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Newsflash No. 3, October 22, 2015

Graduate School’s Newsflash

Contents:

News from Graduate School & Social Sciences

  • Soup Lunch at Graduate School/ Nov. 10th

  • Winners of Student Handbook Quiz

  • Doctoral Thesis Defense: Same-Sex Sexualities and Recognition in Contemporary India/ Oct. 28th

  • Seminar “The Legality of Transsexual Gender identity in Contemporary Iran”/ Oct. 28th

  • KOM-Seminar series: Annette Hill - Spectrum of Engagement: producers and audiences for crime drama The Bridge/ Oct 28th

  • Seminar “The Historical Roots of Quality of Government: The Role of Gender Equality”/ Oct. 29th

  • Research seminar series: Emergent citizen groups and local risk analysis/ Nov 2nd

  • Seminar “Positivism and radical hermeneutics – A concrete example”/ Nov 3rd

  • Seminar “Politics, History & Statemaking: A critique of cultural history”/ Nov. 4th

  • Seminar on teaching on gender issues in political science/ Nov. 4th

  • Research seminar featuring Michael Hall/ Nov. 9th

  • Invited Speakers in Human Geography: Juliet J. Fall/ Nov. 9th

  • Debate in Lund/ Nov.10th

  • Public defense of doctoral thesis- Psychology/ Nov.10th

  • Seminar “Shifting Ethnic Self Identification among Young Immigrants in Sweden”/ Nov. 10th

  • Faculty of Social Sciences Career Day for PhD students/ Nov. 12th

  • Seminar “Outside the multicultural: Palestinian narratives and solidarity”/ Nov. 12th

  • Research seminar series: “As agriculture continues to move away from the land…” /Nov. 16th

  • Seminar “Back from Hell. Marked for ever? Trajectory of a Dalit caste in South India during half a century”/ Nov. 17th

  • Seminar on “Reclaiming Narrative, Reclaiming Power”/ Nov. 18th

  • Guest Talk “Small Towns, Rural Transformations and Food Consumption in the Global South”/ Nov. 23rd

External news/events

  • SASNET seminar on Biofuel Development in India/ Oct. 23rd

  • An introduction to entrepreneurship/ Oct. 28th

  • Costume Karaoke! / Oct.29th

  • Visit to Alfa Laval Headquarter/ Nov.12th

  • The Vice-Chancellor’s Seminar on LU: A new strategic plan/ Nov. 25th

 

Call for Papers & Grants & Events

  • Application: The Climate-KIC, Greenhouse Programme

  • Video Competition /deadline Nov. 9th.

 

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News from Graduate School & Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Soup Lunch at Graduate School

Autumn has revealed itself and winter is just around the corner. If this is your first winter in Scandinavia, you may be surprised at some of the changes around and within you. And even if you’ve been living here all your life, you may still be grappling with some of those murky feelings that can accompany the imminent cold darkness.  We therefore invite you to come join us for some vegetarian soup and salad, also a representative from Student Health and the Student Chaplain will be there to talk about their work and the ways they can support you. This invitation goes out to several international master’s programmes at the faculty, and we hope you will take this opportunity to come in from the cold, warm up your bellies, and meet some of your fellow students while learning about some of the support that is here.

 

Date: Nov. 10th

Location: Student Lounge in Gamla Kirurgen (House R).

Time:15:00pm-13:00pm

To sign up, please fill in the form no later than Sunday, Nov 8th here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1R-O6uddDq35boQPY3M8p3KIfcMXtLkpcEJXj9speab4/viewform

 

If you have signed up and realize that you will no longer be able to attend, please send an email to shoshana.iten [at] sam.lu.se so we order the right amount of food.

 

  • Winners of Student Handbook Quiz

We are finally ready to announce the much anticipated winners of the Student Handbook quiz. The questions were tough, and some of you were very close, but we also need to follow strict rules and regulations. The winners of this year’s Student Handbook Quiz are:

  • Rahel Weldeab Sebhatu,Global Studies

  • Sulemana Umar, Development Studies

Please come by the Student Reception Desk (Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-13) to pick up your prize.

Unfortunately, there were no winners for the Social Studies of Gender students.

 

  • Doctoral Thesis Defense: “Same-Sex Sexualities and Recognition in Contemporary India”

 

Maria Tonini from the Department of Gender Studies, Lund University will defend her Ph.D. manuscript on Same-Sex Sexualities and Recognition in Contemporary India on October 28th.

 

Seminar Opponent:Professor Don Kulick, Dept. of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago & Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University.

 

Date: 28th October 2015

Time:10:00am -2:30pm

Location:  Room 226, Department of Gender studies, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14, Hus M, Lund.

For more information, please click here.

 

  • Seminar “The Legality of Transsexual Gender identity in Contemporary Iran”

 

Zara Saeidzadeh (alumnus from Social Studies of Gender), Research Officer, Lund University, Sociology of Law will present this seminar.

