SKY Courses are organized regularly in different fields of multidisciplinary gender studies. Courses are held mainly in English and are organized both as thematic courses centered on a specific issue or author and as workshop-like courses concentrating primarily on individual PhD projects. More information on  upcoming courses is updated here. NB. The upcoming course information is updated regularly, so we recommend to check it often.

Upcoming courses in 2020
 

PREPARE FOR POSTDOC 2020

PREPARE FOR POSTDOC is a great opportunity for you to get useful advice that will help you with planning your future research career. The event primarily addresses SKY PhD students approaching the end of their doctoral studies, but it is open to all SKY doctoral students considering an academic career regardless of the stage of their doctoral dissertations.

We will invite former SKY doctoral students, who successfully have continued their academic careers as postdoctoral researchers. They will share their experiences and answer your questions about working as a postdoctoral researcher. In addition, a grant coach from the Research Funding Services of the University of Helsinki will share insights and advice for how to acquire funding for postdoc projects.

Sukupuolentutkimuksen päivät (12.-13.11.2020, Tampere)

Työryhmäehdotusten jättöpäivän deadline on 30.4. Esitelmien deadlinesta ilmoitetaan myöhemmin.

Päivien suomenkieliset verkkosivut

Gender Studies conference (12-13 Nov 2020, Tampere University)

The deadline for Panel proposals is 30 April. The deadline for papers will be announced later. 

The conference website (in English)

SKY MEETs are workshop meetings organized three times a year (in January, May, and October), two of which we would like each PhD student to take part. The participants are asked to prepare a paper that is a contribution to their dissertation; the papers and the whole projects are discussed in detail small scale workshops. SKY MEETs provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary discussion and networking for both supervisors and PhD students.

SKY MEETs in 2019-2020:

  • SKY MEET 1/2019 Thursday, January 17th
  • SKY MEET 2/2019 Thursday, May 16th.
  • Please note that SKY MEET 3/19 will be combined with Gender Studies Conference: On Violence 24-26th October in Helsinki. SKY MEET credits can be earned by giving a presentation in a workshop, and also a separate SKY workshop will be held if needed. Further information:
    https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/gender-studies-2019-conference
  • SKY MEET 1/2020 Thursday, January 16th
  • SKY MEET 2/2020  (canceled because of the coronavirus-crisis in spring 2020)
  • SKY MEET 3/2020 Thursday, October 22nd (online event)

For the SKY MEET, you need to send a 1-2 page table of contents paper of your overall project, and a 10-12 page paper which contributes to your dissertation project. If you are in the very beginning of your dissertation, you can replace the 10-12 page paper with a research plan and disposition. You can also bring a paper that you have already presented in another seminar, if you cannot produce a new paper now.

In the workshop you will get in-depth comments on your project and the paper from the members of you workshop team, which includes supervisors and PhD students. This will be a new group to comment on your work, and the same people will go on following your project later. You are also expected to read carefully the papers of the other PhD students of your workshop group, and to give comments on them with a positive attitude of advice as how to advance their completion as high quality dissertations in their own time frame.

SKY Advanced Research Seminar (also known as Christina Research Seminar) is held every two weeks during the Autumn and Spring semesters to bring together researchers from different fields of gender related research. The seminar is open for everyone and it consist of a public talk given by a national or international guest researcher followed by a discussion.

Led by the professor of Gender studies, Christina research seminar provides a forum of discussion on resent research for both national and international visiting scholars, as well as scholars with an interest in this field of research, working in the different departments and units at the University of Helsinki. With high quality public presentations and discussions Christina research seminar contributes to academic discussion, an essential element of any international research university. The seminar is open to everybody with an interest in research questions related to gender studies. You can participate in selected lectures or join the whole seminar.

Since 2014 the seminar has become an integral part of the SKY doctoral programme. Invited scholars give a public talk in the seminar as a part of their SKY course, which gives both SKY doctoral students and others a chance to partake the lecture.

The invited speakers include scholars working on the most interesting, recent research in the field, and every presentation is followed by an intensive and critical discussion, which provides a view to the diversity of and the multiple voices in the field. The seminar provides an opportunity to enjoy intellectual debate and moments of inspiration in the midst of academic everyday work – be sure to mark the dates in your calendars.

Spring 2020

Venue: Lecture hall C120, Unioninkatu 38  (Topelia)
Time: Tuesday, 16–18

NB! Due to the ex­cep­tional situ­ation, the planned Christina Research Seminar events are cancelled from mid-March to May.

14.1. Professor Jenny Gunnarsson Payne (Södertörn University)
”Next of kin: What does 'missing relations' mean in the age of assisted reproduction?"

11.2. Associate Professor Kris Clarke (University of Helsinki)
"Black Feminist Trailblazers In Community Organizing: What Social Workers Can Learn From The Life Stories Of Maggie Lena Walker And Mattie B. Meyers"

25.2. Didem Abaday (postdoctoral fellow, University of Helsinki, Religion, Conflict and Dialogue Research Center)
“Muslim Feminists’ Borderland Positions in an Authoritarian Populist Regime: The Case of Turkey

Thursday 5.3. Professor Susan Stryker (University of Arizona/Yale University)
"On Groundlessness: Transphobic Feminism, Gender Ideology, Transfeminist Critique"
Venue: Lecture hall F211, Unioninkatu 38  (Topelia)

Abstracts:

14.1. Professor Jenny Gunnarsson Payne (Södertörn University):
Next of kin: What does “missing relations” mean in the age of assisted reproduction?

The presentation is based on the two first chapters of the book manuscript entitled Next of kin: Kinship in the age of assisted reproduction, which synthesizes and further develops Gunnarsson Payne’s previous empirical and theoretical work on issues such as the so-called fragmentation of motherhood and what is often referred to as the disconnection between sex and reproduction. This presentation will introduce the main contribution of this book, that is, its proposed theory of kinship grammars as a way to better understand the multifarious parallel and sometimes conflicting understandings of kinship, as well as the relationship between the discursive and the material aspects of kinship. It will also discuss how the theory of kinship grammars can be specifically applied to the commonly felt desire to know the “truth” about one’s reproductive origins (e.g. to know the identity of one’s sperm- or egg-donor) and how this desire often translates into political mobilization, debate and contestation (e.g. the right to know the donor). Broadly contextualized in the Euro-American context of assisted reproductive technologies, the presentation will specifically argue that reproductive “third parties” (donors and surrogates) under these circumstances constitutes an in-between category, neither kin nor non-kin but rather what can be better conceptualized in terms of “un-kin”. Finally, the presentation will discuss some of the main implications that this might have for theories and practices of queer kinship and reproductive justice.

Bio

Jenny Gunnarsson Payne is professor of Ethnology at the Department for Historical and Contemporary Studies at Södertörn University in Sweden. Her current research projects are Next of kin: Kinship in the age of assisted reproduction and Reproducing (In)Justice: Towards a relational approach to reproductive justice in Baltic, Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to her research on kinship, assisted reproduction and reproductive justice, she also works on issues related to contemporary feminist and anti-feminist political mobilization.

11.2. Associate Professor Kris Clarke (University of Helsinki):
Black Feminist Trailblazers In Community Organizing: What Social Workers Can Learn From The Life Stories Of Maggie Lena Walker And Mattie B. Meyers

Life story research centers how individual experiences interact with, relate to, challenge and resist broader social historical narratives. My talk explores the life stories of African American community leaders, Maggie Lena Walker and Mattie B. Meyers, as exemplars of Black feminist community social work. While the field of western social work generally traces its origin to the work of Mary Richmond and Jane Addams, there has been little recognition of the contributions of Black feminist intersectional community leadership to collective social justice and community organizing theory and practice. Maggie Lena Walker was an African American teacher and businesswoman who organized the Independent Order of St Luke, a mutual benefit society that focused on supporting financial independence during the Jim Crow era in Richmond, Virginia. Mattie B. Meyers was a teacher and NAACP organizer who fought to enhance racial equity in Fresno, California schools. In examining the context of their life stories, I trace how Walker and Meyers’s organizing approaches and techniques reflect Black feminist principles of relationality and intersectionality that provide an important conceptual and practical insight into structural social work.

Bio

Kris Clarke is an associate professor of social work in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Originally from Fresno, California, she has lived in Finland for over 20 years. Clarke’s research interests center on decolonization, critical social work, and the significance of place and social memory.

25.2. Didem Unal Abaday (posdoctoral fellow, University of Helsinki, Religion, Conflict and Dialogue Research Center): 
Muslim Feminists’ Borderland Positions in an Authoritarian Populist Regime: The Case of Turkey

Feminist scholarship on the recent rise of right-wing populism in Europe and all over the world point out that familialism, pronatalism and anti-feminism are central features of populist imaginaries. In contemporary Turkey, the proliferation of misogynist discourse on women’s bodies, sexualities and subjectivities, the replacement of the principle of gender equality with the Islamic model of gender complementarity, pronatalist and familialist policy and discourse and the marginalization of feminist subjects have been intrinsic to the foundation of a new political regime especially in the post-2013 period. In such a context where the authoritarian populist regime defines women’s agency as compliant and instrumental and the Islamic tradition becomes a main pillar in the reshuffling of the gender regime, critical pious agency gains prominence in challenging ‘docile’ femininity promoted through familial/pronatalist discourses and policies. Against this background, this article explores the complexities of Muslim feminist position with regard to recent controversial gender debates in Turkey and scrutinizes the flexibilities, temporalities, shifts and instabilities underlying it in the age of conservative gender backlash. Utilizing semi-structural, in-depth interviews as well as critical discourse analysis of blogs, press interviews and social media statements, it puts forward the wide spectrum of arguments, positions and discourses represented by Muslim feminists and reveals different paths of negotiating feminism, Islam and feminist self-identification. It concludes that Muslim feminist positions in contemporary Turkey fluctuate on an elusive ground, the contours of which is mapped out by the actors’ ‘in-between’ positions on women’s bodily autonomy and reproductive rights and the vulnerabilities they face in the antifeminist, authoritarian political regime that does not tolerate dissent and opposition.

Bio

Didem Unal Abaday is a postdoctoral researcher at the Religion, Conflict and Dialogue Research Center at the Faculty of Theology of University of Helsinki. Previously, she was a Junior Thyssen Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies of Central European University (CEU) and a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Gender Studies, Ethnology and History of Religions at Stockholm University. She was also a visiting research fellow at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies of Rutgers University and at the Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY). She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Bilkent University, Ankara in 2015. Her research interests focus on gender politics in contemporary Turkey, Muslim women and politics of veiling in Western diasporic contexts, Islamic feminism, everyday Islam and Islamic fashion. Her recent publications appeared in various academic journals such as Women’s Studies International Forum, Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, European Journal of Women’s Studies and Politics & Gender.

Thursday 5.3. Professor Susan Stryker (University of Arizona/Yale University):
On Groundlessness: Transphobic Feminism, Gender Ideology, Transfeminist Critique

Prof. Susan Stryker's talk in Helsinki can be viewed through Vimeo, click here.

This public lecture offers a transfeminist critique of the decades-long history of anti-trans feminism in the United States and its contemporary resurgence in the global context of  reactionary ethnonationalist social movements.

Bio

Prof. Susan Stryker is an award-winning scholar and filmmaker whose historical research, theoretical writing, and creative works have helped shape the cultural conversation on transgender topics since the early 1990s. Dr. Stryker earned her Ph.D. in United States History at the University of California-Berkeley in 1992, later held a Ford Foundation/Social Science Research Council post-doctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University, and—before her one-year appointment at Yale (2019-2020)—has been a distinguished visiting faculty member at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Santa Cruz, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. She is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books and anthologies, including Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (Chronicle 1996), Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions in the Golden Age of the Paperback (Chronicle 2000), The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006), Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (Seal Press 2008, 2017), and The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (2013).

Her academic articles have appeared in such publications as GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Radical History Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Parallax, Australian Feminist Studies, Social Semiotics, and Journal of Women’s History, while her public scholarship has appeared in Aperture, Wired, The Utne Reader, and Slate.com. She won an Emmy Award for her documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (ITVS 2005), and is also the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award (2006), the Ruth Benedict Book Prize (2013), the Monette-Horowitz Prize for LGBTQ activism (2008), the Transgender Law Center’s Community Vanguard Award (2003), two career achievement awards in LGBTQ Studies—the David Kessler Award in  from the City University of New York’s Center for LGBT Studies in 2008, and Yale University’s Brudner Memorial Prize in 2015—and the Local Genius Award from Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2018. Dr. Stryker served for several years as Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco (1999-2003). At the University of Arizona, where she is currently on leave from her appointment as Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, she served for five years as Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies (2011-2016) and was founder of the university’s unprecedented Transgender Studies Initiative and faculty cluster hire. She will hold the Barbara Lee Professorship in Women’s Leadership at Mills College (Oakland, CA) 2020-2022. While continuing to serve as founding co-editor of the academic journal TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke), Dr. Stryker is currently developing several media projects, and has a book under contract to Farrar Straus Giroux, What Transpires Now, about the uses of transgender history for the present.

Past events in the Advanced Research Seminar

Fall 2019

Venue: Lecture hall C120, Unioninkatu 38  (Topelia)
Time: Tuesday, 16–18.

24.9. Professor Stella Sandford (Kingston University):
”Male and Female without ‘Sex’? The Aristotelian Challenge”

8.10. Postdoctoral Fellow Anna Shadrina (Birkbeck, University of London):
“The Babushka as a Metaphor of Women’s Old Age in Russia and a Means to Resist Ageism”

22.10. Associate Professor Ruth Lewis (Northumbria University):
New Manifestations and Conceptualisations of Gender-Based Violence”  

5.11. Lecturer Trude Sundberg (University of Kent):
” Water Security Across the Gender Continuum”

3.12. Dr. Mónica Cano Abadía (Institute of Philosophy, Karl-Franzens University of Graz (Austria):
"The fiction of invulnerability. Silence and otherness in Francoist Spain"

Abstracts:

24.9. Professor Stella Sandford (Kingston University):
Male and Female without ‘Sex’? The Aristotelian Challenge

In this lecture I will suggest that an investigation of the Aristotelian foundations of modern systems of classification in natural history raises interesting questions about the way in which we use ‘sex’ as a classificatory term today. Aristotle’s zoological works utilise his logical terms ‘genus’ (genos), ‘species’ (eidos) and ‘differentia’. Mutatis mutandis, these are the basis for all modern systems of biological classification, or the basis of biological systematics itself. As well as the categories of genus and species in Aristotle, and these and other taxonomical terms in modern biology, we also find, in both, ‘popular’ or pragmatic groupings – for example ‘reptile’ or ‘tree’ – which have no place in modern taxonomy (no such phylogenetic groups exist). Aristotle also groups animals according to locality, and he uses distinctions such as that between wild and tame, common and rare, and so on (although these form no part of biological systematics). In this lecture I will ask: when we group individuals or classes of individuals as ‘male’ or ‘female’, which, if any, natural classificatory category do we use? What is the nature of the groupings ‘male’ and ‘female’? Is it scientific, philosophical or popular? In this lecture I will suggest that the problem in answering this in Aristotle shows us the problem in answering it in contemporary classification and systemisation, and that it hinges on the classificatory status of the category of ‘sex’. This is not a criticism of Aristotle’s account; it is the identification of something of particular interest. It allows us to see that this problem endures, well beyond Aristotle’s texts, in contemporary zoology and philosophy, as we may still ask: what is the relation of the distinction between male and female to any possible system of natural classification, and how is this related to philosophical categorisation? Is the concept of ‘sex’ part of the answer to this problem or, rather, a way of avoiding it?

Bio

Stella Sandford is Professor in the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London, UK. She is the author of Plato and Sex (Polity, 2010), How to Read Beauvoir (Granta/Norton, 2006) and The Metaphysics of Love: Gender and Transcendence in Levinas (Athlone/Continuum, 2000). She is co-editor (with Mandy Merck) of Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex: Critical Essays on Shulamith Firestone (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and (with Peter Osborne) Philosophies of Race and Ethnicity (Continuum, 2002) and edited, with an Introduction, Étienne Balibar's Identity and Difference: John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness, Verso 2013. Her recent work has been in critical philosophy of race, especially in relation to Kant, and in philosophical readings of psychoanalysis. She is currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, for a project on ‘Sex Difference in Natural History’.

8.10. Postdoctoral Fellow Anna Shadrina (Birkbeck, University of London):
The Babushka as a Metaphor of Women’s Old Age in Russia and a Means to Resist Ageism

In Russia and many other former Soviet republics, older women are commonly recognised as, and called, ‘babushkas.’ Although the word ‘babushka’ in Russian means ‘grandmother,’ in public imagination the concept of the ‘babushka’ goes beyond this family role. In a broader sense, the word babushka signifies a social position offered to women of pensionable age by society based on practices related to family care. This reflects the expectation that, once they have passed their reproductive period, women will end their professional careers to extensively assist their adult daughters with childcare and house work. 

At the centre of my most recent project are power dynamics between women of pensionable age and the institutions of the state, family and market. In my talk I will discuss former Soviet women’s lived-experiences of ageing in a period of social crisis and intensified structural inequalities in two different social contexts – in the new Russia and in the UK. I will demonstrate that the babushka as an epitome of the predestined downward social mobility for women, guides their life trajectories from birth to death. I argue that former Soviet women pensioners based in Russia and the UK negotiate the social process of ageing through rejecting or internalising the social position of the babushka. My findings suggest that even when pushed to retreat to the private sphere, older women use the babushka figure to present themselves against it as not entirely decrepit yet, still having something to offer to society.

Bio

Anna Shadrina is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London (UK). She is a sociologist with an interdisciplinary background in research on gender, sexuality, and social inequalities. Her PhD (2019) entitled ‘Babushkas: Subjugated Matriarchs. Former Soviet Women Pensioners Ageing in Russia and the UK’ explores the huge subjective and social adjustments, and the mounting stresses for older women, following the shift from the Soviet economy and welfare structures to the changes necessary to survive in neoliberal times. In her first book (published in Russian), ‘Single Women: Sex, Love and Family beyond Marriage’ (2014), by reading the history of Soviet and post-Soviet marriage through queer theory, Anna discusses the fragility and limitations of the heteronormative gender project. Her second book (also published in Russian), ‘Dear Children: the Decline in Fertility and the Increase of the ‘Price’ of Motherhood (2017), illuminates how the state in Russia establishes and re-establishes itself through the constitution of gender ideology and specifically through the role assigned to women.

22.10. Associate Professor Ruth Lewis (Northumbria University):
New Manifestations and Conceptualisations of Gender-Based Violence

Never before has there been such a loud, widespread, public conversation about gender-based violence (GBV). The #MeToo movement—whose foundations lie in feminist responses to the disclosure of Harvey Weinstein’s regime of abuse and, before that, numerous high profile cases of abusive men in sport, religion and entertainment—has propelled men’s sexually abusive behaviour into the public realm as never before. At the same time, we are seeing new manifestations of violence that are becoming evident in the 21st century—such as online misogyny, and digitally manipulated sexualised images—as well as  emerging conceptualisations of behaviours that have long been present but have only recently been recognised and named as violent expressions of gendered inequalities—such as sexual violence in universities and ‘coercive control’. Changes in the social, economic and cultural contexts have enabled new manifestations of GBV to emerge, while feminist mobilisations have resulted in a broadening of public and policy constructions of harm through new and broader conceptualisations of GBV. This talk will examine these developments, exploring what the new manifestations and conceptualisations tell us about the achievements of feminism and about contemporary gender regimes.

Bio

Ruth Lewis is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University. Her research focuses on gender-based violence and feminist activism and sits at the intersection of Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies. Recent work examines gender-based violence in universities and activism about it (eg Gender-Based Violence in University Communities: policies, prevention and educational initiatives, (2018) edited with Sundari Anitha and a special issue of Violence Against Women, (2019) edited with Susan Marine). With Mike Rowe and Clare Wiper she conducted the first victimological survey of feminists who experience online abuse. Earlier research with Rebecca Dobash, Russell Dobash and Kate Cavanagh examined legal responses to domestic violence, including perpetrators’ programmes, and a sociological examination of homicide. She has been involved in feminist activism and networks of various kinds, in and beyond universities, including helping to run domestic violence organisations, to organise conferences for practitioners, scholars and activists, and to provide training about dealing with sexual violence.

5.11. Lecturer Trude Sundberg (University of Kent):
Water Security Across the Gender Continuum

Trude Sundberg (University of Kent), Subham Mukherjee (Freie University of Berlin), Debanuj DasGupta (University of Connecticut)

Water Security has been identified as one of the sustainable development goals. Access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, equitable availability is addressed by Goal 6.  When researching water security we take a holistic approach, aiming at combining bio-physical and social factors to understand who are water insecure, and what influences this. This paper seeks to address a key gap in literature about water security, water-justice and gender issues. Gender has been identified as an important element in relation to water security, however, most researchers have only focused on issues related binary understandings of water security, and in particular cis-women (Caretta and Borjenson, 2015; Crow and Sultana, 2002; Sultana, 2009 & 2011). However, the literature on gendering water security, management and justice is yet to address the issues faced by transgender, intersex and non-binary communities. The paper draws upon stories and deliberations discussed during two international workshops on water security across the gender continuum held at Canterbury and Kolkata funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund, as well as two focus groups held within transgender community members in Kolkata. The stories, and deliberations highlight how caste, class, religion, and gendered violence disallows urban transgender women and men access to clean water and toilets in metropolitans of South Asia. Our research focuses upon experiences from communities in Kathmandu, Kolkata, Dhaka, and Colombo. In conclusion, we highlight how the right to water needs to be understood through the intersections of caste, class, and gender identity.

3.12. Dr. Mónica Cano Abadía (Institute of Philosophy, Karl-Franzens University of Graz (Austria):
The fiction of invulnerability. Silence and otherness in Francoist Spain

Vulnerability is often associated with passivity, weakness, lack of mastery and agency. This consideration of vulnerability is embedded in the fiction of the invulnerability of the liberal subject. This fable creates a narrow understanding not only of vulnerability but also of the political subject – in this sense, it fosters ignorance. Furthermore, it operates within a binary framework that both presupposes and reinforces an asymmetric relationship with the other. This paper will explore how vulnerability, invulnerability, agency, and otherness are entwined. Moreover, this paper will argue that silence, in the context of the Spanish Civil War and Francoist Dictatorship, has operated as a channel through which the fiction of invulnerability has spread ignorance and otherness. Finally, this paper will argue how breaking the silence and daring to be vulnerable can make a difference to reshape political contexts.

