Newsflash No. 75, November 25, 2019

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

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Graduate School News

Sign up: Lucia Fika at Graduate School
Student Snapshots: Submit your photos for the Graduate School Newsletter!
Rola El-Husseini featured in Conversation UK

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Opening for 1-3 research assistants at the Department of Human Geography.
Seminar: The Role of the National Court within the Preliminary Reference Procedure
Lecture: How does the Peacebuilding Community Perceive Peace in Turkey?
LUCSUS Seminar: Advancing Resilience Practice: Bridging social-ecological resilience theory and sustainable development practice
Presentation by Professor Fidel Vascós González of the Diplomacy Program in Havana, Cuba
Lecture: The Culture Police: Manning the barricades of allowable art and culture in Egypt
Seminar: 'Labour and nature - views, practices, concerns of workers, unionists and cooperative members' - Nora Räthzel
Book talk Anti-Muslim Racism on Trial : Muslims, the Swedish Judiciary and the Possibility of Justice
Seminar: The new science on climate extremes that can help refuel the climate movement. A COP25 side event
Seminar: Urban Creativity Seminar: Creating city identities through art.
Seminar: Politics, History and State-Making - Peter Haldén
Seminar: Johannes Lindvall on Inward Conquest
Seminar: 'Everyday Transgressions - Domestic Workers' Transnational Challange to International Labor Law - Adelle Blackett
Seminar Laura Giese: "Factors behind gender differences in career interests"
Seminar: Sociology and Social Anthropology Seminar Series: Beds or Meds? The Changing Societal Responses to Mental Health Problems in Affluent Democracies, 1960-2003
Panel: Values at the intersection of nature and society
LUCSUS Seminar: Landgrabbing in Cambodia
Seminar: Roger Persson: "Swedish school leader’s organizational prerequisites and health: preliminary findings"
Seminar: Democratic Horizons: What Value Change Reveals about the Future of Democracy
Lecture: What makes mothers work and fathers care? The importance of family policy for equal sharing since the 1970s in Sweden

Other News and Events

Alumni panel discussion about finding work in Sweden
DIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies: The ‘Water Revolution’ in Hong Kong: origins and prospect
Malmö University 20 % PhD seminar: Cities of diversity? How segregation, social mix and diversity is framed, reframed and negotiated in policy and in everyday life in Denmark and in Sweden.
Lecture: Christianity and Crisis: Uses and Abuses of Religion in the Historical Construction of Modern Europe
Lecture: Thai Politics in Flux: the 2019 Elections and their Aftermath
DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies: NATO at 70: Today’s agenda and tomorrow’s challenges
Lecture: The Best Populist in Town? Duterte and the Success of the Populist Rhetoric
DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies: Global climate emergency: How to respond?
DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies: Ports in Africa: Logistics, political orders and new hegemons
Malmö University Seminar: Winner of the MIM Masters Award 2018: How to Save a Disappearing Nation? Discourses on How to Address the Consequences of Climate Change Induced Migration
Malmö University: Defence of doctoral thesis: "Affective Borderscapes. Constructing, Enacting and Contesting Borders across the Southeastern Mediterranean".
Malmö University: The Imag(in)ed City: The (Geo)Politics of Nordic Noir’s Televisual Place-Making
Malmö University: Medea Talks | Screening the Nordic City: The Politics of Place and Space in Contemporary Crime Series
Lecture: Babyn Yar as a Place of Memory and Conflict


Graduate School News

 

Sign up: Lucia Fika at Graduate School

All Graduate School students are kindly invited to join us for the annual Lucia Fika where we will be serving traditional Swedish treats like lussekatter (saffron buns), pepparkakor (ginger snaps), and glögg in honour of St. Lucia's Day. (Everything will be vegan.)

Lucia, one of the oldest and biggest traditions in Sweden, is celebrated as a festival of lights on the 13th of December. If you want to learn more about it, visit this page.

Lucia Fika will be a great opportunity to meet up with your cohorts for the last time before many of you leave for Christmas break! If you would like to attend, please fill this form by December 9.

Date and Time: Friday, December 13, 15.00
Location: Student Lounge, "Gamla Kirurgen"
Registration: https://ui.uglnk.com/Surveys/45049a42-cde9-42b9-a63c-68cf02b155f2

 

Student Snapshots: Submit your photos for the Graduate School Newsletter!

Would you like your photos to be featured in the Spring Issue of the Graduate School Newsletter? You are welcome to submit any photos that represent your experience as a Graduate School student, your life in Sweden, your internship and exchange studies. 

