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Power, Resistance and Social Change

The research group Power, Resistance and Social Change is a platform for interdisciplinary research. The research group sprung out of an interest in resistance as a phenomenon, which embrace activities, which are to be seen as constructive, productive, invisible, grand, hindering or up-scaled. Resistance, from this perspective, might challenge, change or even produce power. The research group is a site of learning and creatively and collectively interpreting pressing societal challenges, resistance as an engine of change, and power as both a biopolitical as well as a disciplinary, discursive and sovereign phenomenon.

The members pursue many forms of concerted work and the research group provides a collaborative platform for converging, theoretical and empirical, research interests within the field.

One of the main research interests revolve around how power operates in contemporary society and how power-relations change as well as interact with different forms of resistance or other change-initiating practices. We address among other things the establishment of truth regimes, questions of subject formation, identity and belonging, the relationship between government and materialities as well as resistance performed by acts, texts, signs, identities and language.

Ongoing projects

Genocide, Gendercide and Resistance
Mikael Baaz (main applicant), Mona Lilja, Filip Strandberg Hassellind
Reserach project funded by the Swedish Research Council 2019-2022

A Study of Civic Resistance and its Impact on Democracy
Mikael Baaz, Mona Lilja (main applicant), Michael Schulz and Stellan Vinthagen
Programme funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2018-2021.

Reconcilatory Heritage – Reconstructing Heritage in a Time of Violent Fragmentations
Michael Landzelius (main applicant), Mikael Baaz, Evren Uzer von Busch, Klas Grinell, Feras Hammami, Mona Lilja and Ola Sigurdson
Programme funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2017–2020.

The Futures of Genders and Sexualities. Cultural Products, Transnational Spaces and Emerging Communities 
Lena Martinsson (main applicant), Anna Johansson, Linda Berg, Pia Laskar, Diana Mulinari, Cathrin Wasshede, Erika Alm, Mikela Lundahl and Mona Lilja
Programme funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2015–2020.

Social sustainability, water infrastructure and the making of a post apartheid South African state

Post doctoral project, Sofie Hellberg.
Research time split between School of Global Studies and School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Funded by FORMAS.


Internal pages for group members (GUL)

Group leaders:

Mona Lilja
E-mail. Tel: 031-786 5819

Michael Schulz
E-mail. Tel: 031-786 1380

Sofie Hellberg

Page Manager: Deputy Head of Department Isabell Schierenbeck|Last update: 10/1/2019

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