The third Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies PhD summer school will take place August 15-19 on the theme Concurrences and Connections: The Colonial Anthropocene. The summer school is hosted by the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.
Applications for participation in the summer school opens 19 November, 2021. Participation is free of charge for those accepted, and a limited number of travel and accommodation scholarships are available for PhD students from low-income countries.
The summer school will begin with a one day workshop where the invited faculty facilitators will present their current research. It will be followed by four days of focused workshops led by faculty and sessions organised around the discussion of draft chapters/articles submitted by graduate students.
About the Summer School
As Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin (2015) have argued, the arrival of Europeans in the lands that would come to be known as the Americas can be considered the origin of the present planetary emergency. This event “led to the largest human population replacement in the past 13,000 years, the first global trade networks linking Europe, China, Africa and the Americas, and the resultant mixing of previously separate biotas, known as the Colombian Exchange” (2015: 174). In this way, as Kathryn Yusoff (2019) has argued and as Heather Davis and Zoe Todd propose, “the Anthropocene is not a new event, but is rather the continuation of practices of dispossession and genocide, coupled with a literal transformation of the environment, that have been at work for the last five hundred years” (2017: 761-780).
When the beginning of the planetary emergency is linked to the beginning of colonization, a new set of problems come into focus. Scholars investigating these problems have been able to partially rewrite of the history of this emergency, a rewriting that emphasizes the role that colonization played for the emergence of a liberal, capitalist Europe. This new research also identifies the persistence of colonial relations globally. As Rob Nixon (2011) has influentially argued, the “slow violence” of anthropogenic climate change has affected the (post)colonial nations of the global south much more severely than those of the global north. In this way, and as Jason Moore also notes, colonial relations persist deep in the ecologies of the global south. Just like the global south suffered the most during colonization – as a repository of labour, and a location of natural resources – it is the most vulnerable today in the wake of pollution, mining, oil drilling, and nuclear testing.
The realization that the current planetary crisis originates in colonialism and in the liberal capitalism that organized this project has profound consequences for how this history and the present moment must be understood, but conversely also for postcolonial studies. Concurrences and Connections: The Colonial Anthropocene PhD school invites PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences that explore this diverse and complex territory in their work.
Professor Macarena Gomez-Barris, Social Science/Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute, US
Dr. Leon Sealey-Huggins, Sociology, University of Warwick, UK
Dr. Heather Ann Swanson, Anthropology, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Dr. Lisa Tilley, Political Science, SOAS, UK
Dr. Rebecca Duncan, English Literature, Linnaeus University
Professor Johan Höglund, English Literature, Linnaeus University
Deadline for applications is March 4, 2022.
Successful participants will be notified April 1, 2022.
Deadline Full Paper is July 1, 2022.
The program will be made available when registration is completed. For planning purposes, please note that teaching will commence in the morning of Monday 15 August and end Friday 19 August after lunch. For those who can make it, we will gather for an informal dinner in the evening on 14 August in downtown Växjö.
For those who have not been granted financial aid for the accommodations you may reserve a room at one of the following hotel/properties.
For Teleborgs Castle below you will get a special rate if you book your room with this code “SumSchool”. In order to get the special rate you must contact the hotel via phone or e-mail. You can not book through the hotel's own website or any third party booking sites.
Teleborgs Slott (Teleborgs Castle – this is where the summer school will take place)
SE-351 96 VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: email@example.com
Or call +46 (0)470 – 34 89 80
Web: https://teleborgsslott.com/ (in Swedish only)
For the following are low-cost hotels or dorms that you may book directly on their websites, via e-mail or via a third party booking site.
Skäraton, (student short-term accommodation – the cheapest option)
SE-352 51 VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call +46 (0)766 – 100 122
Web: http://skaraton.com/ (in Swedish only)
SE-352 33, VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: email@example.com
Or call +46 (0)470 – 77 67 00
Web: https://www.hotellvarend.se/ (in Swedish only)
Easy Livin´ (apartment hotel)
Fredrik Bondes väg 29
SE-352 56 VÄXJÖ
Travel to and from Växjö
There are a number of different ways to travel to Växjö. You can either take the train to Växjö Central station or travel by air to Växjö Småland Airport.
If you travel by train to Växjö you will reach Växjö Central located in the city centre. Travelling by train from Stockholm Central to Växjö Central takes roughly 3.5 hours.
If you instead choose to travel by air, you can choose to travel either from Bromma Stockholm Airport or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Växjö Småland Airport. You can also reach Växjö via flight to Copenhagen Airport/Kastrup and connecting direct train to Växjö Central (roughly 2.5 hours).
Please note that no matter which route you choose, you need to check with your airline about corona specific restrictions for their flights - we know that this may vary from airline to airline!
From one point to another within the City of Växjö
When travelling by bus from Växjö Central to Linnaeus University, bus number 3, direction “Universitetet”, is the best option. However, there are also other bus routes that pass by one of the university’s bus stops or bus stops nearby, for instance, route number 1 and 5, which take you to Teleborg Centrum, some 8–10 minutes’ walk from the university’s campus.
Bus number 4 will take you from Växjö Småland Airport to Växjö Central where you can change to bus to get to Linnaeus University.
Bus tickets are purchased either on the bus with a debit card or you can download the travel app “Länstrafiken Kronoberg” and purchase your ticket in the app, which will give you a 10% discount on your ticket. You use your debit card to pay in the app.
In case you prefer a bicycle, many hotels can offer this. It takes roughly 20 minutes with a bicycle from the city centre to Linnaeus University’s campus.
Most taxi companies start from Södra Bantorget at World Trade Center which means you can find available taxis here.
There is a relative shortage of parking spaces on campus and all are subject to a charge. Parking spaces are marked on the map below.
Sustainable events at Linnaeus University
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