If you are interested, send your photos to Lucie Larssonova at lucie [dot] larssonova [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se by December 10.
 

Rola El-Husseini featured in Conversation UK
Rola El-Husseini, Programme Director of Middle Eastern Studies, has been featured in the latest edition of the Conversation UK. Her article "Tripoli: the Lebanese city contrasts that’s now the bride of an ongoing uprising" is available now. Read the article here.

 

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Opening for 1-3 research assistants at the Department of Human Geography, 50-100% employment with monthly salary.
Start date: As soon as possible
End date: August 30th 2020
Application deadline: December 2nd 2019
For more information, please follow this link: https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:301536/

 

Seminar: The Role of the National Court within the Preliminary Reference Procedure
Anna Wallerman is assistant professor of litigation at the University of Gothenburg, Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2017-2018) and Ragnar Söderberg Postdoctoral Fellow in Law (2018-2020). She is a Doctor of Law (University of Gothenburg 2015) and has previously been a visiting scientist at the universities of Oxford and Zurich
The EU Law Discussion Group meets generally meets at 12:00 at the in Styrelserummet at the Faculty of Law. The seminar involves 20-30 minutes of presentation followed by 15-30min of discussion. Coffee and sandwiches will be provided.
Faculty members, graduate students and all interested in EU law are most welcome!
Convenors: Max Hjärtström, Anna Zemskova, with the support of Arnljótur Ástvaldsson, Aurelija Lukoševičienė, and Joanna Cornelius
Senior Member: Dr Julian Nowag and Dr Annegret Engel
Time: Novermber 26th 12:00 till 13:00
Location: Styrelserummet, Juridicum
Contact: julian [dot] nowag [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se

 

Lecture: How does the Peacebuilding Community Perceive Peace in Turkey?
Pınar Sayan is a Visiting Researcher at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Beykoz University. She is also Turkey Director of Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation; co-editor of Caucasus Edition: Journal of Conflict Transformation and the co-founder and co-director of Roman Medya. 
Time: November 27th 12-13
Location: Seminar room, Finngatan 16
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2496991667084934/

 

LUCSUS Seminar: Advancing Resilience Practice: Bridging social-ecological resilience theory and sustainable development practice
My Sellberg’s research investigates the application of resilience thinking in different real-world settings and research-practice interfaces, for example in the context of natural resource management, local government planning and food systems.
The number of cases of resilience practice are growing, including resilience assessments, planning and action, but there are still few scientific studies and even less synthesis across cases. Her thesis describes existing cases of resilience practice in different parts of the world, e.g. in Australia, and experiments with new methods and approaches for improving resilience practice, based on co-production projects in Sweden, e.g. together with the Transition Movement. The results confirm that resilience practice can contribute to the understanding and adaptive governance of complex social-ecological systems, but is weak in addressing the need for transformations, particularly for the sake of global sustainability and the resilience of Earth systems. The results also highlight practical strategies for engaging with complexity and novel approaches to enhance the potential of local-regional resilience practice to align with global sustainability concerns. The thesis as a whole sheds light on the field of resilience practice, by outlining different approaches, contexts and purposes and contributes to building transdisciplinary networks and relationships in multiple arenas.
Find more information about the LUCSUS seminars : https://www.lucsus.lu.se/research/lucsus-seminars
Time: 28 November 2019 10:15 to 11:45
Location: Wrangel, room 117, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund
Contact: george [dot] neville [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se

 

Presentation by Professor Fidel Vascós González of the Diplomacy Program in Havana, Cuba
Dr. Fidel Vascós González, Professor of International Relations from Havana, Cuba, will come to Lund University and present up-to-date information on the regional development and Cuba's and Venezuela's socio-economic situation in a harsher political climate.
The seminar is intended to take the form of a presentation and talk about the development of the region and the role of the United States.
Seats are limited.
Time: 28 November 2019 13:00 to 15:00
Location: Department of Sociology of Law, House M, Room M 224, Lund University
Contact: patrik [dot] olsson [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se
 
Lecture: The Culture Police: Manning the barricades of allowable art and culture in Egypt
Ramy Aly is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the American University in Cairo.
Time: November 29th, 14:00-15:00.
Location: Seminar room, Finngatan 16
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2517053688351787/

 

