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:

November 15th

Professor Lisa Adkins from the University of Tampere and University of Turku, Finland and School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia,

The title of her presentation is: The Time of Money

Please find below Professor Adkins’ short CV and an abstract of her presentation.

Additional information about professor Adkins' scholarly profile can be found at:

The Time of Money
Lisa Adkins
Abstract: In this talk I am concerned with the logic of speculation. Speculation is most often associated with finance and financial practices. I contend, however, that a logic of speculation is at the heart of capitalist accumulation strategies and guides and directs the dynamics of social formation. As a mode of social organization, the logic of speculation concerns the emergence of forms of life characterized not by equilibrium states and stasis, but by disequilibrium, disproportion and asymmetry. At issue here are household debts that outstrip the probabilities of repayment, wages that do not cover the costs of life and work that does not pay. Also at issue are forms of practice attuned not to the reproduction of labour but to the optimization of payment. I suggest that as a mode of social organization the logic of speculation must be recognized not simply to have replaced a previous social order in a totalizing fashion, but as emergent and as subsisting alongside other modes. One feature of the logic of speculation is the active translation of existing cartographies of the social into the topographies of speculation. I outline how this translation is affording specific analytical challenges for the social sciences.
Short CV
Lisa Adkins is an Academy of Finland Distinguished (FiDiPro) Professor and concurrently Chair of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her contributions and interventions in the discipline of Sociology lie in the areas of economic sociology (especially the sociology of work and labour), social and cultural theory and feminist theory. Her current research focuses on the finance-society relation as well as on the austerity state. Publications from this research have appeared in a number of journals including South Atlantic Quarterly, Feminist Review and The Sociological Review. Key publications include The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency (with Maryanne Dever, 2016); Measure and Value (with Celia Lury, 2012); What is the Empirical? (with Celia Lury, 2009); Feminism After Bourdieu (with Bev Skeggs, 2005); Revisions: Gender and Sexuality in Late Modernity (2002) and Gendered Work (1995). She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis).

You are most welcome!

Fall 2018

5 September, Philip Creswell, final-seminar, Sociology, Uppsala university

Spring 2018

24 January, Mai Lundemark, half-time seminar, Sociology, Uppsala univeristy
14 February, Richard Johansson, half-time seminar, Sociology, Uppsala univeristy
28 February, Hedvig Gröndal, final-seminar, Sociology, Uppsala university

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
11 Oktober, Jérôme Michaud, Sociology and  Physics, Uppsala university
15 November, Professor Lisa Adkins,University of Tampere and University of Turku, Finland & School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia
29 November, Maria Langa, half-time seminar, Sociology, Uppsala university

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?