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.
Conference organizer is the Forum for Africa Studies.
Professor Sten Hagberg gave an introduction to the theme in which he pointed out the importance of looking beyond narratives of crisis and insecurity in analyzing West Africa. The global media dramaturgy tends to paint the region in red, alarmist colours in what he called the politics of red zone.
The conference is ongoing until Saturday 19 June. It is open and free of charge.
Ny krönika i 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.
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.
You are welcome to listen to the podcast episode (in Swedish).
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).