Call for applications for 1st ReNEW Summer School: Nordic Trends in Gender Studies

The first ReNEW Summer School will be held at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 15 - 24 May 2019, in collaboration with Edda - Centre of Excellence and the United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training (UNI-GEST) Programme. Experts within the field will introduce students to four separate but interlinked pillars of current Nordic gender research: Intersectionality, migration and labour markets, post-colonialism, as well as trans issues and queer theory.The NORA Conference Border Regimes, Territorial Discourses and Feminist Politics will take place in Reykjavík 22–24 May 2019, and is an integral part of summer school attendance.

CfA: 1st ReNEW Summer School Nordic Trends in Gender Studies 

Target participants: All PhD candidates and advanced MA Students in their last year in humanities or social sciences working on Norden- related topics with an interest in gender issues. 

Credits: 8 ECTS 

Coordinator: Dr Thomas Brorsen Smidt  
Email: tbs@hi.is 
Tel: (+354) 525 4579 
Mobile: (+354) 663 1985 

Application deadline: 31 January 2019 

Fee: The participation fee of 325 euros includes accommodation, lunches, lectures, as well as  participation in the NORA conference. For inquiries about travel funding opportunities, please  contact a ReNEW team member or education manager at your home university. Participants  are responsible for appropriate travel and health insurance as well as evening time meals.  Student accommodation is equipped with a shared kitchen. 

Applications: Applications for participation, including a one-page CV, a 250–500 words abstract of your  thesis, and a letter of intent/motivation, are submitted electronically. Applicants are selected on the basis of their motivation with the aim of an equitable representation of ReNEW universities and a diversity of backgrounds. Applications 
from inside and outside the ReNEW-network are welcome. 

Synopsis: The Nordic region is known for its political emphasis on gender equality, which has been naturalized to the point of broad political consensus. Few politicians in the Nordic region would voice direct opposition to gender equality. However, with such a naturalization of equality discourse, equality itself is in danger of being used to uphold a espectable Nordic appearance, entrenching a utopic image of the Nordic region in terms of gender equality. In a time of 
increased demand for knowledge and interest in the Nordic model, there is a need to be aware of the constructed and productive nature of gender equality as it plays out differently across the Nordic region. 
 
The course Nordic Trends in Gender Studies is a critical introduction to key issues of research on gender in the Nordic countries. It will engage and encourage participants in the use of theories and analytic concepts employed in the humanities and social sciences. As such, the summer school will be organised around four major themes in gender studies that are of special importance to the Nordic region. These are: Intersectionality, migration and labour markets, 
post-colonialism, as well as queer theory and trans issues. Students will be encouraged to use the theoretical and methodological tools taught within this framework in their own research projects. 
 
The course will be conducted via lectures, discussions and work-in-progress sessions. It welcomes PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from a range of academic disciplines. 
 
Learning objective: The course aims to enable participants to use theories and methods of gendered approaches in 
their own research. 
 
Course format and teaching methods: The course seeks to contribute to the participants’ work through discussions of their own texts as well as on course literature, and by offering relevant lectures, contacts, and insights in the procedures of a major international conference.  
 
Course requirements: Participants are requested to read the course literature and circulate a paper of at least 4,000 
words by 30 April 2019. Participants will also be required to read a number of each other’s 
papers and provide feedback during class discussions.  
 
Means and criteria of assessment: Participants who submit the required paper, read the provided text and participate in all academic activities during the summer school pass the course (8 ECTS). 
 
Lecturers: 
 
Diana Mulinari is an anti-racist feminist scholar and activist, and a professor of gender studies at Lund University. Central to her research is to understand how gender, sexuality, class and ”race”/ethnicity do the social and make the political at the cross-roads between personal lives: diverse forms of belonging and national and transnational institutions. Inspired by Marxism and postcolonial feminist theory, Mulinari’s teaching is located within feminist sociology and anthropology, and explores topics such as nation and ethnic belonging, racism, social movements, and globalising processes. She is the author of ‘Re-thinking gender equality and the Swedish welfare state: A view from outside’ (2016), and ‘Human Rights in Argentina: Between Family Memories and Political Identities’ (2015). She has also co-authored numerous publications, including ‘Racist dreams and municipal budgets: Women representing a culturally racist party in local politics’ (2015), ‘Transnational Corporations from the Standpoint of Workers’ (2014) and ‘Birth work: Suffering rituals in late modernity. A case study from a birth clinic’ (2012). 
 
Rikke Andreassen has been a key figure in developing new Nordic theories of whiteness and racialization. She is a Professor (mso) in Communication studies at Roskilde University, Denmark, and has published extensively on the topic of media and race relations in the Nordic region. Her two latest books are ‘Mediated Kinship. Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families’ (2018) and ‘Human Exhibitions: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Ethnic Displays’ (2015). Moreover, she has coedited the books ‘Affectivity and Race: Studies from Nordic Contexts’ (2015) and ‘Mediated Intimacies: Connectivities, Relationalities and Proximities’ (2018). 
 
Anna Karlsdóttir is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at the University of Iceland. She is also a Senior Research Fellow with Nordregio – Nordic Centre for Spatial Development. She is currently coordinating a program on migrant integration and refugees in the Nordic countries (in cooperation with the Nordic Welfare Centre), with a focus on long-term labour market integration and social mobility. She takes an applied rather than theoretical approach to gender in relation to migration and labour markets. As such, she will not only provide students with a comprehensive understanding of these issues at the intra-Nordic level, she will also provide students with the tools they need to confront social issues through empirical observation. 
 
Christopher Collstedt is an Associate professor of history at Södertörn University. His historical expertise lies specifically within the fields of gender studies and interculturalism. He has also been a lecturer in human rights at Lund University as well as a guest researcher and deputy lecturer at the Department of Criminology at Stockholm University. His focus in research and teaching is strongly interdisciplinary, moving in the intersections of history, gender, human rights and criminology. With a starting point in cultural-historical perspectives in combination with poststructuralist-oriented gender and masculinity theory, Collstedt will introduce students to the historical uses and controversies surrounding theories of intersectionality in the Nordic context. 
 
Jón Ingvar Kjaran is an Associate Professor at the School of Education, Faculty of Diversity and Education, University of Iceland and the head of research development at the UNU-GEST Programme (gest.unu.edu). He has taught and published widely on queer issues and theory from a Nordic perspective, perhaps most notably in the context of education where his concept of queer counterpublic spatialities is of special importance. Moreover, he is working on a book about same-sex desire in post-revolutionary Iran, which will be published in spring 2019. In 2017, he published the book Constructing Sexualities and Gendered Bodies in School Spaces; which is based on his ethnographic research in Icelandic high schools and which sheds light on how sexuality and gender intersect in producing heteronormativity within the Icelandic school system. 
 
Organising committee 
Caroline de la Porte, Copenhagen Business School 
Haldor Byrkjeflot, University of Oslo 
Irma Erlingsdottir, University of Iceland 
Mary Hilson, University of Aarhus 
Norbert Götz, Södertörn University 
Peter Stadius, University of Helsinki
 
For more information, application form and updates visit First ReNEW Summer School: Nordic Trends in Gender Studies website.