Seminar: 'Labour and nature - views, practices, concerns of workers, unionists and cooperative members' - Nora Räthzel
Nora Räthzel is a senior professor at Umeå University. Her research falls into a number of themes: industrial relations, feminist studies, everyday racism, urban sociology, labour and globalization, environmental labour studies.
This session is planned to be predominantly a discussion about work in the broadest sense, work as an exploited and simultaneously satisfactory practice, work as paid and unpaid, as alienated and self-determined and first and foremost, work as a transformation/destruction of nature. 
Time: November 29th, 15:15 till 17:00
Location: Department of Sociology, Allhelgona kyrkogata 20 A, Floor 1, Room: M128
 
 

Book talk Anti-Muslim Racism on Trial : Muslims, the Swedish Judiciary and the Possibility of Justice
Time: December 2nd, 12-13, 
Where: Seminar room, Finngatan 16
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/516970382459497/

 

Seminar: The new science on climate extremes that can help refuel the climate movement. A COP25 side event
Welcome to a dialogue on how attribution science and new legal frameworks can refuel the climate movement in the context of the climate crisis.
From 2nd to 13th of December the Nordic cooperation (organised by the the Nordic Council of Ministers) organise a range of climate events in relation to the UN climate negotiations – the COP25. The mission is to create a backdoor into the COP25 and open it up for our Nordic citizens.
During the event, researchers within attribution, law and sustainability, together with youth and social movements representatives will discuss questions such as:
What opportunities and constraints can attribution science have on future legal frameworks for climate related disasters, and what impact can it have on those responsible (fossil fuel industry or individual consumers) and for those affected by climate related disasters? What can attribution science do for the most vulnerable in society?
What influence does attribution have on public understanding and collective action? Do climate extremes spark action in communities and groups in new ways? 
What questions and issues drive the climate movement? How can research interact with social movements?
Full programme for the 2nd of December: https://www.norden.org/en/event/climate-action-and-youth-0
Participants: Richard Jones, Met Office and Oxford University, Emmanuel Raju, Copenhagen University, Emily Boyd, Director of Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Guy Finkill, PUSH Sverige, Friday’s for Future  
Moderator: Gustav Arrhenius, VD, Institutet för Framtidsstudier
Time: Monday, 2nd December, 
Location: Stockholm, 8-9pm, Town Hall, Norrsken House, Birger Jarlsgatan 57 C, Stockholm
The event is open to everyone, no registration needed.
https://www.facebook.com/events/876018806146541/
Twitter @nordenen @LUCSUS_LU 
Contact: Noomi [dot] Egan [at] sfi [dot] lu [dot] se

 

Seminar: Urban Creativity Seminar: Creating city identities through art.
Marie Ledendal has a practice-based PhD in Smart Textiles/Textile Design from School of Textiles and Design, at the Heriot-Watt University, UK and a Masters in Fine Arts in Textile Design from the Swedish School of Textile, Borås University, Sweden. She has also completed an exchange semester at the Nottingham Trent University UK where she studied textile print.
Cecilia Cassinger has a PhD in business administration with a focus on marketing and is senior lecturer in strategic communication. Her research interests lie primarily in the field of place branding and marketing communication. She is currently doing research on sharing economy initiatives in cities and how to create sustainable urban destinations.

Ledendal and Cassinger will present an ongoing research project about communication, art in public space, and the city. The project questions how art, both more traditional and street art, is used to create an identity for cities/municipalities, and how art can  be used in connection with for example place branding. The project also connects to questions regarding safety, citizen engagement, creative environments (e.g. makerspaces and maker-hubs) and co-creation. 
Places at the seminar are free, but limited.
Places can be reserved by writing to peter [dot] bengtsen [at] kultur [dot] lu [dot] se.
Time: 3 December 2019 15:00 to 17:00
Location: LUX:B366, Helgonavägen 3, Lund.
Contact: peter [dot] bengtsen [at] kultur [dot] lu [dot] se

 

Seminar: Politics, History and State-Making - Peter Haldén
Peter Haldén is an associate Professor at the Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership at the Swedish Defense University, Stockholm.
Topic to be announced.
Time: 4 December 2019 12:00 to 13:00
Location: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14, Lund
Contact: pia [dot] lonnakko [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

 

Seminar: Johannes Lindvall on Inward Conquest
Johannes Lindvall is a professor of political science his academic work is concerned with political institutions, public policy, the role of interest organizations in political decision-making, and, more generally, the relationship between states and markets. He teaches comparative politics and research methods.
Johannes Lindvall, Lund University, will give a talk on "Inward Conquest".
Time: 4 December 2019 13:15 to 14:30
Location: Large Conference Room (ED367), Eden, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14, Lund
Contact: hanna [dot] back [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se


