CRITICAL DISABILITY STUDIESStrand chair: Margrit Shildrick In recent years Critical Disability Studies has emerged as one of the most exciting areas of exploration in the continuing development of theories of embodiment, raising urgent issues of subjectivity, sexualities, power, and sexual difference to name just a few. After years of neglect, even disavowal, the question of anomalous embodiment and sexuality is at the heart of emergent scholarship forcing a reconsideration of the operative paradigms well beyond the arena of disability. Just as feminism, postcolonial studies and queer theory have all in turn offered a radical challenge to the existing conventions, so Critical Disability Studies is now the locus to watch for anyone concerned with interdisciplinary cutting edge theory. Taking a broadly postmodernist perspective, the research strand would draw on philosophy, literature, history, the social sciences, feminist theory and much more to pull together new ways of thinking about the body in all its forms, and to provide a rich and varied insight into the state of critical disability scholarship.
SEXUAL ETHNOGRAPHY - TRANSFORMING METHODOLOGIESStrand chair: Malena Gustavson Sexual ethnography continues to form methodological challenges to research practices, ethics and analysis with and through the testimonies of lived experiences. Exploring sexuality as ethnography engages a plethora of assemblages of narratives and practices in social relations and political institutions. Being a highly debated and also delicate matter sexual ethnography also generates incitement to continually rethink how to perform and communicate in the field. Feminist ethnographers’ critical engagement of disentangling the link between experience and representation has expanded and transformed theoretical and methodological endeavours in fieldwork as a site for knowledge production. There are elaborated approaches and interventions to participate in the field. Exploratory research practices aligned with feminist critique of othering also emphasizes ethical reflexivity, the researcher’s point of origin, attitudes and techniques of knowing. Framing this strand within the orbit of feminist queer and transnational intersections the methodological discussion will continue and invites to innovative, experimental and critical engagement in sexual ethnography. The strand will engage in questions such as: What are the challenges for a sexual ethnography ethically and analytically? How could we expand the dialogue between researcher and research subjects in the ethnographic processes? Ongoing projects: Sexual feelings (Malena Gustavson) Relevant publications
FEMINIST TECHNOSCIENCE STUDIES: RE-INVENTING TECHNOLOGIES, BIOLOGIES AND MEDICINE"Strand chairs: Cecilia Åsberg, Ulf Mellström, Margrit Shildrick & Nina Lykke This research strand continues and advances the feminist science studies tradition as it has been established and re-established by scholars such as Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Lucy Suchman, Margrit Shildrick, Stacy Alaimo, Myra Hird, Nina Lykke, Mette Bryld and Lynda Birke at the intersection of advanced cultural theory, feminist materialisms and knowledge production within the natural sciences, medicine or engineering. This field has moved from critiques of science (the woman question in science) to active engagement with “the science question in feminism” (Harding 1986), and taken a quantum leap over the three decennia after Donna Haraway’s famous cyborg manifesto. In this strand we put focus on different kinds of knowledge production, historical and material conditions of existence and bodily ethics in the medical, technical and natural sciences. Key here are transdisciplinary understandings that bridge the modern divide between nature and culture, and its corollary of bifurcations into the so called soft sciences and the so called hard sciences. This strand is marked by a deep-seated feminist commitment to the ways in which gender and intersectionality are entangled with medicine, science and technology. This small, highly influential and highly transgressive field (admixing feminism and technoscience in practice) has in recent years single-handedly reinvented large parts of the feminist conceptual apparatus in gender studies, under portmanteau terms such as for instance - new materialism, agential realism, feminist materialisms, posthumanities, and somatechnics.
