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Newsflash No. 79 - February 17, 2020

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

Contents

 

Graduate School News

Information meeting regarding extensions of student residence permits
Third term information meeting
Digital Methods Training Workshop and Symposium on Social Media Research


News from the Faculty of Social Science

Sociology and Social Anthropology Seminar Series - Street Culture in Nørrebro: Ways in, respect and the street economy
Seminar: Three models of democratic self-defence: militant, procedural, and social
LUCSUS Seminar: Biodiversity and the big picture
Seminar: Sensing Nature from Within: Listen to the Trees and Talk with the Flowers
Seminar on Politics, History and State-Making: Sven-Eric Liedman
Mid-seminar: Simon Davidsson
Urban Creativity Seminar: How graffiti approached, conquered and abandoned Vilnius


Other News

Lecture: The Development Dilemma of the Yellow Tiger (Malaysia) and White Elephant (Thailand)
Lecture: Selling the Silk Road: China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) in Myanmar
Malmö: Lecture "The economic sociology of illicit drug markets"
Malmö: Documentary screening of "Fanon Yesterday, Today" by Hassane Mezine
Intervention and resistance at the infrastructural edges of Empire: International stabilization efforts get stuck in the mud.
Malmö: Migration seminar: Meanings and Psychological Effects of Race, Racism, and Resistance
Security technologies in weak states: How security technologies impact state-society relations
Traineeship with Diplomat Communications Stockholm


Graduate School News

Information meeting regarding extensions of student residence permits
If you will be applying for a residence permit extension for the autumn of 2020. Lund University has arranged sessions to help guide you through the application process. As you know, residence permit applications are handled completely by the Swedish Migration Agency and not by Lund University. However, we have seen that some of our current students have had their extension applications rejected by the Migration Agency for reasons that could have been avoided. Therefore, we would like those of you affected by this to attend the information meeting so that you can be as prepared as possible to make a successful application.  

We will offer several different sessions: 
Students in Helsingborg are welcome to attend our meeting at Campus Helsingborg on Wednesday, March 4, at 4 pm (U203).
For students based elsewhere, we will hold two information meetings in Lund on Thursday, March 5, at 4 pm (Palaestra), and on Friday, March 6, at 3 pm (Palaestra).
Please register for the time slot that you prefer in the registration form.

Third term information meeting
Don't forget to 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.
When: 19th February, 13.15-15:00 
Where: Edens hörsal 

Digital Methods Training Workshop and Symposium on Social Media Research
This workshop focuses on different ways to access and analyze large social media data sets. We will discuss the differences between digital and computational methods, and reflect on their opportunities and limitations. After an introductory lecture, we will explore and try out different tools to access and analyze social media data sets from various platforms. The focus will be on data refining and building structural bird's-eye views to data using approaches such as network analysis. No previous experience on working with social media data is needed. Each participant will bring their own laptop, and links for pre-installation requirements will be provided before the workshop (e.g., Open Refine, Gephi).There will not be programming involved, and therefore no prior knowledge of programming languages is required.

Dr. Salla-Maaria Laaksonen is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Helsinki. Her research uses digital and computational methods to study the hybrid media system, how platforms and datafication are changing communication flows, and how organizations use algorithms and machine learning to exert organizational power. She is an expert in social network analysis and data visualization, and she is Project Coordinator for the Smarter Social Media Analytics project. 

Please register by: 3 April 2020. The workshop is limited to 40 participants, with priority given to students at the Graduate School. Staff are also welcome to apply. 

Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zruucQ3Ey3fvGHwXyLneok9_2nwa-m0RxSwnXfMzM68/edit?ts=5e39827b
When: April 20th - 12:00-17:00
Where: Room R: 236
Contact: Michael Bossetta michael [dot] bossetta [at] eu [dot] lu [dot] se

The workshop is part of a larger symposium focusing on the use of computational methods and experiments in social media research. On April 21st, the day following the workshop, leading international scholars of political communication will present how they approach studying social media and democracy. This event is free to attend, however, space is limited and we expect to fill the seats quickly. If you cannot attend or the event is fully booked, it will also be filmed and distributed on the website of AI Lund shortly after the event. 