 

Title of seminar: “The legality of Sex Change and Reconstruction of Transsexual Identity in Contemporary Iran”

 

The Islamic government in Iran has legalized transsexual surgeries and introduced a legal process which leads to medical intervention in transsexual cases. This has allowed thousands of Iranian men and women to undergo sex change every year. This paper explores the social and legal discourses on sex change and transsexuality in Iran in order to examine if the legalization of sex change surgery has legitimized transsexual identity within law and society. The discourse on "gender identity disorder" in connection with sex change started in Iran in the 1960s, but has gained prominence among doctors, legal scholars and jurists in recent decades after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

 

This study describes how Islamic jurisprudence operates in order to generate legal rules through its internal and self-referential communication within the legal framework of Shari’a. Sex change surgery is allowed through juristic legal opinion in response to the existing social facts and norms, on the one hand, and structural cooperation with medical system, on the other. This has amounted to legally constructed “misrecognition” of transsexuals’ identity in society. Using semi-structured interviews, this essay explores how Iranian transsexuals understand and define their gender identity, while embracing modern interpretation of Islamic rules in relation to gender and sexuality. The results of the research show that although transsexuality, as an identity in its own right, is not legally recognized in Iran, sex change surgery is nevertheless permitted by fatwa. However, transsexuals’ narratives demonstrate strong agency of Iranian youth in reconstruction of gender identity through reconceptualization of Islamic laws.

 

Finally, the study throws light on the role of surgeons, who play a vital part in mediating the relationships of transsexuals with their families to jettison the heavy weight of stigma attached to the “trans status”. Moreover, transsexuals being aware of pathologization of their gender identities use this as a strategy to overcome social pressure. That is to say, the interviews show an increasing level of self-knowledge among young transsexuals, while giving cause to question the forceful heteronormalization by the government through surgery.

 

Date:Oct. 28th

Time: 13.15-16

Location: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, 223 62 Lund, Hus M, vån. 3, rum M331.

 

More information can be found here.

 

  • KOM-Seminar series (Media and Communication)

Oct 28th: Annette Hill - Spectrum of Engagement: producers and audiences for crime drama The Bridge

Time: 1-3 pm

Location: Faculty club at SOL-Center

 

An overview of the KOM series can be found here.

 

  • Seminar “The Historical Roots of Quality of Government: The Role of Gender Equality”

The Sociology Seminar Series/ The Historical Roots of Quality of Government: The Role of Gender Equality by Amy Alexander/ Lecturer in Political Sociology, University of Gothenburg.

 

Date: 29th, October 2015

Location: Conference room 1, The Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, House G, Lund

Time: 15:15- 17:00

Contact: christopher.swader [at] soc.lu.se ()

For more information, see here.

  • Research seminar series: “Emergent citizen groups and local risk analysis”

Nicklas Guldåker presents this seminar.

Date: Nov. 2nd

Time: 12:00-13:00

Location: Rio (rum 430, vån. 4), Geocentrum 1, Sölvegatan 10.

For more information, see here.  

 

  • Seminar “Positivism and radical hermeneutics – A concrete example”

Mathias Abelin presents ”Positivism and radical hermeneutics – A concrete example”.

 

Date: Nov. 3rd

Time: 12-13

Location: Conference room 1, Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, Hus G, Lund

For more information, see here.

 

  • Seminar “Politics, History & Statemaking: A critique of cultural history”

Erik Ringmar presents a paper which provides a first stab at a question of historiography: to what extent is is possible to recover the lived experiences of people of the past?  And if it is possible, how should it be done? He argues that the discipline known as "cultural history" is not up to the task. In the paper he sketches a line of possible criticism, drawing inspiration from recent recent work by Charles Taylor and Herbert Dreyfus, which juxtaposes cultural history and a phenomenological understanding of lived experiences.

 

Date: November 4

Time: 12.00 (sharp!) to 13.00

Location: ED367 Large Conference Room, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund

More information can be found here.

 

  • Seminar “Teaching on Gender Issues in Political Science”

Maria Wendt and Cecilia Åse, from Stockholm University, will present their experiences with teaching on gender issues in political science. This research seminar is part of the activities of the department's action plan on gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity.

 

Chair: Annica Kronsell

Date: Nov. 4th

Time: 13.15-15

Location: Ed367 Stora konferensrummet, Eden, Paradisgatan 5, hus H, Lund

More information can be found here.

 

  • Research seminar featuring Michael Hall

Welcome to an open research seminar with Professor Michael Hall on ”Publication strategies and the changing impact of the number’s game.”

