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NOVA PhD Course: "Governance at the ‘Edge’ of the State: Political Subjectivity and Citizenship" - Extended Application Deadline

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    Andrea Nightingale, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The course will take place on 11-15 Sept. 2017 in Uppsala, Sweden.
New application deadline: 15 Aug. 2017. (NB!)

The course is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Prof. Andrea Nightingale, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

NOVA course information webpage

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Apply by sending an email to the course responsible (link above) with a CV and a 1 page application explaining why you are interested in the course and how it is relevant to your own research.

Course Description
State rule is presently challenged in many parts of the world such that governance is achieved by overlapping authorities. The course focuses on the implications of these achievements for conflict, citizenship and social inequality. ‘Political subjectivity’ captures how power operates to produce desires for recognition, belonging, and rights, which all shape inclusion and exclusion. At the edges of the state, these desires erupt in conflict over public authority, citizenship and resources. The course aim is to equip PhD students with theoretical and methodological tools to do research in unstable political contexts.

The course will present debates on governance including frontiers, territorialization, property and public authority, with a focus on citizenship and political subjectivities. Examples include natural resource-use and extraction, and environmental change. Students will engage cutting edge, emerging theories. Emphasis will be placed on how these theories inform the methodological and ethical implications of doing research in politically unstable contexts.

Individual research papers will be handed in before the campus course and be thoroughly discussed through peer-review and input from the instructors in workshops during the course.

Programme Outline
The course contains 4 core elements: i) interactive lectures; ii) open space dialogues hosted by senior teachers; iii) plenary debates; iv) small group discussions. The course elements each model different dimensions of academic debate and ensure in-depth conversations with peers and seniors. The first two days set the stage with lectures, small group discussion and open space dialogue to help foster critical dialogue and meaningful interaction. The third day focuses on a lecture, student paper feedback and plenary debates to develop critical thinking and consolidate learning. The final day is devoted to evaluation, consolidation and planning for future courses.

Main teachers:

  • Andrea J. Nightingale, Professor, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Science
  • Christian Lund, Professor, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Copenhagen University
  • Mattias Borg Rasmussen, Assistant Professor, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Copenhagen University
  • Siri Eriksen, Associate Professor, Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Anja Kaarina Nygren, Professor, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Gabriela Valdivia, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Veena Das, Professor, Anthropology, John’s Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 27. June 2017 - 13:30 - Updated 27. June 2017 - 13:32