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Newsflash No. 77, January 22, 2020

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

Content

Graduate School News

Language courses for Persian and Arabic
Methods electives information meeting
Interested in Exchange Studies? 
Third term information meeting

News from the Faculty of Scoial Sciences

PhD Student positions: Queer/trans studies in a Global World; Gender, Labour and Livelihood in a Global World
Seminar: The current protest movement in Lebanon with Matthew Heinrichs
LUCSUS Seminar: How to value nature? Debates on plural valuation of biodiversity 
Seminar: Youth labor in transition: Inequalities, mobility and policies in Europe
Thesis defence: Sanna Stålhammar
Seminar: Marylène Gagné: “Quality of work motivation matters more than quantity”
Seminar: Magnus Rasmussen on the Bolshevik origins or social policy 
Lecture: Learning from History in Diplomacy 
Seminar: Turkey: Natives’ Use of Urban Public Spaces after Refugee Influx
Seminar: Erik Melander on the Peace Continuum 

Other News

Migration Seminar at Malmö University: Social class, culture and transnational migration - conceptual remarks
Lecture: Manga Aging: On Popular Media and Japanese Society 
Seminar in Copenhagen: Large-scale investments, conflicts and rights in Africa
Seminar in Copenhagen: Brazil under Bolsonaro

Graduate School News
 

Language courses: Persian and Arabic
Please note that the following application information is for new applicants only; you are not required to apply to keep your place on a course.
Persian: The language training course in Persian is accepting new students at both the beginner and intermediate levels. Apply using the link below, and Mehdi Ghavideldostkohi (mehdi [dot] ghavideldostkohi [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se), the language training expert, will be in touch with information about taking the entry test. The last day to apply is 27 January, 2020.
Apply here: https://www.graduateschool.sam.lu.se/form/application-for-persian-language-courses
Modern Standard Arabic: The language training course in Modern Standard Arabic only accepting new students who have previous demonstrable experience with the language, for all three levels on offer (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). If you are interested in applying to join one of these three courses, please contact Rafah Barhoum, the language training expert, directly at rafah [dot] barhoum [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se. She will determine if your previous experience fits into one of the three courses, so do provide any documentation or information about personal previous experience with the language when you contact her. 
For more information on either course: https://www.graduateschool.sam.lu.se/education/course-catalogue/language-courses-in-arabic-and-persian
As a reminder, these courses are voluntary, non-credit bearing, and supplemental to your programme studies. You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course indicating your eventual participation. The courses are open to all students and staff at the Faculty, so do let your peers outside of Graduate School who might be interested know how to apply! Graduate School students will be prioritised in the application round, of course.
Finally, we do not recommend or allow taking both courses at the same time; in most cases, their schedules could very well conflict. Should the language courses conflict with your primary programme studies, your enrolled programme courses should take priority and it is your responsibility to negotiate any make-up work in the language courses, if they allow it. For specific questions about attendance, please contact the language training expert of the course you are interested in.
 

Methods electives information meeting

Now that the spring semester is here, it will soon be time to look into your options for theory and methods courses offered in the second half of the spring semester. We will be holding an information meeting about the course selection on Monday, February 3rd and the course application will open on the following day, February 4th. 

Time: February 3rd, 15:00 sharp
Location: Edens hörsal
 

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.

Who can apply? You are eligible to apply for exchange studies via the Faculty of Social Sciences if you are registered and active as a full-time student at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University  at the time of application and if you have achieved at least 30 higher education credits in Social Sciences. You have to have studied two terms full-time studies at Lund University at the time of the mobility period.

How do I apply? You apply online and the application should include a Statement of Purpose, a CV and a preliminary study plan.

When do I apply? The application for studies during Autumn 2020 or Spring 2021 is open 1-20 February

Information meeting in English about Exchange studies and how to apply:

Date:  4 February, at 12.15 - 13.00
Location: R:236, Gamla Kirurgen, Building R, Sandgatan 13A-B, Lund (map)

Questions? Please contact the International Office at outgoing [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se.

Drop in (no appointment necessary): Please see our website for updated information: http://www.sam.lu.se/en/education/exchange-studies/outgoing-exchange-students. Find us at Gamla Kirurgen, Sandgatan 3, ground floor, room 142. A list of Universities you can apply to is available when the application opens:http://www.sam.lu.se/en/education/exchange-studies/outgoing-exchange-students/how-to-apply-for-exchange-studies/how-to-apply.
 

Third term information meeting

Join us on February 19th, at 13:15, at Eden auditorium for an information session on elective courses, internships and your other third term options.