 

Date: November 9th,  2015

Time:10:00- 12:00

Location: Stora konferens rummet, Department of Political Science, building Eden, Lund

  • Invited Speakers in Human Geography: Juliet J. Fall

Professor Juliet J. Fall (Département de géographie et environnement, Université de Genève) presents a seminar entitled “"Living cities: Biosecurity in the neoliberal city".

 

Date: Nov. 9th

Time: 13:15

Location: Sky High (vån. 5), Geocentrum 1, Sölvegatan 10

 

More information can be found here.

 

  • Debate in Lund November 10

Welcome to attend next week’s Debate in Lund on The new scramble for Africa’s resources – looting or development?  The debate will be held in English.

 

The outside world has its eye increasingly set on Africa. Farming lands and new discoveries of oil, gas and minerals have made the continent interesting again – not only for former colonial powers and the United States but also China and India. Under the motto “trade no aid”, Africa’s poor are to be lifted by trade rather than aid.Meanwhile, history shows that rich natural resources easily become a curse. Instead of creating jobs, better education and healthcare, large export revenues often lead to corruption, conflict and to countries becoming dependent on raw materials.

 

Who are the winners and who are the losers in the new scramble for Africa’s resources? Who ensures that the fortunes will benefit the citizens themselves, and what is required for a broad community development?

These issues will be discussed at a panel debate in Lund on 10 November.

 

Panelists include:

Margaret C Lee, leading Africa researcher and author of “The 21st Century Scramble for Africa”

Nnimmo Bassey, was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2010 for discoveries about the humanitarian and ecological disaster as a result of the Nigerian oil industry.

Erik Esbjörnsson, Africa correspondent for Dagens Nyheter

Fredrik Segerfeldt, has written reports on development issues, and works at the think tank Timbro

Read more at the Debate in Lund Facebook page.

 

Date: November 10th,  2015

Time:20:00

Location:Café Athen, AF-borgen, Sandgatan 2, Lund (The café opens at 19:00)

 

  • Public Defense of doctoral thesis, Psychology

 

Ingrid Tonning Olsson -”Beyond Survival - Cognition after Pediatric Brain Tumor”. Faculty opponent: Professor Ann-Charlotte Smedler, Stockholm University.

 

Date: Nov. 10th

Location: LUX auditorium, Helgonavägen 3, Lund.

Time: 10:00am- 13:15pm

More information: http://lup.lub.lu.se/record/8047156

 

  • Seminar “Shifting Ethnic Self Identification among Young Immigrants in Sweden”

PhD candidate Gökhan Kaya from the Department of Sociology leads this seminar

 

Date: Nov 10th

Time: 12-13

Location: Conference Room 1, Department of Sociology, Paradisgatan 5, Hus G, Lund

For more information, see here.

 

  • Faculty of Social Sciences Career Day for PhD students

All Faculty PhD students are invited to the November 12 Career Day. Invited speakers will give short lectures on career opportunities inside and outside the academy. A panel debate concludes the Career Day. The complete programme will be notified later. The Career Day will be held in English.

 

Date: Nov. 12th

Location: Edebalksalen, Socialhögskolan, Bredgatan 26, Lund

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 A.M.

 

  • Seminar “Outside the multicultural: Palestinian narratives and solidarity”

 

Rafeef Ziadah, Postdoctoral fellow, SOAS, University of London, will present this seminar.

 

Date: Nov. 12th

Time: 15:15-17

Location: Conference room 1, Department of Sociology, Lund University, Lund

More information can be found here.

  • Research seminar series: “As agriculture continues to move away from the land…”

A seminar with post. doc. Erik Jönsson entitled “As agriculture continues to move away from the land…”: On in vitro-produced food as planetary reorganization.

 

Date: Nov 16th

Time: 12:00-13:00

Location: Rio (rum 430, vån. 4), Geocentrum 1, Sölvegatan 10

 

More information can be found here.

 

  • Seminar “Back from Hell. Marked for ever? Trajectory of a Dalit caste in South India during half a century”

Staffan Lindberg will present this seminar.

 

Date: Nov. 17th

Time: 12-13

Location: Conference room 1, Department of Sociology, Lund University, Lund

More information can be found here.

 

  • Seminar on “Reclaiming Narrative, Reclaiming Power”

“Habib(t)iQ is driven by Swedish LGBTQI Initiative – Syd (SQI-Syd). The project examines sexuality, culture and identity in Middle East and Sweden. Considering that identity is fluid and consists of different layers, these layers shape our lives, struggles, culture, religion, ethnicity and legal status. These layers sometimes intersect and sometimes conflict and that is why we are trying to document some of these intersections and conflicts.”

 

Yahia Saleh, vice chair, Svenskt Hbtq Initiativ - SQI-syd

 

Date: Nov. 18th

Location: Room 226, Department of Gender Studies, House M

Time: 15:15- 17:00

Contact: irene.pelayo [at] genus.lu.se ()

For more information, please click here.

