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Newsflash No. 64 - April 4, 2019

A collection of events, seminars, information, and opportunities for master’s students at the Faculty of Social Sciences

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Lecture: Conflict, Street Justice, and Istanbul’s Gentrification, 3rd of April
Seminar: What is lost and what is gained as we rise from the carbon ruins?, 8th of April
Gender Studies seminar series: Immigrant Political Participation and Allies: Coalitions, Conflicts and Racialization in Hostile Environments, 10th of April
Research seminar: Elites and Civil Society Elites, 10th of April

Others News and Events

Panel discussion: "Pursuing a PhD in Sweden", 4th of April
Sustainability Week, 8th to 13th of April
Malmö Queer Filmfestival 2019, 12th to 14th of April
Internship opportunity: International Centre for Local Democracy seeks two interns for its head office in Visby
Internship opportunity: FCG Sweden is recruiting interns for the fall semester 2019

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Lecture: Conflict, Street Justice, and Istanbul’s Gentrification
Istanbul’s landscape is rapidly transforming with millions of people being affected by state- and privately-led urban transformation projects. One of the places affected is Tophane. Located in Istanbul’s entertainment and tourism center Beyoğlu, the area is known for its relatively conservative lifestyle and the dominance of Islamic sects and has often been named as a stronghold of the ruling Justice and Development Party (JDP). Though there is no comprehensive urban transformation targeting the quarter’s residential spaces, Tophane has come under increasing gentrification pressure through surrounding projects and the valorization of adjacent neighborhoods. In this course a series of violent and non-violent conflicts between long-term residents and perceived newcomers or gentrifiers have made headlines, causing Tophane to advance to a symbol of the rising tension between so-called secular and non-secular segments of Turkish society. This research, rather than on the relationship between the different social groups living and using Tophane, however, focuses on the interaction between long-term residents and the discourses and practices of the JDP and debates how inhabitants assert their agency by capitalizing on the party’s ideological sources. It thereby explores the argument that despite the apparent strength of the current regime in Turkey, citizens in moments when they deem necessary, try to enforce their own perception of justice, sometimes against the interest of the regime. 

Defne Kadıoğlu received her PhD from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul from the Department of Political Science and International Relations. She was a Stiftung Mercator-Istanbul Policy Center research fellow where she conducted her research on Tophane and is a recipient of the 2017 Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award. She is currently a guest researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. Her research is mainly focused on neoliberal urban governance urban inequality. 

Time: 2019-04-03, 12:00 to 13:00
Location: Lund University Centre for Middle Easterns Studies, Finngatan 16, Lund
For more information:
Seminar: What is lost and what is gained as we rise from the carbon ruins?
The effects of climate change will transform our world as know it. People are already starting to change their behavior: social movements are encouraging us to stop flying, eat meat and consume less. On the social internet, aviation-junkies and shopaholics are being shamed for their indulgences. There is a growing awareness that, to mitigate climate change, we have to give up something near and dear to us, like our annual trip to Thailand. How can we collectively handle the loss associated with climate change, grieve and move forward, to focus on the bright future associated with a decarbonized lifestyle? And how do we rethink our values and lifestyles to be compatible with a climate-safe future?
Welcome to a seminar exploring emotions, loss, and behavioral change in a time of political and ethical debate on responses to climate change. How could and should we talk about climate change to inspire change, not apathy? What are the best ways forward, and how do we handle guilt, loss and pressure, online and offline?
Using the exhibition Carbon Ruins as a backdrop, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and LU Sustainability Forum welcome you to a discussion on how we move past climate anxiety and towards hope. 