Bio

Mónica Cano Abadía obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophical Studies from the University of Zaragoza in 2014. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (University of Rijeka) in 2017-2018, with the research project “Risky Vulnerability. The Rise of Neo-Fascist Discourses and the Possibilities of Political Transformation in Judith Butler”. She is also a member of the Research Group “Justice, Citizenship, and Vulnerability” (University of La Laguna, Spain). Since July 2018 Mónica Cano Abadía is an Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy (Institute of Philosophy, University of Graz), where she is teaching, among other courses, the proseminar "Vulnerability.

Spring 2019

Venue: Lecture hall C120, Unioninkatu 38  (Topelia)
Time: Tuesday, 16–18.

15.1. Richard Twine (Senior lecturer, Co-director of the Human-Animal Studies, Edge Hill University, UK)
“Anthropocene, Androcene, or ‘Anthropo’cene? From scientism to intersectionality”

29.1. Rozita Dimova (Associate professor, University of Ghent)
“Beautiful Bodies across the Border in the Balkans”

4.2. Jack Halberstam in Think Corner (Please note that the event will be held in Think Korner) 
“The future of gender, sexuality and inheritance” 

12.2 Juliet Mitchell (prof. emerita, University of Cambridge)
“A psychoanalyst looks at the Bisexual Subject and its Gender”

26.2. Ben Griffin (University of Cambridge )
Hegemonic Masculinity as a Historical Problem

26.3. Davina Cooper (Research professor in Law, Kings College, London, UK)
Making up a world: Prefiguration, play and the enactment of new facts

9.4. Nina Lykke (Professor emerita, Linköping University, Tema Genus)
Cripping mourning – queering death

23.4. B Camminga (postdoctoral fellow, South African Centre for Migration & Society, Witts University)
Gender refugees’ & the South African asylum regime: “there is no queue for gender change”

7.5. Margrit Shildrick (HCAS/Stockholm University)
Hauntological ethics and beyond: undoing the temporality and imaginaries of death

Abstracts:

15.1. Prof.  Richard Twine (Senior lecturer, Co-director of the Human-Animal Studies, Edge Hill University, UK)

Anthropocene, Androcene, or ‘Anthropo’cene? From scientism to intersectionality
This paper critically engages with the discourse of the Anthropocene (Crutzen 2002), which has now achieved a degree of cultural normalisation in the context of debates around climate change. I argue that the critique of the Anthropocene from a political economy and anti-capitalist perspective (e.g. Malm and Hornberg 2014), is a necessary, yet insufficient corrective.  With a focus on the gender and species dimensions of climate change I argue that climate change constitutes a multi-faceted crisis. All framings are crucial for how the emergences, responses to, and impacts of climate change are understood and represented. I argue that the sort of intersectional approach favoured by feminist (e.g. Kaijser and Kronsell 2014), ecofeminist and critical animal studies scholars potentially offers the most accurate account of the emergences and impacts of climate change and affords specific and radical proposals for responses. Finally, I argue that, whilst the discourse of the Anthropocene has become institutionalised, it’s scientism can be resisted, and an intersectional approach popularised, via the alternative writing of the epoch, as the ‘Anthropo’cene. References: Crutzen, P. (2002) ‘The geology of mankind’, Nature 415: 23;  Kaijser, A. and Kronsell, A. (2014) ‘Climate change through the lens of intersectionality’, Environmental Politics 23(3): 417-433; Malm, A. & Hornborg, A. (2014) ‘The geology of mankind? A critique of the narrative of the Anthropocene narrative’, The Anthropocene Review 1(1): 62-69.

Richard Twine is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAShttp://www.edgehill.ac.uk/cfhas/ ) at Edge Hill University, UK.

He previously worked at the Institute of Education, University of London; and for ten years at Lancaster University, where he was a researcher with the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen). His research interests take place at the nexus of gender studies, human/animal relations, science studies and environmental Sociology. Much current research focuses upon the issue of sustainable food transitions in the context of climate change. 

Richard is the author of the book Animals as Biotechnology – Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies (Routledge, 2010), and co-editor, with Nik Taylor of Flinders University, Australia, of The Rise of Critical Animal Studies – From the Margins to the Centre (Routledge Advances in Sociology, 2014). He has published many articles and chapters on issues as diverse as veganism, antibiotics, ecofeminism, masculinities, intersectionality, posthumanism, bioethics and physiognomy. His own web-site can be found at http://www.richardtwine.com

29.1. Rozita Dimova (Associate professor, University of Ghent)

Beautiful Bodies across the Border in the Balkans
My talk is an ethnographic account of the border-crossing practices between Greece and Macedonia instigated by the financial crisis and accentuated by the political conflict surrounding the name Macedonia. I follow two women from Greece who cross the border on a regular basis to obtain services in the beauty parlors on the Macedonian side. The cheaper prices might be the immediate incentive but their encounters with the people on the other side of the border reveal more complex engagement with the Other, as well as with visions of beauty and beautiful bodies which evolve within the intertwining contexts of financial crisis, modernity, location and time. The beauty salon thus becomes the place of deconstructing and putting the body together by using the notions of freedom, choice and agency. The border becomes productive in engendering desire for women situated in the Balkan periphery of Europe where the financial crisis and the proximity of the border create and affect the notions of beauty and agency. 

Rozita Dimova is Associate Professor of Southeast European Studies in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Ghent University. She obtained her Ph.D in Anthropology at Stanford University in 2004. She is the author of Ethno-Baroque: Materiality, Aesthetics, and Conflict in Modern-Day Macedonia (2013, Berghahn Publishers) and a co-editor of the volume The Political Materialities of Borders: New theoretical directions (2018, Manchester University Press). Her forthcoming monograph Border Porosities: Movements of People, Goods and Services in the Southern Balkans (Manchester University Press) will be published in September 2019.

12.2. Juliet Mitchell (Professor Emerita, University of Cambridge)

A psychoanalyst looks at the Bisexual Subject and its Gender

My talk has two interdependent themes: that ‘ bisexuality’ is first and foremost a subject position and only secondarily the choice of partners of either sex and that ‘gender’ should be distinguished from what goes under the term of ‘sexual difference’. The union of these two themes is part of a wider argument that hopes to construct the psychosocial along a horizontal axis starting with the lateral relation of siblings. As well as gendered we are always bisexual subjects. The bisexual infant, the ‘toddler’ (so far the baby of the family) only acquires the subjective meaning of gender when a subsequent sibling is born or expected and it becomes a sister or a brother.

Although the clinical work of group, child and family psychoanalysts abounds in observations of siblings these are invariably made to fit into the dominant paradigm of individual analysis which is a vertical ‘family’ axis of parent and child. Instead we should see that we are born into a social world as well as a family and social relations are as much lateral as lineal.

From a gender perspective a horizontal axis is very different. ‘Sexual difference’ is instituted as the ineluctable distinction inaugurated by the castration complex under the law of the father. It relates to vertical reproduction and despite reproductive technologies it is a psychic (not biological) insistence that one sex cannot be the other. Gender, a wider category, should be kept for lateral relations and sexuality. Instead of parenting, under the provenance of women , it leads to marriage  (and sex trafficking) and, for men, to legal war and ‘terrorism’. The horizontal psychosocial is constructed through prohibitions and allowances which initially come from a law of the mother operating between her children.  

Juliet Mitchell was born in New Zealand in 1940. In 1944 she went to England by wartime convoy. She first lectured in English literature but following ‘Women: the Longest Revolution’ in 1966, curiosity about hostility to Freud led to a series of short interventions culminating in Psychoanalysis and Feminism (1974) followed by becoming a psychoanalyst. During the seventies, eighties and nineties she published and co-published (with Anne Oakley, Jacqueline Rose and Michael Parsons) on literature, feminism and psychoanalysis. Since 1998 she has been writing and lecturing about a horizontal axis of sociality starting with the lateral relations of siblings. She established and directed a Centre for Gender Studies in the University of Cambridge and a PhD programme in Theoretical Psychoanalysis at UCL. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Cambridge and Professorial Research Fellow at UCLondon. She is a Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge and of the British Academy and the British and International Psychoanalytical Associations.

26.2. Ben Griffin (Lecturer, University of Cambridge )

Hegemonic Masculinity as a Historical Problem

This paper reaffirms the importance of gender history as a way of understanding the history of power, and specifically power relations between men and masculinities. The historical literature dealing with this theme has been profoundly shaped by R. W. Connell’s concept of ‘hegemonic masculinity’. Despite detailed criticism by historians, Connell’s work remains enormously influential on historical scholarship because no alternative model has delineated so clearly the significance of power relations between masculinities. This paper offers a critical reading of Connell’s work and develops a new analytical framework for understanding the history of masculinity. It argues that histories of normative models of masculinity need to be accompanied by a focus on the historically specific opportunities, mechanisms or techniques that enabled individuals to identify themselves with particular normative models. It argues that power can be apprehended as a four-fold operation: cultural contestation of normative ideals; individual attempts to identify with those cultural ideals; the processes by which those attempts were accorded recognition by others; and the processes by which individuals were positioned in relation to institutional practices, rewards and sanctions. This approach would offer new periodisations of the history of masculinity with the history of power at their core.

Ben Griffin is a Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Cambridge. His research is focused on the ways in which gender has shaped political processes in Britain since the late eighteenth century. I particularly studies the history of masculinity, and the ways in which changing ideas about masculinity have shaped the behaviour and expectations of political elites. His first book, The Politics of Gender in Victorian Britain, argued that changes to women’s rights were not simply the result of changing ideas about women but also changing beliefs about masculinity, religion and the nature of the constitution and, in doing so, it demonstrates how gender inequality can be created and reproduced by the state.  His current research project is a book called The Gender Order and the Judicial Imagination, which examines how changing ideas about masculinity interacted with new forms of legal knowledge to reshape the gender order in Britain between 1780 and 1940.

26.3. Davina Cooper (Research professor in Law, Kings College, London, UK)

Making up a world: Prefiguration, play and the enactment of new facts

Is there any point in acting as if law, state and gender could be otherwise? What can be achieved by treating institutions as if they mean something other than they are commonly understood to mean? This lecture focuses on experiments that seek to enact (or prefigure) sought-after futures and to role-play state institutions with revisions. These experiments may not accomplish their intended goals and effects; acting as if things were otherwise may not make them so. But this doesn’t make the rehearsing or performing of preferred worlds pointless. Whether it is prefiguring the questions on the law reform table, developing counter-institutions, from constitutions to currencies, or legislating new gendered facts, prefiguration does stuff. The question is to think about what it does.

Professor Davina Cooper joined King's College London, The Dickson Poon School of Law in January 2018 as Research Professor in Law. From 2004-17, Davina was Professor of Law and Political Theory at the University of Kent. Between 2004 and 2009, she directed the AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender & Sexuality. And before that she was Faculty Research Dean for the Social Science Faculty at Keele University. She has been a specialist advisor to the British Parliamentary Select Committee on Education focusing on their HE enquiry; and has sat on various academic grants boards and panels, including at the ESRC. She has been a trustee of the Law & Society Association (US), and member of a range of journal editorial boards and international advisory committees. She founded and co-edits the academic book series, Social Justice, with Sarah Lamble and Sarah Keenan, published by Routledge.She has also been a London magistrate, and between 1986 and 1990 was a locally elected councillor, and chair of several committees on Haringey Council, London. Her blog 'Social Politics and stuff' is available here: https://davinascooper.wordpress.com

9.4. Nina Lykke (Professor emerita, Linköping University, Tema Genus)

Cripping mourning – queering death

The lecture  will take a point of departure in my current research, which, based on autophenomenographic analysis  of my lesbian life partner’s  death some years ago and my process of mourning her, aims at a philosophical reontologizing, and  poetical reimagining of death and mourning. I shall, in particular, focus on my use of  cripping and queering methodologies. Unfolded within the framework of critical disability studies, “cripping” signifies a political reclaiming and resignifying of the stigmatizing term, “cripple”, analogous to the ways in which “queer” was reclaimed and resignified by queer movements and queer theory. Through examples from my poetic and narrative writings, I shall discuss what it means to rethink  mourning and death from cripping perspectives. I shall focus on  the mourning “I”s reclaiming of the position of a mourner who dwells in mourning (Cvetkovich 2012), rather than engages in  health-normative struggles to control and contain desires to mourn, required by neoliberal biopolitics. Moreover, I shall frame the analysis through a discussion of the ways in which I rethink death along the lines of queering and posthumanizing perspectives.

BIO:

Nina Lykke, Dr. Phil., Professor Emerita, Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden, has, for over four decades, contributed to the building of Feminist Studies in Europe, Denmark and Sweden in particular. Co-founder of Queer Death Studies Network, and Network for Ecocritical-Decolonial Research. Current research: queering of  cancer, death, and  mourning in queerfeminist materialist, posthuman, decolonial and eco-critical perspectives; autophenomenographic and poetic writing. Recent publications:  Academic Feminisms: Between Disidentification, Messy Everyday Utopianism, and Cruel Optimism. Feminist Encounters.  2017:1(1); When death cuts apart, in: Juvonen & Kohlemainen: Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships. Routledge, New York  2018; Rethinking socialist and Marxist legacies in feminist imaginaries of protest from postsocialist perspectives. Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture.  2018:24 (2).  Making Live and Letting Die: Cancerous Bodies between Anthropocene Necropolitics and Chthulucene Kinship. Environmental Humanities. 2019: 11 (1). Personal website: https://ninalykke.net

23.4. B Camminga (postdoctoral fellow, South African Centre for Migration & Society, Witts University)

Gender refugees’ & the South African asylum regime: “there is no queue for gender change”

South Africa is the only country on the African continent that not only recognizes but also constitutionally protects and offers asylum to transgender-identified individuals. On entering the country, an individual has fourteen days to report to a Refugee Reception Office and apply for asylum. To access a center, asylum seekers are required to queue. Faced with two separate lines, one for men and one for women—much like the issues surrounding transgender access to public bathrooms— gender refugees approaching the South African state for asylum are immediately forced to make a choice. This queue also creates the conditions for surveillance, particularly as different regions are serviced on different days, which brings together the same asylum seekers from similar regions on the continent. This can make life for those who access affirming healthcare in South Africa doubly exposing, as they possibly move between queues witnessed by local communities. Drawing on research carried out between 2012 and 2016 with transgender identified refugees and asylum seekers or ‘gender refugees’, living in South Africa, I question the necessity of an ever-ubiquitous system of sex/gender identification in the lives of asylum seekers. I also consider the current developments internationally, regionally, and locally in relation to the development of third- gender categories, “X” category passports, the suppression of gender markers, and wider debates about the removal and necessity of sex/gender identifiers on documents and their impact.

Bio

B Camminga (they/them) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of Wits, South Africa and the GIGA/UFS Young African Scholars Award Runner Up for 2018. Their work considers the interrelationship between the conceptual journeying of the term ‘transgender’ from the Global North and the physical embodied journeying of African transgender

asylum seekers globally. Their research interests include: transgender rights, migration, asylum and diasporas; bio/necropolitics, notions of privacy & the bureaucratisation of sex/gender; and the history of ‘trans phenomena’ in South Africa. Their book Transgender Refugees and the Imagined South Africa: Bodies over Borders and Borders over Bodies will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. Some of their most recent publications include:

Camminga, B. 2018. ‘Shifting Borderlands – (Trans) “Gender Refugees” Moving to and through an Imagined South Africa’. Dutch Journal of Gender Studies Special Issue: Trans*: Approaches, Methods and Concepts 21 (1) 359-378.

Camminga, B. 2018. ‘“Gender Refugees” in South Africa – The “Common Sense” Paradox’. Africa Spectrum 53 (1): 89–112.

7.5. Margrit Shildrick (HCAS/Stockholm University)

Hauntological ethics and beyond: undoing the temporality and imaginaries of death

What does it mean to respond to the dead, who return to haunt us not as remembered human beings but as remnants or remainders? The distinctions between past, present and future; between living and non-living; absence and presence; and self and other are all made indistinct when the chrononormativity of the life course is displaced by a non-linear temporality.  What differential is in play with respect to those who are grievable ( Butler) and the others who constitute bare life (Agamben)? I will focus on the uncared-for dead – with reference to the recent public revulsion in the face of disclosures about Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes – by looking at the issue of spectrality through the work of Derrida and others.The re/discovery of those lost to public discourse invokes a sense of civic obligation to recover their voices and stories, and then to rebury them so that they may rest in peace. I will suggest  that such a strategy simply re-enacts the original offence of putting women in their place and fails on the grounds of both responsibility and justice. But is an alternative hauntological ethics, as suggested by Derrida, the only way forward? Are there social imaginaries that allow us to live well with the dead not because we give them respect, but because death itself has been rethought? I will close with some speculations arising from Deleuzian vitalism and Braidotti’s optimistic claim that ‘death frees us into life’.

Bio:

Margrit Shildrick is Guest Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Stockholm University, Adjunct Professor of Critical Disability Studies at York University, Toronto and Visiting Professor in Law at University of Technology, Sydney. Her research covers postmodern feminist and cultural theory, bioethics, critical disability studies and body theory. Books include Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, (Bio)ethics and Postmodernism (1997), Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self (2002) and Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Sexuality and Subjectivity (2009), as well as several edited collections and many journal articles. 

Fall term 2018

Venue: Lecture hall C120, Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia)
Time: Tuesday, 16­-18.   
Responsible professor: Tuija Pulkkinen

9.10. Prof. Suvi Keskinen (University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Sciences, The Center for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN)
”'Crisis' of White hegemony, Neonationalist Femininities and Antiracist Feminism”

23.10 Dr. Marietta Radomska  (University of  Linköping and visiting researcher in Art History at University of Helsinki )
“On Bioart, the Non/Living and Promises of Monstrous Futures”

6.11. Prof.  Swati Parashar (Senior lecturer, Institute of Global studies, University of Gothenburg Sweden) 
“Postcolonial Anxiety and the Crisis of Masculinity: The Rise of Right Wing Hindutva Movement in India”

4.12. Dr. Thomas Strong (Maynooth University, Ireland)
“Errors in Kinship: Witches, Queers”

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Abstracts:

9.10. Prof. Suvi Keskinen: ”'Crisis' of White hegemony, Neonationalist Femininities and Antiracist Feminism”

The rise of neonationalist politics and racist activism has characterised many European countries in recent years. Moreover, there is a growing public focus on gendered and sexualised intimacies. These two tendencies have increasingly intertwined and sexual violence has become a site for struggles over feminist and (anti)racist politics. The article examines what I call the ‘crisis’ of white hegemony arising in the aftermath of the arrival of a large number of refugees in 2015-2016 and the different strategies that women’s and feminist activism has developed. Within white nationalism, there is an upsurge of ‘white border guard femininities’: white women who mobilise on social media and in far-right groups. Simultaneously, antiracist feminist activism has strengthened. It seeks to confront racist discourses of foreign perpetrators and to redirect the discussion by addressing structural aspects of racial and gendered hierarchies and voicing experiences of harassment that are bypassed in the public discussions. 

Bio:
Suvi Keskinen is Academy Research Fellow and Professor in Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (on research leave until 31.8.2019) at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki. Her research interests include postcolonial feminism, critical race and whiteness studies, politics of belonging, nationalism, political activism and gendered violence. She is currently leading research projects on postethnic minority activism, intersectional border struggles and disobedient knowledge in activism, and ethnic/racial profiling by the police. Keskinen has studied right-wing populism and anti-immigration activism, media and political debates on migration and racism, gendered violence and youth in racialised residence areas. She has published several books and edited Special Issues, as well as journal articles in for example Social Politics, Women’s Studies International Forum, Ethnicities, Journal of Youth Studies, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Critical Social Policy, Social Identities and Journal of Intercultural Studies.

 

Dr. Marietta Radomska: “On Bioart, the Non/Living and Promises of Monstrous Futures”

In the Western cultural imaginaries the monstrous is defined – following Aristotelian categorisations – by its excess, deficiency or displacement of organic matter.

These characteristics come to the fore in the field of bioart: a current in contemporary art that involves the use of biological materials (various kinds of soma: cells, tissues, organisms), and scientific procedures, technologies, protocols, and tools. Bioartistic projects and objects not only challenge the conventional ideas of embodiment and bodily boundaries, but also explore the relation between the living and non-living, organic and inorganic, human and nonhuman, as well as various thresholds of the living.

By looking at select bioartworks, this paper argues that the analysed projects offer a different ontology of life. More specifically, they expose life as uncontainable, that is, as a power of differentiation that traverses the divide between the living and non-living, organic and inorganic, human and nonhuman, and, ultimately, life and death. In this way, they draw attention to excess, processuality and multiplicity at the very core of life itself. Thus understood, life always already surpasses preconceived material and conceptual limits.

Finally, while taking Deleuzian feminisms and new materialism as its theoretical ground, the paper suggests that such a revision of the ontology of life may mobilise future conceptualisations of ethics that evade the anthropocentric logic dominant in the humanities and social sciences.

Bio:
Marietta Radomska, PhD, is a Postdoc at the Department of Thematic Studies – unit: Gender Studies, Linköping University, SE, and a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Cultures – unit: Art History, University of Helsinki, FI (2018-2020). She is the co-director of The Posthumanities Hub; founder of The Eco- and Bioart Research Network, co-founder ofInternational Network for ECOcritical and DECOlonial Studies and a founding member of Queer Death Studies Network. Her current research project focuses on ecologies of death in the context of contemporary art. She is the author of the monograph Uncontainable Life: A Biophilosophy of Bioart (2016), and has published in Australian Feminist Studies, Somatechnics, and Angelaki, among others. For more info see: https://mariettaradomska.com/

E-mail: marietta.radomska@liu.se | marietta.radomska@helsinki.fi
 

Prof.  Swati Parashar: “Postcolonial Anxiety and the Crisis of Masculinity: The Rise of Right Wing Hindutva Movement in India”

The 2014 electoral mandate that brought the BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) to power in India has been analyzed as part of the global transition towards the Right. It has been argued by India watchers and scholars, in public debates, that it was not only the most opportune time for the BJP to come back to power, given the inept Congress led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) rule for a decade but that the Right also had to reinvent itself to promise economic reforms and sabka saath, sabka vikas or inclusive development for all.  In this presentation, I argue that the BJP's victory in the 2014 federal elections and their subsequent take over of many state legislatures must be seen in continuity with the rise of the Hindutva Movement in India since the 1990s. The electoral victories of the BJP are only a small part of the story of the Hindutva shift which has engendered a much larger transformation at the social and cultural levels.These socio-cultural transformations in India coincide with shifts in global politics (end of the Cold War, rise of globalization and economic liberalization in the 90s) and much has been written about this. However, I am interested in the Hindutva Movement's links to postcolonial anxiety and the crisis of masculinity that India has witnessed since 1947. India's postcolonial anxiety is (re)produced by  popular history of colonialism and its legacy as discussed in public discourses and relived through everyday collective memories. The crisis of masculinity, on the other hand, is manifested in the rejection of the idea of the feminized/androgynous Indian state and polity of the Gandhi-Nehru era and the invocation of the great ancient Indian past (free of Islamic influence) where Hindu men were in control of their culture and destiny along with the patriarchal control over their women. I argue that Hindutva is both a product and response to the postcolonial anxiety, and its emphasis on 'making India great again' is a highly gendered political and socio-cultural project to reclaim masculinity in a wider historical context.

