JUST PUBLISHED: Mhola – The Utopia of Peace
Discover the fascinating book just published by Uppsala Anthropologist Per Brandström on "Mhola – The Utopia of Peace: An Ethnographic Exploration of the Sungusungu Movement in Tanzania". It draws on research carried out for almost 40 years, and documents the emergence and spread of the Sungusungu movement in Tanzania and neighbouring countries. The book is published in the series Uppsala Studies in Cultural Anthropology of the ACTA UNIVERSITATIS UPSALIENSIS.
We warmly welcome our new PhD candidate Marcelo Pacheco to the department! Marcelos research will be on migration from the Bolovian Highlands to La Paz, and focus on psychosocial dynamics connected to climate change.
Rikard Engblom defends dissertation Feb. 3rd
This Friday, Jan. 13th, PhD candidate in ethnology Rikard Engblom “nailed” his PhD thesis Time Warps – Refugees and the Experience of Waiting in Rural Sweden. The dissertation is thereby officially announced and handed over to the university library.
The public PhD defense will take place on February 3, in Geijersalen (room 6-1023), campus Engelska Parken, and begins at 9:15 a.m.
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.
Katarina Graffman about consumption and economic recession
The Anthropologist Katarina Graffman is affailiated research at the department and is often highlighted in media for her research about consumer habits. After the New Year holiday, she has been interviewed in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, as well as in the public service radiostation P1, about how our consumption behaviors change in economic ressecion.
Next episode about Cairo
Part two in the Swedish podcast Staden is released, with anthropologist Carl Rommel focusing on Cairo.
New book from Professor Emeritus of Ethnology
The Staff Portal hihglights the department's ethnologist Gösta Arvastson and his book about Meteorology.
Cairo as a project
Carl Rommel in collaboration with the podcast Staden about Cairo's land, economy and housing.
Project grant in the development research category from the Swedish Research Council
New professor at the department
We congratulate Annika Björnsdotter Teppo who has been hired as professor in cultural anthropology.
Citizen Perspectives in Mali: A Start-Up Mission to Bamako
The programme Citizen Perspectives on Societal Challenges in Mali ((French: Perspectives citoyennes des défis de société au Mali) is a five year project funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Bamako on behalf of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), 2022-2026. Its main objective is to promote citizen perspectives through the implementation of engaged research, the organization of citizen debates and the capacity building of young researchers. Particular attention will be paid to the promotion of women leaders as researchers, teachers and opinion leaders. The programme is led by the Forum for Africa Studies at Uppsala University, and will be implemented in collaboration with Swedish and Malian partners.
Mats Utas interviewed about gang culture
Mats Utas is interviewed on Sveriges Radio. It is a program about the Italian mafia and the murder of the prosecutor Borsellino, known 30 years ago. About 2.40 and 3.50 minutes into the program you can hear Mats talk about gang culture connected to the structures of society.
Alex Maxia in The Times
Our former master student Alex Maxia now writes for The Times. In this article he is doing a cultural analysis on the Swedish Netflix series Love and Anarchy.
Claudia Merli a new Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study
Claudia Merli joins the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study as one of the Fellows in residence during the academic year 2022-2023. During her time at the collegium she will be writing on political space and the body in Thailand'
Gurbet Peker: The sheep - a Gotland symbol of sustainability
The department's ethnologist Gurbet Peker is a doctoral student at the graduate school in sustainable development on Campus Gotland. She researches the everyday life of sheep farmers in the Gotland countryside.
”Megaprojekt” nominated for book award
Svenskt projektforum has nominated and awarded the prize to Project Manager's Book of the Year 2022. The jury assesses how current the books are, how easy they are to absorb and if they add something new. Susann Baez Ullbergs et al. book was one of the nominees.
Per Brandström: Book review of Mhola - The Utopia of Peace
Our longtime employee Per Brandström, now retired, has been reviewed in the Journal of Anthropological research. The review is about his book Mhola - The Utopia of Peace: An Ethnographic Exploration of the Sungusungu Movement in Tanzania, which was published last year in our series Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis.
Tiago Duarte Dias interviewed on Brazilian TV
Our anthropologist and affiliated researchers have been interviewed on Brazilian TV about Swedish NATO membership, Turkey and Swedish-Kurdish relations.
Emma Fritze: Mission Eurovision
Bachelor essay writer Emma Fritze was invited to participate in a conference for this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy and decided to report on her experiences from this year's competition.
Gösta Arvastson. Ny bok om moln, molnspanare och meteorologer
Gösta Arvastson har gett ut boken Molnspanare - en meteorologisk historia. Boken handlar om det vetenskapliga arbetet som ledde fram till att molnen fick sina latinska namn och ger ett viktigt bidrag till Uppsala universitets historia ur en etnologs synvinkel.
Now: Dr. Jacob Hjortsberg
Mats Utas celebrated 50 years with a lecture in Stavanger
Mats Utas was invited speaker as the Department of media and social sciences at the University of Stavanger celebrated its 50 years anniversary. He gave a talk about ethnography and journalism in times of war.
Helgessä från Katarina Graffman
Vår antropolog Katarina Graffman har tillsammans med Haris Agic skrivit om kulturchauvinism i en essä i magasinet Opulens.
Anthropologists talked about water
Camilla Asplund Ingemark: Mining Legends - What does it mean to be human?
Birgitta Meurling. Behind the mask: The metamorphoses of the mouth masks during the corona pandemic.
Birgitta has contributed with a text that reflects on the pandemic in the journal Kulturella perspektiv. The text takes the reader through the mouth masks being or not being from medical argument to humor.
Sten Hagberg interviewed about the situation in the Sahel region
Sten Hagberg has made a number of media appearances in connection with the current situation in the Sahel region in January-February 2022.
