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.
SIPRI, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development
Program Day 2 – Wednesday, 5 May
17.00-18.15 CEST Peacebuilding in Liberia in the age of compound risk
Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia
Liberia remains challenged in terms of fragility through the legacy of its civil conflicts 1989-1996 and 1999-2003. UNMIL supported the transition from conflict to civilian administration through 2003-2018, at its peak about 15000 persons were deployed to Liberia. The country remains one of the ten poorest in the world. However in terms of natural resources the country has great potential if it can manage to overcome its developmental challenges, including addressing fundamental issues like education, health country, agriculture, infrastructure and the lingering uneasy on unresolved conflicts of land and other resources which provide the fertile ground for the violence. The Weah-administration seeks to achieve macroeconomic stability, but with considerable challenges in socio-economic terms, exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. SGBV remains rampant and grew worse during the lock-down periods during 2020. Almost all issues relating to gender equality remain outstanding, despite important commitments by the Weah-administration. There are obvious compound risks emanating from economic, social, governance, environmental and health challenges. Are there lessons learnt, both from the choice of course of action of the UNMIL presence, and more recent challenges through the COVID-pandemic, to take from the Liberian experience?
Mats Utas, Professor, Department of Culture Anthropology, Uppsala University
Anna Karin Eneström, Ambassador, Sweden's Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Samuel D Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Government of Liberia
Yvette Chesson-Wure, Counsellor, Angie Brooks International Centre, Liberia
Stephen Rodrigues, UNDP Resident Representative, Liberia
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.
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
On Saturday 19 February, the department's Susann Baez Ullberg and Alexander Sallstedt took part in celebrating World Anthropology Day at the the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm.
Camilla Asplund Ingemark: Mining Legends - What does it mean to be human?
Camilla Asplund Ingemark has lectured on mining legends and what it means to be human at Gotlands Humanistiska Förbunds (eng. "Gotland Humanities Association") annual meeting on Wednesday 16 February.
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.