Transdisciplinary Research for a Better World
CEMUS Research Forum, CEFO, is an interdisciplinary research forum for PhD students and researchers that focuses on environmental and development studies. This page lists older courses and initiatives.
Cefo offers doctoral courses that are open for all PhD-students in Sweden. Since Cemus focuses on developing student influence, all Cefo’s PhD-courses are developed by- or in close collaboration with our PhD students. Our courses focus on environment and development issues, and are an interdisciplinary complement to the courses given at Uppsala University and SLU.
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Cefo course spring 2013
Methodological Approaches to Interdisciplinary Research
- How does academia address the scientific and practical questions of sustainability?
- What is the nature of science at the age of antropocene?
- What are the ways to integrate multiple perspectives and insights without losing the depth and quality of scientific research?
The course aims to explore the nature of interdisciplinary research, its strategies, outcomes and implications, and to give students an opportunity to reflect on application of interdisciplinarity in their projects or fields of study.
Master level students are welcome but will not receive credits for this course.
Cefo course autumn 2011
Critical Studies in the Development of Capitalism
Main Subject: Analysis, conceptualization and interpretation of Capitalism
University Credits: 7,5 ECTS
Level of Education: Doctorate
Other Levels: Open for C-D and Master Students in case that there is place
Requiered Qualification: PhD students from Natural, Social or Human Sciences. C-D and MA students may be accepted (120 points)
Place: Centre for Environmental and Development Studies, Uppsala University, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16
Course’s background: The current developments of converging crises regarding labour, the financial system and the global ecology have meant new inquiries into and concerns about the historical development of capitalism. In this PhD course we will study and discuss current critical theoretical approaches to capitalism and its crises. Course participants will read, discuss and critically examine both old and new theoretical developments aimed at problematizing the specific and historical characteristics of the capitalist system.
October 1 – October 14: online part of the course (two weeks). Reading and discussion of course literature.
October 17 – October 20: in Uppsala (1 week of lectures and discussions in Uppsala)
Lectures and discussions include the following themes and speakers:
- Media, Internet and Capitalism – Christian Fuchs, Uppsala University
- Capital Accumulation: Patrick Bond, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa,
- The international Food Regime and the world System: Philip McMichael, Cornell University, USA
- Capitalism, Ecology and Crises: Jason Moore, Umeå University Sweden
- Gender and capitalism – Seema Arora Jonsson , Swedish University of agricultural sciences
- Patterns of capitalist accumulation in southern Latin America 1950-1985, Gloria Gallardo. CEFO
- Conceptualizing capitalism, Cristian Alarcón, SLU and CEFO
21 October: land grabbing workshop (part of the course)
24 October- 15 November: online part of the course (3 weeks)
Total: 6 weeks
Aims of the course:
The aims of the course are:
- To expose students from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities conceptual and theoretical approaches to capitalism in order to understand the current interactions between capitalism and crises. Within this context a first goal of the course is to discuss different definitions and conceptualization of capitalism. This will be done through readings and discussion of a selection of texts by both proponents and critics of capitalism.
- To give students the possibility of gaining a comprehensive overview to historical and current interdisciplinary critical approaches to capitalism. In this regard the course will also examine different views on capitalism and so students will be able to compare and discuss such views with the critical views dealt with in the course.
- To give students analytical tools in the understanding of capitalism from a critical point of view. Therefore, during the course lectures will give several approaches to science, power structures and political formations with a focus on how are those understood under capitalism. One important objective of the course is to discuss what makes capitalism a historically specific different form of organizing production and consumption.
- An additional aim is to assemble researchers and doctoral students from various areas and create a network of researchers interested in the socio-ecological dimensions of capitalism.
The course is divided into three parts.
- The first part consists of students’ individual readings of the course’s literature.
- The second part consists of online and distance work to be organised at Cemus web page. In this part of the course students will comments and discuss the course’s readings and deal with conceptual issues regarding the analysis and interpretations of capitalism in general and specific themes within the analysis of capitalism.
- The third part consists of an intensive week of lectures, seminars and workshops held at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), Uppsala. These lectures will address among others issues the following issues associated wit the understanding of capitalism: Ecology, Labour, Uneven Development, Gender Issues.
- Students will write their own individual papers linking the knowledge obtained during the course to their own research projects. The papers will be submitted by students in the final part of the course. The course participants will be examined by their participation in lectures, seminars and workshops and by the evaluation of their papers. Examiners are PhDs from CEFO research forum.
Expected results and learning outcomes:
The course is expected to provide students critical, theoretical and practical understandings of key concepts and issues regarding the analysis of capitalism from a critical point of view. Furthermore, such a conceptual background is expected to be used in order to bridge disciplinary differences and to create a common base/ language that facilitate interdisciplinary research through interaction, shared learning, and problem discussion. By acquiring knowledge about different concepts and theories used in the critical approach to capitalism students are expected to discuss current crises in the world and to be able to get own positions regarding the usefulness and relevance of critical approaches to capitalism.