Seminar: 'Everyday Transgressions - Domestic Workers' Transnational Challange to International Labor Law - Adelle Blackett
After the lecture, a panel consisting of Adelle Blackett, Niklas Selberg (Faculty of Law), Terese Anving (Department of Gender Studies) and Åsa Lundqvist (Department of Sociology) will discuss labor protection, domestic work and feminist organizing. 
Time: December 5th 13:15 till 16:00
Location: School of Social Work, Floor 1, Room Sh:128

 

Seminar Laura Giese: "Factors behind gender differences in career interests"
Laura Giese is a doctoral student at the Department of Psychology, her previous research includes Examining Mental Health and Well-being Provision in Schools in Europe: Methodological Approach, Mental health provision in schools: priority, facilitators and barriers in 10 European countries and Mental health provision in schools: approaches and interventions in 10 European countries
General personality and social psychology seminar with Laura Giese.
Time: December 5th 12:00 till 13:00
Location: P124
Contact: fredrik [dot] bjorklund [at] psy [dot] lu [dot] se

 

Seminar: Sociology and Social Anthropology Seminar Series: Beds or Meds? The Changing Societal Responses to Mental Health Problems in Affluent Democracies, 1960-2003
Sigrún Olafsdottir received her  B.A. in sociology from the University of Iceland in 1998, her M.A. in sociology from Indiana University in 2002 and her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 2007. She was an assistant and then associate professor at Boston University from 2007 to 2016, when she decided to return back to Iceland, she currently works in the Faculty of Sociology, Anthropology and Folkloristic, University of Iceland.
The Sociology Department Seminar Series invites international and national researchers to present and discuss on-going research.
Time: 5 December 2019 15:00 to 17:00
Location: Room 335, Department of Sociology (House G), Sandgatan 11, Lund
Contact: jan [dot] mewes [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

 

Panel: Values at the intersection of nature and society
As general reasoning goes, in order to include ‘nature’ in decision-making processes, the functions or services of that ‘nature’ need to be assigned a value in order to be included in making the best possible decision. But exactly what is to be valued, how to assign values and by which societal instruments value is allotted are all questions that need to be better understood. This is the topic of our seminar.
To the panel we invite Sanna Stålhammar (LUCSUS) who engages theoretically with how values of nature has been approached within the ecosystem services paradigm as part of assessments, with a specific focus on social values. Joining her will be William Sidemo Holm (CEC), who approaches the topic of cost-effective nature conservation in places where interests of preserving species and food production collide. Finally, Jessika Luth Richter (IIIEE) will talk about value-making in her work on circular economy, looking at policy instruments for closing material loops and how stakeholders conceptualise and capture economic and non-economic value.
Register your attendance by sending an email to cheryl [dot] sjostrom [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se no later than December 2. Coffee, tea and an open-faced sandwich will be offered.
Time: 5 December 2019 15:00 to 16:00
Location: Pangea, Geocentrum II, Sölvegatan 12
Contact: cheryl [dot] sjostrom [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

 

LUCSUS Seminar: Landgrabbing in Cambodia
Emma Johansson is a physical geographer and part of Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability.
Welcome to a LUCSUS seminar with Emma Johansson from the Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University.
Time: 5 December 2019 10:15 to 11:45
Location: Wrangel, room 117, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund
Contact: george [dot] neville [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se


Seminar: Roger Persson: "Swedish school leader’s organizational prerequisites and health: preliminary findings"
Roger Persson is a senior lecturer and associate professor at the Department of Psychology. His work centres around the study of how various environmental and social conditions at work impact on the health and well-being of the employees.  
General work and organizational psychology seminar with Roger Persson.
Time: December 6th 13:15 till 14:00
Location: P115
Contact: tomas [dot] jungert [at] psy [dot] lu [dot] se


Seminar: Democratic Horizons: What Value Change Reveals about the Future of Democracy
Christian Welzel is a political scientist at the Leuphana University Lueneburg and director of research at the World Values Survey Association.
This seminar will address Recent accounts of illiberal populism and the backsliding of democracies are either negligent, dismissive or mistaken about the cultural foundations of political orders. Welzel will showcase his research including investigating the elections to the European Parliament in May 2019 showing how, illiberal populism can be pushed back already today when electoral campaigns target young voters and succeed in mobilizing them.
Time: 9 December 2019 16:15
Location: Room R240, Gamla kirurgen (House R), Sandgatan 13, Lund