Register: http://ai.lu.se/events/registration-20-04-21/
When: 21st April 9:00-17:00
Where: Lilla Salen (AF Borgen)


News from the Faculty of Social Science

 

Sociology and Social Anthropology Seminar Series - Street Culture in Nørrebro: Ways in, respect and the street economy
Hakan Kalkan is an Assistant Professor at Roskilde University, Denmark. Hakan Kalkan's research is focused on disadvantaged neighborhoods, street culture and crime. He is currently embarking on a study on desistance from crime and street culture. This study is a continuation of Shababs, his higher doctoral study in sociology, which was about street culture in Nørrebro, and comprises the basis for this talk.
This presentation is about young men from primarily the ethnoracial minorities, in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, and the street culture that characterizes their life. Based upon several years of ethnographic fieldwork among these young men, this talk will focus on why and how some young men enter into the street field; the status hierarchies and the criterias for recognition in this field, especially violence; the illegal street economy, including similar features of different street economic activities (burglary, street robberies, commercial robberies, dealing of hash and dealing of cocaine).
Time: 20 February 2020 15:15 to 17:00
Location: Room 335, Department of Sociology (House G), Sandgatan 11, Lund
Contact: anna [dot] hedlund [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

Seminar: Three models of democratic self-defence: militant, procedural, and social
Anthoula Malkopoulou, Lund University, will give a talk on "Three models of democratic self-defence: militant, procedural, and social".
Time: 26 February 2020 13:15 to 14:30
Location: Large Conference Room (ED367), Eden, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14, Lund
Contact: annika [dot] bjorkdahl [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

LUCSUS Seminar: Biodiversity and the big picture.
Welcome to a LUCSUS research seminar with Allison Perrigo, Gothenberg University.
Allison Perrigo is the director of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre at Gothenburg University.
Read more about the LUCSUS seminar series 
Time: 27 February 2020 10:15 to 11:15
Location: Wrangel, room 117, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund,
Contact: cecilia [dot] von_arnold [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se

Seminar: Sensing Nature from Within: Listen to the Trees and Talk with the Flowers
The project Sensing Nature from Within is part international art exhibition featuring 12 artists and artist groups, part extensive programme of lectures, talks, and performances. This third seminar will focus on how we can develop more emphathetic relationships with other spieces. And is it possible, that we could eventually overcome language barriers between human and plant? The growing recognition of non-human intelligence and emotion, opens up new possibilities.
The seminar begins with three lectures followed by a moderated discussion between seminar participants and the audience. 
Tobias Linné: Researcher within Critical Animal Studies and senior lecturer of Media and Communication Studies at Lund University. Explores critical anthropomorphism as a method for understanding other species.
Christine Ödlund: Artist with a longstanding interest in non-human intelligence and language barriers between plants and humans.
Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson: Professor emerita at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry. Has headed a group of ecological chemistry researchers, studying how plants and insects interact on a chemical level.

Moderator: Diego Galafassi. Artist and Sustainability Researcher at LUCSUS, Lund University. Involved in the research project Art4SDG which examines the role of art-based methods for reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information visit https://www.modernamuseet.se/malmo/en/event/sensing-nature-from-within-listen-to-the-trees-and-talk-with-the-flowers/
Time: 27 February 2020 15:00
Location: Moderna Museet, Malmö

Seminar on Politics, History and State-Making: Sven-Eric Liedman
Sven-Eric Liedman is a Professor Emeritus of History of Ideas at the University of Gothenburg.
Topic to be announced.
Time: 4 March 2020 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

Mid-seminar: Simon Davidsson
The Higher Research Seminar is the main collective seminar at the Department of Political Science. Welcome!
Simon Davidsson's mid-seminar.
Time: 4 March 2020 13:15 to 14:45
Location: Large Conference Room (ED367), Eden, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14, Lund
Contact: hanna [dot] back [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se 

Urban Creativity Seminar: How graffiti approached, conquered and abandoned Vilnius
Veronika Urbonaitė-Barkauskienė from The Department of Sociology at Lund University.
On the basis of interviews with first and the second wave graffiti writers from Vilnius, Veronika Urbonaitė-Barkauskienė discusses in this seminar the local interpretations of an orthodox graffiti tradition, including the spatial approach and the stylistic conventions. She further addresses the later development of graffiti in 2000-2010, which led to the saturation phase, when unsanctioned inscriptions covered a significant part of central Vilnius. Further, it is discussed how the prevalence of graffiti on the urban landscape induced a strong anti-graffiti campaign in social and traditional media which gradually led to the criminal prosecution of writers and, consequently, radical change in the city's graffiti map over the last decade.
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: 4 March 2020 14:15 to 16:00
Location: LUX:C327, Helgonavägen 3, Lund
Contact: peter [dot] bengtsen [at] kultur [dot] lu [dot] se


