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.
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!
PhD defense in ethnology
Today, February 3rd, we congratualte Rikard Engblom for successfully defending his PhD thesis in Ethnology, called Time Warps: Refugees and the Experience of Waiting in Rural Sweden.
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.