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Social Research Seminars Series
Social Research Seminars Series is a seminar series of the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences. Social Research Seminar Series is a set of talks given by speakers representing the disciplines of the Doctoral Programme. The talks are open to everyone interested. Read more
"Decolonization, Epistemic Struggles and Autonomy among Indigenous Peoples of Latin America"
One-day workshop with Dr. Xochitl Leyva Solano (CIESAS, Mexico)
Time: Monday 13.3.2017
at 10:15–12:00 Lectures
at 13:00–14:45 Discussions on the articles and questions
Place: lecture room 10, Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo), Univeristy of Helsinki
Dr. Xochitl Leyva Solano is a researcher and senior lecturer at the Center for Higher Research in Social Anthropology (CIESAS). Since 1987, she has worked in Chiapas, Mexico. She has co-edited Prácticas Otras de Conocimiento(s): Entre crisis, entre guerras on, a three-volume book in 2015, with several female and male indigenous researchers, decolonized feminists and committed researchers of the Caribbean Region, Latin and North America and Europe. In 2010, with Mayan artists, communicators and visual anthropologist, she co-authored the audio book Sjalel kibeltik. In 2008, she co-authored the book Gobernar en la diversidad: Experiencias indígenas desde América Latina with the indigenous organizations of Abya Yala and committed anthropologists. In 2000 she co-founded Proyecto Videoastas Indígenas de la Frontera Sur. Leyva has contributed to the development of “co-labor research” (investigación de co-labor) and research with “roots, heart, and co-reason” (investigación con raíz, corazón y co-razón).
Articles to discuss:
1) Leyva Solano, Xochitl 2010. Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Neo-Zapatista Social Movement Networks. In Jai Sen (ed.), Changing Worlds: Emerging World Movements and the World Social Forum, volume 4. New Delhi: OpenWord/ Oakland: PM Press.
2) Leyva Solano, Xochitl & Speed Shannon 2008. Introduction. Human Rights and the Maya Region. In Pedro Pitarch, Shannon Speed and Xochitl Leyva (eds.), Human Rights in the Maya Region. Global Politics, Cultural Contentions, and Moral Engagements. Durham/ London: Duke.
The texts are available in the Moodle. It also includes a folder “Further readings (optional).
Doctoral and master students granted 1 ECT credit that can be negotiated with their program directors.
Contact: Assistant professor Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen: email@example.com .
Indigenous studies of University of Helsinki, in collaboration with the University of Arts Helsinki.
"Studying Media City - Conceptual and Methodological Perspectives"
by visiting lecturer, Associate Professor Myria Georgiou (LSE Media and Communication Studies).
Time: Thursday 23.3.2017 14–18 (The course is only one day)
Venue: U37, LS (luentosali)
Credits: 3 ECTS
If you cannot make it to the course and are interested in the topic, come listen to her open lecture on Friday 24.3. 10:00-11:30 at U37 (tiedekuntasali): https://www.facebook.com/events/782077688612284/
Aim & contents: The aim of this course is to provide cross disciplinary skills for doctoral students to better analyse contemporary urban social life of intensive media-saturation. What kind of identities, action, communities and practices of consumption are created and maintained in this mediated environment? What kind of hierarchies and injustices are embedded in these processes? Professor Myria Georgiou is one of the key experts in this field. In her work she combines media studies, migration studies, urban sociology and anthropology in a unique way.
The course will produce new conceptual and analytical knowledge on how to study media-saturation of urban life. Special focus is given to students' ability to apply new perspectives in their own doctoral research connected with the media and mediation of urban life.
The course is divided into an introductory lecture on media city, in which professor Georgiou explains her key ideas on the study of media-saturated urban life, and a workshop in which doctoral students present their own work connected with media and the city.
Interactive lecture (2 hours) by professor Georgiou and a workshop (2 hours) in which students present their work connected with media and the city and receive comments by the teacher, assistant teacher and other students.
Pre-registration for the course is required, DL 22.3.2017
Contact: Johanna Sumiala
"Doing social constructionist research”
by visiting lecturer, Dr. Vivien Burr, Professor of Critical Psychology, University of Huddersfield
Professor Burr, the author of ‘Social constructionism’ (2015; 3rd ed. London, UK: Routledge), has published widely on discourse analysis and qualitative research methods in psychology.
Lecture and work-shop, 3-5 ECTS
Responsible unit: social psychology, Teaching language: English
Target group: Doctoral students in social sciences. Social psychology majors working with master’s thesis are welcome if free places. Maximum 20 participants.
Time: April 19th, 1-3 pm
Aim & contents:
Students will extend their understanding of social constructionist approaches and related methodological issues. They will become familiar with current issues and developments within social constructionism in social psychology, and learn how to enhance their own empirical (thesis) work.
The open lecture will outline key features of social constructionism and discuss its location within the broader field of social psychology. It will focus on the model of the person that social constructionism invites, while contrasting this with mainstream psychology and social psychology. The research implications of taking a social constructionist approach will be outlined.
The workshops will take place in a spirit of co-learning, where students should anticipate an accepting and facilitative response to their work. Students will be invited to discuss the theoretical and methodological aspects of their work that they regard as ‘social constructionist’. This will give rise to some discussion of what ‘social constructionist’ research is or might be. In telling the story of the development of their research, students will be invited to describe the relationship between their epistemological framework and their methodology. In particular, they will be invited to identify any areas of epistemological/methodological tension in their work, and the group will be asked to reflect on these.
Contact: Kari Vesala
"Master Class title: Religion, Film and the Mediation of the Unseen"
Teacher: Birgit Meyer (Professor of Religious Studies, Utrecht University)
Responsible unit: Social and Cultural Anthropology
Teaching language: English
Target group: Doctoral students in social sciences (max. 20 participants)
Time: Friday 28th April, 10 AM – 12 NOON
Venue: Unioninkatu 35, sh 113
Description of the course content by professor Birgit Meyer:
The readings I suggest for this master class are the Introduction, chapters 4 (Film as Revelation) and 5 (Picturing the Occult) of my recent book “Sensational Movies. Video, Vision and Christianity in Ghana” (University of California Press, 2015) which explores interfaces of video feature films and Pentecostalism (understood as containing popular, grassroots Christianity). Grounded in an approach to religion as a practice of mediation through which the unseen is made visible en senseable, in this book I analyze film as a medium of and for the imagination. Video-movies do not merely illustrate and express the plasticity of Pentecostal belief and experience, but are an intrinsic part of a Pentecostal visual regime of revelation and concealment. In this sense, a focus on films, and the ways in which they are made to reveal the unseen operations of divine and demonic forces (while at the same time feeding suspicions that images ultimately conceal as much as they show) is helpful to grasp the meaning and power of vision in this phenomenally popular version of Christianity. While the texts offer a close analysis of a particular setting, I think that they can be helpful for thinking through the nexus of film and the religious imagination in a wider sense.
In preparation, participants are asked to read the above mentioned sections so that they are ready to discuss the topic as well as their own work.
Readings: Introduction, chapters 4 (Film as Revelation) and 5 (Picturing the Occult) of my recent book “Sensational Movies. Video, Vision and Christianity in Ghana”.
Readings will be made available for the registered participants.
Contact: Timo Kallinen (02941 23084, firstname.lastname@example.org)