LiU life – Kårallen vibes

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Screenshot of the Facebook event from Festeriet Fyllecellen “GOLDFEVER 2019 – Battle of the 70’s”

 

I feel like I am only writing about parties these days. Last week I talked to you about Kårhuset Kollektivet, where I have been to a “Absolut Flashback party”. Today, I am going to tell you about Kårallen, where I partied last Saturday, dancing on 1970s music – for the most part.

What is Kårallen?

Just like KK, Kårallen is part of Linköping’s “Kårservice”, that is to say the association in charge of organizing student life in LiU. However, Kårallen is located on campus and open all day long. Indeed, that is where most of the student organizations have their offices, and you can find several cafés to have lunch or fika. On Thursday nights, you can even have beers there!

1970s party

Last Saturday, the party’s name was “Goldfever – Battle of the 1970s”. Partying on campus was surprising to me, and seeing the usually quite quiet areas turned into two huge dance floors was very exciting – one was on the first floor with live music, and the other one on the ground floor.

Partying in Kårallen is usually as expensive as KK. For instance I paid 120kr (approximately 12 euros) to go to this party. But unlike the week before, tickets were not sold out from the first round of sales!

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Gender Studies – What happens during a face-to-face week 2/2

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Copyright: Unsplash/Vinicius Amano

Now that I have explained what a face-to-face week is, I am going to go more into details when it comes to the workshops, lectures and seminars we attended. I want to emphasize the fact that this face-to-face week really made me feel like I was developing an expertise in Intersectional Gender Studies, something I was still not really aware of before. During this week, I learned how to design a Gender Studies course, wrote (part of) a thesis introduction & a pitch, and participated to a forum theatre. All of these were really rewarding experiences.

Lectures

Of course, we attended a bunch of lectures. They were mainly about career outputs for Gender Studies students and how we could implement our knowledge in a professional framework. What I keep from these lectures is

  • How Gender Studies students mainly choose to study this subject out of interest more than to really make a career out of it, they are just willing to participate in changing our society by understanding it better
  • Gender Studies are about studying, but also about being creative and find innovative ways to teach, write, shoot movies, do politics etc.
  • Gender Studies scholars and students are devoted to equality and tolerance, and that is what makes us a threat to conservative voices. Even though it sometimes a burden, it is also a strength. Because when we acted together and debated among ourselves, I jus had the feeling to be part of change.

Workshops

I think the workshops were the most interesting activities we had during this week. There were four of them.

  1. Write a thesis introduction. With the help of Emerita Professor Nina Lykke, we used creative writing as a start to write an introduction to a chosen thesis topic. We mainly used automatic writing as a mean to encourage our creativity (that means keep writing and when you don’t have any ideas coming in anymore you just write whatever). Then we exchanged texts with our partner, it allowed us to break free from academic rules and have relevant feedback from one of our peers.
  2. Write a pitch for a thesis proposal. Journalist Anna-Maria Söderberg gave us a lecture about her experience as a feminist and queer journalist in Sweden. Then, she told us to write a pitch for our thesis topic: five sentences to catch the reader’s attention.
  3. Forum Theatre. That was my favorite. Forum Theatre consists in performing a play which allows spectators (“spect-actors”) to intervene and replace one of the actors or actresses to change the outcome of the story. Basically, we would play a scene taking place in a workplace where there were tensions around feminist topics once, and the second time, the audience could come and be part of the story. That was super interesting!
  4. Teaching design. I also liked it. It was really interesting to feel like I was on the other side of the classroom and that I could create a whole new class about Gender Studies.

Co-tutor meetings

Besides lectures and workshops we had co-tutor meetings where each of the three groups was meeting to discuss assignments. One of them was a presentation we had to give on the last day. Otherwise, we chatted, laughed and talked about feminism and so many other topics. That was one of my favorite part of this face-to-face week: being able to speak about my predilection topics with equally-interested people in a chill atmosphere. We even had dinner all together on Wednesday night!

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Gender Studies – What happens during a face-to-face week 1/2

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Credits: Unsplash/The Climate Reality Project

I have not been very active for a week. Why? Because last week was very intense. I was taking part in the second “face-to-face week” of my program, “Gender, Intersectionality and Change”.

Reminder: my master is online

If you remember right, in the first post of this blog, I explained that my master program was online and that I had deliberately chosen to move to Sweden. Although all of our classes (tutor-meetings, lectures, seminars) mainly via Skype or Microsoft Teams, we must attend three “face-to-face weeks” during the year.

