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Guest lectures and seminars


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Time and place: Aug. 20, 2019 12:15 PM1:30 PM, Seminarrom 3, Sophus Bugges hus, Blindern, University of Oslo

In this lecture, Professor Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza from the University of São Paulo, will argue that, though colonization may have officially ended, its drastic negative effects still persist in the form of a hierarchy of races, knowledges, languages etc that hinders local knowledges and local scientific production.

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Time and place: Sep. 5, 2019 2:30 PM4:00 PM, Niels Treschows hus, 12th Floor, blindern Campus

In this seminar, Peter Redfield will unpack the politics of humanitarian equipment and the assumptions it entails about human needs and what a satisfactory life might be.

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Time and place: Sep. 18, 2019 6:00 PM8:30 PM, Gamle festsal (UiO)

Tax havens and increasing levels of corruption challenge social and environmental justice across the world. The 2019 Arne Næss Chair, Eva Joly, has long been a courageous prosecutor and investigator of the role of big corporations as drivers of inequality and environmental destruction.

Degrowth plantary challenges
Time and place: Oct. 3, 2019 5:00 PM6:30 PM, Arne Næss, SUM, Sandakerveien 130, Nydalen

How can the idea of degrowth help us find new ways of thinking about planetary challenges?


Time and place: June 20, 2019 12:00 PM1:15 PM, Sandakerveien 130, Oslo

How to measure "Health for All"? How do metrics influence the way Universal Health Coverage is implemented in Senegal?

Time and place: June 6, 2019June 7, 2019, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Blindern, University of Oslo

The 21st Century is Asia’s Century. At the ASIANET 2019 conference, we analyse the rise of Asia along three axes: the economy and global power balance; the environment and resource politics; and social, political and ideological change.

Washington D.C. protest march
Time and place: May 29, 2019 2:00 PM3:30 PM, Auditorium 13, Domus Media (Karl Johans Gate 47)

Professor Larry Diamond from Stanford University joins us for an open lecture on democratic recession and the current state of freedom in the world today.

Time and place: May 28, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM, Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo

As fake news and alternative facts spread, many have concluded that truth is no longer held in respect. Today, it seems, anything goes. But is there cause for concern? If so, for what, exactly?

UN General Assembly and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner
Time and place: May 15, 2019 12:30 PM1:30 PM, Stallen, Professorboligen (Karl Johans gate 47)

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner joins us to discuss ongoing reforms and the role of the UN in ensuring the achievement of the SDGs.

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Time and place: May 2, 2019 6:00 PM7:30 PM, Amalie Skram, Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo

What are the most pressing issues for security and restoration of democracy in Venezuela?

Time and place: Apr. 29, 2019 6:30 PM8:30 PM, Fritt ord, Uranienborgveien 2

Welcome to the book launch in connection with the publication of Nina Witoszek’s latest study, The Origins of Anti-Authoritarianism.

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Time and place: Apr. 24, 2019 8:30 AM9:45 AM, ARENA - Sognsveien 68 (3rd floor)

How does the private sector strategically use poor quality data for its own benefit? In this talk, Linsey McGoey discusses how weak evidence-based policy can paradoxically be a powerful tool in the political economy of global health.

Time and place: Mar. 26, 2019 2:15 PM3:45 PM, SUM's seminar room, Sognsveien 68 (4th floor), Oslo.

In this seminar, Sandya K. Hewamanne analyses how former factory workers navigate global capitalism. The seminar is the first in our new SDG Asia seminar series that addresses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the Asian context.

Time and place: Feb. 25, 2019 2:30 PM3:45 PM, SUM, Sognsveien 68, Oslo, Seminar room on 4th floor

As Ghana seeks to expand primary health services, how do past experiences shape current perceptions and expectations? David Bannister will survey the history of Ghana's health system in our next Global Health Unpacked seminar.

Time and place: Jan. 31, 2019 9:00 AM12:00 PM, Loftet, Professorboligen

The start of a new year provides an opportunity to reengage in conversations on how best to achieve sustainable development. The Oslo SDG Initiative invites stakeholders to reflect on Norwegian engagement with the SDGs, and discuss achievements and challenges that lie ahead.

Time and place: Nov. 16, 2018 12:15 PM1:30 PM, PA Munchs Hus, Meeting Room 252, Blindern

Do Indian cities offer women greater control over public spaces?

Can foreign actors help in bringing about an agreement, or may such assistance be negative?
Time and place: Oct. 26, 2018 12:00 PM1:30 PM, OsloMet, Building P46 (Pilestredet 46), Room 318

Welcome to this unique discussion between academics from China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela and Norway.

Time and place: Oct. 16, 2018 12:00 PM1:00 PM, Seminar room 4th floor, SUM

What role can religion, spirituality and ethics play in finding environmental solutions?

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Time and place: Oct. 16, 2018 8:30 AM9:45 AM, SUM, Sognsveien 68, Oslo, Seminar room on 4th floor

What happens when governments try to protect their populations from pandemics with pharmaceuticals? Stefan Elbe will present his latest book Pandemics, Pills & Politics in our next Global Health Unpacked seminar.

Time and place: Sep. 17, 2018 6:00 PM8:00 PM, Litteraturhuset

Join a panel of economists, social scientists, evolutionary thinkers and humanists in a discussion of the cooperative ethos in the Nordic societies.

Time and place: Aug. 21, 2018 5:00 PM7:00 PM, Boksen, Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6

What are the challenges faced by indigenous communities as they encounter developmental and extractive projects? Are there any potential alliances between indigenous groups, the private sector, and foreign assistance organizations?

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Time and place: Aug. 9, 2018 6:00 PM8:00 PM, Boksen, Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6

What is the role of rural areas in supporting populist politicians? And how do rural areas become the main target of populist and authoritarian politics?

Blood; Hand, Ebola
Time and place: June 19, 2018 2:45 PM4:00 PM, SUM, Sognsveien 68, Oslo, Seminar room on 4th floor

Ebola is striking once again, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A few years after the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis, has the world learnt its lessons? Are we better prepared? Come and join the debate!

Time and place: June 5, 2018 11:30 AMJune 6, 2018 2:00 PM, PA Munchs Hus, Blindern

The South Asia across the Nordic Region (SANR) annual meeting 2018 will be held in Oslo on 5 and 6 June

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Time and place: May 7, 2018 6:00 PM8:00 PM, Cinemateket, Lillebil

Join us for the screening of Pili, a feature length drama set in rural Tanzania reflecting the life a poor, HIV-positive single mother of two children. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Dr Sophie Harman, producer of the film and researcher in International Relations/Global Health (QMUL).