Study Information Spring 2023
The second selection for the spring semester 2023 was completed on December 20. Remember that you who have been admitted need to accept course places to keep them. In order to then be able to start your studies you also need to register for the courses you want to take.
On our department page for study information, you will find information about course registration periods and about the learning platform Studium which is the place where you will find all the necessary information when you study a course with us.
Late registration for our courses in spring 2023 opened on December 15.
New issue of kritisk etnografi-Swedish Journal of Anthropology is out!
Editors in chief, Sten Hagberg and Jörgen Hellman, have the pleasure to announce the publication of the new issue of kritisk etnografi – Swedish Journal of Anthropology. The theme “The fear among us”, coordinated by Guest Editors Anna Gustafsson and Eva-Maria Hardtmann, explores dangers and fears in various ethnographic and cultural contexts. kritisk etnografi is truly open access. Always. Everywhere. And for Everyone.
Susann Baez Ullberg becomes Associate Professor
Susann Baez Ullberg, Senior Lecturer at our department, has recently been admitted as Associate Professor in Cultural Anthropology at Uppsala University. Susann's research focuses on human-environment relations, especially how societies deal with risks, crises and disasters, mainly related to water and climate change. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Argentina, Peru, Spain and Sweden. Congratulations, Susann!
The Westin Price to Macario Lacbawan!
Our former PhD student Macario Lacbawan, who is now a postdoc in Hamburg, visited Uppsala to receive the prestigious Westin price for best dissertation awarded by the Royal Society of Humanities at Uppsala. We warmly congratulate Macario!
Prof. em Paul Sinclair (1949-2023)
The last day of 2023, we received sad news, when we learned about the passing of our colleague and friend Paul Sinclair. The death of Paul Sinclair, Prof. em in African Archaeology at Uppsala University, is a loss for all of us, and not the least our community at Uppsala University’s Forum for Africa Studies. Paul was board-member of Forum in its very beginning, and he played a central role in the early years. Our thoughts go to his wife Amelie, and their three sons.
Welcome Camelia Dewan!
We welcome our new colleague, Associate senior lecturer in Anthropology Camelia Dewan! Camelia is an environmental anthropologist, researching the socio-environmental effects of shipbreaking in Bangladesh.
Lenore Manderson Honorary Doctor lecture
Lenore Manderson is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She has been appointed Honorary Doctor at the Faculty of Arts at Uppsala University.
On January 25th she will give her Honorary Doctor lecture "After Covid: Signposts and Moral Imperatives" at the Humanistiska teatern. No regiostration needed!
Emy Lindberg defends her thesis on Jan. 19th
Right before christmas, Phd candidate in Cultural Anthropology Emy Lindberg nailed her thesis Dream Machine. On January 19th she will defend the thesis in the Geijer Hall. All welcome!
Sten Hagberg writes about the cuts in Swedish bilateral support
Sten Hagberg writes in Global Bar Magazine on the Swedish government’s decision to end its bilateral support to Mali and Burkina Faso by the end of 2024. An very unfortunate decision we argue. Click here to read a summary of the article in English.
Ny bok! Min mormor. Kvinnoliv i en annan tid
Författarna och etnologerna Katarina Ek-Nilsson, Marianne Liliequist, Birgitta Meurling och Annika Nordström berättar om sina mormödrar, Anna, Esther, Kajsa och Anna Maria, som var födda åren runt sekelskiftet 1900.
Book launch: Facilitating researchers in unsafe zones with Mats Utas
Mats Utas talks at Ghent University about how fragile relationships with research brokers risk creating a single narrative of war.
Susann Baez Ullberg keynote speaker at conference
Susann Baez Ullberg held a keynote at the Esther Hermitte annual conference at the Centro de Antropología Social-IDES in Buenos Aires. The keynote addressed disaster memory and the Anthropocene on the 20th anniversary of the disastrous flood in the city of Santa Fe in Argentina.
Sahel symposium: Public Services and Citizen Perspectives in Times of Crisis
The Symposium is jointly organized by Uppsala University’s Forum for Africa Studies and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Sahel and West Africa Programme; 14-15 December 2023.
Ulrika Trovalla receives funding from Formas
Cultural anthropologist Ulrika Trovalla has previously researched how people interact with infrastructure in the Nigerian city of Jos. Ulrika has now been granted research funding from Formas for a project on Swedish electricity as infrastructure for forecasting. The project is based on the situation when Swedish electricity prices sharply increased in the winter of 2022, and how it affected people's use of and thoughts about electricity.
Göran Nygren granted research funding
FORTE, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, has granted research funding for ethnologist Göran Nygren's study on the school situation for students with congenital movement disorders. The project will be carried out during the period 2024-2026. Göran Nygren recently defended his doctoral thesis at the department with an acclaimed dissertation on parents' influence on their children's school results.
