8 JUNI, 13.15–15.00

Towards a Historical Sociology of the Social and Human Sciences

Johan Heilbron, Uppsala universitet och Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (CESSP-CNRS-EHESS), presenterar sin forskning.

The historical understanding of the social and human sciences (SHS) has, over the past decades, gone through a major shift from predominantly presentist to historicist accounts. Various programs for historicizing the SHS have shaped the formation of a subfield of ‘SHS studies,’ as it may be called, and contributed to significant changes in the (self)understanding of the disciplines involved. While the institutionalization of this subfield is relatively weak and its intellectual unity quite limited, a major challenge today is to go beyond the approaches that have defined the broadly ‘historicist’ turn (Cambridge contextualism, German Begriffsgeschichte, neo-institutionalism). In my talk I will argue that historical sociology represents a fruitful, general framework for ‘SSH studies’, and that the work of Pierre Bourdieu, in particular, provides some guiding principles. After presenting these, I will indicate some research areas that seem particularly significant for such a historical sociological program.

Lokal: Rausingrummet, 6-3025, Engelska parken.


Anordnas av Högre seminariet i idé- och lärdomshistoria.

MAY 23, 13:15–15:00

Student organisations, democratisation and higher education in Belarus: the understanding, function and implementation of human rights

Welcome to a seminar on Johanna Ohlsson’s research project “Student organisations, democratisation and higher education in Belarus: the understanding, function and implementation of human rights”.

The human rights situation in Belarus has long been catastrophic with repressive legislation, oppressive mechanisms and interventions regularly exercised by state actors and bodies (Frear 2019, Bedford 2021). Until 2020, democratisation, social criticism and human rights were primarily issues that engaged opposition actors and organisations. Belarusians have been seen as apolitical, generally unconcerned with politics. This drastically changed after the 2020 election, when a significant part of the Belarusian population protested and demonstrated against the election results. This created a momentum for change, yet we know very little about how various actors have been able to utilise this shift – and the repressive measures that followed. Previous research indicates that students and student organisations have played a crucial role in democratic change, connecting democratisation, students and higher education. Exploring this further based on interviews with Belarusians in exile, this project aims to explore how Belarusian student organisations understand, use and implement human rights, both strategically and in their daily work, and if and how this is related to higher education.

Venue: Tidskriftsläsesalen (TLS), Carolina Rediviva.


The seminar is part of Democracy and Higher Education's seminar series and is organized in cooperation with HERO.

Picture of Johanna Ohlsson.

MAY 16, 13:15–15:00

HERO SEMINAR
Forskningens självständiga roll i samhället och folkviljans primat

PerOla Öberg presents his new project.

See Swedish event for more information.

Venue: 4-0019, English Park Campus.


Organized by HERO in cooperation with Democracy and Higher Education.

MAY 8, 11, 12

HERO SEMINAR
Informal Exploratory Workshop: National, Regional, and Global Processes in the Humanities, and the Natural, Social and Educational Sciences

Download the program here.

Limited number of participants. Contact Johan Boberg if you would like to attend.


Organized by HERO in cooperation with the Department of History of Science and Ideas and Sociology of Education.

MAY 9, 13:15–15:00

HERO SEMINAR
The University and the State: Juridical Persons Moving Between Democratic and Authoritarian Governance

David Ciepley, Associate Fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, presents work in progress.

Venue: Gyllenhielmska biblioteket, Skytteanum, Valvgatan 4.


Organized by HERO.

MAY 2, 13:15–15:00

HERO SEMINAR
Effektiv fastighetsförvaltning: Kungliga byggnadsstyrelsen och Akademiska hus 1980–2020

David Dellstig presents an article manuscript.

See Swedish event for more information.

New Venue: Karinrummet, 6-2016, English Park Campus.


Organized by HERO in cooperation with Democracy and Higher Education.

APRIL 25, 13:15–15:00

Picture of Solveig Jülich.

Medicinens demokratisering: Universiteten, demokratin och etiken, ca 1960-2019

See Swedish event for more information.

The seminar is part of Democracy and Higher Education's seminar series and is organized in cooperation with HERO.

APRIL 18, 13:15–15:00

HERO SEMINAR
Universitetet som en katalysator för förändring av politisk kultur: Liberaliseringen av en jordansk ökenstad

Arvid Lundberg presents results from his project The liberalization of Jordanian political culture: The new Maan.

See Swedish event for more information.

Venue: Rausingrummet, 6-3025, English Park Campus.


Organized by HERO in cooperation with Democracy and Higher Education.

March 21, 13:15–15:00

HERO SEMINAR
Universitetet som propagandainstrument: Styrning, manipulation, indoktrinering

Susanne Dodillet and Sverker Lundin presents their project.

See Swedish event for more information.

Venue: 4-0019, English Park Campus.


Organized by HERO in cooperation with Democracy and Higher Education.

FEBRUARY 28, 13:15–15:00

Bara fakta, tack! Historia som politik på nätet och bland studenter

See Swedish event for more information.

Venue: Tidskriftsläsesalen (TLS), Carolina Rediviva.


The seminar is part of Democracy and Higher Education's seminar series and is organized in cooperation with HERO.

Picture of Christine Ekholst.
Last modified: 2023-09-22