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Research Day 2017

On February 8th, the Department of Cultural Sciences invited students, university colleagues and the public to our Research Day. Researchers from all our disciplines presented ongoing or finished research projects.

Below you will find presentations that was held in English. For the full program, please visit the Swedish version of this website.

Click on the title of the presentation to read the abstract, or scroll down below the program.

English Program
09:00-10:30

Room: Vasa 2

Negotiating Space, Spaces of Negotiation - Location and the Posed/Coreographed Body in Contemporary Fashion Photography
Christine Sjöberg, Doctoral Student in Art History and Visual Studies

Watching Movies on Smartphones: The Physiological Effects on Screen Size, Physical Connection, and the Active Environment
Kata Szita, Doctoral Student in Film Studies

"When the Body Speaks": A Study on Representation of Bodies and Screen Visuals in Live Music Concerts
Olga Nikolaeva, Doctoral Student in Art History and Visual Studies

10:30-11:00Coffee break/fika
11:00-12:00

Room: Vasa 1

Speciecism and the Pacha Mama Turn
Juan Velasquez, Associate Professor of Gender Studies

Counterintuitive Contents in Religious Dreaming? Reports from a Case Study in a Hindu-Nepalese Context
Andreas Nordin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

12:00-13:00Lunch
13:00-14:30

Room: Vasa B

Discussion Panel: Knowledge Across Borders: Studying Transnational Activism
Mia Liinason, Associate Professor of Gender Studies
Juan Velasquez, Associate Professor of Gender Studies
Erika Alm, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies
Lena Martinsson, Professor of Gender Studies

14:30-15:00Coffee break/fika
15:00-16:00

Room: Vasa B

What does the Fille Fatale Desire?
Karolina Westling, Doctoral Student in Film Studies

Swingin' Swedes: The Transnational Exchange of Swedish Jazz in the US
Mischa Van Kan, PhD in Musicology
 

16:00Mingle

Abstracts

Negotiating Space, Spaces of Negotiation - Location and the Posed/Coreographed Body in Contemporary Fashion Photography

In this presentation I introduce my thesis work in which three notions of organizing, perceiving and interpreting space – landscape, interior(s)/exterior(s) and place – are examined in relation to contemporary editorial fashion photography published in a Swedish and British context. My interest lies in how certain concepts and features closely tied to the phenomenon of fashion, namely time, self/other and movement, are negotiated in relation to the spaces and places surrounding the human body in fashion photography. It is an investigation focusing on the interrelations between, as well as the choreography of, the fashioned body and its setting.
Christine Sjöberg, Doctoral Student in Art History and Visual Studies

Watching Movies on Smartphones: The Physiological Effects on Screen Size, Physical Connection, and the Active Environment

Smartphones are often described as something that extend the user’s body, but what does this contact mean in terms of film experience? In this paper, I attempt to turn the spotlight on the way bodily interaction and environmental stimuli affect film and video experience, and present my findings from a behavioral psychological experiment which targets to explain how smartphones as movie screens require potential new strategies from both the users’ and the content producers’ side.
Kata Szita, Doctoral Student in Film Studies

"When the Body Speaks": A Study on Representation of Bodies and Screen Visuals in Live Music Concerts

The project addresses the production of live music concert’s visual presentation. More specifically the research is focused on two core elements of the visual presentation: the body of the performer and the screen visuals. The research is looking at the visual presentation as being simultaneously constructed and performed. It is both an artifact and a process that unrolls during the live concert and therefore follows certain rules that are dependent on temporality of the concert’s visuality. The analysis is in a way dissecting the visual presentation to its elements and looking into the connection, communication and coordination between them.
Olga Nikolaeva, Doctoral Student in Art History and Visual Studies

Speciecism and the Pacha Mama Turn

This paper looks into the on-going insurrection conducted by first nation communities from Cauca province in Southern Colombia to North Dakota in the US to reverse the violent occupation of their territories that threaten theirs as well as the life of other species. Why is one struggle more known than the other? The paper perceives those struggles as in line with what material feminist scholars argued for as a post-humanist turn and a kind of diffractional politics against fragmentation based in intra-actions and entanglements established between a multiplicity of struggles conducted simultaneously to overcome oppression as a phenomena.
Juan Velasquez, Associate Professor of Gender Studies

Counterintuitive Contents in Religious Dreaming? Reports from a Case Study in a Hindu-Nepalese Context

Religious dreams often contain representations of interacting supernatural agents who have access to information that may be of strategic importance to humans. The bizarreness of dreams has been debated, and would seem to comprise counterintuitive mental representations. But not all bizarre dreams are counterintuitive, and what constitutes bizarreness varies by individual experience and cultural norms and factors, while that may not be the case with counterintuition. Furthermore, some seemingly counterintuitive dreams where agents shift or identities dissolve may not be religious. This presentation will report from a case study in a Hindu-Nepalese context about possible counterintuitive content in religious dreaming.
Andreas Nordin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Discussion Panel: Knowledge Across Borders: Studying Transnational Activism

The panel will engage with feminist, queer and trans activism and social movements in local and transnational contexts. What happens if we put transnationalism at the core of our critical interventions? What does it mean to take transnationalism as a departure in knowledge production about power relations, resistance, community and change in neoliberal times?
Mia Liinason, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Juan Velasquez, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Erika Alm, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies, Lena Martinsson, Professor of Gender Studies

What does the Fille Fatale Desire?

The expression enfant terrible, literally meaning a “terrible child” who breaks social rules, has become a cultural touchstone for liberal values. In French cinema after the 1980s, a new kind of female provocative teenager appeared, overtly experimenting with her sexual impact on men. These filles fatales are younger than the femme fatale, and more dangerous then the alluring Lolitas. What is fuelling her provocative behaviour? What is the goal of her power game? Does she desire independence or pleasure? To this effect, I will compare L'année des meduses (Christopher Frank, 1984) with 36 fillette (Catherine Breillat, 1988) and Élisa (Jean Becker, 1995).
Karolina Westling, Doctoral Student in Film Studies

Swingin' Swedes: The Transnational Exchange of Swedish Jazz in the US

How was Swedish jazz disseminated on the American record market? What meanings were connected to Swedish jazz in the US? These are the main research questions of my doctoral thesis that focuses on the period of 1947 to 1963. In these processes, notions of nationality, ethnicity, race and gender prove highly relevant. The transnational perspective of the study criticizes jazz studies that has been confined too much to national borders. Furthermore, it becomes clear that the American meaning of the denotation “Swedish jazz” can differ from the Swedish notion.
Mischa Van Kan, PhD in Musicology

Contact Information

Associate Head of Department for Research, Karin Wagner

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Vera Sandbergs Allé 8, room 2235

Phone:
+46 (0)31-786 4190

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