Graduation 2013

IMG_7852_3000pxWe’re happy to present yet another group of Masters of Applied Cultural Analysis. Congratulations MACA11: Ludivine, Ian, Su-Won, Donna, Renata, Chris, Chi-Pei, Ivanche, Cecilia, Agne, Mary, Milda, Miriam, Kasia, Elin, Ashley, Stefan, Kristiina, George and Kaisu.

IMG_7896_3000px IMG_7881_3000pxThe ceremony took place in the assembly hall at the main university building on Monday June 10. It was held together with the department’s Swedish masters programme in ABM: archival sciences, library and information studies, and museology.

Afterwards we walked to the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences for refreshments in the park together with friends and relatives.

Thanks to Cezara and Miriam from MACA12 for help with serving refreshments.

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Such great students!

A couple of weeks ago MACA11 presented their almost-finished-but-not-quite-yet-theses at a marathon seminar lasting for three days. Each thesis was discussed for almost an hour, first by two students responsible for reading in detail, and then by the rest of the seminar. The discussions were really good – we have such intelligent, competent and nice students. Well done everybody!

Three days of interesting discussions with MACA11

MACA12 have presented their projects for the clients in the course Fieldwork and Project Management and did really well. Now they’re writing their individual reports and preparing for the examination next week.  It’s amazing – here’s another group of intelligent, competent and nice students! It’s great to be a MACA-teacher!

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Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening

Seminar with Professor David Hendy (University of Sussex, UK) organised by the Department of Communication and media. Wednesday May 8 at Faculty Club, SOL-Centre, Lund University. 13-15.

‘Noise: a Human History’ is a 30-part series broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the UK in 2013. It is about telling ‘the story’ of sound and listening ‘from prehistory to the present’. What’s involved in translating historical research into a radio series for the general public? And what can be gained by doing ‘big’ history, which, in its pursuit of breadth might lack sufficient depth? David Hendy, who wrote and presented the series, discusses the process of making the series and how it relates to academic questions about the history of sound. He focuses on one of the themes emerging from the series: the way in which the early twentieth century became more ‘sonic-minded’ in the wake of the First World War.

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Corporate clients and applied anthropology

“Anthropology Inc. Forget online surveys and dinnertime robo-calls. A consulting firm called ReD is at the forefront of a new trend in market research, treating the everyday lives of consumers as a subject worthy of social-science scrutiny. On behalf of its corporate clients, ReD will uncover your deepest needs, fears, and desires.”

Read more about ReD, the consulting firm you met in the first course, and applied ethnography in the business world in this article in the magazine The Atlantic. Maybe this is the kind of work you want to do after graduation, or maybe it’s not?

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Seminar: Products, Interaction, Design – It’s all about designing experiences

Prof. Dr. Marc Hassenzahl, Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany. February 26, 2013. Pufendorf Institute, Sölvegatan 2/Biskopsgatan 3, Lund. Lecture room on ground floor.  15 – 18.30

Instead of solely focusing on form, materiality, and instrumentality, designers and researchers now embrace emotion, story, and meaning. Through this, a good part of any (interactive) products becomes intangible – experiences created or mediated through the product. I argue that those experiences must be designed, too. They must become an explicit objective of design, not only an appreciated by-product. They must be even considered before the product. In this view, experiences are stories told through the product and the designer is foremost an author of those stories. Only after having outlined the desired emotional and cognitive content of an experience, the action involved, its context and temporal structure, we can start designing the product. And then, each and every detail (content, functionality, presentation, interaction) has to be scrutinized according to its potential to create or destroy the desired experience.

Creating and shaping experiences requires a profound knowledge of the psychology of pleasure, intrinsic motivation, happiness and well-being and expertise of putting this knowledge into action. This talk motivates Experience Design and highlights emerging themes as well as the consequences of pursuing these themes for the way future technologies will be.

See the HEX site for more information.

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Ph.D. position in ethnology

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, Maximum 4 years
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Cultural Sciences, Lund
First day of employment: 1 September 2013
Official Records Number: HTPA 2013/43

The Deadline for receiving applications is 2013-03-01

Please note that as part of your application you must include a research project proposal of no more than 1500 words. In the proposal you should clearly define the objective of your doctoral research, and explain how it will contribute to the field of study you are interested in. In doing this you should relate your research objective to both past and ongoing research in your field of interest and indicate the theoretical perspective(s) you anticipate to work with. The proposal should also contain a methodological discussion and time table explaining how and along what time lines you shall conduct your research. Please note that the list of literature references that you include with your proposal are not counted as part of the 1500 word limit.

In order to obtain the application form for the position and to read more about what documents and information must be included in the application please follow this link (English) or this (svenska).

Click here to learn more about what is involved in doctoral studies in Sweden and Lund University.


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Organic Food and Photographic Images

Here’s two seminars that might be interesting for MACA students.

1) Thursday 31 January Jón Þor Pétursson, doctoral student in ethnology, presents his thesis project at Room 202, Kulturanatomen. The seminar lasts from 13-15. If you like to attend, send an e-mail to seminar leader Lars-Eric Jönsson to get the text that will be discussed: “Organic People. Organic Capital and the Co-Production of Organic Food”.

2) Wedenesday 6 February Dr Ilija Tomanic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, lectures on “Researching the Photographic Image”. This is is seminar arranged by the Department of Communication and Media and takes place 13-15 in The Faculty Club at the SOL-Centre. For questions, contact Tina Askanius.



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