VT 2020

Date: 6th – 13th of March
Free entrance to all events!

This year, UNA Umeå, Amnesty Umeå, Kvinna till Kvinna, Utrikespolitiska föreningen Umeå and Folkuniversitetet Umeå will co-host the Women Rights Week at Umeå University. Throughout the 6th and 13th of March, we will host different events concerning women rights, achievements made and obstacles present. Most certainly, we want to raise awareness and foster discussion about women rights.

Friday, 6th of March
“Human Rights Pub”
Time: 18:00
Location: Kårhuset Villan

Saturday, 7th of March
“Write for Rights”
Time: 13:00-15:00
Location: MiT Lunch Space

Sunday, 8th of March
“Participate in the demonstration Tjejjouren Umeå arranges”
Time: 12:00
Location: Rådhustorget

Monday, 9th of March
“The Role of Gender within different cultures and aspects”
Time 12:15-13:00
Location: Hörsaf F

Wednesday, 11th of March
“Women, a minority within the minority”
A lecture by Parul Sharma
Time: 17:30-19:00
Location: Folkuniversitetets Aula, Nygatan 43, 903 30 Umeå

Thursday, 12th of March
“Movie Screening – Desert Flower”
Time: 18:00-21:00
Location: MiT-huset Lunch Space

Date: 14th of February
Time: 20:00
Loaction: Tryggheten

At the 14th of February we, UpF, are arranging a club night with the theme „Eurovision Song Contest“. With our Euro Disco you have the opportunity to dance-off to your favourite songs from the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is ABBA, Lordi or Lena, every music taste will be included to make the best of the night!

We will also have a quiz which is all about testing your Eurovision Song Contest knowledge! The mastermind of the ESC will be awarded with a small surprise!

Since it is Valentine’s Day too, we will keep up with some romantic songs as well!

Unfortunetely, we can’t provide all the alcohol so please, bring your own alcohol!

The event is free of charge and you don’t have to be a member to enter the party. So don’t forget to bring your friends with you!

Looking forward to spent a great night with you!

Lunch Lecture about Sapmi

Date: 12th of February
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Hörsal F

On the 12th of February, Amnesty International Umeå University, Umeå FN-förening and UpF will have a lunch lecture about Sápmi held by Lena Maria Nilsson. She is a researcher at Umeå University and the project coordinator of the Arctic Research Centre here at the university.

More information about her work can be found here:

We will have coffee, tea and vegetarian sandwiches.

Free entrance for all!

UpF Committees Meeting

Date: 3rd of February
Time: 15:15-16:30
Location: UpF room (besides Tryggheten)

Are you interested in bringing in your ideas into the work of UpF? Then you are most welcome to come to the first meeting of the UpF Committees!

The Head of Activity and our Heads of Programme will introduce you to the work of the Committees, their function, tasks, etc.

The UpF room is located in the basement of Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Science Building) besides Tryggheten.

As always, Fika will be provided!

See you there!

Get Involved in UpF

Date: 30th of January
Time: 16:00-17:30
Location: S305-flex Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Science Building)

We, the Umeå Association of International Affairs, is happy to invite you all to our Get Involved meeting where you have the chance to learn more about our association and ways you can get involved in our different tasks!This is your chance to receive information howYOU can affect the content we provide!

Our board members will speak about the different areas in which you will be able to get involved in. Take this chance to meet more people, learn how to engage yourself in activities on and off campus and the chance to discuss foreign affairs and bring attention to topics you care.

As usual, we will treat you all with Fika (coffee, tea, sweets)!

We are looking forward to meet all of you!

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UpF Extra Annual Meeting

Date: 11th of December
Time: 16:00-19:00
Location: S201 Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Science Building)

Do you want to be a part of the UPF Umeå board?

On the 11th of December UPF Umeå will have an extra annual meeting to elect vacant posts in the board.

We are looking for:
– Vice President
– Treasurer
– Editor
– Head of Program
– Head of Media
– Head of PR

You can nominate yourself or someone you think should be a member of the board. Send your nominations to the election committee, before the 29th of november.

More information regarding the mission statments in the Facebook event!

Water access – A panel session

Date: 9th of December
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Hösal G Humanisthuset (Humanities Building)

Water access is essential to our livelihood, but is it threatened? The Association of international affairs Umeå presents with, UN Association Umeå and Amnesty Umeå A panel discussion about the access to water, locally, regionally and globally.

Come and learn more about the topic and get a chance to ask Matthias Grimm from VAKIN and Annika Nordlund from The Transport Research Unit more about the subject.


We will be offering lunch sandwiches and coffee, but make sure to be there on time.

We look forward to see you there!

Trapped in the far-right extremist scene – And how to get out

Date: 4th of December

Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: S213H Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Science Building)

Time: 14:30-17:00
Location: UB333 (above the library)

As he moved to England during his childhood, he was called “Nazi” by others. But he integrated very fast into the society of Newcastle and called this place his home. After he returned to Germany three years later, he became an outsider as a teenager and changed his social surrounding, started listening to right-wing music, met with affiliated groups and went to bars from the same milieu.

As he grew older, he turned deeper into the vicious cycle of the right-wing scene in Germany. Among several crimes, he opened up his own business in form of a merchandising store, started a music label for right-wing rock music and owned a tattoo studio He also used a scandinavian based person to produce and sell the most violent hate music to other european countries.

After a clash, he broke with the right- wing ideology, but that wasn’t the end of his criminal career. He opened up different red-light apartments and founded a motorcycle club. He still used his old contacts from the right-wing milieu for criminal actions. After another incident he slowly started to end with criminal activities. This process continued on a higher level during his second time in jail.

