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Newsflash No. 83 - April 15, 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

Graduation Ceremony
Reminder: SI
Reminder: third term elective courses
Next online Q&A chat with GS team
‘We are rich in mass graves’: representing a history of violence through Êzîdî poetry

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

Seminar: PhD Mid-term seminar: Identity, Meaning, and Participation in the Radical Left
Seminar "Is peace possible with the Taliban?"
Doctoral Thesis Defense: Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir, Sociology of Law

Other News

UPF Lund: The Dialectic of Gendered Protests in 21st Century India
Malmö: Data Society Research Seminar: Methodologies for Data-Saturated Worlds
Amnesty International: Sustainability Week 2020: Climate science and politics
Malmö: Migration seminar online: MILSA – knowledge based support platform for migration and health


Graduate School News

Graduation Ceremony
A formal decision has been reached concerning this year's graduation ceremony. It is with great sadness that we have to announce that this year's graduation will be cancelled. The Graduate School is currently working towards plans that ensure a replacement event will be made available to those graduating this year. Those affected will be notified of this replacement event once the details become more clear.

Reminder: SI
If you are interested in becoming an SI, be sure to submit your application to lucie [dot] larssonova [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se by April 15th! Find out more here: https://www.graduateschool.sam.lu.se/would-you-like-to-be-a-mentor-for-graduate-schools-first-year-master-students

Reminder: third term elective courses
If you are currently in your second term please ensure that your application via antagning.se is finished. Remember to apply to more than 30 credits worth of courses - it is important to have back-ups since there is no guarantee you will be admitted to your first choice(s)! You must apply to courses even if your third term plan includes fieldwork, internship or exchange studies
The deadline is April 15th

Next online Q&A chat with GS team
 

‘We are rich in mass graves’: representing a history of violence through Êzîdî poetry
Mairéad Smith who graduated from the Middle Eastern Studies Masters' programme in 2019 has had an article published in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. You can read their article online here:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13530194.2020.1746235
The 2014 Êzîdî Genocide caused a rupture in the social fabric of the Iraqi religious Êzîdî minority. A search for meaning in the aftermath of violence has caused a group of Şingalî poets to reconstruct memories of the past through their narration in Arabic prose poetry. A narrative analysis has been used on a selection of poems written and interviews conducted with five poets. I investigate their trauma process through adopting the theory of a cultural trauma, viewing ‘trauma’ from a social constructivist point of view, in an attempt to advance and challenge trauma theory and position the importance of representation in empowering lost voices. Through reconstructing the past in the present, the poets narrate counter-histories which give access to untold experiences which lie outside the narration of a singular event, but instead comprise of stories of the everyday in which violence is embedded. In recounting these memories, the poets serve to historicize their suffering while rebuilding the foundation of the collective and relating themselves to wider communities fostering attachments, solidarity and a critical vision for the future.

News from the Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Seminar: PhD Mid-term seminar: Identity, Meaning, and Participation in the Radical Left
Colm Flaherty is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology.
The aim of the dissertation project is to explore the construction of meaning and both individual and collective identity in radical leftist groups. Specifically, Flaherty is interested in how these processes affect both the form and amount of political participation on a micro (individual), meso (group), and macro (societal) level. The dissertation project, through the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods, looks specifically at radical groups in Sweden and the United States.
Contact Colm Flaherty for a copy of the seminar draft.
Discussants: Ron Eyerman, David Wästerfors
This seminar will be streamed using video conferencing software. 
Time: 16 April 2020 10:00 to 12:00
Location: https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/371653464
Contact: colm [dot] flaherty [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

Seminar "Is peace possible with the Taliban?"
Yves Duval is a member of the Canadian foreign service, who spent most of his career in the Middle East (Gulf, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt). At the end of March 2020, he completed a 17-month assignment in Afghanistan.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. The Taliban reign is vividly remembered for its brutal application of a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, which sowed terror among the population and further impaired an economy already battered by the war against the Soviet occupation. They were eventually forced out of power by a US-led coalition in retaliation for refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil on September 11th, 2001. But that was not the end of the Taliban. They gradually regrouped as a force of resistance and largely succeeded in preventing a government heavily supported by the international community, militarily and financially, to establish its authority across the country. Today, the Taliban are stronger and control more territory than ever since 2001. The US and its allies have come to the conclusion that there is no military solution, consequently, the US officially entered into negotiations with the Taliban in the fall of 2018, which culminated with the signing of a US-Taliban deal entitled: Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan.
This presentation will begin with a short recapitulation of the geographic, ethnic and regional fundamentals shaping politics in Afghanistan. It will describe the milestones along the path that led to the conclusion of the Agreement to Bring Peace for Afghanistan. Then it will dive into its content to underlined the challenges that lies ahead of a sustainable peace in Afghanistan. The presentation will be followed by questions and comments from the participants.
Contact: hanna [dot] geschewski [at] sasnet [dot] lu [dot] se or maria [dot] lofstedt [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se
Time: 21 April 2020 15:00
Location: Online
Contact: hanna [dot] geschewski [at] sasnet [dot] lu [dot] se


