Open seminars

Here are a couple of seminars that may be of interest to some of you current or previous MACA-students:

21 September: Tim Ingold from the Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen: “One World Anthropology”. It’s in Geocentrum II, Sölvegatan 12, room Pangea. Time: 10:15-12:00.

21 September: Gerard Coll Planas, Universitat de Vic, Spain: “Gender, Class and Capital – Trans lives in Barcelona”.It’s in the department of Gender Studies, M building, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14, room M:226. Time: 13.00-15.00.


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Sculpting Modern Men: The Body of Heritage

Seminar with Valdimar Hafstein, University of Iceland and President of SIEF. Monday 29 February at 13.15 in room LUX:C436.

Working with photographs, films, and textual traces, this lecture considers how heritage is embodied. How are bodies of heritage constituted, disciplined, carried, experienced, felt? How are temporal relationships inscribed on bodies? The focus is on a traditional form of wrestling, “glíma”, declared Iceland’s national sport in the early year of the 20th century. Glíma wrestling offers a vantage point on the body techniques involved in the formation of modern national subjects and their relationship to time. Relying on rich visual evidence, the lecture analyzes the sculpting of male bodies through glíma wrestling within two distinct regimes of value: national culture in the early 20th century and cultural heritage in the early 21st century.

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Open seminar at Dept. of Gender Studies

Here is a seminar by Chia-Ling Yang, assistant professor at the Graduate Institute of Gender Equity Education at National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan. It’s in English and open for all.

Racism experienced and demonstrated by Chinese-speaking migrants in Sweden 
This presentation aims to explore racism that Chinese-speaking migrants in Sweden experience in their processes of migration as well as racism they demonstrate against other migrant groups in Sweden. By exposing the linkage between processes of othering among migrants and racist discourses in Sweden, the speaker tries to unfold the limit of certain resistance against racism among migrants and try to find alternatives to combat racism in Swedish society

Date: 9 March 15.15-17.00
Place: Room 221, Department of Gender Studies, Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14M, Lund

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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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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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