Time: February 19th, 13.15-15.00
Location: Edens hörsal
 

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

PhD Student positions: Queer/trans studies in a Global World; Gender, Labour and Livelihood in a Global World

The PhD programme runs full time and the student will pursue the requirements of the PhD degree and actively participate in department activities.The position as a PhD student is a four-year full time employment that may require teaching or other departmental work up to 20%, which may lengthen the overall duration of the position to maximum five years.
The Department of Gender Studies has a well-established tradition of working within the fields of Queer and Trans studies. The call is open for research applications that is both located and inspired by these two academic fields. The department welcomes research proposals that bridge the local with the national, regional and transnational. The department invites research proposals that further develop these traditions with a theorization of both the political, socio economic, institutional, spatial and cultural gender regulations and norms and forms of individual and collective resistance, transgression and subversion. 
Eligibility: Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who have completed a second-cycle degree, have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad. Special eligibility for admission to postgraduate education in Gender Studies is completed course requirements of at least 30 credits in Gender Studies at advanced level, of which at least 15 credits consist of graduate work at advanced level or equivalent knowledge acquired within or outside the country. The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.
The application must contain:
- Research plan, regarding the proposed area of research (max 5 pages excluding references). 
- Personal letter, CV and diploma. 
- Contact information from two references. 
- Essays/other publications possibly other qualifications relevant to the employment.
Last application date: 15 March 2020
Contact: anna [dot] melin_iqbal [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se  lena [dot] karlsson [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se 
For more information: Queer/trans studies in a Global World: https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:310698/type:job/where:4/apply:1
Gender, Labour and Livelihood in a Global World: https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:310684/type:job/where:4/apply:1 


LUCSUS Seminar: How to value nature? Debates on plural valuation of biodiversity 
Welcome to a LUCSUS seminar with Erik Gomez Baggethun (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Berta Martín-López (Leuphana University) and Henrik Thorén (University of Helsinki and visiting research fellow at LUCSUS). 
The seminar will be moderated by Mine Islar, LUCSUS.
Time: 23 January 2020 14:00 to 16:00
Location: Wrangel 117, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund
Contact: cecilia [dot] vonarnold [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information: https://www.lucsus.lu.se/research/lucsus-seminars 

Seminar: Youth labor in transition: Inequalities, mobility and policies in Europe
Janine Leschke is professor MSO in Comparative Labour Market Analysis at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business at Copenhagen Business School.
Youth transitions to employment have become increasingly protracted, precarious and differentiated by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status and this has been exacerbated by the economic crisis. This presentation draws on selected chapters of the edited OUP volume “Youth Labor in Transition” by O’Reilly, Leschke, Ortlieb, Seeleib-Kaiser and Villa which examines young people’s integration into employment, alongside the decisions and consequences of migrating to find work. A specific focus is placed on key policy challenges for the future related to issues such as NEETs and social protection of young people at unemployment. This illustrates the need to encompass a wider understanding of youth employment and job insecurity in Europe in order to identify effective policy interventions. 
Time: 23 January 2020, 15:15 to 17:00
Location: Room 335, Department of Sociology (House G), Sandgatan 11, Lund
Contact: jan [dot] mewes [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information: https://www.soc.lu.se/en/event/sociology-and-social-anthropology-seminar-series-youth-labor-in-transition-inequalities-mobility-and-policies-in-europe

Thesis defence: Sanna Stålhammar
Sanna Stålhammar will defend her Thesis Reconnecting with nature through concepts: On the construction of values in the ecosystem services paradigm, on the 24th of January 2020.
Opponent: Berta Martín-López, Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg, Germany
Supervisor: Anne Jerneck (main supervisor) and Henrik Thorén
Time: 24 January 2020, 10:15
Location: Ostrom, Josephson, LUCSUS, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund
Contact: cecilia [dot] vonArnold [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information: https://www.lucsus.lu.se/event/theses-defence-sanna-stalhammar 

Seminar: Marylène Gagné: “Quality of work motivation matters more than quantity”
Public work- and organization-psychological seminar with Marylène Gagné, Curtin University, Australia.
Dr. Marylène Gagné is best known for her work in the fields of work motivation. She is the pioneer of the application of self-determination theory (SDT), which many consider among the most influential motivation theories in I-O psychology. Dr. Gagné has published over 70 refereed articles and book chapters covering fields as diverse as volunteer motivation, sports coaching, and family business succession.
Time: 29 January 2020, 10:00 to 12:00
Location: Department of Psychology, P124
Contact: tomas [dot] jungert [at] psy [dot] lu [dot] se

Seminar: Magnus Rasmussen on the Bolshevik origins or social policy 
Magnus Rasmussen, University of Oslo, will give a talk on "The Bolshevik origins or social policy".
Time: 29 January 2020, 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

Lecture: Learning from History in Diplomacy 
Christer Jönsson is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science 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 the Centre for European Studies, Lund University, Royal Society of Letters at Lund, and Fahlbeck Foundation, Lund.
Time: 31 January 2020, 13:15 to 15:00
Location: LUX:C126
Contact: klas-goran [dot] karlsson [at] hist [dot] lu [dot] se

Seminar: Turkey: Natives’ Use of Urban Public Spaces after Refugee Influx
Ezgi Irgil is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. Her research is broadly focused on the relationship between host community members, refugees, and local authorities at the city level. 
Ezgi Irgil introduces a new concept called spatial strategies in delineating natives’ behaviours towards refugees further expanding the attitudinal studies. Based on the right to the city theory and inter-ethnic threat theory, They argue that natives adopt these strategies depending on (a) natives’ recognition of Syrians’ use of urban public spaces, and (b) natives’ perspectives on whether they can avoid exposure to Syrians in urban public spaces. They conducted sixty semi-structured interviews with native residents in Bursa, Turkey, to provide original and unique qualitative empirical material.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3586196464754395/
Time: 4 February 2020, 12:00 to 13:00
Location: CMES Finngatan 16