Lecture: What makes mothers work and fathers care? The importance of family policy for equal sharing since the 1970s in Sweden
Ann-Zofie Duvander is Professor of Demography at Stockholm University. Her research interests include family policy as well as the family and work-connection. She is an expert on parental leave policies in Sweden, with a special focus on leave taken by fathers.
The trend towards more equal sharing of both labor market work and childcare in Sweden is often referred and related to the Swedish family policy. The connection is however less often scrutinized in its detail, that is, what reform lead to what change in behaviour ? And when ? Even if it may be argued that changes are gradual and reform impact may come with a delay, we find it important to analyze the change over time in a detailed connection to the development of Swedish family policy than has been done so far. 
Time: 10 December 2019 10:15 to 11:45
Location: Room 335, Department of Sociology (House G), Sandgatan 11, Lund
Contact: christopher [dot] swader [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

 

Other News and Events
 

Alumni panel discussion about finding work in Sweden
Are you striving to start a career in Sweden and would like to get advice from alumni with first-hand experiences on finding work in Sweden? Then you should join our panel discussion with alumni who started their careers in Sweden as international degree students. The panel members will share their insights on areas such as job hunting, networking and Swedish workplace culture.
This event is for international students and young alumni interested in finding work in Sweden.
This event requires registration. Contact info [at] alumni [dot] lu [dot] se for a registration link or if you have any questions. 
Time: 26 nov 18:00 till 20:00   CET
More information: www.lunduniversity.lu.se/lund-university-alumni
Register: https://mycareer.lu.se/sv/new-signup/start

 

DIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies: The ‘Water Revolution’ in Hong Kong: origins and prospect
This talk will highlight how a poor policy decision by the government of Hong Kong was transformed into a crisis that has existential implications for Hong Kong as a highly autonomous Special Administrative Region of China. Steve Tsang will contextualize the views from the streets of Hong Kong, and from the governments of Hong Kong and Beijing, as well as assess the nature of the movement. Steve Tsang will also examine the driving forces behind the key players and on that basis project how this situation will end. 
Professor Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard has kindly agreed to make comments on the lecture and after there will be a Q&A session.
Speakers: Steve Tsang, Professor and Director of SOAS China Institute, UK, Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, Professor, CBS, Lars Erslev Andersen, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Programme
14.00-14.05 Welcome and introduction - Lars Erslev Andersen
14.05-14.45 The ‘Water Revolution’ in Hong Kong: origins and prospect - Steve Tsang
14.45-15.00 Discussion - Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard
15.00-15.30 Q&A - Lars Erslev Andersen
Practical information: The seminar will be held in English and live streamed on diis.dk.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 10.00. Live stream does not require registration.
Sign up: https://diis.easysignup.com/63/
Time: Wednesday 27 November 2019, 14.00-15.30
Location: Auditoriumm Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen

 

Malmö University 20 % PhD seminar: Cities of diversity? How segregation, social mix and diversity is framed, reframed and negotiated in policy and in everyday life in Denmark and in Sweden.   

Rebecka Söderberg, Ph.D student in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at the Department of Global Political Studies. She is a part of the Ph.D program Migration, Urbanisation and Societal Change (MUSA) and involved in the research project SEGMIX at Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM). She holds a master's degree in European Ethnology from the University of Copenhagen. In her current research, she explores how segregation and diversity is framed and handled in politics and in everyday life, in Sweden and in Denmark.:
Discussant: Margareta Popoola, Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University
In times of migration and urbanization, there is an increased attention among policy-makers, researchers and media towards socioeconomic and ethnic segregation in urban space in Scandinavian countries. For instance, in 2018, the Swedish government established the public authority DELMOS (Delegationen mot segregation), aiming to counteract segregation. Similarly, in Denmark, the Danish government developed the so called “Ghettopakken”, consisting of radical interventions in housing areas, designated as ‘ghettos’. While policies prescribe social mix as a central part of the solution, previous research has questioned the expected positive effects and highlighted how strategies for social mix can have severe negative implications for low-income households. Nevertheless, there is not much research on how residents experience and handle different types of interventions for social mix.
This thesis aims to explore anti-segregation interventions with an empirical focus on governance and everyday life in selected neighborhoods in Malmö and Copenhagen. Hierarchical relations of class, ethnicity and gender are of particular analytical interest. This paper outlines a plan for a comparative approach and combining a policy analysis with ethnographic fieldwork. In her 20% seminar, Söderberg wishes to discuss strengths and challenges of my research idea and planned fieldwork.
The seminar will be held in English.
Time: Thursday 28 November, 14:15 - 16:00
Location: Niagara, seminar room, floor 9 (gathering for the seminar at 14.05 at the ground floor next to the Reception in Niagara.)


