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Political Theory Research Group

The Political Theory (PT) research group convenes approximately once every sixth week. Adopting a broad definition, the aim of the group is to cultivate discussions on contemporary political theory.

Path through a field. Photo by pexels-feyza-yıldırım-13429496.

The research group takes a non-disciplinary approach that is open to new theoretical work within political theory, international thought, intellectual history, and philosophy.

The aim of the group is to further discussions that could be of help to scholars working within all of the subdisciplines of political science. The core imperative of the group is to explore what it means to do theoretical work in the political context of today.

The group covers a range of different topics, spanning from but not limited to, resistance, critique, subjectivity, the climate crisis, gender, identity, capitalism, race, justice, political imaginaries, ideology, and power. 

Simon Stattin

E-post: simon [dot] stattin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (simon[dot]stattin[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)

Lars Vetle Handeland

E-post: lars_vetle [dot] handeland [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (lars_vetle[dot]handeland[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)

25/9 Psychoanalysis and politics

Political Theory Research Group: Psychoanalysis and Politics | Svetnet (

13.15–14.30 Ed222a

Already on the 25th of September we have a joint session with the Political Psychology research group on the topic of ‘Psychoanalysis and Politics’. We are visited by two prominent scholars for a panel discussion on what psychoanalysis can help us see and understand in relation to politics. 

Chairs: Catarina Kinnvall and Niklas Altermark 

Sara Edenheim is an Associate Professor in History and Senior Lecturer at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies. Her research engages feminist theory and critical policy analysis in understanding the development of the welfare state and its on-going changes. In addition, she also has an interest in the philosophy of history and has done research on the epistemology of the archive as a place and idea within Western thinking. Sara has engaged with theoretical concepts such as abjection and interpellation and written about desire and the use of psychoanalytical concepts as a method.

Per-Anders Svärd is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities, Education and Social Science at Örebro University. His research focuses on the ideological constructions of the human-animal relationship. Per-Anders’ interests include animal rights philosophy and political theory, particularly with a focus on Marxist, post-structuralist and psychoanalytical social theory. Among other things, Per-Anders has engaged the Lacanian concept of fantasy to understand the reproduction of Speciesism. 

3/11 Social constructions and materiality 

Political Theory Research Group: Social Constructions and Materiality | Svetnet (

13.15–14.30 Ed367

For this seminar, we dive into the concept of ‘real abstractions’ to better understand how social constructions relate to the material and institutional world. To assess the usefulness of this concept, we focus on ‘nature’ as a point of entry. 

Readings will be announced in due time.

6/12 Racial Capitalism 

Political Theory Research Group: Racial Capitalism  | Svetnet (

15.30 – 16.45