Bio:
Swati Parashar is Associate Professor in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Visiting Faculty, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. In 2016, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. Her research engages with the intersections between feminism and postcolonialism, focused on conflict and development issues in South Asia. She is the author of Women and Militant Wars: The Politics of Injury (Routledge: London, 2014) and co-editor (with Ann Tickner and Jacqui True) of Revisiting Gendered States: Feminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations (OUP: London, New York 2018)

SPRING TERM 2018
30.1. at 16-18 Prof. Ann Phoenix
(University College London and Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies) and Marja Peltola (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)
“Masculinities in New Times: 11-14 year old in Helsinki schools
Venue: Topelia, Unioninkatu 38D, Lecture hall C 120

13.2. at 16-18 Prof Tuija Pulkkinen (University of Helsinki)
”Judith Butler on Hannah Arendt - Appearing, Speaking, and the Bodily Aspects of Public Space” 
Venue: Topelia, Unioninkatu 38D, Lecture hall C 120

27.2. at 16-18 Dr Katja Kahlina (Marie Curie Fellow, University of Helsinki)
“Turning the tables? Shifting geopolitics of sexuality in the context of global anti-LGBTQ mobilisation” 
Venue: Topelia, Unioninkatu 38D, Lecture hall C 120

13.3. at 16-18 Prof. Jami Weinstein (Associate Professor, Linköping University)
"The Viral Politics and the Epigenetic Warfare of The New Wild West”
Venue: Topelia, Unioninkatu 38D, Lecture hall C 120

27.3. at 16-18 Dr Julian Honkasalo (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Helsinki)
“Transgender agency and polyphonic voices in Swedish psychiatric research from the 1950s-1960s”
Venue: Topelia, Unioninkatu 38D, Lecture hall C 120

10.4. at 16-18 Dr. Hanna Ylöstalo (Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies)
“U-turn of gender equality policy? Government gender equality action plans as a technique of governance”
Venue: Topelia, Unioninkatu 38D, Lecture hall C 120

24.4. at 16-18 Prof. Vania Smith-Oka (Ass. Prof., Notre Dame University)
“Women Can’t Be Trauma Doctors, and Other Gendered Stories of Medicine”
Venue: Topelia, Unioninkatu 38D, Lecture hall C 120

15.5. at 16-18 Dennis Francis (Stellenbosch University, South Africa).
“Troubling the Gender and Sexuality Diversity in South African Schools.”
Venue: Topelia, Unioninkatu 38D, Lecture hall C 120

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FALL TERM 2017

12.9. Prof. Erzsebet Strausz (University of Warwick, UK)
Creativity as strategy and subversion in the neoliberal university: experiments in critical pedagogy, narrative research, and public engagement
19.9. Prof. Catherine Mills (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Biopolitics and sexual difference
26.9. Prof. Henriette Gunkel (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
Thinking Queer Temporality
24.10. Prof. María José Guerra-Palmero (University of La Laguna, Spain)
Human Insecurity, Migration and Survival. Gender and Human Rights
21.11.  Prof. Susanne Cusick (New York University)
On Feminist Historiographies of Music
28.11. Prof. Marta Segarra (University of Paris 8)
‘Show Me the Place’: New Forms of Kinship in a Posthuman World 
5.12. Prof. emer. Christine Battersby (University of Warwick)
Beauvoir’s Early Passion for Schopenhauer: Of Soap-Bubbles, Disappearance and After-Effects.

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SPRING TERM 2017
 
17.1. Heisook Kim (Professor, Ewha Womans University, South Korea)
 “Confucianism and Feminism in Korean Context: Confucian Care vs. Feminist Care”

28.2.  Kadri Aavik (Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies Fellow / Tallinn University )
“The Vulnerability of Gender Equality Mechanisms in the Post-Socialist Academia: "Doing Neoliberalism" in Estonian Universities”

14.3.  Dusica Ristivojevic  (Visiting Researcher, University of Helsinki, Gender Studies)
Feminism co-opted: Chinese “Feminist Five” and their global representations

28.3. Pawel Leszkowicz (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies Fellow)
“New Media and Intimate Democracy in Eastern Europe: The Video Art of Female Homoeroticism”

25.4. Marjut Jyrkinen (Associate Professor in Work-life Equality and Gender Studies, University of Helsinki)
"Women Managers in Gendered and Sexualised Workplaces: “MyManagement” coping strategies and reconstructuring of gender"

30.5.  Jack Halberstam (Professor, University of Southern California)
“TRANS*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance”

 

30.5. Jack Halberstam (Professor, University of Southern California)
“TRANS*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance”

 

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AUTUMN TERM 2016

13 September, Josephine Hoegaerts (Research Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): Articulating Masculinity – The Citizen's Voice in the Making in the Nineteenth Century

27 September, Marie-Andrée Jacob (Professor, Keele Law School), Anna-Maria Tapaninen (Dr., Anthropology, University of Eastern Finland) and Antu Sorainen (Docent, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki)): Future of Kinship! – The Launch Discussion of the Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship Project (CoreKin)

12 October (Wednesday), Hanne-Marlene Dahl (Professor, Roskilde University, Society and Globalization): Gendered Governance – What is it? And how can we study it?

8 November, Joanna Mizielinska (Associate Professor, Sociology at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities): Families of Choice in Poland

22 November, Sara Edenheim (University Lecturer, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS) Umeå University): Lost and Never Found – The Queer Archive of Feelings and Its Historical Propriety

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SPRING TERM 2016

31.5. Professor Birte Siim (University of Aalborg)
"Reframing Democracy – intersectional and transnational challenges"

19.4. Professor Susanne Bost  (Professor, Loyola University, Chicago)
"Memoir Beyond the Self: Animal, Vegetable, and Digital Ecologies in the Work of Aurora Levins Morales"

12.4. Professor Rosie Harding (Birmingham Law School)
"Shouldering and Sharing the Burdens of Care: Relationality, Vulnerability and Dementia"

15.3. Tutkimusjohtaja Marjut Jyrkinen ja tutkijatohtori Tytti Steel
"Askelia kohti tasa-arvoisempaa työelämää
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1.3. Anna Elomäki (Postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki, Gender Studies)
"Economization of gender equality discourse and policy in the European Union"

2.2. Annemie Halsema (Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Philosophy),
"The Subject of Critique. Ricoeur in Dialogue with Feminist Philosophers"

19.1. Jemima Repo (Newcaste University)
”The Biopolitical Origins of Gender Theory”

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FALL TERM 2015

10.12. Professor Sue Scott (FAcSS), Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York (UK) and Visiting Professor University of HelsinkI
"Problematizing the Specialness of Sex"

This ‘Masterclass’ will focus on aspects of sexuality through feminist understandings of gender. Sexuality is commonly understood as a special, exotic or problematic area of social life and much feminist and sociological research has focused on problematizing violent and abusive, male heterosexual, behavior, and/or exploring the emergence sexual ‘identities’ and societal responses to these. Here I will take a slightly different approach by exploring both everyday and mundane sexual practices and the challenging issue of children/childhood and sexuality and the interconnections between them. I will argue for the further development of historically and culturally grounded research underpinned by the continued feminist theorisations of gender.

Professor Sue Scott is a sociologist and feminist with specialist interests in gender, sexuality and the body and Childhood. She has published widely on these topics including (with Stevi Jackson) Theorizing Sexuality, Open University Press 2010. Sue currently holds an Honorary Professorship at York, is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh and a Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki. Sue is Co Managing Editor of Discover Society http://discoversociety.org. In an academic career spanning 35 years Sue has held academic posts at a number of UK Universities including Cambridge and Manchester. She has been a Professor at the Universities of Stirling 197-99 and Durham 1999-2005. At the latter she was also Postgraduate Dean. More recently she has been Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University and from 2009-12 Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Chair of the European Sociological Association’s Council of National Associations.

3.11. Professor Eka Srimulayani (State Institute of Islamic Studies, Banda Aceh, Indonesia)
”Are women ‘peace agents’?  A reflection of women’s involvement of Aceh peace building in Indonesia”

2015 celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding, peace agreement signed between the Aceh Independent Movement and Indonesian government, ending the armed conflict that started in 1976. This nearly three decades long armed conflict has affected the vulnerable groups of the society such as women and children. However, on the other hand, in a number of armed conflicts, women are perceived as peacemakers.

This presentation will try to answer the question whether women are agents of peace by reflecting the observations and interviews with the local women’s groups, peace maker activist as well as political and religious leaders, especially during the period of 1990s onward.  The presentation will draw light into the dynamics of women’s movement in Aceh, their networks, prospects and remaining challenges, especially in relation to the armed conflict and the peace building efforts.

Eka Srimulyani is a professor of sociology at The State Islamic University of Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh Indonesia, and a senior researcher at The International Centre for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies, Banda Aceh Indonesia. Among her publications is Women from Traditional Islamic Educational Institutions in Indonesia: Negotiating Public Spaces published by Amsterdam University Press, 2012, and ”Gender in contemporary Acehnese dayah: moving beyond docile agency?” in Bianca J. Smith and Marck Woodward (eds),   Gender and Power in Indonesian Islam: Leaders,  Feminist, Sufist, and Pesantren Selves, Asia Women Series, Routledge, 2014.

20.10.  Professor Melanie Hughes (University of  Pittsburgin, USA)
"Single-Axis Politics and the Political Dominance of Men from Majority Ethnic Groups"

Over time, politicians elected to national office have become increasingly diverse. Nevertheless, men from majority racial, ethnic, and religious groups continue to dominate national politics in most democratic countries. One of the ways the status quo of majority men’s political overrepresentation is maintained is through what I call single-axis politics. Political attention directed towards one axis of identity – e.g., ethnicity, gender – may deflect attention from other axes of inequality and help to stabilize majority men’s political dominance. In this presentation, I develop the concept of single-axis politics and its empirical applications. Looking over time, I show that the presence of long-standing ethnic representation policies reduces the likelihood that countries adopt national quotas for women in politics. Political attention to ethnicity may create substantial barriers to institutional change benefiting women, leaving majority men’s political dominance intact.

13.10 klo 16-18  FT Taru Leppänen (Turun yliopisto) ja FT Milla Tiainen (Helsingin yliopisto)
"Feministiset uusmaterialismit, paikallisuus ja musiikintutkimus"

Taru Leppänen on Turun yliopiston sukupuolentutkimuksen yliopistonlehtori, joka työskentelee tällä hetkellä Helsingin  yliopistossa tutkijana Suomen Akatemian rahoittamassa projektissa "Deleuzian Music Research.

Milla Tiainen toimii postdoc-tutkijana samassa projektissa. Hän myos opettaa tällä hetkellä Helsingin yliopiston FHKT-laitoksella musiikkitieteen oppiaineessa professori Pirkko Moisalan sijaisena.

29.9. Professor Annick Wibben (University of San Francisco, USA)
"Framing Feminist (Global) Politics – Shifting Foreign Policy, Security & War?"

In the last several years, feminist scholars of global politics have been challenging traditional frames of security, war and foreign policy suggesting that feminist alternatives would make for better policy options. After the success of Feminist Security Studies, more recently it has been Feminist Foreign Policy that has captured scholars' and practitioners' attention. This seminar considers the politics of these new feminist framings of security, war, foreign policy and asks whether they are really shifting the conversation on global politics. Maybe the work that speaks to policy in particular, because it tends to employ mostly liberal feminist frames and therefore an 'add women & stir' approach, does not constitute a fundamental challenge to global politics? If not, can there be a more principled or radical feminist response? And - what would such a challenge look like?

Annick T.R. Wibben is Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies and the chair of Peace and Justice Studies program at the University of San Francisco. Her research straddles (critical) security studies, international theory, and feminist international relations - she is probably best know for her work in the new field of Feminist Security Studies, but she also has a keen interest in issues of methodology, representation, and writing. Her monograph, Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach was published in 2011 and a new, edited book Researching War: Feminist Methods, Ethics & Politics is forthcoming in 2016. She is actively engaged on twitter (@ATRWibben) and currently blogs on the Duck of Minerva (http://duckofminerva.com/).

23.9. Professor Cinzia Arruzza (Department of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, USA)
The Gender of Capital: Women's Oppression and Capital's Reproduction

In this paper I argue in favor of a ‘unitary theory’ of gender oppression and capitalism, that is, an understanding of they relation that denies that patriarchy is still an autonomous system and that sees gender oppression today as, in the last instance, a consequence of the dynamic and logic proper to capitalist accumulation and the reproduction of capitalist societies. The paper has three parts. In the first part I briefly summarize two alternative approaches to the issue at stake: dual or triples systems theory, on the one hand, and what I label as the ‘indifferent capitalism’ thesis, on the other. In the second part I address two issues that are key to understanding in what way the kind of unitary theory I want to argue for in this paper differs from the ‘indifferent capitalism’ thesis: these two key issues are the relationship between logical and historical possibilities and the difference between logical preconditions and necessary consequences. In the third and conclusive part, I finally articulate the main theoretical lines of my version of unitary theory, challenging an understanding of Marx’s critique of political economy as based on purely economic categories. The aim of this paper is to articulate a version of the ‘unitary theory’ able to avoid the pitfalls of economic reductionism, functionalism, and determinism denounced both by post-structuralist critiques of orthodox Marxism and by the more heterodox tendencies within Marxist literature. 

Cinzia Arruzza is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and subsequently studied at the universities of Fribourg, and Bonn, where she was the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship. She is the author of Les Mésaventures de la théodicée. Plotin, Origène et Grégoire de Nysse,  (Turnhout 2011), Dangerous Liaisons, Marriages and Divorces of Marxism and Feminism (London 2013), and Plotinus. Ennead II 5. On What is Potentially and What Actually. Translation with an Introduction and Commentary (Las Vegas 2015).

8.9. Professor Ellen Koskoff (Eastman School of Music, USA):
"What is a Feminist Ethnomusicology? Sharing the Common Theoretical Bedrock”

Ellen Koskoff is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and the director of ethnomusicology program there. Her writings about jewish music, gender and music, and music cognition are widely published. Her work includes "Women and music in cross-cultural perspective" (1987), "Music in Lubavitcher life" (2000) and "A Feminist ethnomusicology" (2014). She is a former President of the Society for ethnomusicology and is currently serving as the editor of the society's journal, Ethnomusicology.

SPRING TERM 2015

Moya Lloyd, Professor of Political Theory, Loughborough University, UK
Title of presentation: Vulnerability, Grievability, and the Body

The body has always had a central place in the work of Judith Butler from her earliest writings onwards. Nevertheless, what she understands by the term has shifted and evolved over time. In this paper, I want to explore her recent reconceptualisation of the corpus as socially ecstatic and her ensuing attempts to articulate a so-called ‘new body politics’ divested of (problematic) ideas of individual autonomy. I am particularly interested, in this context, in how Butler treats the notion of vulnerability, especially given the place of this concept in feminist theory. Against those readings that suggest that she identifies vulnerability exclusively with injurability, and thence with a suspect form of humanism predicated on finitude, I will show that, for her, vulnerability refers not just to susceptibility to harm; it also, perhaps more importantly, signals openness to the other, an openness that functions as the condition of (im)possibility for politics (and ethics). To evaluate what it means to perform embodied gender politics in conditions of precarity, I will turn my attention to Butler’s understanding of ‘grievability’, its connection with the notion of the liveable life, and how both relate to normative idea(l)s of ‘the human’.

Moya Lloyd is Professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University, UK. She has written widely in the area of feminist political theory, particularly on the work of Judith Butler, as well as on questions of identity politics, sexuality, radical democracy, and the body. She is the author of Beyond Identity Politics: feminism, power, and politics (2005) and Judith Butler: from norms to politics (2007), and the editor of the forthcoming volume Butler and Ethics (2015). She is a former Deputy Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast. She currently holds a three-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a project entitled: ‘Who counts? The political problem of the “human”’.

Professor Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir (Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir), Jane and Aatos Erkko Professor. Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies.
Title of presentaton: Philosophy of the Body Beyond Politics of Difference

The body has been one of the grand discoveries of 20th century philosophy. Friedrich Nietzsche´s philosophy of the body and the embodied self has been a stepping stone for feminist philosophies, influencing different versions of feminisms such as the difference feminism of Luce Irigaray and the queer feminism of Judith Butler. 
Butler´s philosophy has been especially influential as a theory underlying politics of difference. The politics of difference have been important for human rights struggles, yet lack aspects of commonalities (material and embodied) that are crucial for present day global politics. I will discuss how a material based philosophy of embodiment offers theoretical means to extend a politics of difference to a politics of commonalities.

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir is a professor of philosophy at the University of Iceland and presently Jane and Aatos Erkko Professor at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. She studied philosophy in Boston and Berlin. She has published books on the philosophies of Nietzsche and Arendt, feminist philosophy, philosophy of embodiment, Beauvoir, and women in the history of philosophy. She is member of the board of FISP (International Federation of Philosophical Societies) and chair of its gender committee, and she is one of the founders and first chair of board of the United Nations University GEST Programme, a transnational studies and training program in gender equality.

Linda McKie, Professor, Head of School, Applied Social Sciences, Durham University
Title of presentation: Researching Families, Violence and Social Change

Linda McKie is Professor of Sociology at the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK. She is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. Linda has published over 120 peer reviewed articles, books and chapters and been a member of the editorial boards for a range of journals including Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Work, Employment and Society. Linda is passionate in her support for early career colleagues and runs regular writing courses and retreats on planning and writing publications and research proposals. In 2004 she was elected to the UK Academy of Social sciences and was a member of the Sociology Unit of Assessment Panel for the UK Research Assessment Framework in 2014.

Lisa Adkins, Professor Newcastle University Australia / FiDiPro professor University of Tampere & University of Turku
Title of presentation: What Can Money Do? Feminist Theory in Austere Times

What can money do? Can it be put to work to address deepening forms of social and economic inequality associated with the financial crisis, recession and still unfolding politics of austerity? Can we have faith in money as an injustice remedying substance in a crisis ridden and yet still thoroughly financialized reality? While the latter scenario is implied in recent feminist calls to redistribute resources to redress widening socio-economic inequalities under austerity, in this talk I suggest that such a redistributive logic fails to account for the shifting capacities of resources, including the capacities of money. To track these shifting capacities, I revisit the demands of the 1970s women’s liberation movement and especially the assumptions at play in these demands that money both measure and distribute justice. While these assumptions were arguably politically efficacious in that moment, in the contemporary present pervasive financialization has involved a material transformation to the capacities of money, a transformation which, I will suggest, leaves its justice distributing potential in doubt. This talk therefore not only calls for careful exploration of the capacities of resources in analyses of crisis, recession and austerity but also for feminist theory to rethink redistributive justice in the light of such transformations. Central to these considerations is money in the wages form.        

Lisa Adkins is the BHP Billiton Chair of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (2015-2019). She is joint editor-in-chief of the journal Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). Widely published in the areas of social theory, feminist theory and economic sociology her recent research focuses on the restructuring of labour and shifts to the economy-society relation in post-Fordist capitalism. Publications from this research have appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Feminist Theory, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research and Australian Feminist Studies. She has also recently contributed to debates concerning the reconstruction of social science through the volumes What is the Empirical? (2009; co-edited with Celia Lury) and Measure and Value (2012; co-edited with Celia Lury). She is convenor of the New Times: Transforming Feminist Political Economies international research network.

 

Kristiina Brunila, Kasvatuksen ja koulutuksen sosiaalisen oikeudenmukaisuuden ja tasa-arvon professori (tenure track), Helsingin yliopisto
’SINUN PITÄÄ NYT ASETTAA ITSESI KESKIÖÖN!’

Professuuri oikein hallinnan ja hanttiin pistämisen rajankäyntinä

Kristiina Brunila työskentelee kasvatuksen ja koulutuksen oikeudenmukaisuuden ja tasa-arvon professorina (tenure track) Helsingin yliopistossa. Hän on tutkimusryhmineen tutkinut kasvatuksen ja koulutuksen eriarvoisuutta koulutuspolitiikan ja koulutuksen käytäntöjen sekä vallan ja toimijuuden näkökulmista. Erityisenä kiinnostuksena on ollut tarkastella koulutuksen markkinoitumisen, terapisoitumisen ja tietokapitalismin seurauksia.

Esityksessään hän kuljeskelee erilaisten aineistojen kanssa ja sanallistaa ensimmäistä vuottaan professuurissa feministinä ja kriittistä tutkimusta tekevänä tutkijana ja opettajana.

 

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Peggy Watson, Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies Fellow, Univeristy of Helsinki
Title of presentation: The Polish Question: Post 9/11 Politics in Postcommunist Europe

After the cold war, and particularly since September 11, gender equality and sexuality have to a significant degree, come to constitute the ground of politics. ‘The true clash of civilisations… the cultural fault line that divides the West and the Muslim world..   is about sex’ (Inglehart and Norris 2003). I assert a ‘Polish question’, articulated in terms of gender equality and sexual liberation, which like the ‘Muslim question’ and other European questions, is about delineating European identity and difference and hence about circumscribing eligibility for citizenship. The paper is about the cultural representation of Europe, and within Poland the representation of modern ‘Europeanised’ Poles, that is secured through the othering of ‘Poland’ in dominant strands of liberal feminist rhetoric. I will identify (at least) two sites of this orientalising discourse by focusing on the Polish Congress of Women (Kongres Kobiet) and its shadow cabinet manifesto discourse, as well as mainstream feminist statements during the ‘gender crisis’ that split Poland in 2013-2014. Exploring the interrelationships between the symbolic and political economic dimensions of social change will help identify the circumstances under which a feminist discourse whose stated aims are progressive may produce new schemes of inequality, specifically through the production of class difference.

