Events 2021-22

Please note that the Thunberg Lecture Hall is closed to the public. All seminars and other events
are open to the public via ZOOM WEBINAR 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, Autumn 2021

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 - WEB EVENT              
Jessica Abbott, Natural Sciences Fellow, SCAS.
Senior University Lecturer in Eukaryote Evolutionary Genetics, Lund University
How Repeatable is Evolution?

6 October, 1:30 p.m. WORKSHOP – WEB EVENT
Governance as Ideal and Practice: Metrics, Mobility, and Modes of Knowledge
Afshin Mehrpouya, Francesca Rosignoli, Cris Shore, Michael Watts, Linda Wedlin
This is an event of the Global Horizons Programme.
More details will follow.

12 October, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - WEB 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

14  or 15 October – LECTURE – WEB EVENT (TBC)
The 2nd CUSP Lecture
More details will follow.

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

21 October. SYMPOSIUM
LAMP - Languages and Myths of Prehistory
More details will follow.

26 October, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - WEB 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

8-10 November. WORKSHOP
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 - WEB EVENT 
Adam Kirrander, Natural Sciences Fellow, SCAS.
Senior Lecturer in Chemical Physics, University of Edinburgh.
Visiting Scientist, Brown University
New Tools for New Science: Watching the Transformation of Matter

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

30 November, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - WEB 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

A Posthumous Book by SCAS Permanent Fellow Barbro Klein:
I tosaforornas värld: Gustav berättar
(In a Flapdoodle World: Gustav's Storytelling)
More details will follow.

7 December, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - WEB 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

9 December. PERFORMANCE          
La Serva Padrona
David William Hughes
By invitation only.

14 December, 2:15 p.m. SEMINAR - WEB 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

A few more events will be announced 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