Lecture: Christianity and Crisis: Uses and Abuses of Religion in the Historical Construction of Modern Europe
Jayne Svenungsson is a Professor of Systematic Theology at Lund University.
The research project “Lessons of Communist and Nazi History – A Genealogical Approach” is financed by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation. The lectures are sponsored by Centre for European Studies, Lund University, Royal Society of Letters at Lund, and Fahlbeck Foundation, Lund.
For information please contact: Klas-Göran Karlsson (Klas-Goran [dot] Karlsson [at] hist [dot] lu [dot] se) and Maria Karlsson (Maria [dot] Karlsson [at] hist [dot] lu [dot] se)
Time: November 29 13:15 till 15:00
Location: LUX:C126
 

Lecture: Thai Politics in Flux: the 2019 Elections and their Aftermath
Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, working mainly on the politics of Southeast Asia
This presentation will discuss the polarization that has afflicted Thailand's recent politics, as seen in the highly contentious March 2019 elections and the subsequent re-appointment of 2014 General Prayut Chan-ocha as prime minister. It asks whether Thailand is experiencing some form of democratic rollback: exactly how can the county's current politics best be characterised?
Time: 2 December 2019 10:15 to 12:00
Location: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund
Contact: astrid [dot] noren-nilsson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se

 

DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies: NATO at 70: Today’s agenda and tomorrow’s challenges
The next NATO summit will be held in London on 3-4 December 2019. The summit follows the April 2019 celebration of NATO’s first 70 years.
In an early lead-up to the summit, French president Emmanuel Macron warned that NATO is now in the throes of brain death. Is this harsh verdict really true? And if it is, do we now turn off the life-support and focus on another organizational setting for mutual defence or do we instead attempt to energize NATO? This seminar brings together two strong experts on NATO and on wider security issues – one British and one Danish – to discuss both the immediate agenda and the challenges of tomorrow. The seminar offers ample opportunity to raise questions and to discuss with the two expert speakers.
Speakers: Dominic Schroeder, British Ambassador to Denmark, Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Professor, Head of Politics and International Studies, Loughborough University, UK, Sten Rynning, Professor, Vice-Dean for Research, University of Southern Denmark, Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Programme
15.00-15.05 Welcome (not on live stream) - Flemming Splidsboel Hansen
15.05-15.10 Introductory remarks (not on live stream) - Dominic Schroeder
15.10-15.50 - Caroline Kennedy-Pipe - Sten Rynning
15.50-16.05 Break
16.05-17.00 Q&A
Practical information: The seminar will be in English and livestreamed on diis.dk.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 10.00. Livestream does not require registration.
Sign up: https://diis.easysignup.com/65/
Please note: Live streaming starts at 15:10 right before Caroline Kennedy-Pipe and Sten Rynning's talk
Time: Tuesday 3 December 2019, 15.00-17.00
Location: Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen


Lecture: The Best Populist in Town? Duterte and the Success of the Populist Rhetoric
Dr Aim Sinpeng is a lecturer in comparative politics at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on social media and politics in Southeast Asia, particularly on issues of political engagement, electoral campaigning, activism and disinformation.
This lecture will discuss the widely used but often misunderstood concept of populism and why might populism be bad for democracy. It will then focus on the rise of populists in Southeast Asia with a special focus on the Philippines' president, Rodrigo Duterte.
Time: 4 December 2019 13:15 to 15:00
Location: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund
Contact: astrid [dot] noren-nilsson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se

 

DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies: Global climate emergency: How to respond?
We live in a time of global climate emergency. Yet, we are not acting as if we are in an imminent crisis. The economic system perpetuates inertia on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the UN organized attempts to rise to the challenge do not respond to the urgency of the calls for action by climate science. In an attempt to understand, map and explain the situation, Barry Gills addresses this existential threat to humanity and provides a set of answers hinging on the urgent need to act. The answers may be disruptive, but so is the fact that the house is on fire.
Speakers: Barry Gills, Professor of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, and Editor in Chief, Globalizations, Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies
Programme