Other News

 

Lecture: The Development Dilemma of the Yellow Tiger (Malaysia) and White Elephant (Thailand)
Open lecture with Kamaruddin Abdulsomad
Malaysia and Thailand have achieved very impressive economic growth since the early 1970s. Many observers have predicted that both countries will become the next tiger economies of Asia. The World Bank has claimed that both countries have used market mechanism and minimum state intervention to create economic growth. However, many indicators have showed that the states have played very important role in both economies. Unlike in South Korea and Japan, state intervention in Malaysia and Thailand has created several negative impacts on their economies. This has led to structural problems, technology dependency, inequality in income distribution and increasing rent-seeking activities. As a result, Malaysia and Thailand have been stuck at the middle income trap for a very long time. The aim of this lecture is to give some policy suggestions to both countries on how to get rid of structural weaknessess and get start with a new development strategy which is a more competitive for economic development strategy in the 21st Century.
Time: 20 February 2020 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

Lecture: Selling the Silk Road: China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) in Myanmar
Open lecture with Mads Barbesgaard, Department of Human Geography, Lund University
The BRI is often described as a ‘grand strategy’ led by President Xi Jinping, centrally planned and rolled out by obedient state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The sheer size of the initiative – 136 countries have received US$90 billion in Chinese foreign direct investment and exchanged US$6 trillion in trade with China - can make the BRI appear monolithic and inevitable. However, using a political economy analysis, this talk presents an alternative analysis arguing that the BRI is not a grand strategy, but a broad framework of activities that seek to address a crisis in Chinese capitalism. This is shown concretely through an examination of four BRI projects in Myanmar, detailing their drivers, the multitude of actors involved and the political contestations around them. Mads Barbesgaard has a PhD from the Department of Human Geography, Lund University, where he now teaches. His PhD-dissertation, Landscapes of Dispossession: Multiscalar production of space in Northern Tanintharyi, Myanmar, examined contemporary struggles over control of and access to land and natural resources under Myanmar’s so-called democratic transition. Mads is also a researcher with the Transnational Institute through which he has recently started up work on the Belt and Road Initiative in Myanmar – his interest in the BRI broadly covers the political, economic and environmental implications of BRI-projects particularly across South-East Asia.
Time: 24 February 2020 10:15 to 12:00
Location: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund
Contact: marina [dot] svensson [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se

Malmö: Lecture "The economic sociology of illicit drug markets"
Inaugural lecture for the title of Associate Professor (Bitr. Professor)
lllicit drug distribution has been analyzed since at least the late 1960s but only little research has examined the “market” aspects, the exchange of drugs for money under competition. While economists have formally modelled drug markets as an abstract whole, criminologists have mainly researched individual street-level marketplaces. There is currently no criminological theory of illicit drug markets.
This lecture examines drug markets through the perspectives of institutional- and network-oriented economic sociology. Some of the key questions concern how credits are possible without the market devolving into violence, and why is there so much variation in prices across countries and distribution layers. Economic sociology extends insights from behavioral economics with more emphasis on trust, social relations, embeddedness. This perspective can connect macro and micro levels of analysis and integrate the economic and criminological research in a coherent framework.
When: Monday 24 February, 15:15 - 18:00 
Where: Health and Society building, Jan Waldenströms gata 25, room U306

Malmö: Documentary screening of "Fanon Yesterday, Today" by Hassane Mezine
Who was Frantz Fanon and what is his legacy today? From yesterday to today, filmmaker Hassane Mezine turns his camera towards the women and men who knew and shared privileged moments with this intellectual, political philosopher, psychiatrist and anti-colonial freedom fighter. Although Fanon died in December 1961, his work continues to influence intellectuals and activists today. Those who have not met him in real life testify to his influence on their struggles for liberation and emancipation from neocolonialism.
After the screening, there will be a conversation with the director.
When: Monday 24 February, 15:15 - 17:15 
Where: Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, room C0E11