C-Urge Kick Off Event
In the beginning of October, the department’s two PhD candidates Metztli Sarai Hernández Garcia and Matias Menalled, together with senior lecture Susann Baez Ullberg, participated in the C-Urge network’s kick-off event hosted by KU Leuven in Belgium. C-Urge stands for Anthropology of Global Climate Urgency and is a Marie Skłodowska–Curie Actions Doctoral Network focusing on how the social sciences can contribute to our understanding of and engagement with climate change by attending to the notion of 'urgency' itself.
The department has three open postdoctoral positions!
One of the open positions is in ethnology, the other two in anthropology within the department's two research environments Engaging Vulnerability and Uppsala University´s Forum for African Studies. Postdoctoral positions are mainly aimed at researchers who received their PhD less than three years ago. We are looking forward to your application by November 30th!
New funds to project with Katarina Graffman
The Swedish Energy Agency has granted new funds to the project Tools as a Service, where Katarina Graffman, UU, is responsible for studying and evaluating the project's user-friendliness. In the coming year, the service will be further developed.
Cultural Anthropology celebrates 60 Years at Uppsala University
After the Ethnologists' successful 75th anniversary, it is now time for the department's other discipline to celebrate: Anthropology turns 60!
In addition to a packed anniversary day at the Humanities Theatre on October 20, there will be a full week of events between October 16-23.
Guest PhD student
Sam Kniknie will be guest PhD student with us during the autumn. Welcome!
Three new colleagues in Anthropology
This semester we welcome three new antrhopologists to the department!
They are Associate Senior Lecturer Mahmoud Keshavarz, and Metztli Sarai Hernández Garcia and Matias Menalled who both are PhD students in the network C-Urge: Anthropology of Global Climate Urgency.
Ethnology 75 years in Uppsala!
This year we celebrate 75 years of ethnolgogical research and teaching at Uppsala University! To celebrate, there will be a full day symposium on September 8th at Campus English Park, with our own researchers and invited guests. What a great start of the semester!
Ana Chiritoiu won Best Dissertation Award
Ana Chiritoiu, post-doctoral researcher at the department, has won the Best Dissertation Award at her alma mater the Central European University. The university has also published a longer interview with Ana about her research and fieldwork among Roma in Romania, which we highly recommend for interesting reading. Congratulations Ana!
Professor Gösta Arvastson (1943-2023)
Professor Emeritus of Ethnology Gösta Arvastson has passed away at the age of 80. Gösta started teaching at the department in 1989 and was promoted full professor eleven years later. His thoughts on the postition of ethnology in academia and society in the early 2000s contributed to the development of the discipline, both on a local level and in the national research environment. Gösta was an articulate and innovative researcher, colleague and friend, who leaves a big void behind, writes Professor Birgitta Meurling in the department's obituary.
Katarina Graffman discussing economic behavior
Katarina Graffman, affiliated cultural anthropologist at the department, is frequently participating in media and contributing important anthropological perspectives in public discussions. Recently she was part of the public service radio-show Ekonomiakuten, addressing how to change bad economic habits.
In the middle of the summer, the Swedish government announced that they would cut all funding for development research. Many of the department's researchers have signed a national appeal against the decision.
Inna Shvorak- guest researcher from Ukraine
We are very happy to announce that from August 1st and five months onward, Inna Shvorak will be with us as a guest reseracher at the department! Inna is an ethnomusicologist and a folk singer from Ukraine, and has recieved a scholarship from Uppsala University's vice-chancellor to visit us. Click to open this news and read more about Inna and her research.
Meet the Coordination-team of Uppsala University’s Forum for Africa Studies
The Forum for Africa Studies has recruited new staff for carrying out the important mission of this interdisciplinary centre. Dr. Kajsa Hallberg Adu and Dr. Jecinta Okumu are our newest colleagues who will add energy and power to Forum's mission of engaging higher education and research in, on, and with Africa.
Katarina Graffman in TV-show
Katarina Graffman, anthropologist who is affiliated to the department, is discussing the future and what we can know about it, in the Swedish television show Idébyrån.
We welcome Jecinta Okumu to the department, one of the new coordinators at Uppsala University's Forum for Africa Studies.
Ethnological research about school grades impacts the public debate
Former PhD student in Ethnology, Göran Nygren, concluded in his dissertation that Swedish pupils with good grades usually have well educated parents who help them a lot with schoolwork. His research has gained a lot of attention in media and public debate. A recent example is that the former minister of education, Lina Axelsson Kihlblom, refered to the dissertation in a debate article about the Swedish school grades system.
Chakad Ojani admitted to SCAS cutting-edge research program
The Department's postdoc Chakad Ojani has been selected for the prestigious Pro Futura Scientia program for promising early-career researchers. For five years, he will further develop his research on the relationship between space infrastructure, environment, and climate change.
New podcast with Adelaida Caballero
Adelaida Caballero recently defended her dissertation successfully at the department. Now you can hear her talk about her research about female sexuality and cultural anthropology as a discipline in the Swedish podcast Ett hum om.
