The seminar series is organised by Paula Uimonen, Ivana Maček, Johan Lindquist and Erik Olsson. The list is continuously being updated.

January

CEIFO seminar

Monday January 21, 13.00–14.30, B600
Mehek Muftee, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR), Uppsala University

Talking Swedish values – A study on Swedish Cultural Orientation Programs for young refugees in Kenya and Sudan

This study analyzes how delegations from the Swedish Migration Agency carries out cultural orientation programs (COPs) for quota refugees about to be resettled to Sweden. The aim of COPs is to, through information, prepare the refugees for their upcoming move. This thesis is based on video observations of COPs for children and youths in Kenya and Sudan. It examines what discourses of Swedishness and life in Sweden informed the delegations information given to the refugees. The thesis shows how the delegations’ work is carried out in paradoxical ways. Their work to bring forth an ideal future as a means to bring hope to the young participants simultaneously ends up categorizing them as different. They are assumed to lack certain “Swedish values”. The delegations draw on ideas that the children need to be socialized into a particular kind of Swedishness in order to become part of the new country. The study also analyzes how the children’s participation come about during the programs. It explores children’s agency by focusing on how they manage the meetings with the Swedish Migration Agency, sometimes resisting being positioned in certain ways by the delegations.

Mehek Muftee is a sociologist with a PhD from Linköping University. She is currently doing a Post doc at CEMFOR (Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism) at Uppsala University.

 

Research seminar

Monday January 28, 13.00–14.30, B600
Isabella Strömberg, PhD student, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Title and abstract TBA

 

February

Research seminar

Monday February 4, 13.00–14.30, B600
Eva-Maria Hardtmann, Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Title and abstract TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday February 11, 13.00–14.30, B600
Igor Petričević, PhD student, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Title and abstract TBA

 

CEIFO seminar

Monday February 18, 13.00–14.30, B600
Tekalign Ayalew, Assistant Professor, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University and affiliated researcher, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Social embeddedness of human smuggling in East Africa: Brokering Ethiopian migrants to the Sudan

Clandestine migration and migrant smuggling from Ethiopia towards Europe, the Middle East and South Africa exponentially increased in the last two decades. Despite the increased criminalization of facilitators and the implementation of tougher border controls, this trend is likely to continue. At the backdrop of harsher environmental pressures and a deeper political and economic crisis in Ethiopia, these migrants still have limited opportunities for legal migration. This presentation will explore the migration processes and brokering practices that link Ethiopia and Sudan by taking into account the social, economic, political and cultural underpinnings of human smuggling in the region.

The reaction of receiving countries in Europe and the Middle East to the current migration pressure from the South, has been to securitize and criminalize irregular migrants and those who assist them by introducing international and bilateral mechanisms on border policing and deportations. However, faced with mounting hopelessness and desperation, the youth make dangerous and life defying migratory journeys towards places where they think there are safety and life opportunities. For this, they must rely on complex forms of migration facilitators and brokerage. Smugglers and their connectors facilitate Ethiopian migrants’ clandestine border crossings by mobilizing support and resources from local communities along the border, bribing border guards and capitalizing on their ethnic, religious and economic connections along Ethiopian-Sudanese borderlands.

In this presentation, I will highlight the practices of human smuggling and brokering migration by arguing that these partly thrives in the border areas, despite strict border and migration control policies. One of the reasons for this is that the actors extend the benefits of smuggling to the economically disadvantaged local community and this in return generates social support and community backup for smuggling activities.

Dr. Tekalign Ayalew Mengiste obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from Stockholm University, Sweden in 2017. Currently he is senior researcher in the College of Social Sciences at Addis Ababa University and affiliated researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University.

 

Research seminar

Monday February 25, 13.00–14.30, B600
Victor Nygren, PhD student, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Title and abstract TBA

 

March

Research seminar

Monday March 4, 13.00–14.30, B600
Christer Norström, PhD, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

An anthropologist doing crime fiction and documentary film: Can we make a difference?

This seminar will discuss the pros and cons of being an anthropologist writing crime fiction and producing documentary film. What kind of challenges are there and what kind of different demands are we facing in work of this kind outside our ordinary academic work? As examples I will read the first chapter of my newly published crime fiction “Att dansa efter andras pipa: en deckare om deckarbranschen” and show a section of our documentary film “The anarchist who walked to India and never came back: the art of recreating a rainforest”.

There are two major issues that have been in the centre of these works and which we may ponder over during the seminar: first, the idea of mixing popular science with crime fiction and second, the difference between documentary and ethnographic film.

As a retired anthropologist (although still doing some teaching at the department) I focus on crime fiction. However, I still do some work in my old fieldsite of south India, mainly trying to finalize two books, one about a grassroot organization among small farmers in the Tamil Nadu plains, and one about the history of the mountain region of the Palni Hills and 30 years of research in that area.

 

Research seminar

Monday March 11, 13.00–14.30, B600
Andrew Alan Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University

Title and abstract TBA

Organised together with Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University.

 

CEIFO seminar

Monday March 18, 13.00–14.30, B600
Mahmoud Keshavarz, Postdoctoral Researcher, Engaging Vulnerability Research Program, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University

Title and abstract TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday March 25, 13.00–14.30, B600

TBA

 

April

Research seminar

Monday April 1, 13.00–14.30, B600
Gudrun Dahl, Professor emerita, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Title and abstract TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday April 8, 13.00–14.30, B600
Ulf Hannerz, Professor emeritus, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Title and abstract TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday April 15, 13.00–14.30, B600
Annemarie Samuels, Assistant Professor, Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University

Title and abstract TBA

Organised together with Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University.

 

CEIFO seminar

Monday April 29, 13.00–14.30, B600
Kerstin Andersson, Uppsala University

Title and abstract TBA

 

May

Research seminar

Monday May 6, 13.00–14.30, B600

TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday May 13, 13.00–14.30, B600

TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday May 20, 13.00–14.30, B600

TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday May 27, 13.00–14.30, B600
Andrea Nightingale, Professor, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Division of Rural Development, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU

Title and abstract TBA

 

June

Research seminar

Monday June 3, 13.00–14.30, B600

TBA