9.30-9.35 Welcome - Lars Engberg-Pedersen
9.35-10.15 Global climate emergency - Barry Gills
10.15-11.00 Discussion
Practical information
The seminar will be in English and live streamed on diis.dk.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Wednesday 4 December 2019 at 10.00. Live stream does not require registration.
Sign up: https://diis.easysignup.com/66/
Time: Thursday 5 December 2019, 9.30-11.00
Location: Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen

 

DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies: Ports in Africa: Logistics, political orders and new hegemons
African ports are attracting increasing attention as key junctures in global logistics networks. Non-Western states and world-wide logistics companies are constructing, modernising and expanding deep-water terminals, thereby turning African coastal sites into logistics hubs for international trade. The development is reconfiguring economic and political power relations in the region, which is the theme of a new, three-year research project at DIIS. The project, Port polities, will study what kind of polities emerge around two ports in the Horn of Africa, and with what consequences for the political order of host states.
To launch the project, DIIS cordially invites the public to a seminar that will discuss different perspectives on port expansion and proliferation, drawing on examples from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean region. The speakers will use their ethnographic research from on-going cases to shed light on recent developments as a basis for a public Q&A session.
After the seminar you are welcome to stay and have a glass of something to celebrate the new project.  
Speakers: Christian Bueger, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Brenda Chalfin, Director, Center for African Studies, Professor, Anthropology, University of Florida, Tobias Hagmann, Associate Professor, Roskilde University, Finn Stepputat, Senior researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Jessica Larsen, Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies
Programme
14.00-14.10 Introduction - Jessica Larsen & Finn Stepputat
14.10-14.25 The blue turn and the challenges raised by spaces of liminality and circulation - Christian Bueger
14.25-.14.40 Ports and maritime frontiers in Africa - Brenda Chalfin
14.40-14.55 The case of Berbera port, Somaliland - Finn Stepputat
14.55-15.55 Discussion and questions to panel - Chair: Tobias Hagmann
15.55-16.00 Closing remarks - Jessica Larsen
16.00-17.00 Reception
Practical information The seminar will be in English. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Wednesday 4 December at 10.00.
Sign up: https://diis.easysignup.com/67/
Time: Thursday 5 December 2019, 14.00-16.00
Location: Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen

 

Malmö University Seminar: Winner of the MIM Masters Award 2018: How to Save a Disappearing Nation? Discourses on How to Address the Consequences of Climate Change Induced Migration
Akinalp Orhan is an Assistant Research & Information Officer, UNHCR, Denmark
Keynote: Miriam Cullen, Assistant Professor of Climate and Migration Law at Copen­hagen University Faculty of Law: Climate-related displacement: how developments in the law took people, or left them, in 2019

Migration induced by the impacts of climate change is a complex phenomenon that consists of various concepts. It also consists of various perspectives about the cause and the effects of such migration. Regardless of these debates, however, some atoll island nations are under a threat of disappearance due the impacts of climate change, especially the rising sea levels. Migration remains the only option for these island nations. Consequently, there are numerous perspectives on how to address the arising problems due to such migration. By utilizing argumentative discourse analysis, this thesis identifies three dominant discourses that address these consequences of climate change induced migration and explores the island nation of Kiribati, although seemingly follows the lead of these dominant discourses, manages to shape and transform the discourses for the best interest of the Island Nation.According to the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 680 million people living in low-lying coastal zones will be impacted by ris­ing sea levels by the end of this century. Yet there remains no international legal in­strument to address the foreseeable displacement. This talk will examine two cases lodged this year before UN Human Rights treaty bodies seeking remedies for alleged human rights violations connected with climate change and leading to potential displacement.
Programme:
13:00 - 13:10 Welcome by Marie Sandberg/AMIS & Pieter Bievelander/MIM
13:15 - 14:00 Keynote: Miriam Cullen, Assistant Professor of Climate and Migration Law at Copenhagen University Faculty of Law: Climate-related displacement: how developments in the law took people, or left them, in 2019
14:00 - 14:45 MIM Master thesis award: Akinalp Orhan: How to Save a Disappearing Nation? Discourses on How to Address the Consequences of Climate Change Induced Migration and Examples from Kiribati.
Coffee break
15:00 - 16:00 Parallel Workshops
Short break
16:15 - 16:55 Panel discussion on climate challenges and migration - Miriam Cullen and Martin Lemberg-Pedersen, GRS
16:55 - 17:00 Closing remarks
Reception: Drinks and snacks
Full programme including workshop themes at: amis.ku.dk/calendar/6th-amis-mim-masters-conference/
Time: Thursday 5 December, 14:15 - 16:00
Location: Note! University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixens Plads 8, Southern Campus, Room: 22.0.11
 