Uppsala anthropologists attend SANT 2023
Last week, the Swedish Anthropology Association SANT's annual conference is being organized at the Ethnographic Museum in Stockholm, together with Stockholm University. The conference theme this year was Care and the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at Uppsala University was represented in many panels and roundtables.
The New Uppsala University´s Forum for Africa Studies is inaugurated!
In 2023, Forum for Africa Studies received funding from the Vice-Chancellor for a broad university-wide mandate, including all university faculties. The full-day launching event started with Vice-Chancellor Professor Anders Hagfeldt officially inaugurating Uppsala University’s Forum for Africa Studies.
Book talk: Burkina Faso seen from below in 2023
April 18th, Uppsala University’s Forum for Africa Studies hosts a seminar with Professor Ludovic O. Kibora, Director of Institut des Sciences Sociétés in Burkina Faso, and Professor Sten Hagberg. They will talk about the English edition of their new book Security from below in Burkina Faso Citizen perceptions and perspectives 2023.
Official Opening of Art Exhibition in the Department
On April 11, we officially open the FAKTURAART exhibition. When you visit, you will find some 85 pieces displayed, and you can pick a personal and very exclusive copy of the beautiful exhibition folder. The show will run to June 16. Open weekdays 10 am to 3 pm.
The New Uppsala University’s Forum for Africa Studies will be launched on Friday, April 14th.
All are welcome to a full-day launching event of the new Uppsala University´s Forum for Africa Studies. The day offers information about the Forum's new structure, presentations of current research, and round table discussions. Professor Amanda Hammar from the University of Copenhagen will be the keynote speaker.
New information film about our Bachelor's programme!
Admissions to next semester's courses are open until April 17th. The department has produced a new information film for the Bachelor's programme Culture, Society and Ethnography. Hear the students themselves describe their experience of the programme and what they have learned!
The film and programme are in Swedish.
Adelaida Caballero defends dissertation April 21st
Today, Adelaida Caballero handed over her doctoral thesis in cultural anthropology Shortchanged: Elderly Women Street Vendors in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea to Carolina Rediviva and then walked in the winter sun to the University Hall where she got to nail her thesis
Adelaida’s public Ph.D. defense will take place on April 21 at 13.00, at the Geijer Hall, Campus English Park, Uppsala University. Click on the News to read more and for information in Spanish.
Sten Hagberg interviewed about Development Research
Professor of Cultural Anthropology and director of the Forum for Africa Studies, Sten Hagberg, is interviewed in the Swedish Research Council's magazine Curie about the future and challenges of development research.
Syrian-Swedish artist Khaled Ahmad exhibits his project Fakturaart at the department, in collaboration with the Engaging Vulnerability research program.
New column in Antroperspektiv
In the Swedish Anthropological Association's online magazine Antroperspektiv, you can now read a new column on the importance of ethnographic methods in medical research, a theme that is both researched and taught here at the department.
Our new colleague Kajsa Hallberg Adu
My research turns towards the future as I research youth in Ghana and beyond, student migration, integration, knowledge societies, social media in the classroom, social media in African elections, uses of augmented reality, and recent publications have been on the important issue of decolonizing the academy. At the department, I teach African studies, spring 2023 two courses: A2 Africa in the 2000s and A3 African Cultural Expressions.
Summer course in Digital Ethnography
The application period is open for the departments summer course Ethnographic Methods in a Digitized World. The course in in Swedish and you find more inforamtion about it if you switch the webpage language into Swedish.
Sverker Finnström writes in Antroperspektiv
A new text by Sverker Finnström is published today in the Swedish web magazine Antroperspektiv. Sverker writes about going on a kind of book-hunting field trip, the importance of taking the time to read older books of the discipline, and the unexpected stories and parallels that can emerge from a pile of books.
The department's work against discriminatory treatment and for equal opportunities is not just a matter of procedure
Mats Utas, Head of the Department, was interviewed in the magazine Universitetsläraren, after the department received an injunction from the Swedish Work Environment Authority due to shortcomings in work environment management. Mats expresses frustration that representatives from this agency only are interested in ensuring a processing structure, while they completely ignore all the actual work that the department has done.
World Anthropology Day!
February 16th is World Anthropology Day. The Swedish Anthropological Society (SANT) is launching its new website on the day. SANT's web magazine, Antroperspektiv, also has a new layout and new editors, Haris Agic and Uppsala-affiliated Katarina Graffman.
About the Swedish Research Aid
Today, Sten Hagberg, Professor in Cultural Anthropology and Director for the Forum for Africa Studies, writes about the Swedish research aid together with Sara Gräslund, Linley Chiwona Karltun and Gunnar Köhlin. The government has cut more than half of this year's budget. Now a quick recovery is needed.
Happy Birthday Birgitta Meurling
Birgitta Meurling, Professor of Ethnology, is celebrating her 60th birthday with colleagues and friends at the department with sparkling wine and snacks on Monday afternoon. We wish Birgitta a very happy birthday!