Doctoral Thesis Defense: Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir, Sociology of Law
Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir is a PhD candidate at the Sociology of Law Department
This doctoral thesis defense will in part be conducted digitally, with certain parties participating via video conferencing software. The thesis defense will be broadcast on Lund University's Youtube channel.
Decentring Criminal Law: Understandings of Justice by Victim-Survivors of Sexual Violence and its Implications for Different Justice Strategies
Download and read the thesis
Main Supervisor: Reza Banakar
Supervisors: Karl Dahlstrand & Isabel Schoultz
Chairperson: Associate Professor Måns Svensson
Discussant: Professor Clare McGlynn, Durham University. Law School
Examining Committee: Professor Liz Kelly, London Metropolitan University; Professor Heini Kainulainen, University of Turku; Professor emeritus Håkan Hydén, Lund University
Time: 24 April 2020 14:15
Location: Youtube: https://youtu.be/_ivfkPf9HNA
Contact: karl [dot] dahlstrand [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se
 

Other News

 

UPF Lund: The Dialectic of Gendered Protests in 21st Century India
Join our first WEBINAR with Dr. Amrita Ghosh discussing "The Dialectic of Gendered Protests in 21st Century India: Citizenship Amendment Act and Kashmir"
Dr. Amrita Ghosh has a Masters in English from Rutgers University, NJ and a PhD in Postcolonial literature and theory, specializing in Partition Literature, from Drew University, New Jersey, USA. She has had a fellowship at Cornell University, Critical Theory School during summer 2008. In her doctoral dissertation, she studies the representation of borders and border crossings by human and nonhuman subjects in the aftermath of the Partition and how such Partition narratives rewrite the nation-state through the border subjects. She is currently completing her postdoc from Linnaeus University, Center of Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. In January 2020, she joined SASNET at Lund University as an affiliated researcher working on contemporary topics on South Asia, like Kashmir, postcoloniality and legacies of colonialism, subaltern protests, gender and violence in South Asia.
When: Wednesday 15th April 2020 19:00–20:00
More information: https://sv-se.facebook.com/events/220050389230352/

Malmö: Data Society Research Seminar: Methodologies for Data-Saturated Worlds
Social Life of Methods in Digital Times
The Data Society research program aims to advance the studies of digitalisation and datafication as pivotal change agents today. They seek not only to understand these change agents but also to apply this understanding to effect positive social change. The program focuses on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development.
During this research seminar we will discuss two papers (see below) that engage with methods as objects of inquiry and as routes toward interdisciplinary dialogue. Please read the papers and prepare questions/comments that relates to your previous/ongoing/planned research as well as your disciplinary background (or other kinds of questions if you want). Martin Berg will introduce the papers and moderate the discussion.
Savage, M. (2013). The ‘Social Life of Methods’: A Critical Introduction. Theory, Culture & Society, 30(4), 3–21. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276413486160
Ruppert, E., Law, J., & Savage, M. (2013). Reassembling Social Science Methods: The Challenge of Digital Devices. Theory, Culture & Society, 30(4), 22–46. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276413484941
When: Thursday 16 April, 13:00 - 14:30
Where: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/901458824

Amnesty International: Sustainability Week 2020: Climate science and politics
Climate science and politics - inaction and denialism as the political and economic response.
The climate emergency requires fast, comprehensive and unprecedented political action and mobilization to avert a devastating ecological collapse. And yet, so little is happening. The threats of climate change have been known for a long time, but political and economic forces have used propaganda, disinformation, and lies to discredit science and stop meaningful actions.
Lennart Olsson, Professor of Geography, founder and former director of LUCSUS and coordinating lead author of chapters in IPCC’s reports on climate change, delivers a lecture on the politics of climate change and the rejection of climate science. In his lecture, he will cover the scientific consensus on climate change, its opposition from the anti-climate change movement and the deliberate attempts to delay action from economic actors. He will also talk about the climate movement, signs of hope, and reflections of what the future might look like.
The event is organized by the Amnesty International Lund, Business & Human Rights Group, a group dedicated to motivate and inspire people to take meaningful action on the climate crisis. No registration is needed for this event.
This event is part of Sustainability Week 2020. Please find more information on the main websites: https://www.hallbarhet.lu.se/hallbarhetsveckan-2020 https://www.sustainability.lu.se/sustainability-week-2020
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1075038492830913/
When: Tuesday, 21 April 2020 from 15:00-16:30 UTC+02
Where: Magle Stora Kyrkogata 4

Malmö: Migration seminar online: MILSA – knowledge based support platform for migration and health
Slobodan Zdravkovic is associate professor in public health, epidemiology, at Malmö University
MILSA, a knowledge-based support platform for migration and health, is devoted to producing and supporting methodological development conducive to a health-promoting and inclusive reception of newly arrived migrants in the Swedish society. MILSA was set up in 2008, and since then various pragmatic research programmes have been developed in order to produce knowledge on how the health perspective could be strengthened in the reception and integration process of asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants. The research within MILSA is oriented towards both the integration system and the needs of newly arrived migrants, and it is carried out in a broad collaboration between different universities and multi-level agencies that work with newly arrived migrants. MILSA is a part of Partnership Skåne.
The seminar will be held in English and online, if you would like to listen to it, send an email to anna [dot] andren [at] mau [dot] se.
When: Thursday 23 April, 14:15 - 16:00
More Migrations seminars at www.mau.se/mim