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air photo of poor and rich neighborhood
Time and place: Mar. 10, 2021Mar. 12, 2021, Zoom

The winter seminar is a meeting place for human geographers where we discuss topics that are relevant across the discipline's different tracks. This year's theme is "borders".

Image may contain: Neighbourhood, Urban area, City, Town, Land lot.
Time and place: May 6, 2021May 7, 2021, On Zoom


Bildet kan inneholde: person, leppe, kinn, frisyre, hake.
Time: Mar. 3, 2021 1:15 PM3:00 PM

Elisabeth Schimpfössl: Rich Russians’ Morality of Success 

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Time and place: Feb. 25, 2021 5:30 PM8:15 PM, Webinar: Facebook Live
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Time: Jan. 20, 2021 1:15 PM3:00 PM

A recording of this event is available here.

Class voting has been one of the most wide-spread and persistent patterns of voting behavior in Western democracies throughout the 20th century. Understanding its decline is an important part of understanding the current political situation. This talk by Dr. Erik Vestin (Dalarna University) will present new results on the explanation of this decline.  


Bildet kan inneholde: person, nese, leppe, kinn, frisyre.
Time and place: Jan. 15, 2021 10:30 AM2:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

Master i statsvitenskap Stine Hesstvedt vil forsvare sin avhandling for graden ph.d. (philosophiae doctor) ved Institutt for sosiologi og samfunnsgeografi.

The Politics of Expert Advice: A Study of Governments’ Use of Policy Advisory Commissions in Norway, 1972-2018

Daniel Gaxie
Time: Jan. 14, 2021 1:15 PM3:00 PM

The analysis of relations between classes and politics must take into account the attitudes of members of these classes towards the political domain. The aim of this presentation is to present and discuss the different parameters that characterize these political attitudes.

Begger with a face mask sitting on the street, with a sign saying "HELP!"
Time and place: Dec. 7, 2020Dec. 11, 2020, Zoom

We invite all interested PhD students to take part in this Zoom-based PhD course, organized by Per Gunnar Røe and Karen O'Brien.

Bildet kan inneholde: ansikt, hår, panne, øyenbryn, hake.
Time and place: Nov. 20, 2020 10:30 AM1:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

Master i sosiologi-antropologi Anders Næss vil forsvare sin avhandling for graden ph.d. (philosophiae doctor) ved Institutt for sosiologi og samfunnsgeografi.

Migration, super-diversity, and health: studies on immigrants’ health care integration in Norway

Bildet kan inneholde: tekst, skrift, gul.
Time: Nov. 18, 2020 10:15 AM12:00 PM

Over the last ten years the issue of Europe has been placed at the centre of major political conflicts, revealing profound splits in society. These splits are represented in terms of an opposition between those countries on the losing and those on the winning sides of globalisation. Inequalities beyond those nations are critically absent from the debate. Cedric Hugrée, Etienne Penissat and Alexis Spire will join us to present their new work on social class inequalities.

Cathrine Holst
Time and place: Oct. 29, 2020 2:15 PM4:00 PM, Zoom

How does the current crisis shed light on questions regarding the relationship between science, policy and democracy? Professor Cathrine Holst gives the 2020 Annual Lecture at the Centre for Philosophy and the Sciences.

Bildet kan inneholde: person, hår, ansikt, hake, frisyre.
Time and place: Oct. 28, 2020 10:30 AM1:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

Master i migrasjon og etniske studier Brit Lynnebakke vil forsvare sin avhandling for graden ph.d. (philosophiae doctor) ved Institutt for sosiologi og samfunnsgeografi.

Belonging, inclusion and local identity. A study on internal and international in-migration in three Norwegian rural municipalities

Kevin Geay
Time: Oct. 15, 2020 10:15 AM12:00 PM

Drawing on both his own ethnography of the French bourgeoisie, as well as a number of contributions particularly from French sociology, Kevin Geay discusses important lessons for the sociology of elites.

Book cover: Kevin Geay -- Enquête sur les bourgeois
Time: Oct. 14, 2020 1:15 PM3:00 PM

A new ethnography paints a fresh picture of the Parisian bourgeoisie and their relationship to politics. In this talk, its author Kevin Geay presents some of its main findings.