Seminar: Erik Melander on the Peace Continuum 
Erik Melander, Uppsala University, will give a talk on "The Peace Continuum".
Time: 5 February 2020, 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


Other News and Events


Migration Seminar at Malmö University: Social class, culture and transnational migration - conceptual remarks
Magdalena Nowicka is professor of migration and transnationalism at the Humboldt-University to Berlin and Head of Department Integration at DeZIM-Institute (German Center for Integration and Migration Research). 
In her talk Nowicka will share with the participants the preliminary ideas for a book which is work in progress. She is interested in how to conceptualise social class and culture in a transnational space. Two approaches to studying of culture and social class are established in sociology: the first one, a rather conventional treatment, considers culture as instrument of status distinction; the second one asks how culture connects the individual-level processes to macro-level structures of social inequality. While both offer a useful analytical vocabulary to understand reproduction of social class structure, both tend to treat culture as something universal. The conventional social inequality research, on the other hand, considers social class in nation-state/welfare-state contexts. Nowicka wants to address this mis-match of framing of culture and social class. Taking a transnational lens, she argues for a more dynamic model of reproduction of social class as a trans-cultural praxis. I illustrate my argument with examples from a longitudinal qualitative study with Polish migrants in the UK and Germany.
Time: 23 January 2020, 14:15 to 16:00
Location: Niagara Seminar Room, Floor 9. Malmö University 
For more information: https://mau.se/en/calendar/migration-seminar-social-class-culture-and-transnational-migration--conceptual-remarks/ 


Lecture: Manga Aging: On Popular Media and Japanese Society 
Open lecture with Professor Jaqueline Berndt, Stockholm University.
Manga, as serial graphic narrative, is turning into an aging media with respect to readership, technology, and business model, at least in Japan. But this holds also a potential, namely, to exceed established taste communities and increase, for example, age diversity. My talk uses the case of the recently booming subgenre of senior-centered manga, or ‘granny comics,’ to introduce manga research, drawing special attention to the interrelating of popular media and Japanese society within Japanese studies. Considering the positionality of the media texts in question, it discusses how the inclusion of the elderly as characters and readers relates to manga’s system of gendered genres.
Time: 27 January 2020, 15:15 to 17:00
Location: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Asia Library, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund
Contact: marina [dot] svensson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se
For more information: https://www.ace.lu.se/event/manga-aging-on-popular-media-and-japanese-society
 
Seminar in Copenhagen: Large-scale investments, conflicts and rights in Africa
Over the past decade, large-scale investments in natural resources in African countries have increased dramatically. Investments may stimulate economic growth, but they also often generate conflicts. Contestations are articulated by a multitude of actors who assign different values to the resources. Business and state actors often prevail and may end up violating the rights of local populations. This can lead to severe social protests and political instability. At times, investments are not implemented due to local resistance. But does it always have to be this way?
This seminar is about the politics of large-scale natural resource investments in Africa. Jesse Ovadia, Associate Professor at University of Windsor in Canada, presents a recent study on the impact of new-found oil wealth in South-Western Ghana. He suggests that rural displacement and urban gentrification have become the costs of speculative “oil city projects” and “petro-industrial hubs”. He is followed by Lars Buur, Associate professor at Roskilde University, who presents the outcome of a five-year research programme, the Hierarchy of Rights, which has researched the relation between investments and rights in African countries. He draws on eight cases of investments into oil, mining and agriculture in Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda to develop a model that can help explain whether and how the rights of local populations are accommodated during investment processes and how this affects implementation.
Time: 28 January 2020, 10:00 to 12:00
Location: Auditorium Danish Institute for International Studies , Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen
For more information: https://www.diis.dk/en/event/large-scale-investments-conflicts-and-rights-in-africa

Seminar in Copenhagen: Brazil under Bolsonaro
Bolsonaro led a controversial election campaign and has also proved a controversial leader during his first year in office.Among the controversies are the praise of the military dictatorship and critique of democratic institutions. With Bolsonaro’s rise to power, the military has gained new influence in Brazilian politics and prominent seats in government.
Another area of controversy is the environment. 2019 was marked by several environmental tragedies in Brazil, most notably the fires in the Amazon. This made evident the lack of political support and funding for environmental protection and the government’s new development agenda.Public support for Bolsonaro and his government has steadily declined since he took office. It remains historically low at around 30 percent, yet this support seems to have stabilised and far-right supporters have gained political space. Who are his supporters and who are the actors on Brazil’s far-right?
In this seminar on Brazil under Bolsonaro, we examine current developments in Brazil, focusing on Brazil’s far-right, rising militarisation and environmental degradation.
Time: 30 January 2020, 14:00 to 16:15
Location: Auditorium Danish Institute for International Studies , Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen
For more information: https://www.diis.dk/en/event/brazil-bolsonaro