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Newsflash No. 68 - May 30, 2019

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

Graduate School News

Thesis Introduction Day, June 5th

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Lecture: Becoming an EX’: Patterns and Dynamics of Exiting Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after 2011, June 4th
A seminar with Shirin M. Rai, June 5th
Workshop: Exploiting the Humanities Lab for the Social Sciences, June 11th
BECC Grand Seminar: Biodiversity Governance and Climate Change, June 17th

Other News and Events

Lund’s Global Degrowth Day Celebrations, June 1st

Graduate School News


Thesis Introduction Day

An event specifically geared to get you up and running with your thesis thoughts at an early stage.

Graduate School is happy to announce a new event specifically geared to get you up and running with your thesis thoughts at an early stage. To that end our Directors team has created the Thesis Introduction Day just before the summer break. We have made sure that you will not have any active methods course work left on that day, and of course expect all of you to join us for an event that will assuredly be helpful – and hopefully inspirational too. Welcome!

Time: Wednesday June 5th 2019, 9:00 to 16:00
Location: Paradisgatan, Lund
Contact: masters [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se


News from the Faculty of Social Sciences


Lecture: Becoming an EX’: Patterns and Dynamics of Exiting Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after 2011

Dr. Mustafa Menshawy is an assistant professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. He previously worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, and the University of Westminster, London, where he taught for six years

How and why members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood have disengaged from it at a higher level and volume in 2011 and afterwards? How have those individuals constructed the meanings of their experience through the interaction of “micro” psychological and emotional factors, “meso” level organizational factors, and “macro” political developments linked to the specific case of the Brotherhood and Egypt during the Arab Spring? Dr. Mustafa Menshawy seeks to answer these questions informed by his a three-year fieldwork research across Egypt, Turkey, the UK and Qatar. Dr. Menshawy leads us to interesting and valuable factors by dissecting the texts of ex-members and frames identified in them as they evolve around the ‘wife factor’, ‘real/imagined kinships’, and ‘Islam without Islamism’ and the ‘mind/body’ binarism.

Time: Tuesday June 4th 2019, 12:00 to 13:00
Location: CMES Finngatan 16
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A seminar with Shirin M. Rai

Shirin M. Rai Professor is a Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick

Rai puts forward a framework to examine the co-constitutive nature of performance and politics and to suggest that such a framework is critical to promoting an interdisciplinary approach to understanding our complex political world. She does this by disaggregating the component parts of political performance and suggesting how, once these are made visible, we are able to reflect upon more complex processes of its re-aggregation into our analysis of politics. The framework is constituted along two axes – one that maps individual performance, which is nevertheless socially embedded; and the other that charts the political effects of performance. The framework allows to reflect upon social and political institutions, movements and events and analyse these through the prism of performance and politics. The empirical core of the article is the Indian parliament.

Time: Wednesday June 5th 2019, 13:15 to 14:30
Location: Large Conference Room (ED367), Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H
Contact: catarina [dot] kinnvall [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se 

Workshop: Exploiting the Humanities Lab for the Social Sciences

The Humanities Lab is an interdisciplinary department for research technology and training at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology.

In contrast to what could be assumed, the Humanities Lab at Lund University is an infrastructure that is highly relevant for research in the social and behavioural sciences. The technology, know-how, and expertise available at the Humanities Lab represents state-of-the-art in international research. This workshop is mainly for PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and associate senior lecturers and will offer presentations from researchers in the Faculty of Social Sciences who make direct use of the Lab.

Time: Wednesday June 11th 2019, 13:00 to 15:00
Location: Biskopshuset, Biskopsgatan 1, Lund
Contact: helen [dot] wiman [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se


BECC Grand Seminar: Biodiversity Governance and Climate Change

This seminar will explore climate-related challenges to landscape governance practices. It will consider the robustness of existing governance institutions, and propose a deliberative approach for (and a research project relating to) future biodiversity governance.

Biodiversity and land use governance currently reflects an expectation that relatively stable ecological conditions typical of the Holocene will continue into the future. In many places, it relies on landscapes fragmented into static utilisation zones - with biodiversity preservation largely confined to public land. This spatial segregation has helped diminish conflicts over competing uses of those landscapes’ features and resources. However, as climate impacts intensify, tensions will re-emerge as existing and also new actors – for instance, relating to ‘negative emissions’ - press to control ecologically destabilised landscapes and resources. Limiting conflict will require anticipatory, pre-emptive action.

Time: Friday June 17th 2019, 10:30 to 17:00
Location: upper conference room Pufendorf institute, Lund University
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Other News and Events


Lund’s Global Degrowth Day Celebrations

There will be many different public events all over the world to share alternatives to a growth-based society. In the Lund/Malmö-area as well, bringing together actors working for global justice, sustainability, and well-being. In Lund, the event will include two thought provoking keynote sessions on the notion of degrowth, its relation to technology, feminism and the way we are imagining our future. This will be combined with activities and workshops hosted by groups and organisations related to degrowth ideas. During the day there will be a simple, organic and vegan lunch. Feel free to bring any food or fika! Degrowth is all about sharing and caring. All people, groups, organizations and movements that feel connected to the degrowth ideas are asked to participate.

Time: Saturday June 1st 2019, 9:00 to 17:00
Location: Genusvetenskapliga institutionen, Lunds universitet, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14 M, vån 2, Lund
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