Panel participants:
Kimberly Nicholas, Senior Lecturer in Sustainability Science at LUCSUS, Lund University
Tess Waltenburg, social media influenser, founder of the network Sustianable Influencers and master student at Lund University
Mia-Marie Hammarlin, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies and Journalism, Department of Communication and Media, Lund University
Time: 2019-04-08 18:00 to 2019-04-09 19:30
Location: Edens Hörsal, Paradisgatan 5H, Lund
Contact: cecilia [dot] von_arnold [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se
Gender Studies seminar series: Immigrant Political Participation and Allies: Coalitions, Conflicts and Racialization in Hostile Environments
Theme: Immigrant Political Participation and Allies:Coalitions, Conflicts and Racialization in Hostile Environments
With:Teresa M. Cappialli

Time: 2019-04-10 13:15 to 15:00
Location:  Room M:221, Hus M (Ground floor), Allhelgona kyrkogata 14, 221 00,Lund
Contact: amaranta [dot] thompson [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se
Research seminar: Elites and Civil Society Elites
Come join for a research seminar on Elites and Civiel Society Elites at the Pufendorf intsititute! Seminar topics will include: 

Why Civil Society Elites? Reflections from a research program, Håkan Johansson
From Power Elites to Influence Elites: Resetting Elite Studies for the 21st Century? Janine R. Wedel
Elites in an egalitarian society. Support for the Nordic model, Trygve Gulbrandsen
The field of eurocracy, the EU civil service and their transformation, Didier Georgakakis
Does network centrality imply leadership roles? Exploring civil society collective action fields, Mario Diani
Elites and civil society boundaries: some reflections, David Lewis
Elite and civil society research. A happy marriage? Panel discussion

Registration required. Please send an e-mail to jayeon [dot] lindellee [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se before 1st April 2019.

Time: 2019-04-10, 10:30 to 18:30
Location: Pufendorf Institute, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund
Contact: jayeon [dot] lindellee [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se

Other News and Events

Panel discussion: Pursuing a PhD in Sweden
Is a PhD the right move for you? Interested in applying for a PhD in Sweden? And what does PhD life look anyway? Come hear the advice of experienced researchers from Lund University on these matters!

Dr. Vasna Ramasar and Dr. Henner Busch from LUCSUS and the Department of Human Geography will each weight on the three topics of the evening, after which YOU will have the chance to ask your questions!

Time: 2019-04-04, 17:15 to 19:30
Location: International Desk, Stora Algatan 4, Lund
For more information:

Sustainability Week
Sustainability Week is an annual event in Lund where the university, the City of Lund, organisations and other interested parties organise a week filled with activities relating to sustainability. In 2019, Sustainability Week will be held April 8-13 on the theme “Transforming our World”, focusing on the global goals and agenda 2030.
There are four topics in particular spotlighted this year, with several events connected to each theme.

* Transforming Cities
* Transforming Food
* Transforming Stories
* Transforming Work/Life

Time: 2019-04-08 to 2019-04-13
Location: Lund University Sustainability Forum
For more information:

Malmö Queer Filmfestival 2019
We are celebrating the queer body through films, discussions, and performances at MQF 2019.

Malmö Queer Film festival opens on Friday 12th of April and we are proud and happy to have BOYBEND as guests to kick things off with their (almost) live performance! After the mingle we begin with MQF's legendary LOCAL HEROES program featuring regional short films, guests and discussions.

Time: 2019-04-12 to 2019-04-14
Location: Folkets Bio Malmö
For more information:

Internship opportunity: International Centre for Local Democracy seeks two interns for its head office in Visby
For the autumn term 2019, the International Centre for Local Democracy seeks two interns for its head office in Visby. The objective of the internship is to provide a learning opportunity for master’s students within the study area of political sciences, sociology, communications, human rights, development, and other social sciences.

Additional details about the internship may be found online at

Internship opportunity: FCG Sweden is recruiting interns for the fall semester 2019
FCG Sweden is a Swedish consultancy firm and training organisation which focuses on capacity building and institutional development in the global south. 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!

Interns will be primarily allocated to one of our business areas –Public Sector Development, Civil Society, Natural Resource Management and Evaluation –but will likely have the chance to work with multiple business areas during the internship. Candidates should have obtained or started a Master’s Degree in social sciences, economics, business administration, public administration, development studies, rural development, natural resources management or another related field. They should also be enrolled in an internship course at university level or through Arbetsförmedlingen. Interest in and knowledge of development cooperation is a necessary precondition. Applicants must be fluent in English, while knowledge of Swedish and/or other languages is a merit. Solid competence in working with Microsoft Office and Excel is a must, and as well as other IT skills who can help develop the organization. 

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter to cv [at] fcgsweden [dot] se with the subject: Internship Fall 2019.