. During the day, we will investigate the relationship between arts and science, with a special focus on climate change and sustainability. Through workshops, collective art making, artistic installations and a panel debate with researchers and artists, we will explore how, and if, art and research can collaborate as a means to drive change for a more sustainable society. You can find the program of the Symposium here:

Time: 27th of April 2018  - 12:00 to 19:00
Location: Skissernas museum, Finngatan 2, Lund
Contact: noomi [dot] egan [at] kommunikation [dot] lu [dot] se
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Seminar: 'Ingenious Mechanics: Artisan Skills and the Origins of the British Industrial Revolution

Cormac O’Grada, Professor, University College Dublin.

This seminar is organized by the Department of Economic History. Cormac O’Grada’s website can be found here:'grada/

Time: 27th of April 2018 – 14:15 to 16:00
Location: Ideon Alfa1:3004, Scheelevägen 15B, 223 63 Lund
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Seminar: Colombia at a Crossroad

Caroline Delgado, PhD Student, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, the University of Manchester; Julia Suarez-Krabbe, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University; Merete Hansen, The Danish Embassy in Colombia (via Skype connection); Jairo Munive, Senior Researcher, DIIS

The end of the peace negotiations between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reflects an important political achievement in the country’s recent history. The agreement comes after more than 52 years of war – a conflict which has led to over 8 million victims, and is estimated to have resulted in more than 220,000 deaths and over 7 million internally displaced persons. The highest in the world according to the UN.  At this seminar, we turn our attention to the Colombian presidential election on 27 May. Issues such as street crime and corruption scandals involving public funds have dominated the race. A main punching bag has also been the peace deal with the FARC. While it is unlikely that major changes to the deal would be easily achieved under a new government, Colombias’ deep political divisions could mean that parts of the accord could end up in the cross hairs, as the next government puts them into effect. This seminar looks at the challenges ahead for the victims of the civil war, the FARC and the prospects of peace in this deeply polarized society. The seminar will be in English and will be livestreamed on

Time: 2nd of May 2018 – 14:30 to 16:15
Location: DIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies, Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51ª, 2100 Copenhagen
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Lecture: Talk on post-war Sri Lanka

Vagisha Gunasekara, researcher at the Social Scientists’ Association (SSA), visiting lecturer at the University of Colombo and member in the Board of Directors at the Women’s Education and Research Centre (WERC), Sri Lanka.

Gunasekara studies particular entanglements of gender and conflict in rapidly changing situations in the South Asia región. Central to the processes of securitized post-war development and statebuilding in Sri Lanka was the effort to construct a parallel “centre” in Hambanthota, which, in many ways, still remains an economic, political, social and cultural “borderland”. The area became a major “theatre” of large-scale infrastructural investment, and of new and different constellations of power, as it was central to the reterritorialization agenda of the Rajapakse government that ended the civil war. The story of Hambantota complicates the idea that post-war peacebuilding involves the diffusion of power and resources outwards from centre to periphery. The making of a centre in Hambanthota helps explore the dynamic and uneven nature of post-war territorialisation, and the emergence of ‘central peripheries’ that simultaneously constitute and de-legitimise power at the centre. This paper argues that addressing the grievances of a neglected polity in Hambantota came not from decentralizing power to peripheral regions, but by replicating the centre in the ‘periphery’.

Time: 8th of May - 15:00 to 17:00
Location: Center for Middle Eastern Studies (seminar room), Finngatan 16
Contact: andreas [dot] johansson [at] sasnet [dot] lu [dot] se    
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Internship in International Development Work

The organisation FCG Sweden are recruiting two interns for the autumn term 2018. "Through an internship at FCG Sweden you will gain insights into how international development works in practice. You will have a chance to work on a broad range of subjects, from improving public service delivery to civil society development, private sector development, natural resource management and programme evaluations. You will see how a private sector actor works in international development, gain insights into many of the leading bilateral and multilateral organisations and be given plenty of responsibility and opportunities to learn and develop your skills and yourself."

More information can be found on their website:


Write Night at the Academic Support Center, 14th May

Lund Univerisity's Academic Support Center (ASC) offers "Write Nights" for students writing their thesis or final papers. Bring your computer and something you're writing (or should be writing) to the Academic Support Centre to find a community of other writers working on similar projects. ASC provides a place to work, fika breaks and writing consultants in case you would like feedback along the way.

Time: 14th of May - 17:00 to 20:00
Location: "Genetikhuset", Sölvegatan 29
For more information: