Engaging Vulnerability Research Seminar

Uppsala University
Schedule, Fall 2021

Time: Thursdays at 10.15-12.00
Venue: Campus Engelska parken, room ENG 3-2028
The seminars are conducted in English.
For more information and readings, contact mats.hyvonen@antro.uu.se
Previous seminar series:
Schedule, spring 2016
Schedule, fall 2016
Schedule, spring 2017
Schedule, fall 2017
Schedule, spring 2018
Schedule, fall 2018
Schedule, spring 2019
Schedule, fall 2019
Schedule, spring 2020
Schedule, fall 2020
Schedule, spring 2021

Tuesday September 14, at 14.15-16, Engelska parken, room 4-2007, or on Zoom

Ida Grönroos will present a draft article at the ALM higher seminar. Zoom: ID 691 5499 2488 med passcode 222267.  


Friday September 17, at 13.15-15, on Zoom

In collaboration with the Higher Seminar in the Philosophy of Language and Culture (PLC) at the Department of Philosophy. Seminar Chair: Sharon Rider (sharon.rider@filosofi.uu.se)

Kant vs. the Swedish Enlightenment: How Linnaeus and Swedenborg shaped Kant’s Understanding of Humanity — and Its Legacy for Today

Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick.

Click on the following link to watch the recording of the lecture: https://uppsala.box.com/s/t8qwt7v7c2c6urkyjh3y36ogf5noeikn

Thursday September 23, at 13.15-15, on Zoom

In collaboration with the Higher Seminar in the Philosophy of Language and Culture (PLC) at the Department of Philosophy. Seminar Chair: Sharon Rider (sharon.rider@filosofi.uu.se)

What does ‘pluralism’ mean in the post-truth condition?

Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick.

Click on the following link to watch the recording of the lecture: https://uppsala.box.com/s/s63ch9q0a1znf0dqr90jdauf7vu46dom

Friday September 24, at 13.15-15, on Zoom

In collaboration with the Higher Seminar in the Philosophy of Language and Culture (PLC) at the Department of Philosophy. Seminar Chair: Sharon Rider (sharon.rider@filosofi.uu.se)

Who’s Afraid of the End of the World? A Participant’s Guide to the Apocalypse

Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick.

Click on the following link to watch the recording of the lecture: https://uppsala.box.com/s/wo85h2kdzcl4w34gseq9jw8s67wxjnjc

Tuesday October 5, 13.15-15, on Zoom

Meryem Saadi and Professor Britt-Inger Johansson will hold a seminar on how to make an ethics application (“etikprövning”), as it will in the future be mandatory for all research projects that handle personal information. First, they will share their experiences with the process (participants will have access to Meryem’s application before the seminar as well as the forms and instructions that are available). Then there will be a workshop on dissertations / research projects where participants can discuss in small groups how they can potentially submit their own application.

Registration: https://doit.medfarm.uu.se/bin/kurt3/kurt/25059

Friday October 8, at 9.15-11, on Zoom

In collaboration with the Higher Seminar in the Philosophy of Language and Culture (PLC) at the Department of Philosophy. Seminar Chair: Sharon Rider (sharon.rider@filosofi.uu.se)

The Centrality of Truth

Jeff Malpas, Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania.

Send an email to mats.hyvonen@antro.uu.se if you wish to obtain the Zoom link.

Thursday October 21, at 13.15-15, The Rausing Room (Department of History of Science and Ideas), English Park Campus 

Vida Brenna’s half-time seminar. External examiner: Associate Professor Annika Berg, Stockholm University.

Seminar paper in English, discussion in English, Swedish, and Norwegian. Please contact Maria Karlsson (maria.karlsson@littvet.uu.se) or Vida Brenna (vida.sundseth.brenna@idehist.uu.se) if you want a copy of the paper.


Thursday October 28, at 10.15-12.00, on Zoom

Arvid Lundberg has conducted anthropological fieldwork in Syria and Jordan, focusing on political culture and democratization. He has a PhD from Stockholm University and is currently a research fellow at the Engaging Vulnerability research program at Uppsala University, where he is starting a three-years long research project, The liberalization of Jordanian political culture: The new Maan, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

The liberalization of Jordanian political culture: The new Maan

The Arab Spring showed that democratization in the Arab world seldom follows from an uprising against an authoritarian regime. Rather, democratization depends on slower changes. But what kind of changes? The research project I am now initiating answers that question by studying a case where political liberalization is connected to a broader cultural change: the transformation of the political and social culture of Maan, a desert town in southern Jordan. This transformation is about the emergence of political parties, but also of certain forms of education and social life. The change is not only about a new national identity or a stronger civil society, but about something else, which several of Maan’s young residents call infitāḥ (openness), and which they contrast with the social and political landscape their parents grew up in. What is the character of infitāḥ? What can it teach us about the cultural foundations of political liberalization in the Arab world? And how does this “openness” differ from ideals that are associated with liberalism in a European context? The seminar will give theoretical and political context to these questions—based on results of my PhD—and propose some directions for how they can be answered through fieldwork in southern Jordan.

Zoom link: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/68857312320

Friday November 5, at 13.15-15, on Zoom

Kasper Kristensen, dissertation chapter: Spinoza´s conception of philosophy: aims and methods


Wednesday November 24, 13.15-15, on Zoom

Chris Meyns and Aske Stick present their draft article “Abstract versus concrete information in a colonial context of slavery” at the Higher Seminar in History. For more info, see: http://www.hist.uu.se/calendar/evenemang/?eventId=64218


Monday November 29, at 10.15-12.00, on Zoom

Final review of Rikard Engblom’s dissertation manuscript. Marry-Anne Karlsen, anthropologist and researcher at Centre for Women’s and Gender Research at University of Bergen, will be the external examiner.


Wednesday December 8, at 10.15-12.00, on Zoom

Final review of Adelaida Caballero’s dissertation manuscript. Associate Prof Nadia Lowell, the Department of Cultural Anthropology & Ethnology, Uppsala U, will be the examiner.


Friday December 17, at 13.15-15, on Zoom

Elinor Hållén, The literariness of case histories and philosophy as poetic composition: How does one narrate coming to consciousness?


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