Newsletter #12 · November 2011


New research group about youth sociology

CESAU now has a new research group which will be concerned with youth sociology. We have spoken with group coordinator Jens Christian Nielsen of DPU in order to learn more about his intentions. He says:

”By cooperating across the research group, we can make the youth field more visible. Looking around, one sees many people working with sociologically inspired theory, and it may be good to put this even more into play.”

  • Read the whole interview with Jens Christian Nielsen here
  • Sign up for the new research group here


Focus on Foucault

CESAU have, as a new initiative, chosen to arrange a seminar once every semester, focusing on a sociological thinker - chosen by the students. We would like to say thanks for the suggestions we have received. This semester, the students have chosen to focus on Michel Foucault, and the event will take place on December 8. Lars Thorup Hansen and Jens Erik Kristensen have agreed to take part in a discussion as to how they make use of Foucault in their current research, and we are working on arranging further presentations.

Lars Thorup Larsen (IFSK):

Denmark and the US alike have, within the last 10-15 years, introduced so-called "free choice" systems in the health sector - arrangements marked by a strong neoliberal line of thought, and which follows a logic of the market. With Foucault as his starting point, Lars Thorup will investigate how and why neoliberal ideas are played out in two radically different political settings: The Danish and American health systems, respectively.

Jens Erik Kristensen (DPU):

The presentation will circle around three areas to which Foucault's research may contribute new perspectives. Foucault's actual contribution to an "analytics of exclusion", Foucault's possible contribution to discussions about and diagnoses of the so-called "competition state", and finally, Foucault's possible contribution to an understanding of the field of politics currently circulating nationally and internationally under the heading "knowledge politics", with reference to the political and knowledge-economical attention to the generalised knowledge production in society.

In anticipation of the seminar, CESAU has taken the Foucault temperature at Aarhus University. We have asked researchers and students from several different fields what the influential French philosopher means to them. Among other things, Carsten Stage responds:

”One does not always get unproblematic answers - e.g. where the relationship between subject, identity and discourse is concerned - from Foucault, but one always finds in him a constructively provocative discussion partner.”

  • Read the rest of the article here


Danish Sociologists' Congress

We encourage everyone interested to sign up for the Danish Sociologists' Congress soon, at the conference website.

  • Register and pay for the conference here.

In addition to the 36 work groups which were announced in the previous newsletter, another work group has been added. This group will focus on social movements and the question of identity.

  • Read more about the 37 work groups here.


New faces of the centre

We have recently seen a substantial replacement of staff at the centre.Kristoffer Stegeager, who has served as head of the secretariat, has found a new job. Henrik Reintoft Christensen will be taking over Kristoffer's responsibilities - not least concerning the Danish Sociologists' Congress. Another two have said their goodbyes: Henrik Jøker Bjerre, who has been with us from the start, and Verner Møller. A big thank you to Kristoffer, Henrik, and Verner. Mikkel Rytter from the Department og Culture and Society is new at the centre - welcome to Mikkel. Also our student worker staff has seen much replacement. Lasse Johanson, Andreas Kiel Jørgensen, Ayham Al Maleh, and Mads Muurholm are new at the centre, replacing Nicolai Mariegaard, Anders Storm Rasmussen, Kristine Frahm, and Birgitte Gade. Welcome to the new student workers and goodbye to the old ones.


Overview of deadlines for research funding

Below is found an overview of deadlines for research funding in November.

  • See an overview of deadlines for research funding over the next 6 months here.

Fund

Notice

Deadline


European Commission
Foods, health, and well-being
15/11/2011
Read more
Torben og Alice Frimodt's fund
Research funding
15/11/2011

European Commission
Safety and society
23/11/2011
Read more
European Commission
Starting Grants in social
sciences and humanities

24/11/2011
Read more

Overview of CESAU's coming PhD-courses

PhD-course

Spaces available?


NVivo course
(1 ects)
Aarhus, Nov. 2011


NO


Read more

EXTRA NVivo course
(1 ects)
Aarhus, Nov. 2011


NO

fileadmin/www.cesau.au.dk/Flyer_-_Ph.d.-kursus_i_NVivo_9.pdf Read more

Profession studies under a
sociological perspective
- an introduction (5 ECTS)
Aarhus, jan./feb. 2012


YES
Registration with Henrik R. Christensen
hcr@cesau.au.dk

 

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NVivo course (1 ects)
Aarhus, feb. 2012


YES
Registration with Henrik R. Christensen
hcr@cesau.au.dk


Read more

NVivo course (1 ects)
Aarhus, feb. 2012


YES
Registration with Henrik R. Christensen
hcr@cesau.au.dk

Read more

Calendar

Nov. 9 & 14
Building 1331, room 213

Ph.D. course: Introduction to NVivo

Nov. 15
SFI, Herluf Trollesgade 11, Cph

Course: ”Why and how? Evidence and effect measurement of social efforts”
Organiser: SFI

Nov. 17 at 17-19
Department of Sociology,
Copenhagen University, lok. 1.1.18.

Talk: Peter Scharff Smith: ”Children of the imprisoned”
Organiser: Danish Sociologists' Association

Nov. 17,
SFI, Herluf Trollesgade 11, Cph

Conference: ”On the edge of the housing market”
Organiser: SFI

Nov. 18 at 14.15
Building 1580, room 349

Meeting in the research group: ”Culture and Society”

Nov. 23 & 28
Building 1331, room 213

EXTRA Ph.D. course: Introduction to Nvivo

Nov. 29 at 17-19
Gammeltorv 10,
Studenterhuset, Aalborg

Talk: Marie Østergaard Møller: ”Limits of concern among the professionals of the welfare state.”
Organiser: Danish Sociologists' Association

1/12
SFI, Herluf Trollesgade 11, Cph.

Conference: ”Employment of more elderly people and unemployment – how?”
Organiser: SFI

Dec. 6 at 17-19

Temamøde i CESAUs ph.d.-gruppe: Formidling af forskningen

Dec. 8 at 10-14
Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4,
conference room 2

Focus on Foucault

Dec. 9 at 9.30-16.30
Aarhus Hospital, DNC auditorium,
building 10

Conference about Luhmann and the health system
Jan 19-20, 2012 Danish Sociologists' Congress 2012: Troubled Identities
Jan./feb., 2012 Ph.D. course: Profession studies under a sociological perspective – an introduction

9.-10. feb., 2012
AU, Aarhus

Conference: ”Designing and Transforming Capitalism”
Feb. 6 & 8, 2012 Ph.D. course: Introduction to NVivo
Feb. 13 & 15, 2012 Ph.D. course: Introduction to NVivo

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