The course has been designed as an interdisciplinary PhD course for PhD and Master students.
Form of study:
The course is designed in a form that students will have individual reading days from October 1 2011. Class lectures, discussions and seminars will take place between October 17 and October 21 in Uppsala.
Students have to write and deliver an essay or paper related to the student own research or interests with a focus on capitalism. Such essays or papers should be presented in a seminar where other students can formulate questions and comments. Students have to comment and present another paper or essay. The paper should be written in the form of a dissertation chapter or article for publication in a scientific journal.
PhD Candidate, Cristián Alarcón Ferrari,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 018-471 7213
Literature: to be given to students participants
Cefo course autumn 2010
Human-Animal Studies: Representations and Practices
Doctoral course, 7, 5 ECTS/hp, Uppsala 6/12-10/12 2010.
Place: Cemus, CSD, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, and Center for Gender Research,
Thunbergsv 3 H, Uppsala
The course aims to introduce the growing interdisciplinary field of
Human-Animal Studies – for short, Animal Studies – that explores
human-animal relations in society, science, theory and culture. The course
emphasis is on representations, understandings and practices. How are
animals represented in visual culture, science and media, and what
implications do these representations have for our understanding of and
relation to other animals, ourselves and to the world? What kind of
categorization, inclusion and exclusion do images, narratives and practices
do? How do we project norms and ideas about sex, gender, mind, race, nation
and family on other animals? How do we classify, make hierarchies, include
and exclude different species in different places and spaces? What kinds of
societal structures, ideas, values and ethical frameworks guide our
relations to other species and what are the relations between theory and
practice, when it comes to the question of “animal welfare” in
agri/aquaculture and laboratory life? One overarching theme is the
problematization of the traditional nature/culture dualism – and the
corresponding animal/human – that has dominated, and still dominates western
thought. Discourses on environment and sustainable development and
discourses on animals have traditionally been relatively separated in
academic disciplines and politics, and the course also aims to reflect on
the connections between these discourses. The lecturers represent a
diversity of disciplines – sociology, geography, evolutionary biology,
educational science, ethics, philosophy – and the course aims at encouraging
discussion and communication between students and teachers from different
Form: One week with full-time activities: Lectures, seminars, individual
reading and writing, excursion, joint film analysis and workshop. The
students are expected to take part actively in the lectures and seminars.
The last day the students present their ideas for an individually or
co-written paper and comment on each other’s ideas. The students choose
their subjects in relation to the course content and, optional, to their own
doctoral thesis. The participants will be assessed by their active
participation in lectures, seminars and workshops and by their paper, which
will be handed in within four weeks (January 10).
Qualifications: PhD students from all disciplines. Master students may be
The course, Political Ecology – a Critical Introduction, presents a critical survey of the burgeoning field of political ecology, an interdisciplinary area of research which connects politics and economy to problems of environmental control and ecological change. Further, the course review the historical development of the field, explain what is distinctive about political ecology and considers the major challenges facing the field now and for the future.
7.5 ECTS (5p), spring 2007
The course will be given in English.
Contact person: Erika Bjureby
Ekokritik är ett nytt och tvärvetenskapligt forskningsfält. Ett centralt tema för ekokritiken är relationen mellan text, natur och kultur. Kursen fokuserar på analyser av skönlitteratur (och andra typer av texter, t.ex. film) utifrån ett ekologiskt perspektiv.
5p (7.5 ETCS), våren 2007
Kontaktpersoner: Sven Schulz, Petra Hansson
CEFO COURSE AUTUMN 2014:
CEFO Sustainability Seminar Autumn 2014
Research seminar at CEMUS, CSD Uppsala, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University. Venue: Baltic Library, CSD Uppsala, Villavägen 16.
CEFO COURSE SPRING 2014
CEFO seminars Autumn 2013
Cemus research forum (Cefo) organises an interdisciplinary research seminar series to which all doctoral students are welcome. Here you have the chance to meet PhD students from other departments, to present and discuss your research from new perspectives and invite interesting guest speakers.
The seminars give you a chance to get a broader perspective on your research and to think of how your research relates to environmental and development issues. The seminar schedule is planned together with Cefos doctoral students and the seminars are held every fortnight during term time. The first and last seminar each term includes planning discussions where PhD students suggest topics for the seminars, course ideas, field trip ideas and other activities.
At the research seminars you are able to:
- Present a part of your PhD thesis, an article or something else you wish to discuss.
- Increase the quality of your work by getting comments and criticism from students that come from other disciplines.
- Deepen and broaden your competence through listening to presentations of and discuss work by doctoral students from other disciplines.
- Create and maintain contacts with doctoral students from other disciplines
- Gain new knowledge about environment and development issues.
- Listen to interesting guest speakers from Sweden and abroad and participate in field trips and other inspiring activities.
Schedules from previous years: