Events 2021-22

All seminars and other events are open to the public unless otherwise indicated.*
The events are held in the Thunberg Lecture Hall, Linneanum, Thunbergsvägen 2,
Uppsala, unless otherwise indicated.

*The Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation
SCAS follows the advice and recommendations given by Uppsala University. These are
based on the information and recommendations issued by the Public Health Agency of
Sweden and the Government Offices of Sweden. Events may thus be postponed/
cancelled with short notice. Please see below for the current status regarding the events.

Upcoming Events, 2021-22

7 December, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT                  
Francesca Rosignoli, Junior Global Horizons Fellow, SCAS.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University.
Project Leader and Researcher, Institute for Comparative Federalism, Eurac
Research, Bolzano
Justice, Women and Climate Induced-Migration: A Time for Discourse
Zoom Webinar:

Similarly to the 2018 Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, the EU New Pact
on Migration and Asylum adopted in 2020 acknowledges natural disasters and climate change among
the drivers of migration. However, it also fails to recognize a new legal subjectivity for people fleeing
environmental disruptions. Without a legal definition, climate-induced migrants are protected neither
under international nor EU law. This protection gap is more likely to increase the vulnerabilities of
most marginalized groups, particularly women. UN figures show that 80% of people displaced by
climate change are women. Less educated, poorer, and with limited access to natural resources,
women will be ever more disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and climate
change. As discussed at length during the COP26, this aspect raises gender equality, gender justice,
and environmental justice issues that are increasingly discussed by policy-makers, non-state actors,
and civil society. This seminar will provide insights into the terminology in use, the gap in legislation,
and existing narratives that are shaping the debate linking gender, climate change, justice, and migration.
In particular, I will address the following questions: How the gender dimension is discussed in the con-
text of climate-induced migration? Which narratives are shaping the debate? What is and will be the role
of EU institutions in addressing this pressing issue?

9 December, 6:15 p.m. PERFORMANCE          
La Serva Padrona
David William Hughes
The performance will be followed by a reception.
Pre-registration is required.
The number of seats is limited, and seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Please contact no later than 6 December to register for the event.

David William Hughes presents La Serva Padrona.

Since 2020, the Coronavirus threatens to kill opera!
Can David William Hughes save it with his one-man production of La Serva Padrona?
Baroque meets retro in this fresh new twist on Pergolesi’s 1733 comic masterpiece.
The performance will be followed by a Q&A session.

‘Possessed of a fine voice with an enormous range… his energy carries his audience along
as if surfing a wave’ - FringeReview

‘I loved every second’ ***** - MusicalTalk

**** - Adelaide Advertiser

14 December, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT                   
Ivan Miroshnikov, Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS.
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Egyptological Studies, Russian Academy of
Sciences, Moscow.
Docent in Early Christian and Coptic Studies, University of Helsinki
The Fayyūm, Its Dialects, and Its Literature
Zoom Webinar:

In this seminar, I would like to take you to the Fayyūm. One of the poorest regions of today’s
Egypt, in its heyday it was a leading center of monasticism and, consequently, manuscript pro-
duction. Since I have just come back from a research trip to the Fayyūm, it seems appropriate
to start with a short report on my findings. I will thus introduce you to a beautiful papyrus codex
discovered in 1987 at the ancient site of Narmoute, which I autoptically examined at Ali Radwan
museum storage in Kom Aushim. The extant fragments of the codex bear witness to an erotapo-
krisis (a series of questions and answers), which is otherwise attested in a single Coptic manu-
script, and an otherwise unattested but fascinating text on the relationship between the body
and the soul.

I will then proceed to an overview of the languages used in the Fayyūm in the first millennium of
the Common Era. I will put a special emphasis on the various Coptic dialects that were present in
the region—from poorly attested and obscure (e.g., the so-called “dialect K”) to those that played
the dominant role in Coptic manuscript production (i.e., Sahidic, classical Fayyūmic, and medieval
Bohairic). I will also discuss the most important sites of the region, including Toutōn (whose scrip-
torium produced numerous manuscripts for the famous White Monastery in Upper Egypt), and
Phantoou (where a large group of parchment codices was discovered in 1910).