Nowadays, he is active on YouTube with his own channel in which he informs and discuss his former life and encourages other individuals of the right-wing/ extremist scene to make the step out of it! He also goes to schools and is holding lectures for teenagers to prevent them from getting into this scene. Thus, he is an activist against all kinds of extremism and also works as an anti–violence coach. Furthermore, he apears reguarly on german television as an expert on rightwing issues for Germany and Europe.

This event will be held in English.
Fika will be served as usually!


In cooperation with Folkuniversitetet, Umeå Student Union and the Departement of Political Science from Umeå University

Umeå Association of International Affairs Winter Party

Date: 23rd of November
Time: 19:00-22:00
Location: Cinco/Hörnet
Price: 250 sek (Dinner+Club entrance)

Umeå Association of International Affairs is welcoming our members and representatives/delegates from the 11 member associations under the Swedish Association of International Affairs to a winter “Sittning” here in Umeå. The winter “Sittning” will take place at Cinco/Hörnet on the 23rd of November. A four course vegetarian/vegan Tapas inspired dinner will be served. Throughout the event there will be a quiz and songs are prepared for a sing along.

To go to this event you have to be a member. If you’re not already a member, you can easily become one by sending a payment through our Swish or Coachippo account. It is very important to include your name in the transfer so we can match the payment to you!

In order to join the UpF Winter Party, please transfer 250kr to either our bank account or pay via Swish
Plusgiro: 4800 158-0
Swish: 123 560 15 47
IBAN: SE22 9500 0099 6034 4800 1580 BIC: NDEASESS
We kindly ask you to add your name and any information regarding special dietary. Thank you! All food is automatically vegetarian, so if you have other preferences, please let us know!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us!

Climate Justice for Afghanistan

Date: 7th of November
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: S312 Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Science Building)

Although Afghanistan is one of the countries in the world that contributes least to carbon dioxide emissions, it is one of the most vulnerable in terms of global warming and its effects. Harvests disappear, watercourses dry out and rain flushes fields and houses away.

People in Afghanistan are the least responsible for climate change, but at the same time they are the hardest hit. Despite war and 55% of the population living in poverty and fewer than 30% has electricity young people in Afghanistan in engages the climate issue.

What is the climate situation in Afghanistan? How will the country be affected by global warming? How can it affect the work of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan? How can we work together to stop the global warming?

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan’s head of communication Krister Holm lectures.

Krister Holm has many years of experience in development issues, rights-based approach and has previously worked for, among others, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.

In the picture: Farmer Aman Gul Amarkhail in the village of Qul-e-Haza is troubled by the drought. Photo: Mohammadullah Kamal/SCA

This event will be held in English.
Fika will be served as usually!

Afternoon Tea with UpF – FFF&ER

Date: 16th of October
Time: 16:00-19:00
Location: S307 Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Science Building)

Welcome to afternoon tea learn & discuss.
This afternoon tea is going to be about Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion. We are going to offer a short introduction about the topic and then have a session were we discuss the matter.
So come and have some fika and learn & discuss with us!

Afternoon Tea with Upf – Discussion

Date: 10th of October 2019
Time: 16:00-19:00
Location: S209 Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Science Building)

After two interesting lectures from two perspectives about the situation in Hong Kong, one from the FOI and one from the Chinese embassy in Stockholm. Therefore we have now arranged an Afternoon tea with UpF for our members who want to further discuss the topic or just want to learn some more. As you probably know by now there will be a lot of fika and coffee!

Hope to see you there!

China’s Perspective: Hong Kong

Date: 2nd of October
Time: 14:00-16:00
Location: Aula Vårdvetarhuset

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As a follow up of our most recent extremely successful lecture in regards to Hong Kong by Johan Englund and demand for more similar topics.

UPF Umeå invites the Chinese embassy in Sweden to present China’s perspective on the ongoing situation in Hong Kong. Mr. Chen Jiliang Head of Political and Information Department of The Embassy, will be presenting the current relations and situations from Chinas point of view. After the lecture there will be a Q&A.

This event will be held in English.
There will be Fika as well as sandwiches for the first 30 people.

Annual meeting – UpF

During the annual meeting the most important decisions are made. For example the discharge of the previous board, the election of vacant positions on the board and so on.

Too be updated shortly!

Free fika will be available during the meeting!

LOCATION: S201 Samhällsvetarhuset 16:15-18:30
/Kind regards, the board

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Get Involved in UPF

16:30 – 19:30 S209 Samhällshuset

We in the Umeå Association of International Affairs are happy to invite you all to a chance to know more about our association and the opportunity to get involved with the work we are doing! We will be hosting an event where you will get to know more on how YOU can affect the content we provide.

Our board members will speak about the different areas in which you will be able to get involved in. We will also treat you all to fika (coffee, tea, sweets). So take this chance to get to meet more exiting people, engage yourself in activities on and off campus and a chance to discuss foreign affairs and bring attentions to topics you care for.

We look forward to meeting all of you!

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Hong Kong: Protests and Democracy

Date: 10th of September
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Hörsal D Samhälsvetarhuset (Social Science Building)

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The ongoing protests in Hong Kong since March 2019 have been a hot political topic worldwide. What kind of effect does the protests have? What is the futuristic outlook for Hong Kong?
UPF Umeå invited Johan Englund an analyst specializing in Chinese relations from the Swedish Defence Research Agency. Johan will be holding a lecture regarding the historical background as well as the contemporary reasons for the current situation in Hong Kong!

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