Sten Hagberg in Rektorspodden about African Studies
Listen to a conversation between Uppsala University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anders Hagfeldt and Forum for Africa Studies’ Director, Professor Sten Hagberg. The conversation in swedish is about research in different African countries and how Forum for Africa Studies works to strengthen research collaboration with African universities and research institutes.
Carina Johansson: The women behind the camera on Gotland 1860-2021
A new project will highlight a completely unwritten story about women behind the camera. Carina Johansson with others have opened the door to the photo magazine to write about this new field. The project is called The women behind the camera on Gotland 1860-2021.
Susann Baez Ullberg: Access to water – also a future issue in Sweden
There is enough water on Earth. Just not everywhere – and for everyone. Now researchers at Uppsala University and the Uppsala University Sustainability Initiatives (UUSI) network want to spotlight injustices surrounding the world’s water. And how we in Sweden need to approach this matter. Susann Baez Ullberg is a part of the network UUSI.
Charlotta Widmark in newly published anthology
The book, edited by the departments Charlotta Widmark together with Susanne Carlsson and Henrik Widmark is about urban encounters in Rome and traces both historical and contemporary Rome. The main theme is Heritage and Traces, and is divided into three sub-themes, namely I. Urban identity and Design, II. Space and History, III. Urban Heritage.
Katarina Graffman: Saying and doing are two different things
Katarina Graffman writes in her recently published column under Uppsala University News about her thoughts on people's desire to live more environmentally conscious and sustainable and the opposite of continuing to live unsustainably and consume. "People say one thing, but do something entirely different."
Göran Nygrens dissertation is published as an article by the Swedish National Agency for Education
The Swedish National Agency for Education compiles and disseminates knowledge about the results of research in the field of education. Göran Nygren's dissertation I want good grades: An ethnological study of lower-secondary schools results and lower-secondary school pupils practices has been published as an article by the Swedish National Agency for Education (in swedish): Hemmiljön viktig för elevers studiestrategier
Elisa Maria Lopez on national TV about her dissertation on the Kiruna move
Elisa Maria Lopez defended her dissertation in December Transforming Kiruna – producing space society and legacies of inequality in the swedish ore fields. Her work is being noticed in SVT Nyheter Sámpi (in swedish/english/sami).
Susann Baez Ullberg in podcast about crises and collective memories
Susann Baez Ullberg participated recently in the podcast of the Swedish civil association Folk och Försvar [Society and Defence] to talk about social crises and social memory.
Katarina Graffman develops the supply of skills in the metal industry
The research group KOMPET has received research funding from Vinnova to implement initiatives that strengthen the Swedish metal industry's social sustainability. The department's successful Katarina Graffman is part of the group.
Susann Baez Ullberg in hearing about Covid-19 and the future
Susann Baez Ullberg participated on November 18 in the hearing The future and Covid-19 - How do we live with and handle the virus in 12-24 months?
Katarina Graffman participates in P3 Dystopia
Wherever we turn, we see different advertising messages and the exposure areas increase in line with accuracy. How does advertising affect society - today and in the future?
Susann Baez Ullberg and Framtidsakademin - an open lecture on when the worst has happened
Welcome to an open lecture (in swedish) “When the worst has happened. Memory, oblivion and morality after disasters” with Susann Baez Ullberg, Associate senior lecturer, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University!
Göran Nygrens omtalade forskning
Since his dissertation in June, Nygren and his research have been mentioned in the media frequently.
Katarina Graffman and others: "The climate is not saved with consumer information" (in Swedish)
Despite the lack of scientific support for changing private consumption by informing consumers about the sustainable properties of products, such methods dominate, write Cecilia Solér, Robin Bankel, Katarina Graffman and Jacob Östberg (editorial translation).
Summer School: Anthropology of Development & Social Dynamics
Between Wednesday 15 Sept. and Friday 17 Sept. 2021, the 13th European Summer School for the Anthropology of Development and Social Dynamics will be hosted by the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, and the Forum for Africa Studies at Uppsala University.
Parental support crucial for better school performance
Göran Nygren’s dissertation, shows how privileged pupils with a large array of resources at hand benefit from today’s school system and how others are disadvantaged. Nygren has examined how lower-secondary school pupils achieve high grades at schools that also have above average performance.
Seminar: The office of the future - bubbles and people
How can working life put people at the center? How can we avoid polarization? How can we create social sustainability?
Within Almedalen Week, the Stockholm School of Economics is organizing a seminar in swedish where you will meet two researchers who have looked at this.
Inauguration of an international conference
On Wednesday 16 June 2021, Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University, Professor Anders Hagfeldt, inaugurated the International Conference Beyond Crisis and Insecurity: Cultural Creativity, Popular Struggle and Social Change in West Africa.
Mats Utas participates at the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development conference
He is on a research panel with Sweden’s permanent representative to the UN, Anna Karin Engström, and Liberia’s Minister of Finance, Samuel Tweah, among others.
Interview with Susann Baez Ullberg on the Argentinian National Radio
On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the catastrophic flood that hit the city of Santa Fe in Argentina on April 29, 2003, Susann Baez Ullberg was interviewed in live broadcast on the Argentinian National Radio about her research on memory and oblivion after this disaster.
NEW BOOK (in Swedish): Megaprojects: Critical perspectives on large-scale infrastructures
The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG) publishes a yearbook in Swedish called Ymer. Gabriella Körling (Stockholm University) and Susann Baez Ullberg at this department are the editor of this year's edition, which deals with megaprojects.
Kritisk etnografi 2020 vol 3 is now released
Susann Baez Ullberg talks in webinar about disaster myths