Finally, I will draw you a picture of the literature that came down to us in the indigenous dialect of
the region—viz., Fayyūmic. I will start with the Fayyūmic Bible, whose origin remains largely un-
explored. As I am going to demonstrate, the time has come to retire the views on the relationship
between the Bohairic and Fayyūmic Bibles expressed by the prominent Coptologists of the past
(Paul E. Kahle and H. J. Polotsky) and to search for more complex and viable solutions. I will
then survey the other extant texts translated into Fayyūmic (from Greek, from Sahidic, or from
Greek via Sahidic). I will conclude this talk with a discussion of the motley crew of texts that may
have been originally composed in Fayyūmic.

18 January, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT                  
Michael John Watts, Senior Global Horizons Fellow, SCAS.
Class of ‘63 Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley
Life without Authority:  Frontier Violence in West Africa

25 January, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT  
Yaffa Epstein, Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS.
Researcher, Faculty of Law, Uppsala University
Rights of Nature in Europe

The programme for February-June will be available shortly.

Previous Events, Autumn 2021

14 September, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - WEB EVENT
Margaret R. Hunt, Fellow, SCAS.
Senior Professor of History, Uppsala University
People, Oceans and History:  A Preliminary Survey of the State of the Field with Special
Reference to the Indian Ocean

Zoom Webinar:

The early modern period (hereafter EMP), usually dated to roughly 1450-1800 CE, was a pivotal time for
oceans as well as for the people who fished them, travelled and traded across them, and fought over them.
Peoples, animals, plants and pathogens previously cut off from each other by oceans now converged, with
sometimes fatal consequences. New technologies, ideas, habits of consumption, and modes of exploitation,
including better techniques of map-making and navigation, novel religious movements, previously unfami-
liar foodstuffs and manufactures, and highly coercive labour regimes spread widely, and, to a large extent
globally. Innovative military and commercial relationships began to be forged between emergent states and
empires and the people who plied the oceans. And anthropogenic harms began to manifest themselves in
some of the world’s oceans, especially along the coastlines and in island habitats. Much of the scholarship
on these and other important changes associated with the EMP emphasizes elite actors, but this talk seeks
to explore how these and other big changes affected and were in turn affected by ordinary European, Afri-
can and Asian sailors and their relatives and connections on shore. The talk especially focuses on vernacular
beliefs about the nature and sustainability of the oceans and the animals and plants that lived there; on the
impact of literacy, science and mathematics on ordinary sailors; on the ways sailors and other travelers
made sense of epidemic diseases like typhus, the plague, and yellow fever (endemic to many port towns in
the early modern period); and on the way everyday religiosity fared in the face of a newly globalized ‘market-
place’ of spiritual ideas and practices.

16 September, 1:15 p.m.. SYMPOSIUM - WEB EVENT
Indo-European Language and Culture
Inaugural symposium to celebrate the opening of the Centre for Studies in Indo-European Language and
(Stockholm University), organized in collaboration with the LAMP project and SCAS.
Guus Kroonen, Jenny Larsson, Mikkel Johansen Nørtoft, Thomas Olander, Birgit Olsen, Simon Poulsen
Zoom Webinar:
This is an event of the research programme LAMP – Languages and Myths of Prehistory.

Welcome to SCAS
Christina Garsten

Introductory remarks
Jenny Larsson

13:30 - 14:00
Metal Names and Their Relevance to the Indo-European Dispersal
Guus Kroonen

14:00 - 14:30
Quantifying Grave Wealth: The Case of the Moravian Corded Ware Culture
Mikkel Johansen Nørtoft

14:30 - 15:00
Intriguing Trees: Indo-European Linguistic Subgrouping
Thomas Olander & Simon Poulsen

15:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 16:00
The Indo-Europeans and the Second Sex
Birgit Olsen

16:00 - 16:15
Presentation of the Ancient Genome Map

21 September, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - WEB EVENT
Cris Shore, Senior Global Horizons Fellow, SCAS.
Professor of Social Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Unbundling, Market Making and University Futures: Audit Culture and the New Academic

Zoom Webinar:

In Britain and elsewhere the neoliberal assault on universities has shifted from austerity funding models
and New Public Management to the special status of the public university itself. This new phase aims to
complete work begun thirty years ago by more fully marketising and financialising universities, starting
with ‘unbundling’ and outsourcing, and culminating in new forms of privatisation, rent extraction and
re-bundling. In this seminar I will explore some of the agents behind these initiatives by analysing docu-
ments commissioned beyond government aimed at creating political momentum for this project. Michael
Barber’s (2013) Avalanche is Coming and Justin Bokor’s (2012) University of the Future are among
many ostensibly ‘independent’ reports that capture the spirit of these reform agendas while simultaneously
creating the university futures that they portend. One curious yet unexplored aspect of this process is the
extraordinarily expansion of external consultants, think tanks and international accountancy firms into the
field of higher education management and governance. Drawing on ethnographic examples, I will analyse
the market-making work that these consultants perform in reimagining universities ahead of policy reform
and in reinventing the public university as a site for rent seeking. I ask, how are these firms embedding
themselves in universities? What techniques are they using to cement their expertise, profitability and
power? What university futures are these market-making activities creating? And how are academics
and other university stakeholders responding to these challenges?

23 September. CEREMONY
An Event in Honour of the Newly Appointed Scholars of the Pro Futura Scientia Programme.
In collaboration with Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
By invitation only.

28 September, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - WEB EVENT
Aryo Makko, Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS.
Professor of History, Stockholm University
From Trojan Horses to Bridge-Builders: Europe’s Neutral States and the Soviet Union in the
Global Cold War

Zoom Webinar:

In 1988, struggling with both his domestic reforms (perestroika and glasnost) and his country’s
position in international affairs, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev described neutrality as an essential
element of European politics of considerable importance: “If Europe lost the independent contribution
of the neutral states, this would make the potential of international détente much poorer”. This con-
cluded a long transition period in the Kremlin’s position towards neutrality and the neutral states –
from outright suspicion under Stalin to acceptance under Brezhnev and appreciation under Gorbachev.
Neutrality has been part of the European and World affairs for centuries. It has tended to become an
integral part of national identity – organically where it was employed for a long time and as invented
tradition or imagined myth where it was not. In the bipolar conflict known as the Cold War, neutrality
offered a third way between East and West. Despite the fact that Europe’s neutral states only feared
one superpower, the Soviet Union, their historiographies are framed in national and Western-centric
fashion. A thorough understanding of neutrality and the foreign policies of neutral states during the Cold
War must nonetheless include the Soviet factor. Drawing upon archival sources from several countries,
many of which have only recently been declassified, the seminar will address the theory, rhetoric and
conduct of European neutrality vis-à-vis the Soviet Union in the Global Cold War. 

1 October, 3:15 pm. BOOK SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT
The Imposter as Social Theory
Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, Else Vogel and Steve Woolgar will present their new book.
Ulrika Dahl
will comment on the book.
The seminar will be followed by a reception. Pre-registration is required. The number of seats is limited,
and seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Please contact no later than 27 September to register for the event.
The event will also be available via Zoom Webinar: (no registration
required for the digital event).

The Imposter as Social Theory: Thinking with Gatecrashers, Cheats and Charlatans
Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, David Moats, Else Vogel and Steve Woolgar (eds.)
(Bristol University Press, 2021)

“The figure of the imposter can stir complicated emotions, from intrigue to suspicion and fear. But what
insights can these troublesome figures provide into the social relations and cultural forms from which
they emerge?

Edited by leading scholars in the field, this volume explores the question through a diverse range of
empirical cases, including magicians, spirit possession, fake Instagram followers, fake art and fraudulent

Proposing ‘thinking with imposters’ as a valuable new tool of analysis in the social sciences and humanities,
this revolutionary book shows how the figure of the imposter can help upend social theory.”

Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, Professor and Research Director, Centre for Integrated Research on Culture
and Society (CIRCUS), Uppsala University

Else Vogel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

Steve Woolgar, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Linköping University, and Professor
Emeritus of Marketing, University of Oxford


Ulrika Dahl, Professor of Gender Studies, Uppsala University

5 October, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT              
Jessica Abbott, Natural Sciences Fellow, SCAS.
Senior University Lecturer in Eukaryote Evolutionary Genetics, Lund University
How Repeatable is Evolution?
Zoom Webinar:

With recent discoveries of exoplanets outside of our solar system, the question of whether life could
evolve on other planets is becoming increasingly relevant. But given that we know of only one origin
of life, our own, can we draw any general conclusions about other unknown potential life forms? I
will argue that by combining general evolutionary principles with what we know about the speed and
frequency of the evolution of various properties of life on earth, we can make educated guesses about
the course of evolution on other planets. I will provide an introduction to evolution and natural selection,
and then speculate whether a number of major transitions in complexity are likely to be universal pro-
perties of life or not.