Peggy Watson is currently at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.  She is Fellow and Director of Studies at Homerton College Cambridge and works at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in the field of post- cold war studies,  she has a particular interest in Poland. During the cold war she worked at the Universities of Warsaw and Wroclaw for a number of years. From 2001 onwards she has directed the Nowa Huta Study, a long term study of social change in the former Stalinist new town. She has written a number of influential articles on gender , feminism, and health in eastern Europe. Currently she is working on a project about feminism as a mode of governmentality in Poland. Her most recent book is Health Care Reform and Globalisation: the US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective, Routledge 2012.

Maryanne Dever, Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia
Title of presentation: Feminism’s Paper Trail

Where is feminism’s archive? The approaches to research that defined feminist archival practice in the 1980s and 1990s positioned ‘the archive’ (singular, monolithic) as the place where we routinely sought to ‘recover’ a past that we understood to have been ‘hidden from history’.  This tradition of archival research has been radically reshaped by recent trends in the Humanities. In this lecture I ask: where is feminism’s archive if it is not something we find fully formed and awaiting our interventions? Were we ever in it? Would we know it if we saw it now?  I explore how new approaches structured by concerns with materiality can yield different orders of insight into literary lives, literary works and their archival traces. I propose a new approach to how and why paper matters in archive-based literary research. I do so by drawing on experiences working with archived collections as diverse as Greta Garbo’s letters, the papers of second wave feminist activists, and those of writers Eve Langley and Valentine Ackland.

Maryanne Dever researches on questions of intimacy and materiality in relation to literary manuscripts and personal papers and she co-convenes the Archive Futures research network (www.archivefutures.com). She is co-author of The Intimate Archive (2009) and co-edited a 2014 special issue of Archives and Manuscripts on ‘Literary Archives, Materiality and the Digital’. She is currently joint Editor-in-Chief (with Lisa Adkins) of Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). She is a former ofDirector of the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research at Monash University in Melbourne and President of the Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) and is currently Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2015 she is a Visiting Professor at the University of Tampere and at the University of Turku.

FALL TERM 2014

Rustom Bharucha, Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India
Title of presentation: The Aftermath:  Reflections on Terror and Performance

Drawing on his recently published book Terror and Performance (Routledge 2014), Rustom Bharucha will probe the modalities and enigmas of one key question:  What happens when the performance ends?  The idea of ‘performance’ will be extended beyond theatre practice to encompass four primary sites of investigation:  ‘September 11’, Islamophobia, Truth and Reconciliation, and Non-Violence. 

Using a dialogic mode of inquiry, he will throw out questions relating to the relationship between ‘terror’ and ‘terrorism’, the ethical considerations involved in viewing the act of killing as ‘performance’, the efficacy of the Truth and Reconciliation process beyond the aporias of affect, and the ‘violence’ of non-violence.  These issues will be contextualized within a spectrum of practices including suicide bombing, lip-sewing , blood-graffiti, and peace activism. 

To what extent can theatre counter its complicities within a larger narrative of terror?  Is non-violence viable in an age of terror?  Can justice exist beyond – and against – the law?  These are some of the critical questions that will be raised in the lecture, which attempts to provide a reflective framework on the terror of our times.

Rustom Bharucha is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.  A leading interlocutor in the fields of interculturalism, secularism and oral history, he has written a number of books including Theatre and the World, The Question of Faith, In the Name of the Secular, The Politics of Cultural Practice, Rajasthan: An Oral History, Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin and Terror and Performance.  In recent years, he has worked as a dramaturge for the Tangencya public art project in Durban, South Africa, as Project Director for Arna-Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan, and as Artistic Director of the Inter-Asia Ramayana Festival at the theater laboratory Adishakti in Pondicherry.  In February 2015, he will be curating an international conference at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Rethinking Labor and the Creative Economy: Global Performative Perspectives.

Shane Blackman, Professor of Cultural Studies Department of Media, Art and Design Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK
Title of presentation: Doing Ethnography with Young People: from description to theory

"Doing Ethnography with Young People: from description to theory" focusing on what is distinctive about ethnography, its assumptions, approach, tradition and positionality, issues within fieldwork such as access, interactions, relationships/emotions, how to do interpretation and generate theory.

Shane Blackman is a Professor of Cultural Studies at Canterbury Christ Chruch University, UK. He received his Ph.D. at the Institute of Education, University of London as an ESRC scholarship student. His most recent book is Chilling Out: The Cultural Politics of Substance Consumption, Youth and Drug Policy (2004, McGrawHill-Open University Press). He is a member of the Journal of Youth Studies and YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research and a member of ESRC Peer Review College. Dr Blackman's research interests include ethnography, deviance, schooling, youth culture, popular music, drugs, feminism, and social and cultural theory.

Matt Cook, Senior lecturer in History and Gender Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London. Department of History, Classics, and Archeology.
Title of presentation: Queer Domesticities: taking queer history indoors

In this lecture Matt Cook uses his latest book (Queer Domesticities: homosexuality and home life in twentieth century London) to make a case for the importance of interior space in the understanding and analysis of queer - and here queer male – desires and relationships.
In discussion of artists Charles Shannon and Charles Ricketts, playwright Joe Orton, film-maker Derek Jarman, a group of gay squatters and more besides, he shows how queer home lives provide rich material for the understanding of conflicts, overlaps and intersections of different identifications relating especially to gender, class, nationality and ethnicity.

Dr Matt Cook is Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, a Co-director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, and an editor of History Workshop Journal. He is the author of London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885 – 1914 (2003), lead author and editor of A Gay History of Britain (2007), Queer Domesticities (2014), and co-editor of Queer 1950s (2012; with Heike Bauer) and Queer Cities, Queer Cultures (2014; with Jennifer Evans).

Eric Fassin, Professor at the department of Political Science and Centre of Women’s and Gender Studies. Université Paris-8 Vincennes-Saint Denis France
Title of presentation: Same-Sex Marriage, Nation, and Race: French political logics and rhetorics

While the debate on “marriage for all” may have looked like a mere repetition of the earlier one on PaCS, the terms have changed since the late 1990s – from secular to religious, and from anthropological to biological. But it is still about national identity. In France, filiation is sacralized because it defines both family and citizenship. As the comparison with the United States makes it clear, the opposition to gay marriage is thus also about race: it articulates the racialization of the nation and the biologisation of the family. However, the political rhetorics do not always coincide with this logic of naturalization / denaturalization: while the sexual nationalisms of the early 2000s pitted “sexual democracy” against racialized minorities, the polemics of the next decade, from the Taubira law to the (so-called) “theory of gender,” offer new configurations of the intersections of sexual and racial politics. Is the Catholic, bourgeois movement of La Manif pour tous about whiteness, or is a morally conservative alliance with the children of immigrants and Muslims from the outer-cities possible?

Éric Fassin is a professor of sociology in the Political Science Department and the Gender Studies Center at Paris 8 University. He works on contemporary sexual and racial politics in France and the United States, and their intersections (e.g. immigration in Europe). He is frequently involved in French public debates on issues his work addresses. He is the author of books such as L’inversion de la question homosexuelle (2005), Le sexe politique (2009), and Démocratie précaire. Chroniques de la déraison d’État (2012), co-author of four volumes on French immigration policies (Cette France-là, 2008-2012), co-editor of De la question sociale à la question raciale? (2006). Published in 2014: Roms & Riverains. Une politique municipale de la race (La Fabrique), Gauche : l’avenir d’une désillusion (Textuel), and the new edition of Foucault’s Herculine Barbin (Gallimard).

Hanna Guttorm, Post-doc-tutkija, Helsingin yliopisto
Title of presentation: Väitöstutkimusta runomitassa - jälkistrukturalistiset teoriat tutkimuskirjoittamisen käytännöissä

Hanna Guttormin 25.4.2014 Helsingin yliopistossa tarkastettu väitös poikkeaa totutusta monin tavoin. Jo tutkimuksen nimi, Sommitelmia ja kiepsahduksia: Nomadisia kirjoituksia tutkimuksen tulemisesta (ja käsityön sukupuolisopimuksesta), kertoo, että nyt ei olla ihan tavallisen tutkimuksen äärellä. Guttorm kuvaa tutkimuksensa tulemista ja jälkistrukturalististen teorioiden materialisoitumista tutkimuksen ja sen kirjoittamisen käytännöissä. Miten asettua tutkijan paikalle vallitsevissa tieteen tekemisen käytännöissä? Miten maailmasta voi kirjoittaa kielellä, joka aina kategorisoi ja erottelee? Ja miten kuvata tutkimuksen prosessia, kun jälkistrukturalistiset teoriat pannaan käytäntöön myös tutkimuksen tekemisen ja kirjoittamisen käytännöissä eikä vain aineistojen analyyseissa?

Guttorm pohtii tutkimuksessaan tiedon tuottamisen ja tietämään tulemisen käytäntöjä ja kuvaa, miten ja mitä väitöskirjassa tapahtuu. Hän esittää metodin ja empirian kuvauksia sekä runomuotoista kysymysten virtaa limittäin myöhemmin kirjoitettujen teoreettisten tekstien kanssa. Näitä kaikkia kirjoituksia hän nimittää nomadisiksi. Guttorm osoittaa, että runomuotoinen kirjoittaminen sopii kuvaamaan tapahtumisten, ilmiöiden ja todellisuuksien rakentumisen jatkuvaa liikettä, niitä haltuunottamatta. Aukollisuudessaan runomuotoinen kieli havainnollistaa tietämisen osittaisuuden, alituisen keskeneräisyyden, monitulkintaisuuden ja prosessiluonteisuuden. Lisäksi se antaa tilaa hengittää ja olla tuhansia eri mieliä.
Guttormin tutkimus luo suomalaiseen käyttäytymis-tieteelliseen tutkimukseen tilaa omalta liikkeelliseltä paikalta tapahtuvalle jälkistrukturalistiselle autoetnografiselle kirjoittamiselle. Kirjoittamiselle, jossa tutkijan oma ja ei-oma tunteva ja ajatteleva moniääni kuuluu.

Beverley Skeggs, Professor in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Title of presentation: Reacting to Representation

Drawing on recent research from an ESRC research project on reality television, published as ‘Reacting to Reality TV: Audience, Performance, Value’, which included both textual and audience research over three years, this paper will examine how different groups of
women respond to the television. The responses were shaped not just through reading representations, as is often assumed in media theory, but instead through immanent affect. The majority of research on television proposes that the moral project of neoliberalism has been achieved as programmes instruct people on how to become responsible subjects. Our research suggests this moral appeal is limited, addressing only those who can benefit from its call. More radical analysis suggests that affect disrupts TV’s moral incitement, generating radical new possibilities. Our audience research also highlighted the limits to this approach.  As a form of sensational melodrama reality TV manipulates affects of disgust, repulsion and
care. Yet rather than offering either regulation or resistance we show how programmes generate struggles for value, challenging traditional understandings of media, representation and ideology.

Beverley Skeggs works in the department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her main publications include The Media (1992), Feminist Cultural Theory (1995), Formations of Class and Gender (1997), Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism (2000); Class,
Self, Culture (2004), Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety (2004) (with Les Moran, Paul Tyrer and Karen Corteen), Feminism After Bourdieu (2004 with Lisa Adkins), Reality TV and Class (2011) and Reacting to Reality Television: Audience, Performance, Value
(2012) (both with Helen Wood).  She is the co-editor of The Sociological Review and is currently an ESRC Professorial Fellow on a project on ‘A Sociology of Values and Value’.

Emanuela Lombardo, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Administration II of Madrid Complutense University, Spain.
Title of presentation: The symbolic representation of gender

What is symbolic representation? Why should (feminist) political science engage more with it? Since Hanna Pitkin's seminal book on The Concept of Representation, the symbolic has been the least studied dimension of political representation. In research developed with Petra Meier (Ashgate 2014), we argue that the concept of symbolic representation deserves more scholarly attention than the one it has received so far, so to advance our understanding of what symbolic representation is and what it contributes to political representation. Starting from an understanding of the symbol as being constructed, we explore the relationship between agent (that doing the representing) and principal (that being represented) in symbolic representation, taking gender as the principal and political discourse as the agent. This allows us to address questions such as: What are women and men symbols of? How is gender constructed in policy discourse? What functions does symbolic representation fulfil in the construction of gender? And what is the relationship between symbolic, descriptive, and substantive representation? Drawing on theories of symbolic representation and gender, as well as primary data about political debates on labour and care issues, partnership and reproductive rights, gender violence, and quotas, our analysis shows that reconsidering symbolic representation from a discursive perspective makes explicit issues of (in)equality embedded within particular constructions, as well as their consequences for political representation and gender equality.

Emanuela Lombardo is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Administration II of Madrid Complutense University (Spain). Her research concerns gender equality policies, especially in the European Union and Spain, Europeanization, and gender and political representation. On these issues she has published articles in peer reviewed journals as well as chapters in edited volumes. Her last edited book, with Maxime Forest, is The Europeanization of Gender Equality Policies (Palgrave 2012) and her last monograph, authored with Petra Meier, is The Symbolic Representation of Gender (Ashgate 2014). For further information see http://www.ucm.es/info/target/

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SPRING TERM 2014

Athena Athanasiou (Panteion University): Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University, Athens, Greece.
Title of presentation: Unthinkable Mourning: Counter-Memory and Feminist Political Subjectivity in Post-Yugoslavia 

This work glimpses within the affective lives and powers of political activism. My core theoretical question is about agonistic grievability as enacted by activists who enact the register of mourning despite and against its normative assumptions of heteronormative bloodline kinship and militarist national sovereignty. Why does grievability matter politically, then? How might it attend to the experience of becoming a political subject engaged in feminist and antimilitarist struggles? I pursue such questions through the perspective of the Women in Black movement in Belgrade and the ways in which it deploys public grief as a performative practice of protest against nationalism and the wars which led to the break-up of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Athena Athanasiou is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece.  She has authored the books: Life at the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (Athens, 2007); and Crisis as a State of Exception: Critiques and Resistances (Athens, 2012). She has edited the volumes: Feminist Theory and Cultural Critique (Athens, 2006); Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and 'the Greeks' (co-ed. with Elena Tzelepis, SUNY Press, 2010); and Biosocialities: Perspectives on Medical Anthropology (Athens, 2011). She has co-authored, with Judith Butler, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013).

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Elina Penttinen, Sukupuolentutkimuksen yliopistonlehtori, Helsingin yliopisto (University Lecturer, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki)
Title of presentation: "Maailma palaa. Poliisinaiset kriisinhallintatyössä"

Kansainvälistä sotilaallista ja siviilikriisinhallintaa toteutetaan jatkuvasti muuttuvassa ja monimutkaisessa turvallisuusympäristössä. Turvallisuustoimijoilta vaaditaan kykyä toimia muuttuvissa olosuhteissa, eettisesti ja tavoitteellisesti ihmisoikeuksia edistäen. Suomi pyrkii toteuttamaan tätä tavoitetta erityisesti lisäämällä naisia siviilikriisinhallintatehtäviin. Tutkimuksessani kartoitin mitä naispoliisit itse ajattelevat heihin liitetyistä odotuksista ja miten he kokevat sukupuolen merkityksen kriisinhallintatyössä. Mitä lisäarvoa naisen sukupuoli antaa kriisinhallintatehtävissä? Ja mikä onkaan naispoliisien menestyksen salaisuus?

Elina Penttinen on sukupuolentutkimuksen yliopistonlehtori Helsingin yliopistolla. Hän on tutkimuksessaan käsitellyt sodan kokemusta ja kriisinhallintaa painottaen erityisesti eettistä kompetenssia, sodan traumaa ja siitä toipumista sekä positiivisten tunteiden merkitystä. Hänen viimeisin teoksensa Joy and International Relations: a new methodology (2013) Routledge: UK, kokoaa nämä teemat yhteen ja rakentaa uutta metodologiaa, joka kutsuu tutkijaa ongelmien lisäksi tutkimaan myös onnistumista, iloa, empatiaa ja ystävällisyyttä haastavissa olosuhteissa. Penttisen aikaisempi tutkimus sijoittuu feministiseen maailmanpolitiikkaan ja hän on käsitellyt erityisesti globaalia seksiteollisuutta.

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Susanne Lettow, Professor of Gender and Natural Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland and Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Paderborn, Germany
Title of presentation:  "Vitalism, Ontology, Posthumanism. Three Problems of Contemporary Feminist Theory"

During the last years, constructivism that has informed feminist theorizing since the early 1990s has been increasingly scrutinized. Many theorists claim that the constructivist understanding according to which gender, the body and the world we live in are discursively constructed dismisses the materiality of our existence and its entanglement with non-human beings. In my talk I argue that it is indeed an urgent task for feminist theory to rethink theoretical approaches to matter, body, and biology, and to develop a new theoretical language beyond naturalism and anti-naturalism. However, I am critical about some current theoretical developments by which these challenges are met, in particular the recent turns to vitalism, to ontology and to posthumanism. By discussing these problems I will figure out a elements of a praxeological approach to socionatural relations that avoids a flight from contingency and social and political realities.

Susanne Lettow is currently Visiting Professor for Gender Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. She has holds a PhD in philosophy from the Free University Berlin and has held research and teaching positions in Austria and Germany at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, the Free University of Berlin and the University of Vienna. She is also a board member of the International Association of Women Philosophers. Among her publications are: The Power of Care. The Philosophical Articulation of Gender Relations in Heidegger's Being and Time (in German, Tübingen: edition discord 2001); Biophilosophies. Science, Technology and Gender in Contemporary Philosophical Discourse (in German, Frankfurt/Main and New York: Campus 2011), and the edited volume Reproduction, race and gender in philosophy and the early life sciences, Albany: SUNY Press 2014)

Taina Kinnunen, Professor of Gender Studies. University of Tampere
Title of presentation: "Touch as Gendered Politics of Affects"

Touch is the most archaic mode of human communication and bonding which the paper discusses by utilizing physiological and psychoanalytic theories. Simultaneously, touch is culturally regulated, experienced and performed - and silenced. I ask how the carnality of touch could be reconsidered by combining anthropological studies of senses and feminist theories of affects. In the context of the traditional Finnish touching culture, the paper stresses the transmission and intercorporeality of affects and the politics of gendering the affects related to touch.

Taina Kinnunen is a cultural antropologist and she currently works as a Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Tampere. She has examined the relationship between the body, gender and culture in mediated, aestheticized and technologized social spheres. Kinnunen has published monographs, collaboration books and articles on beauty culture, cosmetic surgery and extreme bodybuilding. She was the responsible leader of the research group examining installing of ubiquitous technology in northern Finland. Her current interests include the aesthetized body in the post-industrial working culture. Recently, she published a book of the Finnish touching culture.

Feminist scholarship that matters? Matters where?

SKY doctoral course at the University of Helsinki, 19, 24 & 26 March 2020 (5 ECT)

Online course

This PhD course will discuss expectations and ideals for how feminist social science can and should matter in personally, politically and in societies. These questions matter on the global scale, especially for global social justice, but also for the sense of personal motivation. How do different feminist traditions translate into political practices in different contexts? Social scientists participate in different epistemic and ontological discussions that are often regarded as internal academic debates; yet in the feminist social science the orientation to the “political” takes many different forms. What are the current discussions regarding political engagements in feminist academia in the Caribbean and Southern Africa? In Finland?
The course is carried out as a workshop during which the course teachers and participants discuss the PhD students’ projects of various stages. The aim is to help the PhD students to develop their personal thoughts and make them more explicitly pronounced regarding the (personal) politics of knowledge production, promises of science, making a difference, academic activism, the ideal, promise, relevance, impact, or meaning of one’s own work. This seminar is designed as a chance to stay a moment together to reflect on why one does academic work in the first place, and discuss different aspects in feminist desires involved.

 

Course teachers: Rhoda Reddock, Grace Khonou, Liu Xin, Elina Oinas
Contact person: Elina Oinas Elina.oinas@helsinki.fi

About the external teachers:
Rhoda REDDOCK, is Professor of Gender, Social Change and Development, the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Prof Reddock is a member of the Excecutive Committee of the International Sociological Association. She has served as founder, chair, adviser, or member of several organizations, such as the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA),[1] the Global Fund for Women, and the Regional Advisory Committee of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS established by UNAIDS. In 2002 she received the Seventh CARICOM Triennial Award for Women, was Trinidad and Tobago's nominee for the International Women of Courage Award in 2008, and was honoured in her country's National Honour Awards ceremony in 2012 with the Gold Medal for the Development of Women. Her recent publications include “Up Against a Wall”: Muslim Women’s Struggle to Reclaim Masjid Space in Trinidad and Tobago”, in Aisha Khan (ed.) Islam and the Americas, Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 2015, pp. 217-248. “Radical Caribbean Social Thought: Race, Class, Identity and the Postcolonial Nation” Current Sociology, Vol. 62 No. 4, July 2014, pp. 493-511 Sex, Power and Taboo: Gender and HIV in the Caribbean and Beyond, Randle Publishers, Kingston and Miami, 2009 (co-edited with Dorothy Roberts, Dianne Douglas and Sandra Reid) Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities: Theoretical and Empirical Analyses, The UWI Press, Kingston 2004 (Edited Collection).
http://www2.sta.uwi.edu/pelican/60under60/rreddock.asp

 

Grace KHUNOU is Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. After obtaining her PhD from the University of Witwatersrand, Wits, in 2007 she worked as a Senior Social Policy Analyst in the Department of Social Development, South Africa National Government 2007-09. Prof Khonou is a member of the Excecutive Committee of the International Sociological Association, and has acted as a Member of the Editorial Board for the ISA SAGE Studies in International Sociology, and the Chairperson of the Wits Faculty of Humanities Transformation Committee 2011-2013. She writes creatively and academically and has published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and research reports. Her research interests are Gender and health; Masculinities; Black Middle Class; Father Connections and Father Identity, as well as the role of universities in society.
https://www.uj.ac.za/contact/pages/grace-khunou.aspx

 

LIU XIN is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Liu Xin has published in Australian Feminist Studies, Parallax, MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, Girlhood Studies, NORA, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Sukupuolentutkimus-Genusforskning, Feminist Encounters: A journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics. Her recent projects examine the phenomenon of air pollution in the Chinese context as well as the reproduction of norms in digital games.

 

Elina OINAS works as Professor in Sociology at the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki. Her research deals with shifting knowledge practices, power, gender, development/transformation and health in different organisations and contexts, often contrasting sites in the Nordic countries and in Africa. She is currently working on “relevance” and contextuality in biomedicine and gender research in comparative perspective in Finland, Benin, Ethiopia and South Africa, focusing on a vaccine trial and feminist academia. These projects are funded by the Academy of Finland, Svenska litteratursällskapet and Finnish Cultural Foundation.

