Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology


Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

SANT/FAS 2018 Conference: Vulnerabilities

The “SANT/FAS 2018 Conference: Vulnerabilities” is arranged by The Swedish Anthropological Association (SANT) in partnership with the Finnish Anthropological Society (FAS). The conference takes place on April 19-21 at Uppsala University. 

Robert Bernasconi (Pennsylvania State University), Veena Das (John Hopkins University) and Setha Low (City University New York) will be keynote speakers. Engaging Vulnerability, together with the Dept of Cultural anthropology & Ethnology, is the local host and organising partner.

Click on the following link to read more about the conference and the call for panels and papers: Link to the conference webpage

New study on socio-political transformations in Burkina Faso

An anthropological study on the socio-political transformations which Burkina Faso has experienced over the last years is published in Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies. The book is written by Sten Hagberg, Ludovic Kibora, Sidi Barry, Siaka Gnessi and Adjara Konkobo.

Click on the the following link to get the book online:

Private Security in Africa

Across Africa, growing economic inequality, instability and urbanization have led to the rapid spread of private security providers. While these PSPs have already had a significant impact on African societies, their impact has so far received little in the way of comprehensive analysis.

Drawing on a wide range of disciplinary approaches, and encompassing anthropology, sociology and political science, Private Security in Africa offers unique insight into the lives and experiences of security providers and those affected by them, as well as into the fragile state context which has allowed them to thrive. Featuring original empirical research and case studies ranging from private policing in South Africa to the recruitment of Sierra Leoneans for private security work in Iraq, the book considers the full implications of PSPs for security and the state, not only for Africa but for the world as a whole. Editors: Mats Utas and Paul Higate.

Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference

The 34th Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference takes place in Uppsala on June 12-15, 2018. The conference theme is "What Matters - Accounting for Culture in a Post Factual World". 

In Uppsala 2018 you are invited to reflect upon the empirical sides of our craft: the matter, the case, the object. What is it and how do we work to make it sufficient, and sustainable? How do we present it in its own right, describe it, scrutinise it, return to it, underpin with it? How does our material interact with and strengthens our goals, be it our specific message or our scholarly status?

You will find more information in the conference website: 

Life in a Philippine Sex Tourism Town

On Friday March 3 Elina Ekoluoma successfully defended her PhD thesis titled Everyday Life in a Philippine Sex Tourism Town. The thesis deals with the implications of tourism (including sex tourism) and how it has become embedded in the daily life in today’s Sabang (a marginalized Philippine fishing village that in the span of three decades became a well-known international sex tourism site). The thesis highlights the local populations’ diverse reactions to the various changes associated with tourism growth, in particular how various symbolic, moral, and spatial boundaries are constructed and maintained. Read more and download the thesis in fulltext:

Två nya antologier

Några av institutionens etnologer medverkar i den nya antologin Tillämpad kulturteori (Studentliteratur): Oscar pripp har tillsammans med Tobias Hubinett skrivit om Etnicitet, ras och vithet, Owe Ronström om Ritual och ritualisering, Ulf Palmenfelt om Folkloristisk narrativanalys och Ingeborg Svensson om Queerteori. Ingeborg Svensson medverkar även i den nyligen publicerade antologin Fiktion och verklighet (Makadam förlag) – en undersökning av hur den spänningsfyllda relationen mellan fiktion och verklighet ser ut.

Mining and Society

Elisa Maria Lopez is a doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology and environmental anthropologist. Her dissertation explores the sociocultural impacts of iron mining and urban displacement in Kiruna, Sweden. She uses a Tumblr blog to share her anthropological interests to the public. The blog is dedicated to the documentation and dissemination of information about the social, cultural, political, and ecological role of mines and minerals around the world. To learn more, visit Elisa's blog on:

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