Höstens seminarieserie arrangeras av Paula Uimonen, Ivana Maček, Johan Lindquist och Erik Olsson. Listan uppdateras kontinuerligt.

September

Research seminar

Monday September 3, 13.00–14.30, B600
Christina Schwenkel, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

The Intimacies of Infrastructure: A Poetic Encounter with Smokestacks in Vietnam

This talk examines postcolonial projects of electrification and the impulses embodied by the industrial smokestack, one of the most enduring signs of transnational energy infrastructure on the urban landscape in Vietnam. Around the world, smokestacks stand as once spectacular, now abject relics of the promise of industry and grand infrastructural projects. And yet smokestacks continue to hold persuasive power over populations, evoking a range of affective responses to technological objects and their embedded ideologies. In postcolonial Vinh City, north central Vietnam, the possibility of generating universal electricity for the masses underpinned the collective dream worlds of socialism that formed in the face of violent, recurring disruption. Drawing on archival and ethnographic materials, including poetry to commemorate the bombing of the Soviet-built power plant, I show how emotional investments in the resilient smokestack are constitutive of enduring social collectivities and infrastructural intimacies held together by breakdown and the labor of repair both during and after the air war.

Christina Schwenkel is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside and Director of the Program in Southeast Asian Studies (SEATRiP). Her book, The American War in Contemporary Vietnam: Transnational Remembrance and Representation (Indiana 2009), examines historical knowledge production and the geopolitics of commemoration. Schwenkel has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Vietnam and eastern Germany. Her publications have focused on visual technologies of Cold War memory, global architectural transfers, urban decay, and cultures of socialist planning expertise following the end of the US air war.

Organised together with Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University.

 

Research seminar

Tuesday September 11, 13.00–14.30, B600
Christine Eber, Professor, Department of Anthropology, New Mexico State University

Title and abstract TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday September 17, 13.00–14.30, B600
Karin Barber, Professor, Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham

Title and abstract TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday September 24, 13.00–14.30, B600
Nimmo Elmi, PhD student, Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA), Linköping University

Title and abstract TBA

 

October

Research seminar

Monday October 1, 13.00–14.30, B600
Vicensia Shule, Dr.Phil., Department of Creative Arts, University of Dar es Salaam

Title and abstract TBA

 

Ceifo seminar

Monday October 8, 13.00–14.30, B600
Laura Machat-From, PhD, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University

Title and abstract TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday October 15, 13.00–14.30, B600
David Kloos, PhD, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

Title and abstract TBA

Organised together with Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University.

 

Ceifo seminar

Monday October 22, 13.00–14.30, B600
Aurora Massa, PhD

Title and abstract TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday October 29, 13.00–14.30, B600

 

November

Ceifo seminar

Monday November 5, 13.00–14.30, B600

 

Research seminar

Monday November 12, 13.00–14.30, B600
Alf Hornborg, Professor, Department of Human Geography, Lund University

Title and abstract TBA

 

Research seminar

Monday November 19, 13.00–14.30, B600

 

Research seminar

Monday November 26, 13.00–14.30, B600

 

December

Monday December 3, 13.00–14.30, B600

 

Monday December 10, 13.00–14.30, B600

 

Research seminar

Monday December 17, 13.00–14.30, B600