6 October, 1:30 p.m. WORKSHOP – HYBRID EVENT
Governance as Ideal and Practice: Metrics, Mobility, and Modes of Knowledge
Afshin Mehrpouya, Franke N. Pieke, Francesca Rosignoli, Cris Shore, Michael J. Watts, Linda Wedlin
The workshop will be followed by a reception. Pre-registration is required. The number of seats is limited,
and seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Please contact no later than 29 September to register for the event.
The event will also be available via Zoom Webinar: (no registration
required for the digital event).
This is an event of the Global Horizons Programme.

13.30 – 13.35
Introductory remarks
Christina Garsten (SCAS)

13.35 – 14.05  
Governance, Metrics and Global Status Games: Organizing Competition in Science and Education       
Linda Wedlin (SCAS & Uppsala University)

14.05 – 14.20  

14.20 – 14.50  
Technologies of Self-lessness – A Study of the Moralizing/Normalizing Aspects of the Chinese Social
Credit System

Afshin Mehrpouya (SCAS & University of Edinburgh Business School)

14.50 – 15.05  

15.05 – 15.25  
Coffee/tea break

Panel presentations:
15.25 – 15.40  
The Good Governance Agenda: Neoliberal Modalities on the Move to the Global South
Michael J. Watts (SCAS & University of California, Berkeley)

15.40 – 15.55  
Flood of Climate Migrants, Desert in International Governance? Finding an Appropriate
“Institutional Home” for Climate-induced Migration and Displacement through Emerging
Models of Cross-governance

Francesca Rosignoli (SCAS, Stockholm University & Eurac Research, Bolzano)

15.55 – 16.10  
Governing by Numbers and Managing through Metrics; Indicators, Rankings, and the New World

Cris Shore (SCAS & Goldsmiths University of London)

16.10 – 17.15  

17.15 – 17.30  

17.30 – 18.00  
Global Horizons: Critical Reflections from the Chinese Periphery
Frank N. Pieke (SCAS & Leiden University)

18.00 – 19.00  

12 October, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT                
Susan Pedersen, Fellow, SCAS.
Gouverneur Morris Professor of British History, Columbia University
From ‘Political Wife’ to ‘Woman Politician’:  Recovering British Women’s Political Work before

Zoom Webinar:

This talk is essentially a précis of one thread of the book I am writing.  That book, Balfours in Love
and Trouble
, is about two interlinked transformations:  the shift from an aristocratic to a democratic
political order, and the shift from marriage as a tool of dynastic alliance to marriage as personal and
affective tie.  It recounts that shift, however, using collective biography, tracing the lives and marriages
of two aristocratic women – Lady Frances Campbell, daughter of the Whig politician and Scottish
magnate the 8th Duke of Argyll, and Lady Betty Lytton, daughter of the recent Viceroy of India Lord
Lytton – who married younger brothers of the late Victorian Conservative politician and later Prime
Minister Arthur Balfour.  

This talk explores these women’s political involvements, tracking their evolution from “political wives,”
working to aid their husbands’ careers and their families’ power, to political figures in their own right.
Especially through the medium of the women’s suffrage movement, in which both played a leading part,
Frances and Betty Balfour would cast their lot with democratic forces that would diminish the power of
their families and class.  This book is being written for a general audience, and the talk assumes little
knowledge of nineteenth century British politics.