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Time: Aug. 13, 2020 8:00 PM9:30 PM

Join Karen O’Brien and her guests, Indra Adnan (The Alternative UK) and Dr Monica Sharma (renowned leadership practitioner and expert) for an exploration of the important theme of agency, which is discussed in Karen’s new book You Matter More Than You Think: Quantum Social Change in Response to a World in Crisis

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Time and place: June 18, 2020 8:00 PM9:30 PM, Online

Join us for an webinar and conversation with Karen O´Brien about her new book. Karen will present some of the key themes in the draft and then invited guests will reflect on quantum social change and its implications for climate change.

Rogers Brubaker and Tariq Modood
Time and place: May 28, 2020 7:00 PM8:30 PM, Online webinar

Online webinar: Can populism flourish during a pandemic? Are we witnessing a multicultural nationalism? These are the two of the questions asked by Rogers Brubaker and Tariq Modood in this webinar.

Illustrasjonsbilde av fattig og rikt boligområde med tekst: "Borders"
Time and place: Mar. 19, 2020Mar. 20, 2020, Professorboligen, Karl Johans gate 47, Oslo

ISS will host the second Winter Seminar in Human Geography  in Oslo, inviting social geographers from all over the country to academic discussions and socializing.

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Time and place: Mar. 5, 2020 8:30 AM10:00 AM, Auditorium 6, Eilert Sundts hus, Moltke Moes vei 31, Blindern

In this breakfast seminar in the Cities and Societies series, Professor Harald Rohracher from Linköping University will give a presentation based upon  material from three Swedish cities which have set up ‘smart city’ experiments and pilot projects.

People doing excercises on the roof top of the Oslo Opera House
Time and place: Feb. 27, 2020 2:15 PM4:00 PM, HumSam-biblioteket, Georg Sverdups hus, 1. etg. (inn og til høyre i selve biblioteket), Moltke Moes vei 39

How does architecture contribute to the production of truly public spaces in the city today? What types of knowledge are needed, and are today's planning and decision-making processes suited for the design of socially inclusive public spaces in the city? Whose city is it really?

Jens Richter from Estudio Herreros will give the introductory talk to this Cities and Society seminar, followed by a panel discussion with invited architects and urban scholars.

Book cover: Relational inequalities
Time and place: Jan. 17, 2020 12:00 PM1:15 PM, Auditorium 4, Eilert Sundts hus, Blindern, Universitetet i Oslo

Book talk on "Relational Inequalities: An Organizational Approach" (Oxford University Press, 2019) with Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Dustin Avent-Holt (Augusta University). The event is open to all.

Bildet kan inneholde: skjerf, fotografi, rød, klær, gatemote.
Time and place: Nov. 11, 2019 1:15 PM3:00 PM, Georg Sverdrups hus: Undervisningsrom 2

Who are the Finnish top earners, where does their money come for, and what do they think of the society? In her talk, Academy Research Fellow Hanna Kuusela (Tampere University) discusses the different ways in which the Finnish top earners legitimise their own position at the top while undermining some of the basic characteristics of the Nordic model. The talk describes the different cultures of the rich inheritors, managers, and entrepreneurs belonging to the 0.1% of earners in Finland, and demonstrates how the top earners construct moral boundaries vis-à-vis their imagined others: the unemployed, the civil cervants, and the workers. Finally, the talk analyses how their processes of class-making are intertwined with the critique of the welfare state, its taxation, the tripartite cooperation, and also the entire democratic system.

Climate protest in the streets
Time and place: Nov. 7, 2019 12:00 PM2:00 PM, Realfagsbiblioteket

In cooperation with UiO: Energy and the Science Library, we invite you to this Cities & Society seminar, with lunch. The main speaker will be Timothy Kevin Richardson, professor in urban planning at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Portrait: Kendra Strauss
Time and place: Oct. 18, 2019 12:15 PM2:00 PM, Auditorium 7, Eilert Sundts hus

Kendra Strauss from Simon Fraser University will give this year's Tschudi memorial lecture at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography.

Portrait of Christian Schmid
Time and place: Oct. 14, 2019 2:15 PM3:30 PM, Harriet Holters hus, rom 201, Blindern, Universitetet i Oslo

 Welcome to the next seminar in the series Cities & Society. Christian Schmid from ETH Zürich / Future Cities Laboratory Singapore will present first results of the research project “Territories of Extended Urbanization” that explores and analyses a range of very different case studies across the globe.