 

  • Guest Talk on “Small Towns, Rural Transformations and Food Consumption in the Global South”

Cecilia Tacoli Principal researcher, Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development, London will be giving a seminar. Cecilia will be speaking on the topic “Small towns, rural transformations and food consumption in the Global South.”

The seminar is followed by coffee and cake.

 

Date: November 23rd, 2015

Location: Sky High, fifth floor at the Department of Human Geography, Sölvegatan 10.

Time: 13.15

More information can be found here.

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External news/events

 

  • SASNET seminar on Biofuel Development in India

PhD candidate Shveta Soam from the DBT-IOC Advanced Bioenergy Research Centre in Faridabad, India, holds a public SASNET lecture focusing on biofuel development in India. 
Shveta, basically a botanist and environmentalist, is currently a guest researcher at the Division of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University, funded by a SASNET South Asian short-term fellowship. Her presentation is entitled ”Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels in India and its Impact on Indian Biofuel Programme”, and takes its starting point in the decision by the Government of India in 2009 to mandate a 10 p.c. ethanol blending target across 20 states and four union territories, and its proposal to replace fossil based gasoline and diesel by using 20 p.c. biofuels by 2017.

 

Date: October 23rd, 2015

Location: Lecture hall G, Chemical Centre, Sölvegatan 39, entrance B.

Time: 10.30–12.00

For more information, please click here.

 

  • An Introduction to Entrepreneurship

 

Meet up with VentureLab and learn about entrepreneurship. This inspirational lecture will provide you with both tips of how you easily can come up with a business idea and also some information about what you can do to proceed with the process of starting your own project or business. You will also get introduced to some of the companies in Venture Labs incubator and hear their story.

 

VentureLab is Lund University’s platform for students who want to realize their ideas by starting a project or a company. We offer inspirational activities, business development and a possibility to get an office space in an incubator at Ideon Agora – and all for free! Pass by our Drop-in coaching every Thursday between 9-11, no matter how far you’ve come with your idea. Visit www.venturelab.lu.se, sign up for our newsletter and like Venturelab on Facebook.

 

Date: 28th October 2015

Time:14:15pm-16:00pm

Location: LUX auditorium, first floor, 
Helgonavägen 3, Lund

For more information, please click here.


 

  • Costume Karaoke

 

Try out your best costume and sing a song! There will be a prize for best costume and one for best singer!

 

Date: 29th October 2015

Location: Basement Lounge, Stora Algatan 4, in the same building as International desk, Stora Algatan 4 (entrance from the parking lot)

Time: 17:00pm-19:00pm

No registration needed: First come first served and we will close the doors when the lounge is full.


 

  • Visit to Alfa Laval Headquarter

This fantastic opportunity does not come up often! You have the chance as a Lund University student to go to the Alfa Laval headquarters here in Lund and not only go on a tour, but also fika and have the chance to ask questions to a company representative.

 

Date: 12th  November 2015

Time: 14:00pm-16.15pm

Sign up here: http://www.universitysurvey.se/limesurvey2/index.php?sid=77698&lang=en

Space is limited and it is first come first serve.

For more information, please click here.

 

  • The Vice-Chancellor’s Seminar on LU: s new strategic plan

The seminar will be held in Swedish but you are welcome to express views and ask questions in English. Register to strategiskplan [at] rektor.lu.se no later than November 16.

Date: 25th November 2015

Location: Palaestra Main Auditorium

Time:  14:45 pm–17:15pm

More information: http://www.sam.lu.se/sites/sam.lu.se/files/inbjudan_rektorsseminarium_en.pdf

 

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Call for Papers & Grants & Events

  • The Climate-KIC, Greenhouse Programme

Got an idea? Climate-KIC oers a special pre-incubation programme, the Greenhouse, to starting entrepreneurs who have an idea and the motivation to make it happen in the future – but are not fully ready yet. The Climate-KIC Greenhouse pre-incubation programme provides: Want to become an entrepreneur? Start with us today! The Climate-KIC GREENHOUSE Whether your idea is not completely developed yet or you need some more time to perfect your already existing business plan, the Greenhouse programme is the place to be.

 

Application deadline is November 1st 2015.

Application here.  

 

  • Video Competition

Are you an undergraduate student studying in English in a region where English is not the primary language? If so, we would like to invite you to apply to take part in an exciting international symposium at the University of Tokyo by telling us about your educational experiences. If selected, you will earn the title of ‘University of Tokyo Global Student Ambassador’ and we will provide your return airfare to Tokyo, Japan and three nights hotel accommodation. While in Tokyo you will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive workshop where you can network with fellow Global Ambassadors and compete to appear on stage with world renowned scholars of international education.

 

Applying: You need to be available to spend three days in Tokyo from the 29th to 31st January 2016. To apply, access the website for full details and to download an application form here.

 



 

 

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