The Vega Day 2018

Date: April 24.

Resurgent Nationalisms and Populist Politics

Instead of the triumph of liberal democracy, the end of the Cold War coincided with waves of right-wing nationalisms and populist politics sweeping over many different regions of the world. How best are we to understand these processes in relation to one another, and what are the political stakes? The symposium will engage these questions from the perspective of critical human geography and related disciplines.

Gillian Hart
Contesting Nationalisms in the Time of Populist Politics

Tova Höjdestrand
Fatherland, Faith, and Family Values: Glocalized Grassroots Populism in Russia

Kanishka Goonewardena
Culture, Space, Capital: Making Sense of Sinhala-Buddhist National Ideology in Sri Lanka (1977–2009)

Manu Goswami
The Political Economy of the Nation Form

The Vega Medal to Professor Emerita Gillian Hart and the Johan August Wahlberg Medal in Gold to Professor Emeritus Arild Holt-Jensen

Professor Emerita Gillian Hart.

The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography awards Professor Emerita Gillian Hart the Vega Medal. Professor Emerita Hart is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Distinguished Professor in the Humanities Graduate Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Professor Emerita Hart has established a worldwide reputation as one of human geography’s leading thinkers: an unrivalled expert on the dialectic of global and local change, on how this dialectic plays out in the rural regions of Southern Africa and Southeast Asia, and on the Gramscian political-economic theory to which she has often turned to understand these issues. Professor Emerita Hart is a world-renowned expert on questions of gender, race and power that she has explored through critical engagements with labor studies, development studies, and agrarian and regional studies.

Hart has authored over 50 articles and book chapters, and co-edited two influential anthologies, and three sole-authored monographs:

  • Power, Labor, and Livelihood (1986), which originated in her dissertation fieldwork in a Central Javanese village, and which forcefully challenged prevailing economistic and Eurocentric understandings of agrarian change in Southeast Asia;
  • Disabling Globalization (2002) that engaged critically with discourses of “globalisation” and, at the same time, explored progressive alternatives to neoliberalism in South Africa; and
  • Rethinking the South African Crisis (2014), which examines the erosion of African National Congress hegemony and the proliferation of populist politics in the light of the contradictory development of local governance in the post-apartheid era.

Professor Emeritus Arild Holt-Jensen.

The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography awards the Johan August Wahlberg Medal in Gold to Professor Emeritus Arild Holt-Jensen, Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway, for his holistic view of geography as science with its applications for urban and regional planning.


The Vega Day 2017

Invitation 2017 (pdf)
Poster 2017 (pdf)
Movie from the Vega Day 2017
Pictures from the Vega Day 2017
Chinese scientist Yao Tandong receives 2017 Vega Medal in Stockholm (Xinhuanet, Xinhua News Agency)
Chinese scientist Yao Tandong receives 2017 Vega Medal in Stockholm (China Global Television Network, CGTN)
Kungen delade ut Vegamedaljen (Swedish Royal Court)

The Vega Day 2016

Invitation (pdf)
Movie from the Vega Day 2016
Movie of when His Majesty the King hands out SSAG’s medal in gold 2016
Pictures from the Vega Day 2016

The Vega Day 2015

Movie from the Vega Day 2015
Pictures from the Vega Day 2015