 

Course structure and requirements
Prior to course:
· Think, write and submit a compilation of three assignments in one text:
a one page description of your dissertation project (a project abstract of 300-400 words) with information on the discipline and the stage of the project, and
8-10-page paper which is a part of your dissertation project, any text is fine
1-3 pages discussion paper in a style freely chosen by you, where you discuss your own thoughts on first, ideals for academic knowledge in general, and second, how you see your own work as a contribution to something; society, self, movement, community etc.

Combine these texts in one file and submit it by Monday 9 March 2020.
· Read other PhD students’ pre-delivered materials.
· Familiarize yourself with the reading list of recommended literature that will be sent to the participants upon the acceptance.

During the course:
· Attend the panel discussion by the professors at Christina Research Seminar on the 24 March, and the seminar days on 19&26 March. Attendance involves commenting other students’ papers and discussing one’s own project.

Application
Apply in the e-form by February 10th 2020,
or, with an e-mail by February 10, 2020 to elina.oinas@helsinki.fi with following information:
name, university, doctoral program, field of research, title, stage of PhD

Applicants will be informed on acceptance by February 15th, 2020.

 

Trans/feminism

SKY doctoral course at the University of Helsinki, March 6, 2020
Venue: Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40), hall 30 (5th floor)

Course teachers Prof. Susan Stryker (Yale University), Dr. Julian Honkasalo (University of Helsinki) and Dr. Sanna Karhu (University of Helsinki) 

The course is organized by the University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme in Gender, Culture, and Society (SKY). The course is open for all SKY students, other University of Helsinki PhD students, and for students from other Finnish universities and universities abroad. There is no registration fees but travelling costs can unfortunately not be covered by the University of Helsinki. The course welcomes max 8 student participants. 

Course description

The PhD course is an article seminar, which focuses on the relationship between feminist theory, transgender studies, activism and history. 

The article seminar welcomes PhD students from multiple fields. Students working on trans studies, disability studies, activism, queer theory, feminist and queer history, intersectional feminist theory, literary studies, legal studies etc. are all welcome. No previous knowledge of transgender studies as an academic field is necessary to apply to the course but priority will be given to those students whose work focuses in one way or the other on gender and sexual minorities or intersectional feminist theory more broadly (i.e. disability studies, critique of racism, post-colonial studies).

The course consists of a full day seminar (10-6pm with a proper lunch break and a long coffee break) during which the course instructors and participants discuss the assigned readings. Learning activities of the course will consist in mini presentations and academic discussion and analysis of the texts. The learning outcome of the seminar is that students will be able to perform close readings of advanced academic texts on trans studies. In addition, students will be able to understand the intersectional relationship between feminist history, feminist activism and questions concerning transgender social justice. The course discussion will follow common university safe space guidelines.

Course instructors

Prof. Susan Stryker is an award-winning scholar and filmmaker whose historical research, theoretical writing, and creative works have helped shape the cultural conversation on transgender topics since the early 1990s. Dr. Stryker earned her Ph.D. in United States History at the University of California-Berkeley in 1992, later held a Ford Foundation/Social Science Research Council post-doctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University, and—before her one-year appointment at Yale (2019-2020)—has been a distinguished visiting faculty member at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Santa Cruz, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. She is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books and anthologies, including Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (Chronicle 1996), Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions in the Golden Age of the Paperback (Chronicle 2000), The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006), Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (Seal Press 2008, 2017), and The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (2013).

Her academic articles have appeared in such publications as GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Radical History Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Parallax, Australian Feminist Studies, Social Semiotics, and Journal of Women’s History, while her public scholarship has appeared in Aperture, Wired, The Utne Reader, and Slate.com. She won an Emmy Award for her documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (ITVS 2005), and is also the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award (2006), the Ruth Benedict Book Prize (2013), the Monette-Horowitz Prize for LGBTQ activism (2008), the Transgender Law Center’s Community Vanguard Award (2003), two career achievement awards in LGBTQ Studies—the David Kessler Award in  from the City University of New York’s Center for LGBT Studies in 2008, and Yale University’s Brudner Memorial Prize in 2015—and the Local Genius Award from Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2018. Dr. Stryker served for several years as Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco (1999-2003). At the University of Arizona, where she is currently on leave from her appointment as Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, she served for five years as Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies (2011-2016) and was founder of the university’s unprecedented Transgender Studies Initiative and faculty cluster hire. She will hold the Barbara Lee Professorship in Women’s Leadership at Mills College (Oakland, CA) 2020-2022. While continuing to serve as founding co-editor of the academic journal TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke), Dr. Stryker is currently developing several media projects, and has a book under contract to Farrar Straus Giroux, What Transpires Now, about the uses of transgender history for the present.

Dr. Julian Honkasalo is an Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. He holds a PhD in Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, 2016, and a PhD in Political Science, The New School for Social Research, 2018. Honkasalo’s current postdoctoral research project is titled: Trans Futures: Community-Building as Resistance to Biopolitics. The project focuses on the historical connection between race hygiene and gender norms, as well as the history of trans resistance to biopolitics.

Dr. Sanna Karhu, is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Gender Studies, in the Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki. The title of Karhu’s project is Animal Trouble: A New Ecofeminist Critique of Speciesism.Karhu received a PhD in 2017 with a dissertation titled From Violence to Resistance: Judith Butler's Critique of Norms. The dissertation is available as open access via E-thesis (copyrighted). During the years 2016–2017 Karhu worked as a visiting graduate research scholar at New York University and was a fellow in Prof. Judith Butler's Master Class at The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI), The New School for Social Research in 2016.

Course requirements 

Prior to the course: 

·  Read the preassigned course reading (4 articles) that will be sent to the participants upon the acceptance. 

·  Prepare a short (max 10 min) oral presentation on one of the articles assigned for the course. The course instructors will assign the text upon acceptance.

During the course:

·  Attending the full one-day article seminar on March 6. Attendance involves discussing actively the course readings. 

·  Attending Prof. Susan Stryker’s public Christina research lecture ‘Trans/feminism’ on Thursday March 5, 4-6pm.  

Application procedure

Please apply with a short, freely written description max 250-300 words of your dissertation project and explain why you want to enroll the course. Please send your application to julian.honkasalo(at)helsinki.fi or sanna.karhu(at)helsinki.fi. Please apply by February 10 2020.  Applicants will be informed on acceptance by Feb 11, 2020. 

SKY doctoral programme welcomes you to join SKY BEGIN event at Thursday February 6th 2020, at 12–16 (lunch included).

Venue: Language Center, Fabianinkatu 26, seminar room 204,  (lunch 12-13, at Bryggeri, Sofiankatu 2)

SKY BEGIN 

This afternoon event with (relatively) new PhD-students and their supervisors will answer two sets of questions.

1) We will discuss various aspects of the structures of PhD studies at UH.

   - For many PhD students and supervisors, the present organization of doctoral studies is  - for good reasons - confusing with its different levels of structures (doctoral programme, doctoral school, the faculty, the discipline, the organizing faculty, the responsible professor, the supervisor, the second supervisor, etc. ).  In order to sort out some of this jungle, we will hear short presentations which will clarify the organizational structures, as well as the tasks and responsibilities of each level, and what can you expect from each level as a PhD student or as a supervisor.

2) We will discuss together various experiences, questions, worries, and expectations about what will take place and what should take place within the course of the of PhD studies

 -For a beginning PhD-student it is – understandably – often unclear what PhD studentship involves, what is expected, and what one can reasonably wish from doctoral studies. To reflect on the various trajectories of PhD studies, we will also hear short presentations of recent SKY PhD’s who will reflect on their period of doctoral studies. Issues covered will include, for example: what one can expect and what is on one’s own responsibility; PhD seminars, SKY events; conferences; publishing during the PhD studies;  teaching; internationalization, periods abroad;  integration within discipline(s), research community, networks; the changing study requirements, the structure of studies; supervision agreement;   - PhD student’s independent responsibility and supervisor’s responsibilities are discussed. 

This is also a possibility for you to meet other SKY students and supervisors. Any SKY student or supervisor is welcome to join in.

Sign up for the event by January 31st, 2020 at the latest (form)! 

How to Read your Research Materials (5 ECTs) , SKY doctoral course, University of Helsinki, 14-15 March 2019

Course introduction:

This PhD course is a two-day workshop for current PhD students that focuses on gender, sexuality and feminism. It will be the first of a series of methodology oriented PhD workshops within the doctoral programme Gender, Culture and Society (SKY). In this workshop invited experts on different methods of reading and analyzing various types of research materials, together with the participating PhD candidates, will comment on, and offer readings of, samples of materials from their own and others’ PhD projects.

In this first workshop, Tuija Pulkkinen and Ann Phoenix, will provide in their lectures examples of their methods of reading the materials in their own research and will contextualize their methodological choices within the wide scope of possible, creative research practices that are currently burgeoning.

The idea of the course is to provide insights from experienced researchers into their research practices and to give hands on experience of dealing with the many different issues and problems that arise for anybody dealing with research materials. The aim is to help those attending to see how they can advance and complete their analyses and writing to high international standards.

       The two workshop facilitators have long histories of research and writing in a wide area of feminist scholarship and gender studies, ranging from philosophical and historical analysis of concepts in texts, to applying psychological, sociological, political, and creative analytic insights to research materials. They will give talks that illustrate their chosen methods and lead discussion of student materials. Fieldwork notes, internet based materials, visual methods, literary or historical and other types of texts can be included. PhD projects within a wide multidisciplinary range of humanities, social sciences, pedagogical, theological, and law studies; work on feminist and queer theory, contemporary society and politics, social research and conceptual analysis are all welcome. The theoretical frames of the PhD projects will also be varied, building on research within the interdisciplinary areas of feminist and gender studies and including its intersections with postcolonial theory, queer theory and politics, disability studies, and critical animal studies.

The course is arranged by University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme Gender Culture and Society (SKY). It is open for applications from PhD students from all universities.

The Teachers:

Ann Phoenix is professor of Psychosocial Studies at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education. Her research research interests are psychosocial, focusing on personal, psychological issues in sociostructural context. She takes an intersectional perspective to gender, where racialisation, social class, sexuality, space and, place and nation are addressed across different studies. The areas on which she works include motherhood, social identities and young people. Her recent funded research project areas include: boys and masculinities in Helsinki schools, adult re-conceptualisations of

'non-normative' childhoods', particularly of serial migration, visibly ethnically mixed households and language brokering in transnational families and narratives of environment in children and families in India and the UK. Some of her major grants include funding of the UK Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre and a methodological centre that focused on narratives and secondary qualitative analysis (NOVELLA).

Tuija Pulkkinen is professor of Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her work is on texts, thinkers, ideas and concepts, and her methods include focus on history of concepts, and use of concepts in texts. has done research in the area of contemporary feminist theorists, philosophy, history, and politics, and on feminist and queer scholarship. She has published on political thought and democratic theory; on conceptual change, and on history of feminism and gender and queer studies. She studies ideas and words in texts, and in has developed approach of which she calls “politics of philosophy”.

Attending the course will require you to:

1. Before the course: Delivering 1) a 2-3 page description (which may be the table of contents) of the dissertation project, including a description of the research material in the PhD project. 2) An example of the material (not more than 4 pages; for example an extract from an interview, focus group discussion, internet material, a media text, visual images or objects, a literary or theory text) 3) a 2-3 page problem-paper: a reflection on the problems or issues that reading this material raises methodologically within the PhD project. 4) Reading of the other PhD students’ pre-delivered materials and preparing to comment on their projects and problem/issue-papers. 5) Reading some of the pre-assigned literature.

2. 2. Attending the 2-day workshop on 13-14 March 2019. Commenting on the projects and papers of other students, and discussing your own project with the teachers and co-students. The course includes the talks by the Tuija Pulkkinen and Ann Phoenix.

Applications with a max 100-words on the PhD project and it’s methodological challenges by 25th February 2019. Deadline for sending the deliverables: 7 March 2019.

Fill in the application and submit your abstract at: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/96051/lomake.html

Please feel free to distribute the call. SKY students will have privileged access to the course but it is open to other Helsinki University PhD students and to students of other Finnish universities and universities abroad who will be admitted.

The maximum number of students will be capped at 8 to allow sufficient time for engagement with each students’ materials

Problematizing Hegemonic Masculinity (5 ECTs) SKY -doctoral course at University of Helsinki, 25-26 February 2019

Course organizer (PI): Dr. Josephine Hoegaerts (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Visiting course lecturer:

Dr. Ben Griffin (University of Cambridge, UK)

Course introduction:

This PhD course aims to critically engage with the concept of ‘hegemonic masculinity’ and other conceptualizations of gender allowing the analysis of power relations between masculinities in different contexts. The course takes its methodological inspiration mainly from historical research on masculinities, but is open to wider discussions on masculinity and societal and cultural difference and change. The lecturers have the aim of helping the PhD students to advance and complete their dissertation projects with the highest international quality.

The course literature comprises scholarship ranging from feminist and anthropological theory to queer studies on kinship and relatedness to the politics and legal constellations of family, kinship and care relations.

The course focuses on developing PhD student projects, where all of the projects cluster around a set of themes related to contemporary and historical discussions of masculinity, gender and (institutionalized) power, gender and politics and the relations between masculinities.

The expertise of the teachers is in a wide area of masculinity and gender studies, representative politics, disability studies and British and European history. The teachers are prepared to comment on empirical, methodological and/or theoretical aspects of PhD research papers and students’ original research or fieldwork. However, theoretical projects that comment on the existing work of various scholars that intersect with gender history or masculinity studies are also welcome.

The course includes the public lecture by Dr. Ben Griffin “Hegemonic Masculinity as a Historical Problem”.

The course is organized by the University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme for Gender, Culture, and Society (SKY) together with the ERC project CALLIOPE: Vocal Articulations of Parliamentary Identity and Empire.

The course is open for all SKY students, other Helsinki University PhD students and for students of other Finnish universities and all universities abroad.

Course Teachers:

Ben Griffin is a Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Cambridge. His research is focused on the ways in which gender has shaped political processes in Britain since the late eighteenth century. I particularly studies the history of masculinity, and the ways in which changing ideas about masculinity have shaped the behaviour and expectations of political elites. His first book, The Politics of Gender in Victorian Britain, argued that changes to women’s rights were not simply the result of changing ideas about women but also changing beliefs about masculinity, religion and the nature of the constitution and, in doing so, it demonstrates how gender inequality can be created and reproduced by the state.  His current research project is a book called The Gender Order and the Judicial Imagination, which examines how changing ideas about masculinity interacted with new forms of legal knowledge to reshape the gender order in Britain between 1780 and 1940.

Josephine Hoegaerts is an Associate Professor of European Studies at the University of Helsinki and the author of Masculinity and Nationhood, 1830-1910: Constructions of Identity and Citizenship in Belgium, Genders and Sexualities in History, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014; “Speaking like Intelligent Men: Vocal Articulations of Authority and Identity in the House of Commons in the Nineteenth Century”, in: Radical History Review (themed issue: Sound Politics), 121, 123-144 and “La voix du pays. Masculinity, vocal authority and the disembodied citizen in the nineteenth century”, in: Sauer B. and Starck, K. (eds.) A Man’s World? Political Masculinities in Literature and Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014,  39-50. She is currently PI of CALLIOPE: Vocal Articulations of Parliamentary Identity and Empire.

Course structure and requirements:

1. Prior to course-start:

A) Submitting a 2-page description of the dissertation project (a project abstract of 300-400 words and the table of contents), and a research paper of 10–12 pages (part of the dissertation project).

B) Reading of pre-assigned literature and the other PhD students’ pre-delivered materials: course reading list reading list will be send to the participants together with the letter acceptance, on Monday the 28th. Full student papers will be sent after the submission date: the 15th of February.

2. During the course:

A) Attending the full 2-day workshop on 25-26 February 2019. Attendance involves the following activities: Commenting on the projects and papers of the other students, and discussing one’s own project with the teachers and co-students.

B) Attending Dr. Ben Griffin’s public lecture “Hegemonic Masculinity as a Historical Problem” on Tuesday 26 February 2019, 4–6pm. Course students are expected to take actively part in the discussion after the lecture. 


Information on application procedure and deadlines (josephine.hoegaerts@helsinki.fi):Apply with a max 150-word abstract of the paper by Friday 25th January 2019 by filling the e-form:

Deadline for submitting full course papers is Friday 15th February 2019

NB! A number of foreign students would be accepted on the roll basis if they need more time to arrange their travel/grant.

Maximum number of students accepted for the course is 10.

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Decolonising Knowledge Systems in the Social Sciences: The Power of Silences (5 ECTS) -SKY doctoral workshop, University of Helsinki, 5-6th. November

Course organizer:  Elina Penttinen University lecturer, Gender Studies, PI Incorporating Vulnerability: a non-fragmented approach to feminist research on violence, University of Helsinki

With guest lecturer: Associate Professor Swati Parashar School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Course description and goals:

There is a strong case for decolonisation of the Social Sciences and Gender studies, to break away from established thought processes, namely Eurocentric categories and concepts and open up to non-Western and non-linear forms of knowledges. For example, we need to think of societies in the global South as “knowing subjects” instead of “passive objects” available for Western research and scholarship. We need to ask how decolonization of knowledge systems challenges key themes in feminist methodology, such as self-reflectivity and sensitivity to power relations in the process of research and inquire whether feminist methodology is always already decolonized. One way to do this is to decolonise the methods we adopt in our research and the epistemological frameworks through which we participate in knowledge creation and ask what are the practical consequences in terms for our research practices.

In this workshop we explore ways in which we can decolonise knowledge systems and reflect on our own subjectivities and research projects in that process. We collectively rethink the methods we use in our research and the epistemologies that frame our research questions and discuss innovative solutions. As an innovative method, we pay attention to various kinds of silences as a site of power in contested terrains. We discuss the ways to study silences and what they might reveal about power relations and survival strategies in sights of conflict and other constricted conditions. 

This workshop is useful for PhD students at all stages of the research process, who wish to work on clarifying epistemological frameworks, methodology and methods and create new insight.

The course is open for all SKY students, other Helsinki University PhD students and for students of other Finnish universities and all universities abroad.

The course includes a public lecture by Prof. Swati Parashar: Postcolonial Anxiety and the Crisis of Masculinity: The Rise of Right Wing Hindutva Movement in India.

The course is organized by the University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme for Gender, Culture, and Society (SKY) together with Incorporating Vulnerability: a non-fragmented approach to feminist research on violence (Helsinki University Three year grants)

Bio

Swati Parashar is Associate Professor in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Visiting Faculty, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. In 2016, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. Her research engages with the intersections between feminism and postcolonialism, focused on conflict and development issues in South Asia. She is the author of Women and Militant Wars: The Politics of Injury (Routledge: London, 2014) and co-editor (with Ann Tickner and Jacqui True) of Revisiting Gendered States: Feminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations (OUP: London, New York 2018)

Elina Penttinen is a University lecturer and Director of Master’s programme in Gender Studies, University of Helsinki. She is the PI of a multidisicpilinary research project Incorporating Vulnerability a non-fragmented approach to feminist research on violence, funded by University of Helsinki Three year grants. She is the author of of Gender and Mobility: a critical introduction (2017) Rowman & Littlefield; Joy and International Relations: a new methodology (2013) Routledge, Globalization, Prostitution and Sex-Trafficking: corporeal politics (2008) Routledge. She teaches courses on feminist methodology, scientific writing, gender and culture and supervises doctoral thesis projects in Gender, Culture and Society doctoral programme.

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Queer/ing Kinship (5 ECTs) SKY -doctoral course at University of Helsinki, 3-4 December 2018

Course organizer (PI): Dr. Antu Sorainen (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Visiting course lecturers:

Dr. Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen (University of Stavanger, Norway)

Dr. Thomas Strong (Maynooth University, Ireland)

Course introduction:

This PhD course concentrates on the ongoing work of the participating PhD students on kinship, care and support networks located at sexual and gendered margins. The experienced lecturers have the aim of helping the PhD students to advance and complete their dissertation projects with the highest international quality.

The course literature comprises scholarship ranging from feminist and anthropological theory to queer studies on kinship and relatedness to the politics and legal constellations of family, kinship and care relations.

The course focuses on developing PhD student projects, where all of the projects cluster around a set of themes related to contemporary discussion of kinship/relationality and various axes of inequality or marginalisation (in particular, sexuality and gender).

The expertise of the three lecturers is in a wide area of kinship, relatedness, gender studies, queer theory and ethnography. All three have conducted original empirical research on alternative kinship and care relations, published widely in this area, and contributed towards re-invigorating contemporary ethnographic and methodological approaches.

The lecturers are prepared to comment on empirical, methodological and/or theoretical aspects of PhD research papers and students’ original research or fieldwork. However, theoretical projects that comment on the existing work of various scholars that intersect with gender studies, queer theory and kinship politics are also very welcome.

The course includes the public lecture by Dr. Thomas Strong:  “Errors in Kinship: Witches, Queers”.

The course is organized by the University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme for Gender, Culture, and Society (SKY) together with the two Academy of Finland projects CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining the Margins of Kinship and Wills and Inheritance in Sexually Marginalised Groups.

The course is open for all SKY students, other Helsinki University PhD students and for students of other Finnish universities and all universities abroad.

Course Teachers:

Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies, University of Stavanger, Norway. Engebretsen holds a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (2008). Among her publications are Queer Women in Urban China: An Ethnography (2014), and the co-edited special issue of Sexualities on “Anthropology’s queer sensibilities” (2017). She has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in China on queer kinship, family strategies, identity and activism, and has current research interests in Norwegian queer history, transnational Pride activism, feminist ethnography and methodology, and radical solidarity work. Engebretsen heads the 2-year workshop project Transforming Identities: Exploring changes, tensions, and visions in the Nordic region through the prism of identity politics (2018-2020).

Thomas Strong teaches in the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University (Ireland). He was educated at Reed College (BA) and Princeton University (PhD), and taught at the University of Helsinki in 2006-08. He has published essays on the symbolism and sociality of blood supplies, queer theory and the anthropology of kinship, and problematics of modernity in Papua New Guinea, among other topics. Currently, he is preparing a book manuscript provisionally entitled "Blood to Blood: Witchcraft and the Violence of Kinship in Papua New Guinea,” based on long-term fieldwork in the Asaro Valley that he began in 1998. He has been an AIDS activist since 1992.