19 October, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT               
Frank N. Pieke, Fellow, SCAS.
Professor of Modern China Studies, Leiden University
The Chinese Communist Party as a Global Force
Zoom Webinar:

In this presentation I will investigate China’s rise as a superpower from the perspective of the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP), asking how the Party attempts to prime itself for the challenges posed by
China’s globalization and superpower competition with the U.S. The CCP is currently in the throes of
redefining itself as not just China’s ruling party, but also as the dominant force of global China. The
principal aim of the CCP’s global extension overlaps with and complements the CCP’s strategy of
influencing and interfering in the society and politics of other countries, but has different aims. The
CCP seeks to expand the reach of its system abroad and to strengthen the cohesion of the Chinese
nation also beyond China’s borders. This includes not only strengthening and extending the existing
armoury of overseas Chinese and united front work, but also mobilizing the organizational power of
the CCP itself to tie party members among Chinese businesspeople, professionals, contract workers
and students abroad back into “the system” in China. I conclude that the extraterritorial extension of
the Party, nation and culture documented in this chapter is certainly not innocent and benign, but
poses less of an immediate threat than the Party’s attempts at directly influencing the politics and
society of other countries.

21 October, 10:15 a.m. SYMPOSIUM
Indo-European Ecologies
Davide Ermacora, Leszek Gardeła, Riccardo Ginevra, Peter Jackson, Anders Richardt Jørgensen,
Anders Kaliff, Jenny Helena Larsson, Birgit Anette Olsen, Terje Østigaard

Discussants: Lisa Bukhave, Tommy Kuusela, Andreas Nordberg
The number of seats is limited. Pre-registration is required by 15 October 2021 at the latest.
Please contact Jenny Larsson ( for details.
This is an event of the research programme LAMP – Languages and Myths of Prehistory and the Centre
for Studies in Indo-European Language and Culture
(Stockholm University).

The symposium Indo-European Ecologies deals with various aspects of the Indo-Europeans’ relation-
ship to cattle and milk, including a number of threats to this cattle economy. The relationship to cattle
is expressed in words, myths and rituals, occurring in numerous variants in different Indo-European
contexts. This may be assumed to have its essential basis in the original pastoral lifestyle and the eco-
logical conditions for large-scale cattle herds on the Eurasian steppe. Both archaeological and environ-
mental historical findings about the conditions on the Eurasian steppe are therefore of great value to
highlight as a background to why notions of cattle and milk have gained such a significant and long-
lasting position in various Indo-European cultural traditions.

10.15 - 10.30
Christina Garsten, SCAS, & Jenny Helena Larsson, Stockholm University

Session 1
Chair: Birgit Anette Olsen, University of Copenhagen

10.30 - 11.00
Celtic Cow-sucklers and Other Chthonic Creatures
Anders Richardt Jørgensen, Uppsala University

11.00 - 11.30
The Baltic “Snake Cult” and the Milk-drinking, Cow-suckling Snakes
Jenny Helena Larsson, Stockholm University

11.30 - 12.30

Session 2
Chair: Anders Richardt Jørgensen, Uppsala University

12.30 - 13.00
Churning the Ocean of Milk
Birgit Anette Olsen, University of Copenhagen

13.00 - 13.30
The Monstrous Animal Sibling and Some Mythological Irish ‘Worm’-stories
Davide Ermacora, Università degli Studi di Torino

13.30 - 14.30
Lunch break

Session 3
Chair: Lisa Bukhave, Uppsala University

14.30 - 15.00
Tamed and Untamed: Snakes in the Slavic Mind
Leszek Gardeła, National Museum of Denmark

15.00 - 15.30
From Guest to Stranger to Monster (and back again) – A Topos and its Transmutations
in Indo-European Mythology

Peter Jackson, Stockholm University

15.30 - 16.00
There Be Dragons, and Other Dangerous Ones: Serpents, Water, Otherness, and Space
in Indo-European

Riccardo Ginevra, Catholic University of Milan

16.00 - 16.30

Session 4
Chair: Peter Jackson, Stockholm University

16.30 - 17.00
Farming, Fertility and Foaming Water: Indo-European Ritualisations of Life-giving
Forces in Scandinavian Agriculture

Terje Østigaard, Uppsala University

17.00 - 17.30
Cattle, Cosmology and Sacrifice: An Indo-European Interpretation of Burnt Mounds
Anders Kaliff, Uppsala University

Lisa Bukhave, Uppsala University
Tommy Kuusela, Swedish Institute for Language and Folklore
Andreas Nordberg, Stockholm University