Malmö University: Defence of doctoral thesis: "Affective Borderscapes. Constructing, Enacting and Contesting Borders across the Southeastern Mediterranean".
Ioanna Tsonis, doctoral student at the Department of Global Political Studies.
Opponent: Professor James W. Scott, University of Eastern Finland

Time: Friday 6 December, 10:15 - 12:00
Location: Niagara, Auditorium B2, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1
 

Malmö University: The Imag(in)ed City: The (Geo)Politics of Nordic Noir’s Televisual Place-Making
Robert Saunders is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Urban Research (IUR) from Farmingdale State College (SUNY).
This event is part of the Visiting Scholars and Artists in Residence autumn 2019 activities.
Time: Friday 6 December, 14:15 - 16:00
Location: NI:B0E07 (Lecture Hall B2)
For more information: www.iuresearch.se

 

Malmö University: Medea Talks | Screening the Nordic City: The Politics of Place and Space in Contemporary Crime Series
Robert A. Saunders is a Professor in the Department of History, Politics, and Geography at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York. He is a leading researcher in the field of popular geopolitics, as well as an internationally recognized scholar of nation branding. His geographic areas of focus include Russia, Central Asia, and Nordic Europe. His research explores the impact of popular culture and mass media on geopolitics, nationalism, and religious identity.
In this talk, he will will critically assess the pros and cons of being seen as a zone of murder and mystery, regardless of the day-to-day realities of the typical Nordic city. He will speak about his research on the imagining of Malmö via the series, and how other internationally successful Nordic noir series – such as the Bordertown (set in Lappeenranta, Finland) and Dicte (set in Aarhus, Denmark) – shape international perspectives of Norden and its lived spaces.
Gabriel Flores Jair, who plays the pathologist in Bron/Broen, will also take part in the conversation.
For many people outside Northern Europe, what they know about Malmö comes from what they see on their television screens. The worldwide success of the Swedish-Danish crime drama Bron/Broen has come to serve as the main source of information about Malmö, Sweden’s “southern capital.” Focusing on various aspects of the “city” – including history, economics, architecture and culture – his talk will critically assess the pros and cons of being seen as a zone of murder and mystery, regardless of the day-to-day realities of the typical Nordic city.
The discussant in this Medea Talk is Annette Hill, Professor of Media and Communication at Lund University.
Free of charge, but please sign up!
Time: Tuesday 10 December, 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Panora, Friisgatan 19D, Malmö

 

Lecture: Babyn Yar as a Place of Memory and Conflict
Oksana Dovgopolova is Professor of Philosophy at Odessa Mechnikov National University. Since 2014 she organises and supervises a range of educational projects in collaboration with museums in Odessa. Since 2017 she has been working for “Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center” as an expert in Historical Memory, and since 2018 as a Memory Lab curator.
On 29 September 2019, two memorial marches were organised in Kyiv, both devoted to the mass executions in Babyn Yar, one of the most heinous acts of the Holocaust on the territory of Ukraine. The paradox was that the two marches were held separately. The nature of this memory conflict become more comprehensible if we look at Babyn Yar through the prism of the concept of heritage which brings to fore strategies of exclusion and inclusion. In the context of the exclusionary heritage narrative, the symbol of Babyn Yar caters for ethnic Ukrainian, Jewish, Roma versions and promotes competitive victimhood. Suffice to say that currently 30 marked places where people come to honor “their” victims are located in Babyn Yar. While significant layers of Ukrainian history are marginalised, various actors present the local Jewish heritage as a concern of Israel rather than of the modern day’s Ukraine. However, the symbolic weight of Babyn Yar for Ukrainian historical culture becomes obvious also with the postwar tragic history of Babyn Yar in mind. Efforts of the Soviet authorities to silence the crimes committed there led to the waves of legal and cultural-artistic resistance movements in Ukraine, USA, and Israel. As an expert actively involved into elaboration of the conceptual framework of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, Oksana Dovhopolova argues that instead of being a site of conflict Babyn Yar could become a place of all-Ukrainian memory representing the inclusive historical narrative and the concept of a future multinational Ukrainian state. 
The seminar is a part of the seminar series "Transformations of Political Imagery in East-Central Europe in the 2000s by Means of Heritage Work and Event-Making".
Time: December 10 13:15 to 15:00
Location: LUX A:127
Contact: eleonora [dot] narvselius [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se