Antu Sorainen is an Academy Fellow at the Academy of Finland and Docent in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. She has conducted empirical studies in the area of queer will-writing and relatedness, and published work on law and queer sexualities. She is the co-author of Siveellisyydest䠓eksuaalisuuteen with Tuija Pulkkinen and has published recently on inheritance arrangements in queer communities. She is Academy of Finland Research Fellow for a project entitled: “Wills and Inheritance in Sexually Marginalised Groups” (2014-2019), and the director of the research project “CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining the Margins of Kinship” (2016-2020).

Course structure and requirements:

1. Prior to course-start:

A) Submitting a 2-page description of the dissertation project (a project abstract of 300-400 words and the table of contents), and a research paper of 10–12 pages (part of the dissertation project).

B) Reading of pre-assigned literature and the other PhD students’ pre-delivered materials: course reading list and full student papers will be sent to the participants after 23th November, after the applications have been decided on.

2. During the course:

A) Attending the full 2-day workshop on 3-4 December 2018. Attendance involves the following activities: Commenting on the projects and papers of the other students, and discussing one’s own project with the teachers and co-students.

B) Attending Dr. Thomas Strong’s public lecture “Errors in Kinship: Witches, Queers” on Tuesday 4th December 2018, 4–6pm. Course students are expected to take actively part in the discussion after the lecture. 


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Feminist Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (5ECTS) Helsinki University Summer School Course: 7.8.-23.8.2018 
Organiser: Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki
Coordinators:  Merle Wessel & Cai Weaver

Synopsis  
This practical course educates students in how to do and carry out feminist research. We will focus on how feminist scholards challenge dominant theories of knowledge and the major methodologies employed in the social sciences and humanities.
Through lectures and workshops, we will ask how feminist theory shapes the kinds of research questions we ask, the types of materials we use, the methodologies we choose, and how we define our relationships with our subject/materials. Students are expected to conduct a short pre-assignment, actively participate in the workshop discussion, and critically reflect throughtout the course.

Learning objectives
After the course, the student will be able to
- Plan and carry out a larger research project utilising feminist research methodologies
- Reflect upon the limits of conventional knowledge production in academia
- Gain practical and creative skills to produce diverse forms of knowledge
- Discuss politics of gender, race, class and sexuality in cross-cultural contexts
- Recognise the diverse historical, cultural and political trajectories and forms of feminist politics
- Critically engage with intersectional research methods and theories

Course format and teaching methods
Lectures, workshops and excursions. The interdiciplinary teaching methods combine traditional learning methods and feminist research methodologies, such as art, college marking, and poetry. The students require no practical experience of art making or doing feminist research. 

Teachers

Merle Weßel (PhD), is an assistant professor in Nordic history at the University of Greifswald/ Germany. Her doctoral dissertation "Un Unholy Union? Eugenic Feminism in the Nordic Countries, ca. 1890-1940" (2018) discusses the engagement of Nordic feminists into eugenic debates and the use of eugenic rhetoric in the fight for female empowerment.
She has co-edited the anthology "Conceptualising Public Health. Historical and Contemporary Struggles over Key Concepts", published by Routledge (2018) and published articles about castration, race and feminist topics in for example Scandinavian Journal of History. Her main research interests are gender and cultural history as well as medical humanities.

Cai Weaver M.Soc.Sci is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. His PhD research focuses on issues of Biopoliticial Governance, (Homo)Sexuality, and Russia. Weaver's other research interests are Feminist Research Methods, Nationalism, and Gender and Politics in Video Games. For the academic years 2018-19 and 2017-18, he is responsible for teaching the Master's Seminar Course "Gender and Politics in Europe" and the Bachelor's Lecture Course "Gender, Politics and Society". He has also taught on the Master's course "Exploring Politics of Gender and Sexuality across the Finnish-Russian Border" at the University of Tampere in Autumn 2016. He has published in Idäntutkimus The Finnish Review of East European Studies and has a forthcoming article in Sexualities He has organised and chaired panels at various international conferences. 
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10th INTERNATIONAL NORDWEL SUMMER SCHOOL
STATE, SOCIETY & CITIZEN - CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON WELFARE STATE DEVELOPMENT
 
University of Helsinki, 13-17 August 2018 

Welfare states can be studied with a number of theoretical and methodological approaches, from various chronological perspectives and with a focus on different empirical phenomena. The summer school aims to stimulate discussions across disciplines and foster innovative cross-disciplinary research on the development of welfare states over time. The summer school brings together PhD students and well-established international scholars in scientific exchange.

We invite PhD students from different disciplinary backgrounds to participate in the discussion on the development of welfare states, their preconditions, present status and how we ought to study them. PhD Students present their papers in parallel sessions and get feedback from senior scholars and junior colleagues.

The list of teachers include Romana Careja (University of Southern Denmark), Patrick Emmenegger (University of St. Gallen), Olli Kangas (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland – Kela), Herbert Obinger (University of Bremen), Noel Whiteside (University of Warwick), Helena Blomberg-Kroll (University of Helsinki), Pauli Kettunen (University of Helsinki), Åsa Lundqvist (Lund University), Pirjo Markkola (University of Tampere), Paul Marx (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark).

We welcome applications by PhD students, including a paper proposal and a short description of the phase of their studies, by 31 March 2018. The approved proposals will be selected on the basis of their quality. Papers can be written from a broad historical or contemporary perspective and come from different disciplines such as history, social policy, sociology, political science, and political philosophy. Guidelines for papers will be sent in connection with the letters of approval by 30 April 2018. Participants who complete the summer school successfully are credited with 5 ECTS.

Prepare for postdoc -afternoon 23th March 2018

SKY -doctoral programme is organising a PREPARE FOR POSTDOC afternoon event, intended for those SKY students who are approaching the end their PhD studies, and are wondering what next. We will explore, and inform about, the various possibilities for fresh PhD’s inside and outside of academia, and discuss the current ideas of an ideal postdoc period. Some ex-SKY PhD students, who are well in their postdoc period will tell about their experiences.  

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WorldGender -course and Marta Segarra’s public talk: “‘Show Me the Place’: New Forms of Kinship in a Posthuman World”  28–30 Nov 2017
This PhD course concentrates on the ongoing work of participating PhD students, which will be commented on by the three teachers and by the co-students of the course with the aim of helping the PhD students to advance and complete their dissertation projects with high quality. The expertise of the three teachers is in a wide area of feminist thought, as well as in studying gender and sexuality in different cultural contexts. The focus of the course is on the worldwide transfer of feminist ideas, concepts, and ideals, which travel from one cultural context to another other, and in particular in the conflicts of ideals and practices in those transfers, such as those in between western to non-western contexts of change in gender and sexuality. The teachers are prepared to comment work which tackles with conflicts zones and paradoxes of the crossing ideals concerning feminist change and practices of gender and sexuality, whether approached in terms of theoretical discussions, study of literature or art, or in terms of empirical social research. Teachers cover a large area of methodological approaches and the literature on the course comprises scholarship ranging from the transatlantic transfer of feminist ideas to the core postcolonial feminist literature.

The Teachers:

Marta Segarra is a Research Professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and a member of the Laboratoire d’études de genre et de sexualité‒Research Center on Gender and Sexuality Studies (LEGS). She is also a Professor of Gender Studies and French Studies at the University of Barcelona (Spain), where she co-founded and directed (1994-2013) the Center for Women and Literature (now Theory, Gender, Sexuality). She also directed the Unesco Chair on Women, Development and Cultures (2004-2015). She has published in the fields of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Francophone Maghrebi Studies, contemporary French literature and cinema, biopolitics and posthumanism, for journals such as New Literary History, Mosaic, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies/Sites, or Paragraph. Her books include: Teoría de los cuerpos agujereados (Porous Bodies: A Theory, 2014), Differences in Common: Gender, Vulnerabilty and Community (co-ed. with J. Sabadell-Nieto, 2014), Demenageries. Thinking (of) Animals after Derrida (co-ed. with A. E. Berger, 2011), The Portable Cixous (ed., 2010), and Traces du désir (Traces of Desire, 2008).

Tuija Pulkkinen is professor of Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her work moves in a large area of philosophy, history and politics, and she has published on political thought, democratic theory, conceptual change, and the study of gender and sexuality. Her publications include The Postmodern and Political Agency (2000), and the co-edited volume The Ashgate Research Companion to The Politics of Democratization in Europe. Concepts and Histories (2008). She has edited (with Kimberly Hutchings) Hegel’s Philosophy and Feminist Thought. Beyond Antigone?  (2010), and (with Antu Sorainen)  Siveellisyydestä seksuaalisuuteen – poliittisen käsitteen historia [From Sittlichkeit to Sexuality – the History of a Political Concept]  (2011). She is currently working on a project on the politics of philosophy in contemporary feminist theory.

Patricia Scalco is a social anthropologist and a postdoctoral researcher currently based at the University of Helsinki. She earned her PhD from the University of Manchester and her doctoral research, currently being transformed into a monograph, explored the intersections of gender and sexual moralities in the delineation of private and public spaces in contemporary Istanbul.  Patricia lived and conducted extensive fieldwork in Istanbul since 2006, earning her MA in Social Anthropology from Yeditepe University. She is an Early Career Researcher member of the Editorial Board of the Sociological Review and as a fellow of the Academy of Finland, her postdoctoral project gives continuity to the study of space, place and gender in the area of the Grand Bazaar, in Istanbul.

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"Transforming Working Life, Gender and Care" 4.-5.12.2017

This SKY course for doctoral students aims to:

  • Introduce students to the central issues in designing and carrying out gender research at postgraduate level and beyond.
  • Consider recent debates on gender and feminist research on the concepts of working life and care.
  • Examine what difference it makes to take gender and intersecting differences as the subject or object of research.

Of particular concern are the ethical and political issues arising from doing gender research with respect to representing others and seeking to influence and engage with broader social contexts. The course is interdisciplinary, and you will be introduced to a range of perspectives on knowledge production and research practice.

As a result of participating in this course you should be equipped to:

  • Critically assess existing knowledge practices.
  • Identify challenges to 'mainstream knowledge' that come from gendered and feminist perspectives.
  • Explore how knowledge is produced and offer critical assessments of the dominant debates in gendered research practice, asking how we ensure that we conduct research ethically.

Through a discussion on methodological questions, the course provides an opportunity to reflect on and synthesize a range of research design issues. These are addressed on the course through producing and collectively evaluating student designed research proposals and papers.

The course is highly participatory and you are encouraged to bring key questions, issues and texts from your own research and reading that we can consider as a group. For each participant, one hour of time will be reserved for presentation of one’s paper, discussion and comments.

Teachers:
Linda McKie
is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh where she is Dean and Head of the School for Social and Political Sciences. She joined Edinburgh after completing five years at the University of Durham where she was Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK. She is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. Linda has published over 120 peer reviewed articles, books and chapters and been a member of the editorial boards for a range of journals including Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Work, Employment and Society. Linda is passionate in her support for early career colleagues and runs regular writing courses and retreats on planning and writing publications and research proposals. In 2004 she was elected to the UK Academy of Social sciences and was a member of the Sociology Unit of Assessment Panel for the UK Research Assessment Framework in 2014.

Marjut Jyrkinen is Associate Professor in Work-life Equality and Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki (UH). She has her PhD in Management and Organisation studies, Hanken School of Economics, and Docentship in Faculty of Social Sciences, UH. Her current research interests are in the areas of sustainability and intersectionalities in working life, and research on gender, management and organisations. She has over 65 scientific publications including 40 peer reviewed articles. Marjut is Co-director of the SKY Doctoral Programme and Research Director of WeAll Research Consortium (weallfinland.fi).

Jukka Lehtonen is a Senior Researcher in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He currently works on workplace diversity and equality issues in WeAll –project (weallfinland.fi) funded by the Academy of Finland. His research focus is on media discourses on intersecting differences and normativities in the working life as well as on non-heterosexual and trans youth with in education and work environment. Sexual and gender diversity within school, workplace, youth culture and research have been his research topics for over 25 years. He has over 100 scientific publications including five monographs and 10 edited compilation works.

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Feminist reading group in social and political theory

The purpose of this course is to get acquainted with key texts in feminist social, political and legal theory broadly conceived and to help students apply relevant theories to their own doctoral research. The course is also open as a reading group/seminar even if one does not need to obtain ECTS credits. The content of the course will be designed to connect with the research and theoretical interests of the participants.

The course has the form of a reading group with seminar sessions where theory and research by the participants is connected. The readings may comprise keys issues in feminist theory connected to, for example, subjectivity in society, politics and law; class, ethnicity and intersectional concerns; sexuality and reproduction and materialism and affect, or any other key issues in classical or contemporary feminist thinking that participants wish to address in a systematic and structured manner.
 
The group convenes approximately once a month, there being 5-6 sessions per term. For each session, participants will read designated texts and research paper/s by other participants, or a selection of designated texts. In order to obtain 4 credits, one must participate in the majority of sessions during one term (absence may be amended with extra writing tasks), read about 500 pages of literature and papers by fellow participants and write a literature review of 10-15 pages. 1 extra credit (5 credits in total) may be obtained by writing an additional essay based on the literature review.
Teacher/Contact person
Linda Hart, D.Soc.Sc, linda.hart(at)helsinki.fi

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Writing history from the perspectives of gender and the body Nov21st -23rd, 2017

The workshop examines feminist and queer approaches to the historiography, especially that of the arts and music. The aim of the workshop is to help individual students  form their research questions and arguments, using methods and theoretical models drawn from recent "intersectional" scholarship on the interaction of gendered and raced alterities, as well as from history, historical studies of the arts, musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology and sound studies. Special emphasis will be on the interpretation of historical data as articulations of or evidence about gendered and raced distributions of power in the past.

Teachers:
Suzanne G. Cusick, Professor of Music on the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University has published extensively on gender and sexuality in relation to the musical cultures of early modern Italy and of contemporary North America, including in the collections Musicology and Difference, Queering the Pitch, and Audible Traces. Her feminist readings of early modern music and musical culture have appeared in JAMS, Early Music, The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi, and the Brazilian journal Per Musi. Revista Academica de Musica. Cusick's book, Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court: Music and the Circulation of Power (Chicago, 2009), received the 2010 book prize of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. In 2003-2012  she was the main editor of Women and Music. A Journal of Gender of Culture, the first journal  focused on the relationship of gender and sexuality to musical culture. She currently studies the use of noise, music and "gender coercion" in the detention and interrogation of prisoners held during the 21st-century's "war on terror," work for which she received the Philip Brett Award given by the LGBTQ Study Group of the American Musicological Society in 2007.

Pirkko Moisala works as the professor of musicology and ethnomusicology at the University of Helsinki. Her recently concluded project aimed at renewing methods and approaches of music research with the help of the radical process philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and her collaborator Felix  Guattari (see http://www.helsinki.fi/deleuzian/  and Musical Encounters with Deleuze and Guattari). Moisala’s areas of expertise are music anthropology (ethnomusicology) as well as gender and cultural studies of music. Her publications within gender studies include Kaija Saariaho, Music and Gender, Gender and Qualitative Methods, and Musiikin toinen sukupuoli (The Other Sex of Music).

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Thinking Queer Temporality  Sept 25th 10-16 and Dr. Gunkel's Christina lecture 26th 16-18

PhD workshop on queer-feminist strategies for alternative engagements: PhD students are welcome to a one-day workshop on how to analyze unconventional thinking, writing or images – how to engage with utopian, alternative, disruptive or in different ways creative materials/data so that our scholarly and critical practices open rather than close possible opportunities for imaginative interventions? Does academic scholarship allow for engagements beyond the understanding, dissecting, oppositional or otherwise taming practices, and how?

This is a non-competative, low-threshold-participation workshop: one can come with any topic, material and paper, as long as one is interested in alternative forms of articulating resistance. Participants are encouraged to provide 3-10 page papers or discussion pieces and a short summary of their projects, and an excerpt from their data for all of us to discuss. Each participant's work and questions gets equal amount of time to be spent on the topic, but the pedagogy of the workshop is to freely discuss rather than mere listen to presentations. Participants who do not wish to provide a paper can attend by discussing only, but everyone should read all the provided materials.

Teachers:
Henriette Gunkel, Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Elina Oinas, Soc&kom, sociology, University of Helsinki

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Writing feminist research: practices to enhance style, argumentation and self-reflectivity -workshop. Teachers Erszebet Strausz, University of Warwick and Elina Penttinen, University of Helsinki

Includes public talk "Creativity as strategy and subversion in the neoliberal university: experiments in critical pedagogy, narrative research, and public engagement" by  Erszebet Strausz

Writing a doctoral thesis in the contemporary context of neoliberalist university politics, uncertainty and efficiency may add pressure to research and the writing process. In this workshop our goal is to address the challenges and tensions in writing feminist research and find practices to enhance one’s own argumentation, confidence in research and articulation.

A key element in feminist research ethics is self-reflectivity and recognition of power relations within academic practices. Actualizing these demands, however, may be difficult to do in practice. What does it mean to be self-reflective? How much are we supposed to write ourselves into the text: what makes personal reflection effective without being ‘too much’? What are the political implications of engaging with our situatedness in the field we study for the power relations that we engage with and seek to challenge? We will collectively explore ways to build one’s own argument and attain the goals of scientific research without getting lost in the process and with a view of nurturing new forms of writing, creativity and narrative that may unfold from these practices.

This workshop draws on critical pedagogy to enhance awareness of the ‘politics’ of research and introduces creative analytic writing as a method to bring clarity to individual research trajectories and offer alternatives to the implicit masculinism and power implications of scientific writing. The session showcases exercises from the creative analytic writing field and demonstrates how these may help to gain new insights into some of the core questions of one’s own research. The aim is not to dismiss the logico-scientific approach but rather to assist everyone in finding and refining their own writing style and academic expression. 

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Feminist Readings symposium Friday, 26th of May at  2017

Research – Creativity –  Activism

Welcome to the third edition of the international Feminist Readings symposium. This time we convene in Helsinki! 

This symposium is intent on starting discussions about the potential of bringing together research, creativity and activism. Our selection of presentations comes from young researchers. The focus is on writing, which we understand broadly as giving form to ideas and creating connections. Writing is a process, often necessary for the realisation of an idea, a manifestation of the act of thinking.

During the two-day symposium we ask could creative writing and other creative methods allow more  diverse ways to do research and approach feminism? What do creativity and innovation mean in relation to research if doing research is always already creative, yet often represented as separate from artistic activity? Is it possible to write and do research differently or against the grain, challenging conventions of the academic, artistic, and activist mainstream? How could different situated knowledges question the white malestream?

In addition to our wonderful program of papers, we have two keynote lectures by the following people:

Akila Kizzi (University of Paris 8)
Heta Rundgren (University of Helsinki & University of Paris 8)

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SKY Journal afternoon 11.4.2017

This event aims to answer the questions doctoral candidates may have about publishing in journals. The programme includes short presentations held by both senior and junior researchers. This is a good opportunity to share experiences and tips, and learn more about journals in which to publish your research on gender!

We wish participation of researchers at different stages of their careers, and participants are invited to give very short presentations on the following questions: 

1)    In which journals do I publish my research on gender and sexuality ?  In which journals would I like to publish?  Which journals do I read?  Why? 

2)     A memorable story on my experiences in journal publishing.

3)     My best tip for journal publishing 

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Feminist reading group in social and political theory
 
The purpose of this course is to get acquainted with key texts in feminist social, political and legal theory broadly conceived and to help students apply relevant theories to their own doctoral research. The course is also open as a reading group/seminar even if one does not need to obtain ECTS credits. The content of the course will be designed to connect with the research and theoretical interests of the participants.
 
The course has the form of a reading group with seminar sessions where theory and research by the participants is connected. The readings may comprise keys issues in feminist theory connected to, for example, subjectivity in society, politics and law; class, ethnicity and intersectional concerns; sexuality and reproduction and materialism and affect, or any other key issues in classical or contemporary feminist thinking that participants wish to address in a systematic and structured manner.
 
Teacher/Contact person
Linda Hart, D.Soc.Sc, linda.hart(at)helsinki.fi

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SKY doctoral course:  Gender, Sexuality, Feminism, and Queer in post-Soviet Russia and in Eastern Europe 9th December 2016

The Teachers:
Anna Temkina is Professor of the Sociology of Public Health and Gender, and co-coordinator of the Gender Studies Program at the European University in St Petersburg, Russia. With a Ph.D. in Sociology (University of Helsinki), she studies contemporary changes in attitudes and practices concerning gender and sexuality in Russian post-Soviet society. Temkina is an expert of feminist theory, social theory from gender perspective, sociology of health and medicine, and on qualitative methods in sociological research.

Elena Zdravomyslova is Professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology and co-cordinator of the Gender Studies Program at the European University in St Petersburg, Russia. She is an expert on modes of gender in post-Soviet society, women’s social activism, care and emotional work from a feminist perspective, and on reproductive health (institutions and practices).

Tuija Pulkkinen is professor of Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. She works in the area of philosophy, history, and politics, and on feminist and queer scholarship. She has published on political thought and democratic theory; on nationalism; on conceptual change, and on history of feminism and gender and queer studies.

Katja Kahlina is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her work focuses on the ways in which gender and sexual politics intersect with nationalism and (neoliberal) globalisation, as well as with social institutions and categories of citizenship, nationality, ethnicity, and, most recently, religion. Her current research deals with anti-LGBT movements in Croatia and Serbia. 

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Day of Daring - Lecture and workshop September 22th 2016

Dr. Saara Särmä is the co-founder and president of Feminist think thank Hattu and the creator of “Congrats, you have an all male panel!” website.  Her doctoral dissertation in International Relations (2014) titled Junk Feminism and Nuclear Wannabes – Collaging Parodies of Iran and North Korea focused on internet parody images and developed a unique and innovative art-based collage methodology for studying world politics.  She’s interested in politics of visuality, feminist academic activism, and laughter in world politics. Together with her co-conspirators in Hattu, she aims to smash the patriarchy through the means of radical fun. Hattu has developed successful and empowering concepts such as the School of Daring and Swearing Soirees. 