26 October, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT                
Rashna Darius Nicholson, Barbro Klein Fellow, SCAS.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies, University of Hong Kong
Indo-American Geopolitics, the Festival of India and the Mahabharata: Intercultural Theatre
and/as Soft Power

Zoom Webinar:

The Festival of India (1985 to 1986), described as “an event without parallel in the history of cultural
interchange between India and the United States and perhaps between the United States and any other
country”, was conceived to provide the American public with a comprehensive projection of the life,
art, and culture of India from ancient times to the present day. The Festival spanned forty states and
over a hundred cities; comprised more than seven hundred art exhibitions, programs of music, dance,
drama, film shows, seminars, workshops, and lectures sponsored by over two hundred cultural insti-
tutions; engendered extensive media coverage; and cost approximately $20 million. It not only consti-
tuted“one of the biggest events ever mounted to promote goodwill and understanding between two
countries”,  but also served to promote bilateral relations, economic and technological exchange, and
tourism; to expedite the liberalization of the Indian economy (thereby propelling India away from the
Soviet Union); and to alter the direction of cultural, art history, and not least theatre studies in the
following decades. Drawing on records in the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC), this paper situates
one of the Festival’s “major attractions”—Peter Brook’s Mahabharata—arguably the most studied and
most controversial performance event of the twentieth century—within the geopolitics of Indo-US Cold
War diplomacy, Indian development, and American foundations’ efforts to consolidate a transregional
epistemic community of political, cultural, and intellectual elites. It demonstrates how the production’s
impact and renown was due to its strategic, utilitarian position as a cultural bridge at the critical moment
when the Indian and US government sought to redefine their relations. The paper traces the undisclosed
script enacted by the event’s key performers: both high-profile statesmen as well as hitherto unknown
figures (officers of the JDR 3rd Fund, Ford Foundation, and Indo-US Subcommission; deputies of the
Indian Ministry of Culture; university representatives; and key journalists). In so doing, it illuminates the
hidden, multi-layered political exigencies behind the production’s staging.

8-10 November. WORKSHOP
Beyond Advanced Studies: Interdisciplinary Theory and Research Careers
The first workhop within the Beyond Advanced Studies initiative.
In collaboration with Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) and
Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS).
By invitation only.

16 November, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT 
Adam Kirrander, Natural Sciences Fellow, SCAS.
Senior Lecturer in Chemical Physics, University of Edinburgh.
Visiting Scientist, Brown University
New Tools for New Science: Observing Transformations of Matter
Zoom Webinar:

Almost all matter around us consists of atoms. Understanding how atoms link to each other to form
intricate structures, from rock salt to DNA, belongs to one of the great achievements of modern
science and has been awarded many Nobel prizes. New facilities known as X-ray Free-Electron Lasers
(XFELs) exploit relativistic electrons to create ultrashort pulses of x-rays, sufficiently intense to record
the motions of atoms and electrons. This opens the door for a more sophisticated understanding based
on dynamic rather than static properties. In this talk, I will survey the historical developments that have
taken us to this point, taking the view that it is often new instruments that drive scientific progress. The
journey involves detours via frogs (sic) and the Cold War Star Wars program, before arriving at state-of-
the-art experiments that measure the atomic motions during chemical reactions and the flow of energy
through photoexcited molecules. Finally, I will examine the prospects for new experiments at XFELs
that may have profound impact on research across chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science,
including an opportunity to measure electron correlation, which is one of the most fundamental proper-
ties of matter.

23 November, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT           
Valentyna Savchyn, Fellow, SCAS
Associate Professor of Translation Studies, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Literary Translation behind Bars in the Context of the 1970s–80s Political Repressions in
Soviet Ukraine

Zoom Webinar:

Translation in incarceration is nothing new, nor is it restricted to a particular place or historical
period. However, this social and cultural phenomenon is marked by a far more frequent occurrence
in totalitarian societies. This seminar examines the practice of literary translation in Soviet labour
camps, where, as a result of political repressions, Ukrainian scholars, writers, translators, and lexi-
cographers (aka prisoners of conscience) constituted a large part of the incarcerated population.
The fact that translation activity thrived behind bars despite brutal and dehumanizing conditions
testifies to the phenomenon of cultural resistance and translators’ activism, both of which deserve
close scholarly attention. I will provide insights into practical, historical, psychological, and philoso-
phical aspects of translation in extreme conditions. My talk seeks answers to the questions of why
prisoners of conscience felt moved to translate, and how they pursued their work in situations of
extreme pressure. Through the lens of translation in prison, I will offer a wider perspective on the
issues of retranslation, pseudotranslation, translation editing, text selection, and the functions of
literary translation. The focus of my talk is on Soviet Ukraine in the 1970s-80s, when a wave of
political repressions led to the appearance of a new generation of prisoners of conscience. Case
studies of Vasyl' Stus and Ivan Svitlychnyi will be discussed, drawing on their letters during the
incarceration period and the memoirs of their inmates.

30 November, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT         
Robin Holt, Guest of the Principal, SCAS.
Professor, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School.
Visiting Professor, Nottingham Business School
Why Craft Matters Like Never Before
Zoom Webinar:

Our place in the world seems to be beset by what Marilynne Robinson observes to be an atmosphere
of joyless urgency. What was once certain is now lost in endless cycles of translation: everything is
to become a subject of improvement. Craft offers a reprieve. The restoration and expansion of work
practices and products that quietly and generously commit to more sustainable and organically complete
lifestyles emerges as an organizational oasis amid the ruinous rush for progress. Its distinctive attractive-
ness unfolds as might a patch of red poppies set themselves amid a wasteland; its desirability becomes a
naturally occurring imperative. But it is a dangerous imperative. It suggests not only that the certainties
we crave are available to us, if only we looked back and recovered ‘the old ways’, but that they are de-
sirable. My talk acknowledges something heartfelt in the turn to craft. The imperative to make and use
things well carries the possibility for recalibrating how we, as a species, organize (and are organized by)
processes of material wealth production. Yet in excavating and understanding this ‘turn’, I critically ques-
tion whether the value of craft really rests with its offer of refuge from the headless and heedless forces
of extractive industrialism. Perhaps, more potent still, is its commitment to the generative qualities of em-
bracing, rather than avoiding, uncertainty.

UPDATE/2 December: This event will be held as a WEB EVENT ONLY.
2 December, 3:15 p.m. BOOK LAUNCH – HYBRID EVENT
A Posthumous Book by SCAS Permanent Fellow Barbro Klein:
I tosaforornas värld: Gustav berättar
(In a Flapdoodle World: Gustav's Storytelling)
Björn Wittrock, Marie-Christine Skuncke, Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, and
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
(in this order) will present the book and its author.
The book launch will be followed by a reception. Pre-registration is required. The number of
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I tosaforornas värld: Gustav berättar (In a Flapdoodle World: Gustav’s Storytelling)
Barbro Klein
(Carlsson Bokförlag, 2021)

The Swedish folklorist Barbro Klein (1938–2018) worked for 40 years on a monograph in Swedish
about her father Gustav Arklind’s storytelling. Working from tape-recordings and fieldnotes, she
reconstructed his oral performances, paying careful attention to nuances in tone and laughter. The
book is a rich, ethnographic study of verbal art and at the same time a biography of Gustav, the
destitute boy from southern Sweden who went to sea at the age of thirteen. His life history is woven
into and sheds light on the social transformations of twentieth-century Sweden. It is also an intimate
book, inseparable from the author’s own life story.

Barbro Klein had nearly completed the manuscript when she passed away in 2018. It has been edited
posthumously by her friends, the literary historian Marie-Christine Skuncke and the ethnologists Georg
Drakos, Jonas Engman and Lotten Gustafsson Reinius.

Barbro Klein (1938-2018), Deputy Principal Emerita and Permanent Fellow Emerita, SCAS, and
Professor Emerita of Ethnology, Stockholm University

Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, Hallwyl Guest Professor of Ethnology, Nordiska museet, Stockholm,
and Senior Lecturer in Ethnology, Stockholm University

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Professor Emerita of Performance Studies, New York University,
and Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish
Jews, Warsaw

Marie-Christine Skuncke, Professor Emerita of Literature Emerita, Uppsala University

Björn Wittrock, Permanent Fellow, Founding Director and Former Principal, SCAS, and
University Professor Emeritus, Uppsala University