Intervention and resistance at the infrastructural edges of Empire: International stabilization efforts get stuck in the mud.
What is the relationship between physical terrain, resistance and state-building? This seminar examinines the contestation of state-building projects that involve the drastic rearrangements of material and natural landscapes. 
Such efforts are often presented as benevolent, but infrastructural programs also have a darker side, rooted in the history of empires. This history reveals the built environment as a key site of struggle between rulers who aspired to subject faraway people and places to central control and groups that wanted to escape outside domination.
This seminar explores such struggles around infrastructure through the lens of ‘political ecology’, a perspective that integrates the study of power and resistance with environmental dynamics.
We ask how some forms of terrain—such as swamplands, marshes, mountains and deep forests—are used, made and remade in projects of state-making as well as in efforts to resist, elude, and sabotage such projects.
Comprising two keynote lectures and a roundtable discussion, the seminar will also touch upon larger questions such as, does infrastructure make states? What are the relationships between the friction of terrain and the promises of state-building? Are spaces where people can elude the modern state shrinking or expanding in the hyper-connected but volatile twenty-first century?
Speakers: Sarah Turner, Professor & Geographer, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Alfredo González-Ruibal, Archeologist, Institute of Heritage Studies, Spanish National Research Council (Incipit-CSIC), Louisa Lombard, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Yale University, USA, Naomi Pendle, Research Officer, The London School Of Economics And Political Science, LSE, UK, Galen Murton, Geographer & Assistant Professor, James Madison University, USA, Jan Bachmann, Senior Lecturer, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Peer Schouten, Researcher, DIIS, Denmark
When: Thursday 27 February 2020, 14.30-17.00
Where: DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies, Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 10.00.
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Malmö: Migration seminar: Meanings and Psychological Effects of Race, Racism, and Resistance
Karen L. Suyemoto, Professor, Psychology and Transnational Cultural and Community Studies University of Massachusetts Boston.
Suyemoto is interested in the ways that we create, maintain, and resist systems of oppression within social contexts, and the ways that our positions within these systems affect our psychological worldviews, social relationships (both individual and group), and mental health. Within this interest, her work has focused primarily on racialized oppression, particularly for people of Asian heritage in the United States. In this talk, she aims to briefly describe racialization as the conceptual foundation of her work within multicultural psychology, describing how racialization is a socialization process related to socially created hierarchies of power, privilege, and oppression. Suyemoto will then present an abbreviated overview of the psychological and relational effects of living in a racialized world for people of color and White people in the U.S., effects which have been supported by research in the field (her own and others). She will conclude by describe examples of recent empirical studies focusing on ways that people resist the experience or effects of racialization, with a focus on the role of education in developing that resistance.
When: Thursday 27 February, 14:15 - 16:00 
Where: Niagara, seminar room, floor 9 (gathering for the seminar at 14.05 at the ground floor next to the Reception in Niagara.)
The seminar will be held in English.
More Migrations seminars at www.mau.se/mim

Security technologies in weak states: How security technologies impact state-society relations
Drones and other security technologies are gaining importance in law enforcement. This includes fragile states where the security sector often struggles to control the territory and its people.
Wide range surveillance, biometrics and facial recognition are considered efficient, precise and low-cost both financially and in terms of casualties for the intervener.
But what are the consequences of the increased technological capabilities? How do they influence the relationship between state and society – especially in weak states.
In this event Arthur Holland Michel will draw on his recent book, ‘Eyes in the Sky - The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All’. His talk focuses on the rise of military wide area surveillance.
Katja Lindskov Jacobsen, Senior Researcher at Center for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen will present on security technologies and the use of biometrics in Somalia.
Speakers: Arthur Holland Michel, author of ‘Eyes in the Sky’ and co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, Bard College, USA, Katja Lindskov Jacobsen, Senior Researcher, Center for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen, Maria-Louise Clausen, postdoc, DIIS
Practical information: The seminar will be held in English and livestreamed on diis.dk.
When: Tuesday 3 March 2020, 14.30-16.30
Where: DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies, Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Monday 2 March 2020 at 10.00. Livestream does not require registration.
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Traineeship with Diplomat Communications Stockholm
Diplomat Communications Stockholm has opened their applications for 2020/2021 for those who are interested in business, society and communication and want to test on life as a consultant. Every year, Diplomat Communications enrolls newly graduated students on a paid trainee program in Stockholm.
On January 31, the application for the trainee program 2020/2021 opened, which starts in August. Diplomat is now looking for driven Master / Master's students who are interested in working in the communications industry.
Please note: The application must contain a personal letter (in Swedish) and CV (in Swedish or English).
To apply and for more information: https://diplomatcom.com/diplomat-trainee2020/