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 How to study categorizations, classifications and gendered governance

The key note speakers:
Professor Hanne Marlene Dahl (political science, gender studies), Roskilde University, http://rucforsk.ruc.dk/site/person/hmdahl
“Power, care and gendered governance”

Professor Theresa Wobbe, University of Potsdam (history, sociology of gender), https://www.uni-potsdam.de/geschlechtersoziologie/team/prof-dr-theresa-w...
"How sexual classification works in labour, law, and politics: The case of the International Labour Organization, 1919-2010"

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Queer(y)ing Kinship, Family and Sexuality 7-8th November 2016 including the lecture by Professor Joanna Mizielinska: "Families of Choice in Poland" 

The Teachers:
Ulrika Dahl is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Uppsala University and PhD program coordinator in Gender Studies and researcher at the Centre for Baltic and Eastern European Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden. She has written and taught widely in the areas of lesbian and queer kinship, gender theory and sexualities, critical femininity studies and on questions of fieldwork methodologies, creative writing, and femme-inist approaches to science. She is the author of Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities (Serpent's Tail 2008, with Del LaGrace Volcano) and Skamgrepp: Femme-inistiska Essäer (Leopard 2014) as well as of numerous articles in journals such as Gender, Place and Culture, NORA, New Formations, Feminist Theory (forthcoming), and in a range of anthologies. Ulrika is senior editor of lambda Nordica and associate editor of European Journal of Women's Studies. She currently directs 'Queer(y)ing Kinship in the Baltic Region', a research project funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation.

Joanna Mizielinska is Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Principal Investigator of the project Families of Choice in Poland (2013-2016),which is the first multi-method project on non-heterosexual families in Poland. Her work moves in a large area of intimate relations, gender and sexual politics, and she has published widely on queer families, empirical studies on relatedness, post-social sexualities and translations of queer theory. Specialist on the CEE sexualities, she works currently on the politics of family in Anglo-Saxon queer theory. She is an expert in LGBTIQ issues, conducting qualitative and quantitative research which demanded close co-operation with various LGBTIQ groups and organisations. Previously she worked for the University of Social Sciences and Humanities from 2006-2013 as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology (2009-2013) and as a Director of that Institute (2012). She was a Fullbright scholar at Princeton University, where she worked under the supervision of Professor Judith Butler. Joanna has also been a visiting researcher in the Helsinki University as well as in Sweden. She has published the book Families of choice in Poland. Family life of nonheterosexual persons (with Marta Abramowicz and Agata Stasińska, 2015), co-edited De-Centring Western Sexualities: Central and Eastern European Perspective (with Robert Kulpa, 2011) and edited a special issue of lambda nordica "in transition?: central/eastern European sexualities" (2012).

Antu Sorainen is an Academy Fellow at the Academy of Finland and Docent in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. She has conducted empirical studies in the area of queer domesticities and intimate economies, and published work on law and sexualities, politics of sexualized concepts, as well as on queer history and genealogy. She is the co-author of Siveellisyydestä Seksuaalisuuteen (From Decency to Sexuality) with Tuija Pulkkinen and has published recently on queer inheritance practices. She currently holds a five-year Academy of Finland Fellowship for a project entitled "Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups" (2014-2019), and a major research team grant for a four-year Academy of Finland project "CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship" (2016-2020).

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DEMOCRATIC THEORY AND GENDERED PRACTICES 
Joint Doctoral Course of Political, Societal and Regional Change PRSC and Gender, Culture and Society doctoral programmes at 30-31st May, 2016

Keynote speakers:
Professor Yvonne Galligan (Queen’s University, Belfast): Interrogating the quality of democracy: Feminist insights

Professor Birte Siim (University of Aalborg): Reframing democracy ‒ intersectional and transnational challenges

Academy Researcher Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki): Party politics - a challenge or a possibility to gender equality?

Professor Anne Maria Holli (University of Helsinki): Who represents women? Theoretical and empirical insights from a study on the corporatist structures in Finnish public policy-making

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What Does Literature Do for Feminist Politics?  -workshop at 18-20th April, 2016 including public lecture by Suzanne Bost (Professor, Loyola University, Chicago. Department of English) "Memoir Beyond the Self: Animal, Vegetable, and Digital Ecologies in the Work of Aurora Levins Morales"

Teachers
Suzanne Bost is Professor of English, and Graduate Program Director in Women’s and Gender Studies, at Loyola University Chicago.  She is the author of two books, Mulattas and Mestizas: Representing Mixed Identities in the Americas, 1850-2000 (which examines the role of racial mixture in the development of American identity politics) and Encarnación: Illness and Body Politics in Chicana Feminist Literature (which analyzes the premodern Mesoamerican sources that enable Mexican American writers to celebrate permeable embodiment as a feminist ideal).  She has also co-edited, with Frances Aparicio, The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, and has published more than a dozen articles on Latina/o literature, feminist theory, illness and disability, archival research, transnational comparison, food, music, and yoga.  Her current book project focuses on posthumanism and Latina/o memoir.

Elina Penttinen is a university lecturer in Gender Studies, University of Helsinki. Currently she is the project leader of multidisciplinary feminist research project on experience of violence and healing. Her expertise is in feminist methodologies and creative analytics writing. She has published extensively in feminist International relations, experience of war and violence, gender and international crisis management and global political economy. She is the author two books, Joy as a new methodology for International Relations (which develops new methodology for feminist International relations based on posthumanism, positive psychology and scientific study of mindfulness) and Globalization, prostitution and sex-trafficking: a corporeal politics (which explores how globalization produces gendered and ethnicized subjectivities). She is also a pioneer in integrating contemplative practices in university pedagogy. Her current research interests are Intimate Partner Violence, emotional abuse, posthumanism, mindfulness and mindful self-compassion.

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Sexuality in the Context of Feminist Understandings of Gender December 10th and 11th 2015
Joint Course for SKY and The Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences

Teacher: Professor Sue Scott (FAcSS), Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York (UK) and Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki

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SKY workshop in Budapest 5.-6. November, 2015  

Joint Doctoral Workshop: SKY - Central European University Gender Studies - GSDP
Responsible organizers: Professor Elissa Helms (Head of Gender Studies, CEU), and prof. Tuija Pulkkinen UH/SKY/GSDP).

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How to study categorizations, classifications and gendered governance 

Keynote speakers:
Professor Hanne Marlene Dahl (political science, gender studies), Roskilde University, http://rucforsk.ruc.dk/site/person/hmdahl “Power, care and gendered governance”

Professor Theresa Wobbe, University of Potsdam (history, sociology of gender), https://www.uni-potsdam.de/geschlechtersoziologie/team/prof-dr-theresa-w...
“Work and non-work – the ILO’s labour force concept as a case”

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SKY doctoral course: Feminism and Capitalism 22–24th September 2015

Teachers:
Cinzia Arruzza (Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, USA). Professor Arruzza’s areas of expertise include: Gender and social reproduction, Ancient Metaphysics and political thought, Neoplatonism. Her research projects and publications can be found at http://www.newschool.edu/nssr/faculty.aspx?id=52618
https://nssr.academia.edu/CinziaArruzza/Papers

Johanna Oksala (Academy of Finland Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki). Dr. Oksala’s areas of expertise include: Political Philosophy, Contemporary and 20th C European Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Foucault, Phenomenology. Her publications can be found at https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/johanna-oksala(40398368-50d7-440f-9f25-f0706ee01259).html

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ETHNOGRAPHY AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS WITH THE SPECIAL EMPHASIZE ON THE ARTS  September 8 -10, 2015

Visiting Scholar: Professor Ellen Koskoff, Eastman School of Music, USA
Responsible Tutor:  Professor Pirkko Moisala, Helsinki University

Teachers:
Ellen Koskoff is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and director of the ethnomusicology programs there. Her writings about Jewish music, gender and music, and music cognition are widely published. Her work includes Women and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective (1987), and Music in Lubavitcher Life (2000), winner of the 2002 ASCAP Deems-Taylor award. Her most recent book, A Feminist Ethnomusicology, (University of Illinois Press, 2014) examines a life of research on music and gender. She is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, is the general editor of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 3, “The United States and Canada,” and the series editor of the University of Rochester Press’s Eastman/Rochester Studies in Ethnomusicology. She is a former President of the Society for Ethnomusicology and is currently serving as the editor of the Society’s journal, Ethnomusicology.

Pirkko Moisala works as the professor of musicology and ethnomusicology at Helsinki University. Her current project “Deleuzian Music Research” (funded by the Academy of Finland) aims at renewing methods and approaches of music research with the help of the radical process philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and her collaborator Felix Guattari (see http://www.helsinki.fi/deleuzian/). Moisala’s special areas are music anthropology (ethnomusicology) as well as gender and cultural studies of music. Methodologically, her expertise lies in the ethnographic study of musical practices, performance studies, as well as the study of life stories.  Moisala has published widely in gender studies of music, for instance, “Gender and Music” (edited together with B. Diamond), “Gender and Qualitative Methods” (written together with H. Järviluoma and A. Vilkko), as well as “Musiikin toinen sukupuoli” (The Other Sex of Music; biographies of women composers through the ages, written together with R. Valkeila). She has also authored a book on composer Kaija Saariaho.

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SKY doctoral course:  Interpreting Feminist Thinkers 12–13th May 2015

The course includes the lecture by Professor Moya Lloyd:  "Vulnerability, Grievability, and the Body”

The Teachers:
Moya Lloyd is Professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University, UK. She has written widely in the area of feminist political theory, particularly on the work of Judith Butler, as well as on questions of identity politics, sexuality, radical democracy, and the body. She is the author of Beyond Identity Politics: feminism, power, and politics (2005) and Judith Butler: from norms to politics (2007), and the editor of the forthcoming volume Butler and Ethics (2015). She is a former Deputy Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast. She currently holds a three-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a project entitled: ‘Who counts? The political problem of the “human”’.

Tuija Pulkkinen is academy professor and professor of Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her work moves in a large area of philosophy, history and politics, and she has published on political thought, democratic theory, conceptual change, genealogy and performativity of gender. Specialist on Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grozs, and Hannah Arendt, she works currently on the politics of philosophy in feminist theory. Her publications include The Postmodern and Political Agency (2000), and the edited volumes The Ashgate Research Companion to The Politics of Democratization in Europe. Concepts and Histories (2008); Hegel’s Philosophy and Feminist Thought: Beyond Antigone? and Siveellisyydestä seksuaalisuuteen – poliittisen käsitteen historia [From Sittlichkeit to Sexuality – the History of a Political Concept] (2011).

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Re-thinking Public and Private: Gender, Justice, Violence and Violations 28.-29.4.2015

Teachers:
Linda McKie is Professor of Sociology at the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK. She is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. Linda has published over 120 peer reviewed articles, books and chapters and been a member of the editorial boards for a range of journals including Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Work, Employment and Society. Linda is passionate in her support for early career colleagues and runs regular writing courses and retreats on planning and writing publications and research proposals. In 2004
she was elected to the UK Academy of Social sciences and was a member of the Sociology Unit of Assessment Panel for the UK Research Assessment Framework in 2014.

Marjut Jyrkinen is Professor in Gender Studies 2012-15 at University of Helsinki (UH). She has her PhD in Management and Organisation studies, Hanken School of Economics, and Docentship in Faculty of Social Sciences, UH. Her current research interests are in the areas of globalisation, violations and violence, intersectionalities and worklife, and research on gender, management and organisations. Marjut is Co-director of the SKY Doctoral Programme.

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How to Study History of Sexuality and Gender 3-5th November 2014

Teachers:
Dr Matt Cook is Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, a Co-director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, and an editor of History Workshop Journal. He is the author of London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885 – 1914 (2003), lead author and editor of A Gay History of Britain (2007), Queer Domesticities (2014), and co-editor of Queer 1950s (2012; with Heike Bauer) and Queer Cities, Queer Cultures (2014; with Jennifer Evans).

Dr Antu Sorainen is Docent in Gender Studies and Academy Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki. Her research project Wills and Inheritance in Sexually Marginalized Groups 2014-2019 looks at how queer people organize their care and support relations, and whether they write wills on the benefit of their “chosen” kin, lovers and friends. Sorainen has published on the history of sexual criminal law and non-heterosexual urban history. She co-authored a book on the conceptual history of Sittlichkeit with Tuija Pulkkinen (Siveellisyydestä seksuaalisuuteen, Finnish Literature Society 2011). Her chapter Two cities of Helsinki? One liberally gay and one practically queer? was published in Queer Cities, Queer Cultures, edited by Jennifer Evans and Matt Cook (2014).

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SKY:n kirjoitusseminaari (10 op) 17.10.–12.12.2014 

Seminaarin vetäjänä toimii FT Eva Maria Korsisaari, joka on väitellyt feministisen filosofian ja feministisen kirjallisuudentutkimuksen alalta sekä toiminut aiemmin tutkijatohtorina ja yliopistonlehtorina (ma.) sukupuolentutkimuksen oppiaineen piirissä. 

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SKY Doctoral  course: Insights and reflections on empirical field work in studying young people 28th October – Wednesday 29th October includin  talk by Prof. Shane Blackman "Doing Ethnography with Young People: from description to theory".

Teachers: Professor Shane Blackman, Professor of Cultural Studies Department of Media, Art and Design at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, Professor Päivi Honkatukia, University of Tampere (Youth Studies), Professor Kristiina Brunila (Social Justice and Equality in Education, University of Helsinki).

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Representation 30th September - 1st October 2014

Teachers
Beverley Skeggs (Professor in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK). Professor Skeggs is sociologist, whose work includes influential studies on class and value. Her groundbreaking book Formations of Class and Gender: Becoming Respectable (1997) is a longitudinal ethnography of subjectivity which calls for the need to include class in theorisations of gender, identity and power. A continuation of this investigation is Class, Self, Culture (2004), which is a critique of the idea of self and an exploration of the different ways class still circulates as a form of value that is attaches to different bodies. Her more recent research includes a monograph Reacting to Reality TV: Audience, Performance, Value (2012) which investigates how different groups of women respond to television and challenges the conventional notion of reading representations and emphasizes affective reaction. Professor Skeggs is also the joint managing editor of the journal The Sociological Review.
http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/skeggs/.

Annamari Vänskä (Collegium Researcher and Adjunct Professor, TIAS - The Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku). Vänskä is expert in fashion studies, visual culture, visualised consumer culture, contemporary art, critical gender theory and childhood studies. She is interested in exploring how commercial visual culture, especially advertising, is used in shaping and challenging identities, how clothes and their representations are read, and how images are used in identity construction. Vänskäs latest book Muodikas lapsuus. Lapset muotikuvissa (Fashionable Childhood. Children in fashion advertising, Gaudeamus 2012; forthcoming as English translation in 2015 via Bloomsbury Publishing) is an investigation of the multitude of ways in which advertising representing children are used for
affecting the consumer-viewers. http://www.annamarivanska.com.

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Gender and Political Analysis16-17 September 2014 including Emanuela Lombardo's talk 'The symbolic representation of gender'

Teachers:
Emanuela Lombardo is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Administration II of Madrid Complutense University (Spain). Her research concerns gender equality policies, especially in the European Union and Spain, Europeanization, and gender and political representation. On these issues she has published articles in peer reviewed journals as well as chapters in edited volumes. Her last edited book, with Maxime Forest, is The Europeanization of Gender Equality Policies (Palgrave 2012) and her last monograph, authored with Petra Meier, is The Symbolic Representation of Gender (Ashgate 2014). For further information see http://www.ucm.es/info/target/

Johanna Kantola is Academy Research Fellow in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on feminist theories of the state, gender and the European Union, representation, gender equality policies, state feminism, and intersectionality. Her books include Gender and the European Union (Palgrave, 2010) and Feminists Theorize the State (Palgrave, 2006). As an editor she has published Changing State Feminism (Palgrave, 2007, with Joyce Outshoorn), The Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013, with Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis and Laurel Weldon), two edited volumes in Finnish, and a special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics. She is the Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Gender and Politics Book Series with Judith Squires. For further information see http://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/fi/person/jekantol

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SKY doctoral course: Feminist Thought and Biopolitics 16-18th June 2014 including the lecture of Professor *Penelope Deutscher:"That Death Which is Not One: Woman as Exception in Derrida's /The Death Penalty/" *

The Teachers:
Penelope Deutscher is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an affiliate of the Comparative Literary Studies and Gender and Sexualities programs at Northwestern University. She is the author of /The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance/ (Cambridge U.P, 2008), /How to Read Derrida/ (Granta/Norton 2005), /A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray/ (Cornell U.P., 2002) and /Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy /(Routledge 1997). She co-edited /Repenser le politique: l'apport du féminisme. /(co-edited, with**Françoise Collin, Campagne première/Les Cahiers du Grif, 2004) and /Enigmas: Essays on Sarah Kofman/, co-edited, with Kelly Oliver (Cornell U.P. 1999). In 2000 she was guest editor of a special issue of Hypatia, Contemporary French Women Philosophers. She is the coeditor of a forthcoming volume of essays on Foucault and Derrida with Columbia University Press, and completing work on /Foucault's Children: Biopolitics, Thanatopolitics, and Reproductive Futurism/.

Tuija Pulkkinen is academy professor and professor of Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her work moves in a large area of philosophy, history and politics, and she has published on political thought, democratic theory, conceptual change, genealogy and performativity of gender. Specialist on Derrida and Foucault, on Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grozs, and Hannah Arendt, she works currently on the politics of philosophy in feminist theory. Her publications include /The Postmodern and Political Agency/ (2000), and the edited volumes /The Ashgate Research Companion to The Politics of Democratization in Europe. Concepts and Histories/ (2008); /Hegel's Philosophy and Feminist Thought: Beyond Antigone?/ and /Siveellisyydestä seksuaalisuuteen -- poliittisen käsitteen historia [From Sittlichkeit to Sexuality -- the History of a Political Concept] /(2011).

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Third World Feminism and Post-Colonial Theory and Agency 26-28.5. 2014

The Teachers: 
Nefissa Naguib (Senior Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway; Professor II at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen). Anthropologist whose work links culture and history with politics. Her studies include themes such as culture and the moral economy of food and water; gender and religious minorities; faith-based activism; humanitarianism and military efforts. Her research projects and publications can be accessed http://www.cmi.no/staff/?nefissa-naguib

Susanne Dahlgren (Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, University of Helsinki). Anthropologist interested in legal anthropology, Islamic law, contemporary social movements, politics and revolution, and moralities of faith and religious practice. Her publications can be accessed https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/susanne-dahlgren%284c6...

Mulki Al-Sharmani (Academy Research Fellow, Comparative Religion, University of Helsinki). With PhD from Johns Hopkins University, her research focuses on Islamic feminism, Muslim family laws and legal activism, and refugees and diasporic communities. Her publications can be accessed https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/mulki-alsharmani%28751...

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Feminist Theory and Feminist Politics,  6-8.5. 2014 including Athena Athanasiou’s public talk: "Unthinkable Mourning: Counter-Memory and Feminist Political Subjectivity in Post-Yugoslavia." 

The Teachers:
Athena Athanasiou (Ass. Prof. of Anthropology Panteion University, Greece).  Anthropologist, who has published on feminist theory,  technologies of the  body, biopolitics, psychoanalysis, nationalism, postcoloniality, affect, feminist movements, 'Women in Black',  the Balkans, and Greece in crisis.   

Elena Tzelepis (Dr, Centre of Advance Study, Sofia), Specialist on continental philosophy, who has written on contemporary reading s of ancient philosophy, Irigaray and Antigone, the intersections of the political and the psychic, and the workings of critique. 

Tuija Pulkkinen (Academy professor, University of Helsinki, Gender Studies). Has published on political thought, nationalism, democratic theory and conceptual change;  and on genealogy and performativity of gender. Works currently on politics of philosophy within contemporary feminist theory.

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SKY START: 1/14 Workshop Meeting (5.-6. June 2014)  including lecture by professor PENELOPE DEUTSCHER (Nortwestern University) ‘That Death Which is Not One: Woman as Exception in Derrida’s The Death Penalty’

Penelope Deutscher is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an affiliate of  the  Comparative Literary Studies and Gender and Sexualities programs at Northwestern University. She is the author of The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance (Cambridge U.P, 2008),  How to Read Derrida (Granta/Norton 2005), A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray (Cornell U.P., 2002) and Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy (Routledge 1997). She co-edited Repenser le  politique: l’apport du féminisme. (co-edited, with Françoise Collin, Campagne première/Les Cahiers du Grif, 2004) and  Enigmas: Essays on Sarah Kofman.,co-edited, with Kelly Oliver ( Cornell U.P. 1999). In 2000 she was guest editor of a special issue of Hypatia, Contemporary French Women Philosophers. She is the coeditor of a forthcoming volume of essays on Foucault and Derrida with Columbia University Press, and completing work on Foucault's Children: Biopolitics, Thanatopolitics, and Reproductive Futurism.

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Open lunch time seminar : Emanuela Lombardo (Madrid, Complutense University, Spain) 
"Gender mainstreaming and policy responses to the economic crisis: The ‘unintended consequences’ of EU and national policymaking on Spanish gender equality policies"

Emanuela Lombardo,PhD in Politics at the University of Reading (UK), is Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Administration II of Madrid Complutense University (Spain). She has worked as researcher in different European projects (European Commission FP4, FP5, and FP6, and POM Programs). Her research concerns gender equality policies, particularly in the European Union and Spain, gender mainstreaming, and gender and political representation. On these issues she has published articles in refereed journals and chapters in edited books. Her last book, edited with Maxime Forest, is The Europeanization of Gender Equality Policies (Palgrave 2012). Her forthcoming monograph, authored with Petra Meier, is The Symbolic Representation of Gender (Ashgate). For further information see http://www.ucm.es/info/target/

Are you working on a PhD thesis from a gender perspective? -SKY open seminar: 9.1.2014

 This seminar is intended to the program's supervisors and to its potential PhD students who want to hear more about it and participate in planning it. You are warmly welcome to join us.

Welcome and introductions – Johanna Kantola, Gender Studies
Introduction to University of Helsinki Doctoral Programmes – Maija Urponen, Faculty of Arts
Introduction to SKY – Tuija Pulkkinen, Gender Studies
Discussion and Questions

Introduction to the session – Johanna Kantola, Gender Studies
Introduction to teaching, courses and supervision in SKY – Tuija Pulkkinen, Gender Studies
Discussion and feedback

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Day of Daring - Lecture and workshop September 22, 2016 at 10-16

Dr. Saara Särmä is the co-founder and president of Feminist think thank Hattu and the creator of “Congrats, you have an all male panel!” website.  Her doctoral dissertation in International Relations (2014) titled Junk Feminism and Nuclear Wannabes – Collaging Parodies of Iran and North Korea focused on internet parody images and developed a unique and innovative art-based collage methodology for studying world politics.  She’s interested in politics of visuality, feminist academic activism, and laughter in world politics. Together with her co-conspirators in Hattu, she aims to smash the patriarchy through the means of radical fun. Hattu has developed successful and empowering concepts such as the School of Daring and Swearing Soirees. 

