Department of Sociology


At the Department of Sociology there are two active seminar series: The higher seminar and Identifying the current state of Sociology. For more information and schedule for each seminar see below.

The Higher Seminar

The next Higher Seminar:

Thursday, September 7th

Guest speakers Professor Elizabeth Stokoe & Dr. Rein Sikveland from  Loughborough University, Great Britain. The title of their talk is:The first ten seconds: Why it matters to study talk, from sales to suicide.
NB! Please note the unusual day of our Higher Seminar – Thursday, September 7th  in Segerstedt-rummet (2-1025), Engelska Parken, House 2, from 14:15 to 16:00.

Further information about the research profiles of our guest speakers can be found at:


Wednesday, September 13th

Tobias Olofssons half time seminar with the title Terra Cognoscetur - The land that will be known: Imagined futures and risk reduction in mineral exploration will be held  on Wednesday, September 13th, in Segerstedt-rummet (2-1025), Engelska Parken, House 2, from 14:15 to 16:00.

Main supervisor: Prof. Patrik Aspers
Second supervisor: Prof. Sandra Torres
Opponent: David Redmalm PhD
PhD candidate opponent: Mai Lundemark

Wednesday, September 20th

Jonas Bååth, final seminar,  Title: Production in a State of Abundance: On the Struggles of the Swedish Meat Supply Chain.

The seminar will take place, in the Segerstedt Room, Engelska Parken, House 2, at 14:15 to 16:00.

Main supervisor: Patrik Aspers
Second Supervisor: Tora Holmberg
Opponent: Bertil Rolandsson (GU)
Ph.D. Candidate Opponent: Christofer Berg
Second Reader: Sandra Torres

Thursday, Septembre 28th

Professor Louise Ryan from the University of Sheffield will be a guest speaker at our Higher Seminar on Thursday 28th from 14:15 to 16:00.

The title of her talk is Highly Skilled Migrants and Social Networks: an analysis of gender, family life cycle and place


Fall 2017

30 August Edvin Sandström, final-seminar, Sociology, Uppsala university (Note the time: 10.15)                                                                                                               7 september, Elizabeth Stokoe and Rein Sikveland, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
13 September Tobias Olofsson, half-time seminar Sociology, Uppsala univeristy
20 September Jonas Bååth, final-seminar, Sociology, Uppsala university
28 September Louise Ryan, University of Sheffield

Spring 2017

17 January Kristoffer Kropp, Roskilde universitet, Denmark (NOTE! a Tuesday and 13-15)
23 February: Giselinde Kuipers, University of Amsterdam
1 March Maricel Knechtel, Sociology, Uppsala university
15 March: Mirjam Künkler, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
5 April Tobias Werron, Bielefeld University
10 April Brooke Harrington, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark  (NOTE! Monday, 14-16)
26 April Pernilla Agård, Sociology, Uppsala university
17 May Arne Dressler, University of Cologne, Germany
31 May Kathia Serrano Velarde, Max Weber Institute of Sociology, University of Heidelberg
7 June Mikael Svensson, Sociology, Uppsala university

Fall 2016

8 September: Jens Beckert, (Max Planck institutet, Köln)
14 September: Joseph Kotarba Texas State University
12 Oktober: Asaf Darr (Dep. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa)
21 December: Marie Sépulchre (Sociology Uppsala)

Spring 2016

28 January (Note: Thursday): Richard Swedberg (Sociology Uppsala)
10 February: Marcin Serafin (Max Planck Institutet, Köln)
4 May: Gary Alan Fine (Northwestern University, Chicago)
25 May: Ursula Mense-Petermann (Uni Bielefeld)
31 May (Note:Tuesday): Neil Fligstein, (The University of California, Berkeley)
1 June: Philip Creswell (Sociology Uppsala)

Seminar – Identifying the current state of Sociology


To open a dialogue about the current state of Sociology: Limitations and problems as well as tendencies that tell us something about future potentials.


Seminars – One of the participants makes a short introduction (20-25 minutes) to a previously decided theme or problem.


The seminar invites people that through studies, research, teaching, tuition and so on have felt a need for such a dialogue.

When and where?

The seminars usually take place the last Monday each month at 4 pm in the Torgny Segerstedt Room E2-1026. The seminar program is announced on the web site of the Sociology department.


Time: 16-18

Room: Torgny Segerstedt-rummet  Eng 2-1026

Coordinator: Mats Franzén

Spring 2017

Monday 30 January 2017
We discuss Thomas Piketty.
An exampel of discussion paper that can be used is, Jesper Roines Thomas Piketty Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Monday 27 February 2017
Lars Udehn begins with Homo Sociologicus

Monday 27 March 2017 PhD Student presentations

  • Mai Lundemark: Facklig organisering av immigranter i Danmark – en projektbeskrivning
  • Josef Dahlberg: Sociologins didaktiska komponent – Ett diskussionsunderlag för hur vi kan skapa en sociologisk förståelse
  • Tobias Olofsson: Drilling, Measuring, Inferring and Proving: Risk and Uncertainty in Mineral Exploration and Economic Forecasting in Sweden

Monday 24 April 2017
Patrik Aspers begins with Socioontologi

Monday 29 May 2017
Thomas Coniavitis inleder med Några kommentarer till Hans Zetterberg ”The Historical Differentiation of European Institutional Realms.

Fall 2016

Monday 26 September 2016
Peter Sohlberg och Göran Ahrne Normer och Regler – var finns de?

Monday 31 October 2016
Mats Franzén Normkritik II

Monday 28 November 2016
Tom Burns och Ilkka Henrik Mäkinen Bringing Social Systems Theory back into Sociology.

Spring 2016

Monday 25 January 2016
Michael Allvin Vart är ”arbetet” på väg?

Monday 29 February 2016
Patrik Aspers Orsak, former och konsekvenser av värderingar inom och utom ekonomin

March ”Sociologidagar”

Monday 30 May 2016
Anders Rudqvist Utvecklingsprojekt, konflikter och tillämpad samhällsvetenskap – vad kan det sociologiska perspektivet bidra med?  Empiriska exempel från Latinamerika

Fall 2015

Monday 28 September 2015
Peter Ekegren Poststrukturalism → Postmodernism: Marxism

Monday 26 October 2015
Donald Broady Geometrisk sociologi. Om Bourdieu-traditionens egenart

Monday 30 November 2015
Peter Sohlberg Sociologins aktörs- och systemvokabulär – Parallella världar?