Engaging Vulnerability Research Seminar

Uppsala University

Schedule, spring 2017

Time: Thursdays at 10.15-12.00
Venue: ENG 3-2028
Papers will be made available one week in advance.
English is default seminar language
Information: mats.hyvonen@antro.uu.se

Schedule, spring 2016
Schedule, fall 2016
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Schedule, fall 2017
Schedule, spring 2018
Schedule, fall 2018
Schedule, spring 2019
Schedule, fall 2019
Schedule, spring 2020


Thursday January 26, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028

Theme: GRIEF, 1st seminar: Kübler-Ross
Readings: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (2005/2007) On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss

Thursday March 9, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028

Theme: GRIEF, 2nd seminar: Cicero and C. S. Lewis
Readings: Cicero, Tusculan Disputations (Book III) and C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed.

Thursday April 20, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028

Theme: GRIEF, 3rd seminar: Revisiting Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage
The seminar discussion will focus on the essay “Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage” (org. 1984) in which anthropologist Renato Rosaldo explores the relationship between bereavement and rage.

Seminar participants are welcome (but not demanded) to read also “The Day of Shelly’s Death” (Duke UP, 2015), a small book of poetry and creative writing in which Renato Rosaldo returns to the 1984 essay and the trauma of his wife Michelle Rosaldo’s death during their joint fieldwork 1981. In the book Renato Rosaldo explores not only his own experience of Michelle’s death but also the imagined perspectives of many others whose lives intersected with that tragic event and its immediate aftermath.

Sverker Finnström will introduce the seminar texts.

Thursday April 27, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028

Theme: GRIEF, 4th seminar: Mourning – aggression and melancholia
Readings: Freud, ”Mourning and Melancholia”. Butler, ”Violence, Mourning, Politics”, chapter in Precarious Life, The Powers of Mourning and Violence. Verso: New York and London 2004, s. 19–49.

Thursday May 4, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028

Hugh Beach gives a lecture on Saami life and culture, the grief of being forcibly recruited into the majority’s circus act
Readings: Hugh Beach (2012) “Nordic Reflections on Northern Social Research”
The seminar on “Saami life and culture, the grief of being forcibly recruited into the majority’s circus act” has been postponed until further notice.

Tuesday May 9, at 13.15-15.00, ENG 2-1077

Steve Fuller: Education in a post-truth age 

Thursday May 18, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028

Theme: GRIEF, 5th seminar: Montaigne
Readings: Montaigne, Essays of Montaigne, first book, essay #2, “Of Sorrow” and essay #27, “Of Friendship”. While serving at the Bordeaux Parlement, he became very close friends with the humanist poet Étienne de la Boétie, whose death in 1563 deeply affected Montaigne. It has been suggested by Donald M. Frame, in his introduction to The Complete Essays of Montaigne that because of Montaigne’s “imperious need to communicate” after losing Étienne, he began the Essais as his “means of communication” and that “the reader takes the place of the dead friend”.
Seminar introduction by Mats Rosengren.

Thursday June 1, at 10.15-12.00, ENG 3-2028

Theme: GRIEF, 6th seminar:  ” ‘Mournability’ and Strategies of Resistance” . Ingeborg Svensson. PhD in Ethnology, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University.
Reading: Svensson. Ingeborg (2012). “Affirm Survival. On Queer Strategies of Resistance at Queer Funerals”. In Haschemi Yekani, Elahe, Eveline Kilian, & Beatrice Michaelis, (red.). Queer futures: reconsidering ethics, activism, and the political. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.