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Queer(y)ing Kinship, Family and Sexuality, 7-8 November 2016 including lecture by Professor Joanna Mizielinska: "Families of Choice in Poland"

Teachers:
Ulrika Dahl is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Uppsala University and PhD program coordinator in Gender Studies and researcher at the Centre for Baltic and Eastern European Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden. She has written and taught widely in the areas of lesbian and queer kinship, gender theory and sexualities, critical femininity studies and on questions of fieldwork methodologies, creative writing, and femme-inist approaches to science. She is the author of Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities (Serpent's Tail 2008, with Del LaGrace Volcano) and Skamgrepp: Femme-inistiska Essäer (Leopard 2014) as well as of numerous articles in journals such as Gender, Place and Culture, NORA, New Formations, Feminist Theory (forthcoming), and in a range of anthologies. Ulrika is senior editor of lambda Nordica and associate editor of European Journal of Women's Studies. She currently directs 'Queer(y)ing Kinship in the Baltic Region', a research project funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation.

Joanna Mizielinska is Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Principal Investigator of the project Families of Choice in Poland (2013-2016),which is the first multi-method project on non-heterosexual families in Poland. Her work moves in a large area of intimate relations, gender and sexual politics, and she has published widely on queer families, empirical studies on relatedness, post-social sexualities and translations of queer theory. Specialist on the CEE sexualities, she works currently on the politics of family in Anglo-Saxon queer theory. She is an expert in LGBTIQ issues, conducting qualitative and quantitative research which demanded close co-operation with various LGBTIQ groups and organisations. Previously she worked for the University of Social Sciences and Humanities from 2006-2013 as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology (2009-2013) and as a Director of that Institute (2012). She was a Fullbright scholar at Princeton University, where she worked under the supervision of Professor Judith Butler. Joanna has also been a visiting researcher in the Helsinki University as well as in Sweden. She has published the book Families of choice in Poland. Family life of nonheterosexual persons (with Marta Abramowicz and Agata Stasińska, 2015), co-edited De-Centring Western Sexualities: Central and Eastern European Perspective (with Robert Kulpa, 2011) and edited a special issue of lambda nordica "in transition?: central/eastern European sexualities" (2012).

Antu Sorainen is an Academy Fellow at the Academy of Finland and Docent in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. She has conducted empirical studies in the area of queer domesticities and intimate economies, and published work on law and sexualities, politics of sexualized concepts, as well as on queer history and genealogy. She is the co-author of Siveellisyydestä Seksuaalisuuteen (From Decency to Sexuality) with Tuija Pulkkinen and has published recently on queer inheritance practices. She currently holds a five-year Academy of Finland Fellowship for a project entitled "Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups" (2014-2019), and a major research team grant for a four-year Academy of Finland project "CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship" (2016-2020).

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DEMOCRATIC THEORY AND GENDERED PRACTICES  30-31st May, 2016 including lecture by Professor Yvonne Galligan (Queen’s University, Belfast): Interrogating the quality of democracy: Feminist insights
Professor Birte Siim (University of Aalborg): Reframing democracy ‒ intersectional and transnational challenges

Teachers
Academy Researcher Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki): Party politics - a challenge or a possibility to gender equality?

Professor Anne Maria Holli (University of Helsinki): Who represents women? Theoretical and empirical insights from a study on the corporatist structures in Finnish public policy-making

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What Does Literature Do for Feminist Politics? 18-20 April, 2016 includin public talk by Suzanne Bost (Professor, Loyola University, Chicago. Department of English)  "Memoir Beyond the Self: Animal, Vegetable, and Digital Ecologies in the Work of Aurora Levins Morales"

Teachers
Suzanne Bost is Professor of English, and Graduate Program Director in Women’s and Gender Studies, at Loyola University Chicago.  She is the author of two books, Mulattas and Mestizas: Representing Mixed Identities in the Americas, 1850-2000 (which examines the role of racial mixture in the development of American identity politics) and Encarnación: Illness and Body Politics in Chicana Feminist Literature (which analyzes the premodern Mesoamerican sources that enable Mexican American writers to celebrate permeable embodiment as a feminist ideal).  She has also co-edited, with Frances Aparicio, The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, and has published more than a dozen articles on Latina/o literature, feminist theory, illness and disability, archival research, transnational comparison, food, music, and yoga.  Her current book project focuses on posthumanism and Latina/o memoir.

Elina Penttinen is a university lecturer in Gender Studies, University of Helsinki. Currently she is the project leader of multidisciplinary feminist research project on experience of violence and healing. Her expertise is in feminist methodologies and creative analytics writing. She has published extensively in feminist International relations, experience of war and violence, gender and international crisis management and global political economy. She is the author two books, Joy as a new methodology for International Relations (which develops new methodology for feminist International relations based on posthumanism, positive psychology and scientific study of mindfulness) and Globalization, prostitution and sex-trafficking: a corporeal politics (which explores how globalization produces gendered and ethnicized subjectivities). She is also a pioneer in integrating contemplative practices in university pedagogy. Her current research interests are Intimate Partner Violence, emotional abuse, posthumanism, mindfulness and mindful self-compassion.

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Sexuality in the Context of Feminist Understandings of Gender December 10th and 11th 2015 including Professor Sue Scott’s (Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York (UK) and Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki) public talk: ‘Problematizing the Specialness of Sex’

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SKY workshop in Budapest 5.-6. November, 2015. “How to arrive at a successful end a dissertation project/ How to manage to end a dissertation project”.

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How to study categorizations, classifications and gendered governance 12-13 October 2015
Organized by doctoral programmes SKY (Gender, Culture and Society) and PSRC (Political, Societal and Regional Changes) and the research project NaDeWe (Nationalism and Democracy in the Welfare State). 

The course consists of two public key notes and workshops in which the teachers and fellow students comment the papers by participating doctoral candidates. Keynote speakers:

Professor Hanne Marlene Dahl (political science, gender studies), Roskilde University, http://rucforsk.ruc.dk/site/person/hmdahl
“Power, care and gendered governance”

Professor Theresa Wobbe, University of Potsdam (history, sociology of gender), https://www.uni-potsdam.de/geschlechtersoziologie/team/prof-dr-theresa-w...
“Work and non-work – the ILO’s labour force concept as a case”

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Feminism and Capitalism, 22–24 September 2015 including Professor Cinzia Arruzza’s public talk: “The Gender of Capital: Women's Oppression and Capital's Reproduction”, 

Teachers:
Cinzia Arruzza (Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, USA). Professor Arruzza’s areas of expertise include: Gender and social reproduction, Ancient Metaphysics and political thought, Neoplatonism. Her research projects and publications can be found at http://www.newschool.edu/nssr/faculty.aspx?id=52618
https://nssr.academia.edu/CinziaArruzza/Papers

Johanna Oksala (Academy of Finland Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki). Dr. Oksala’s areas of expertise include: Political Philosophy, Contemporary and 20th C European Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Foucault, Phenomenology. Her publications can be found at https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/johanna-oksala(40398368-50d7-440f-9f25-f0706ee01259).html

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ETHNOGRAPHY AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS WITH THE SPECIAL EMPHASIZE ON THE ARTS   September 8 -10, 2015 including Public lecture by Prof. Ellen Koskoff: "What is a Feminist Ethnomusicology? Sharing the Common Theoretical Bedrock”

Teachers:
Ellen Koskoff is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and director of the ethnomusicology programs there. Her writings about Jewish music, gender and music, and music cognition are widely published. Her work includes Women and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective (1987), and Music in Lubavitcher Life (2000), winner of the 2002 ASCAP Deems-Taylor award. Her most recent book, A Feminist Ethnomusicology, (University of Illinois Press, 2014) examines a life of research on music and gender. She is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, is the general editor of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 3, “The United States and Canada,” and the series editor of the University of Rochester Press’s Eastman/Rochester Studies in Ethnomusicology. She is a former President of the Society for Ethnomusicology and is currently serving as the editor of the Society’s journal, Ethnomusicology.

Pirkko Moisala works as the professor of musicology and ethnomusicology at Helsinki University. Her current project “Deleuzian Music Research” (funded by the Academy of Finland) aims at renewing methods and approaches of music research with the help of the radical process philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and her collaborator Felix Guattari (see http://www.helsinki.fi/deleuzian/). Moisala’s special areas are music anthropology (ethnomusicology) as well as gender and cultural studies of music. Methodologically, her expertise lies in the ethnographic study of musical practices, performance studies, as well as the study of life stories.  Moisala has published widely in gender studies of music, for instance, “Gender and Music” (edited together with B. Diamond), “Gender and Qualitative Methods” (written together with H. Järviluoma and A. Vilkko), as well as “Musiikin toinen sukupuoli” (The Other Sex of Music; biographies of women composers through the ages, written together with R. Valkeila). She has also authored a book on composer Kaija Saariaho.

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Interpreting Feminist Thinkers, 12–13 May 2015 including lecture by Professor Moya Lloyd   "Vulnerability, Grievability, and the Body”

The Teachers:
Moya Lloyd is Professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University, UK. She has written widely in the area of feminist political theory, particularly on the work of Judith Butler, as well as on questions of identity politics, sexuality, radical democracy, and the body. She is the author of Beyond Identity Politics: feminism, power, and politics (2005) and Judith Butler: from norms to politics (2007), and the editor of the forthcoming volume Butler and Ethics (2015). She is a former Deputy Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast. She currently holds a three-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a project entitled: ‘Who counts? The political problem of the “human”’.

Tuija Pulkkinen is academy professor and professor of Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her work moves in a large area of philosophy, history and politics, and she has published on political thought, democratic theory, conceptual change, genealogy and performativity of gender. Specialist on Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grozs, and Hannah Arendt, she works currently on the politics of philosophy in feminist theory. Her publications include The Postmodern and Political Agency (2000), and the edited volumes The Ashgate Research Companion to The Politics of Democratization in Europe. Concepts and Histories (2008); Hegel’s Philosophy and Feminist Thought: Beyond Antigone? and Siveellisyydestä seksuaalisuuteen – poliittisen käsitteen historia [From Sittlichkeit to Sexuality – the History of a Political Concept] (2011).

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Re-thinking Public and Private: Gender, Justice, Violence and Violations 28.-29.4.2015

Teachers:
Linda McKie is Professor of Sociology at the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK. She is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. Linda has published over 120 peer reviewed articles, books and chapters and been a member of the editorial boards for a range of journals including Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Work, Employment and Society. Linda is passionate in her support for early career colleagues and runs regular writing courses and retreats on planning and writing publications and research proposals. In 2004
she was elected to the UK Academy of Social sciences and was a member of the Sociology Unit of Assessment Panel for the UK Research Assessment Framework in 2014.

Marjut Jyrkinen is Professor in Gender Studies 2012-15 at University of Helsinki (UH). She has her PhD in Management and Organisation studies, Hanken School of Economics, and Docentship in Faculty of Social Sciences, UH. Her current research interests are in the areas of globalisation, violations and violence, intersectionalities and worklife, and research on gender, management and organisations. Marjut is Co-director of the SKY Doctoral Programme.

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How to Study History of Sexuality and Gender, 3-5 November 2014

Teachers:
Dr Matt Cook is Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, a Co-director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, and an editor of History Workshop Journal. He is the author of London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885 – 1914 (2003), lead author and editor of A Gay History of Britain (2007), Queer Domesticities (2014), and co-editor of Queer 1950s (2012; with Heike Bauer) and Queer Cities, Queer Cultures (2014; with Jennifer Evans).

Dr Antu Sorainen is Docent in Gender Studies and Academy Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki. Her research project Wills and Inheritance in Sexually Marginalized Groups 2014-2019 looks at how queer people organize their care and support relations, and whether they write wills on the benefit of their “chosen” kin, lovers and friends. Sorainen has published on the history of sexual criminal law and non-heterosexual urban history. She co-authored a book on the conceptual history of Sittlichkeit with Tuija Pulkkinen (Siveellisyydestä seksuaalisuuteen, Finnish Literature Society 2011). Her chapter Two cities of Helsinki? One liberally gay and one practically queer? was published in Queer Cities, Queer Cultures, edited by Jennifer Evans and Matt Cook (2014).

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SKY:n kirjoitusseminaari 17.10.–12.12.2014 8 E, sh 223
Eva Korsisaari

Seminaarin vetäjänä toimii FT Eva Maria Korsisaari, joka on väitellyt feministisen filosofian ja feministisen kirjallisuudentutkimuksen alalta sekä toiminut aiemmin tutkijatohtorina ja yliopistonlehtorina (ma.) sukupuolentutkimuksen oppiaineen piirissä. 

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Insights and reflections on empirical field work in studying young people, 28th October – 29th includin talk by Prof. Shane Blackman "Doing Ethnography with Young People: from description to theory".

Teachers: Professor Shane Blackman, Professor of Cultural Studies Department of Media, Art and Design at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, Professor Päivi Honkatukia, University of Tampere (Youth Studies), Professor Kristiina Brunila (Social Justice and Equality in Education, University of Helsinki).

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Representation 30th September - 1st October 2014 including Beverley Skegg’s public talk “Reacting to Representation”

Teachers:
Beverley Skeggs (Professor in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK). Professor Skeggs is sociologist, whose work includes influential studies on class and value. Her groundbreaking book Formations of Class and Gender: Becoming Respectable (1997) is a longitudinal ethnography of subjectivity which calls for the need to include class in theorisations of gender, identity and power. A continuation of this investigation is Class, Self, Culture (2004), which is a critique of the idea of self and an exploration of the different ways class still circulates as a form of value that is attaches to different bodies. Her more recent research includes a monograph Reacting to Reality TV: Audience, Performance, Value (2012) which investigates how different groups of women respond to television and challenges the conventional notion of reading representations and emphasizes affective reaction. Professor Skeggs is also the joint managing editor of the journal The Sociological Review.  http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/skeggs/.

Annamari Vänskä (Collegium Researcher and Adjunct Professor, TIAS - The Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku). Vänskä is expert in fashion studies, visual culture, visualised consumer culture, contemporary art, critical gender theory and childhood studies. She is interested in exploring how commercial visual culture, especially advertising, is used in shaping and challenging identities, how clothes and their representations are read, and how images are used in identity construction. Vänskäs latest book Muodikas lapsuus.  Lapset muotikuvissa (Fashionable Childhood. Children in fashion advertising, Gaudeamus 2012; forthcoming as English translation in 2015 via Bloomsbury Publishing) is an investigation of the multitude of ways in which advertising representing children are used for
affecting the consumer-viewers. http://www.annamarivanska.com.

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SKY doctoral course: Gender and Political Analysis (5 ECTS)

University of Helsinki, 16-17 September 2014

Teachers: Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki) and Emanuela Lombardo (Complutense University, Madrid)

Emanuela Lombardo will give a talk titled 'The symbolic representation of gender' on 16 September 2014 at 14-16. In the workshop, on the 17 September 2014, we concentrate on the ongoing work of participating PhD students. The teachers Emanuela Lombardo and Johanna Kantola comment on student papers and encourage general discussion and debate on the key themes of the course in relation to them. The key aim is to help the PhD students to make high quality progress with their research.

Teachers:

Emanuela Lombardo is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Administration II of Madrid Complutense University (Spain). Her research concerns gender equality policies, especially in the European Union and Spain, Europeanization, and gender and political representation. On these issues she has published articles in peer reviewed journals as well as chapters in edited volumes. Her last edited book, with Maxime Forest, is The Europeanization of Gender Equality Policies (Palgrave 2012) and her last monograph, authored with Petra Meier, is The Symbolic Representation of Gender (Ashgate 2014). For further information see http://www.ucm.es/info/target/

Johanna Kantola is Academy Research Fellow in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on feminist theories of the state, gender and the European Union, representation, gender equality policies, state feminism, and intersectionality. Her books include Gender and the European Union (Palgrave, 2010) and Feminists Theorize the State (Palgrave, 2006). As an editor she has published Changing State Feminism (Palgrave, 2007, with Joyce Outshoorn), The Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013, with Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis and Laurel Weldon), two edited volumes in Finnish, and a special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics. She is the Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Gender and Politics Book Series with Judith Squires. For further information see http://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/fi/person/jekantol

SKY doctoral course: Feminist Thought and Biopolitics (7,5 ECTS)

The Teachers:

Penelope Deutscher is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an affiliate of the Comparative Literary Studies and Gender and Sexualities programs at Northwestern University. She is the author of /The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance/ (Cambridge U.P, 2008), /How to Read Derrida/ (Granta/Norton 2005), /A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray/ (Cornell U.P., 2002) and /Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy /(Routledge 1997). She co-edited /Repenser le politique: l'apport du féminisme. /(co-edited, with**Françoise Collin, Campagne première/Les Cahiers du Grif, 2004) and /Enigmas: Essays on Sarah Kofman/, co-edited, with Kelly Oliver (Cornell U.P. 1999). In 2000 she was guest editor of a special issue of Hypatia, Contemporary French Women Philosophers. She is the coeditor of a forthcoming volume of essays on Foucault and Derrida with Columbia University Press, and completing work on /Foucault's Children: Biopolitics, Thanatopolitics, and Reproductive Futurism/.

Tuija Pulkkinen is academy professor and professor of Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her work moves in a large area of philosophy, history and politics, and she has published on political thought, democratic theory, conceptual change, genealogy and performativity of gender. Specialist on Derrida and Foucault, on Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grozs, and Hannah Arendt, she works currently on the politics of philosophy in feminist theory. Her publications include /The Postmodern and Political Agency/ (2000), and the edited volumes /The Ashgate Research Companion to The Politics of Democratization in Europe. Concepts and Histories/ (2008); /Hegel's Philosophy and Feminist Thought: Beyond Antigone?/ and /Siveellisyydestä seksuaalisuuteen -- poliittisen käsitteen historia [From Sittlichkeit to Sexuality -- the History of a Political Concept] /(2011).

Third World Feminism and Post-Colonial Theory and Agency (7,5 ECTS)

The Teachers:

Nefissa Naguib (Senior Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway; Professor II at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen). Anthropologist whose work links culture and history with politics. Her studies include themes such as culture and the moral economy of food and water; gender and religious minorities; faith-based activism; humanitarianism and military efforts. Her research projects and publications can be accessed http://www.cmi.no/staff/?nefissa-naguib

Susanne Dahlgren (Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, University of Helsinki). Anthropologist interested in legal anthropology, Islamic law, contemporary social movements, politics and revolution, and moralities of faith and religious practice. Her publications can be accessed https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/susanne-dahlgren%284c6...

Mulki Al-Sharmani (Academy Research Fellow, Comparative Religion, University of Helsinki). With PhD from Johns Hopkins University, her research focuses on Islamic feminism, Muslim family laws and legal activism, and refugees and diasporic communities. Her publications can be accessed https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/mulki-alsharmani%28751...

Feminist Theory and Feminist Politics, 
6-8.5. 2014  SKY doctoral course (7,5 ECTS)

The Teachers:

Athena Athanasiou (Ass. Prof. of Anthropology Panteion University, Greece).  Anthropologist, who has published on feminist theory,  technologies of the  body, biopolitics, psychoanalysis, nationalism, postcoloniality, affect, feminist movements, 'Women in Black',  the Balkans, and Greece in crisis.   

Elena Tzelepis (Dr, Centre of Advance Study, Sofia), Specialist on continental philosophy, who has written on contemporary reading s of ancient philosophy, Irigaray and Antigone, the intersections of the political and the psychic, and the workings of critique. 

Tuija Pulkkinen (Academy professor, University of Helsinki, Gender Studies). Has published on political thought, nationalism, democratic theory and conceptual change;  and on genealogy and performativity of gender. Works currently on politics of philosophy within contemporary feminist theory.

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Professor PENELOPE DEUTSCHER (Nortwestern University):
‘That Death Which is Not One: Woman as Exception in Derrida’s The Death Penalty’

Penelope Deutscher is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an affiliate of  the  Comparative Literary Studies and Gender and Sexualities programs at Northwestern University. She is the author of The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Ambiguity, Conversion, Resistance (Cambridge U.P, 2008),  How to Read Derrida (Granta/Norton 2005), A Politics of Impossible Difference: The Later Work of Luce Irigaray (Cornell U.P., 2002) and Yielding Gender: Feminism, Deconstruction and the History of Philosophy (Routledge 1997). She co-edited Repenser le  politique: l’apport du féminisme. (co-edited, with Françoise Collin, Campagne première/Les Cahiers du Grif, 2004) and  Enigmas: Essays on Sarah Kofman.,co-edited, with Kelly Oliver ( Cornell U.P. 1999). In 2000 she was guest editor of a special issue of Hypatia, Contemporary French Women Philosophers. She is the coeditor of a forthcoming volume of essays on Foucault and Derrida with Columbia University Press, and completing work on Foucault's Children: Biopolitics, Thanatopolitics, and Reproductive Futurism.

SKY START: 1/14 Workshop Meeting (5.-6. June)

Emanuela Lombardo (Madrid, Complutense University, Spain)
 
"Gender mainstreaming and policy responses to the economic crisis: The ‘unintended consequences’ of EU and national policymaking on Spanish gender equality policies"

Emanuela Lombardo,PhD in Politics at the University of Reading (UK), is Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Administration II of Madrid Complutense University (Spain). She has worked as researcher in different European projects (European Commission FP4, FP5, and FP6, and POM Programs). Her research concerns gender equality policies, particularly in the European Union and Spain, gender mainstreaming, and gender and political representation. On these issues she has published articles in refereed journals and chapters in edited books. Her last book, edited with Maxime Forest, is The Europeanization of Gender Equality Policies (Palgrave 2012). Her forthcoming monograph, authored with Petra Meier, is The Symbolic Representation of Gender (Ashgate). For further information see http://www.ucm.es/info/target/

 

Gender, Culture and Society Doctoral Programme
SKY – Sukupuoli, kulttuuri ja yhteiskunta
Open Seminar
 

 

Programme

13.15-14.15 Introduction to Gender, Culture and Society (SKY) Doctoral Programme
Welcome and introductions – Johanna Kantola, Gender Studies
Introduction to University of Helsinki Doctoral Programmes – Maija Urponen, Faculty of Arts
Introduction to SKY – Tuija Pulkkinen, Gender Studies
Discussion and Questions

14.15 -14.45 Coffee break

14.45-16 Teaching and supervision in SKY
Introduction to the session – Johanna Kantola, Gender Studies
Introduction to teaching, courses and supervision in SKY – Tuija Pulkkinen, Gender Studies
Discussion and feedback

SKY Writing Group is a weekly gathering dedicated to improve and reflect on the writing process of a PhD dissertation as well as to facilitate the participants to write one chapter of their thesis during the period. The writing seminar is currently taught in Finnish.