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Gurbet Peker, PhD candidate in ethnology

Gurbet Peker is our new PhD candidate in Ethnology. She is also part of the Multidisciplinary Graduate School in Sustainability Development at Campus Gotland. Her PhD project focuses on how sustainability is narrated and practiced in the everyday life on the Gotlandic countryside.

Her research interests also include human-nonhuman relationships, identity and belonging, urban and rural relationships, migration and materiality.

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New doctoral dissertation: Subjects of Feminism

Kristian Sandbekk Norsted defends his dissertation Subjects of Feminism: The Production and Practice of Anxiety in A Swedish Activist Community on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 10:00 for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Faculty examiner: Beverley Skeggs, Distinguished Professor, Sociology, Lancaster University.

The dissertation explores why feminists currently are anxious like so many others today. A number of analytical frameworks shed light on anxiety as a zeitgeist; one that that increasingly seems to structure our lives. But those frameworks don’t adequately describe or explain how anxiety unfolds among specific groups of people. 

Based on thirteen months of participant observation in parts of the feminist activist community in Stockholm, the thesis discusses several salient features of contemporary feminist culture.

The defence will take place on Campus Engelska Parken, Uppsala University (limited seats) and over zoom. For more information, please contact Sverker Finnström, Dir of Studies, PhD Studies.
More information on Kristian’s PhD thesis and the defence.

Book cover: Manifestation of the sisterhood seeing you

Doctoral dissertation: Embodied citizenship in the making

Nika Rasmussen defends her dissertation Embodied citizenship in the making. Bolivian urban youth at the crossroads of social hierarchies March 12 at 10:15 for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Faculty examiner: Professor Andrew Canessa, University of Essex.

The thesis, Embodied citizenship in the making. Bolivian urban youth at the crossroads of social hierarchies, analyses the body as a nexus for playing out power relations and for feelings of societal belongings. Based upon fieldwork amongst young urban Bolivians, it examines the connections between bodily conceptions, social hierarchies and societal inclusions. Despite the Evo Morales-government’s project of nationhood for a decolonization of society, old and discriminatory structures and notions prevailed amongst the youth. Social hierarchies and the production of differences were integral parts of their everyday life. The thesis shows how notions of race, class, gender, age, sexuality and place materialize bodies. Some bodies merged with salient norms, whereas others “stood out” and felt “out of place”. This relationship between individual, society and state is productively studied with the framework of “embodied citizenship”. The framework links projects of nationhood, how belongings at different societal levels and social hierarchies are produced and interrelated, together with an intersectional gaze on power relations. It elucidates that citizenship is an ongoing, embodied and lived experience in everyday life. 

The defence will take place on campus (limited seats) and over zoom. For more information, please contact Sverker Finnström, Dir of Studies, 3rd Cycle.

More about Nika's dissertation in DiVA.

  • Katarina Graffman holds a Tedx talk

  • Sverker Finnström – I mangoträdets skugga (in Swedish)

  • The Swedish Research Council visits Sten Hagberg (subtitles in English)

  • Meet some researchers and PhD candidates 2018–2020

Last modified: 2021-02-22