The first face-to-face week took place last August, at the end of the month. However, I could not attend it because I was working in Paris. In order to get credits anyway, I had to write a compensatory assignment to make up with my absence. Thus, I was very excited to be part of this second face-to-face week to meet my classmates!

What does this week look like?

It looked like an intense week full of classes – I must admit I am not used to it anymore. We had class from approximately 9am to 4pm everyday. The schedule comprised workshops, co-tutor meeting and lectures all around the same subject: “Career Paths and Professional Communication”.

This course is worth 6 credits and aims at showing us in which way we can apply and use our knowledge in Gender Studies in the labour market. Basically, we learned how to be a Gender Studies expert in our own professional field from research to journalism. We had some readings to do before each class and we were discussing it altogether.

It was really interesting to see that most of us – we were 20 present out of 40 – had chosen Gender Studies out of interest, and did not expect to really have a career fully linked to this topic. I realized, thanks to all our classes, that I was developing a real expertise in this field and I feel more confident about it now!

I will post a second post later this week to go into detail regarding our workshops and what we actually did during all of our classes.

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Perks of Swedish winter – Ice skating in Linköping

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Ice-skating in Linköping. Photo: Marta Herrero.

 

I could not write anymore last week, due to a problem with my computer. But now I am back, and I am able to tell you more about Swedish winter. One thing you want to try during winter in Sweden is definitely ice-skating. I tried it last Wednesday and it was so much fun!

Where to get ice-skates

To go ice-skating, you first need… ice-skates, that’s right. I bought some in Myrorna, which is a second-hand shop in Linköping’s city center. They cost me 100 kronor (approximately 10 euros). You can also find some on Blocket.se or in some second-hand dedicated Facebook groups.

However, it is possible to rent some in Campus Hallen, the gym located on campus. There, you only have to chose your size and pay 40 kronor (around 4 euros) to rent them for the day. And if you do not feel comfortable skating for the first time or if you are worried to fall down, helmets are also available.

The ice-ring

The ice-ring is located just outside campus, behind Campus Hallen. The access is totally free, and it is not rare to see families or experienced ice-skaters enjoying the spot! On the day I went there with my friends, the weather was not really sunny and it had snowed a lot before, but we still managed to spend a good time!

I find ice-skating super relaxing and fun, and can only recommend it since it is such an easy activity to get to do in Linköping!

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On Campus – Global Weeks in LiU: learning about sustainability

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From 12th to 23th November, LiU was hosting the “Global Weeks”. During two weeks, topics revolving around Sustainability and Environment were tackled in different lectures, workshops and other events.

 Lunch lectures

In collaboration with SIDA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Linköping’s municipality, many student organizations held “lunch lectures” – between 12.15pm and 1pm – dealing with one of several Sustainability goals set by the United Nations, such as gender equality or sustainable energy. Some of them were in Swedish, but the majority were in English.

I attended five of them:

  • “Saving lives with science” about how research could save lives by providing medicines and vaccines in developing countries
  • “Defending Human Rights” held by Civil Rights Defenders, an NGO which provide help and funding for Human rights activists all around the world
  • “How Sweden works with global sustainable development”
  • “What effects do our food choices have on the environment?” held by the Swedish NGO Medveten Konsumtion (Conscious Consumption)
  • “Lunchlecture with Bureau against discrimination”

A slide during the lunch lecture by Medveten Konsumtion, ““What effects do our food choices have on the environment?”.

My favorite lecture, by far, was “What effects do our food choices have on the environment?”. Indeed, being a vegetarian myself I already knew a lot of what was stated by the lecturer, but I learned a lot about our consumer choices’ consequences’ scope by reading unbelievable numbers – see picture. I also liked attending the lecture about Human Rights, because a lot of the stories told were related to LGBTQ+ rights and feminism, which are the topics I am mostly interested in due to my master.

Sometimes, lunch was provided for the first students to show up to the lecture. Thanks to this, I got one or two free falafels sandwiches to eat while listening to the lecturers.

 

Clothes Swapping

Another exciting event was the “Clothes swapping”. The idea of this event organized by ESN, the student organization destined to Erasmus and international students, was to promote second-hand consumption. I was really interested in this event because for almost a year now, I have decided not to buy anymore standardized new clothes from famous brands in order to reduce my ecological footprint.

During the “Clothes swapping” event, everyone was welcome to bring up to 5 pieces of clothes, and to take up as many pieces of clothes as they brought. For instance, I brought one jacket and was able to take one white jumper home. I regret not bringing more pieces, because some of the clothes looked very nice!

Other events were organized such as a workshop about “sustainable living”. One of my friend went there, and learned how to handle stress and anxiety with meditation, for instance. These two weeks were really exciting and inspiring!

 

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