LIMINAL LIVES, BODILY ETHICS AND BIO-CURIOUS FEMINIST POSTHUMANITIES"Strand chair: Cecilia Åsberg What is life in the era of the life sciences – when genetic, neurological, chemical concepts and matters proliferate well beyond the confinements of the laboratory in popular culture and shape our sense of selfhood? Who, or what,gets to count as human, humanized, monstrous, or non-human, as natural in the natural sciences, as cultural, sexed orgendered, in humanities, science and in the wider scientific imaginary of today?This research strand will focus the question of gendered biologies, liminal lives and bodily ethics from the multiple interwoven perspectives emerging from the recent feminist reinvention of the messy relations and blurred boundaries of sex/gender, nature/culture, science/humanities. The point of departure is materialist trends in feminist theory, which have focused on embodiment and the materialities of sexed bodies – human and non-human. Against the background of a critique of feminist theories of sexual difference in the humanities and social science that have long been embedded in constructionist paradigms, materialist feminist trends haveattracted the attention of feminist researchers from a broader spectrum of different disciplinary backgrounds, including medicine and biology. However, while theorizing on the relationship between human and non-human animals, technology and biology, sex and gender has figured sexual difference, differentiated subjectivity and embodiment as key feminist concerns, communication across the borders of the different theoretical strands and interdisciplines has been scarcer. Furthermore, it has been difficult to bridge disciplinary barriers between empirically-oriented research, typically carried out by bioscientists, and theoretically-oriented research, carried out by humanities and social sciences scholars, thus preventing a synergetic dialogue. Against the background of these gaps in previous research, the strand will aim at the development of new transdisciplinary research on bio-curious feminist forms of posthumanities, moving cultural feminist theory out of the anthropocentric comfort zone and into a more-than-human humanities. While we map "the human" and its constitutive inside and outside of the the Humanities, we draw in this research strand on feminist science studies roots and recent re-routes in new materialisms, on creative approaches oftechnoscience and culturalstudies, and human-animal studies. However, we focus especially on the relationships, circulating cultural contents and synergetic exchanges between the humanities and the natural sciences, molecular biology, techno- and life sciences – as matters of urgent concern for feminist scholarship.
CANCER CULTURES AS LENS TO INTERSECTIONAL PATIENTHOOD STUDIESStrand chair: Nina Lykke The strand is focusing on three interrelated dimensions. Firstly, the question of cancer as a cultural phenomenon is addressed, taking a starting point in the paradox that, while representations of cancer and cancer patienthood abound in contemporary popular culture, cancer is more seldom the theme of critical cultural studies. A small, but significant tradition for critical cultural studies of cancer, including queer, trans, feminist, and postcolonial ones does, however, exist, and has served as an inspiration for the strand. Secondly, the strand is taking issue with patienthood as an embodied sociocultural positioning and subjectivity. Patienthood (and un/health) is explored as a dimension to be included in intersectional feminist theorizations. It is understood as a dimension which intraacts closely with the issue of dis/abilities, but it is also assumed that more adequate analytical perspectives seem to emerge from a taking into account not only overlaps, but also distinctly separate dynamics and political perspectives. Thirdly, the strand builds on and further develops postconstructionist frameworks, defining (un)healthy bodies as material-semiotic actors entangled in transcorporeal, affective relations made up of networks of culture and biology.
CFS Higher Seminar
Intersectionality – Theoretical and Empirical challenges.
SPEAKER: Ann Phoenix, University College London, UK.
CGF Higher Seminar
The Bio/Bodypedagogical Potentials of Critically Exploring Intersex Concerns in the Sociology of Sports.
SPEAKER: Annette Brömdal, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
CGF Higher Seminar
Environmental Pollution, Trash and the Transing* Body in the Swedish film Nånting måste gå sönder.
SPEAKER: Wibke Straube, Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University.
CFS HIGHER SEMINAR
Meeting men exposed to partner violence.
SPEAKER: Alma Persson, Tema Genus, Linköping University.
CGF HIGHER SEMINAR
A Transfeminist Manifesto.
SPEAKER: Maria Ramnehill, freelance journalist and the author of “Ett transfeministiskt manifest”.
MATERIAL AND METHODOLOGIES.
SPEAKERS: France Rose Hartline, NTNU, Gender Studies; Luca Tainio, University of Tampere, Gender Studies; Max van Midde, independent scholar; Wibke Straube, Karlstad University.
CFS HIGHER SEMINAR
THE FEMININE STYLE, THE MALE INFLUENCE, AND THE PARADOX OF GENDERED POLITICAL BLOGSPACE.
SPEAKERS: Joachim Åström and Martin Karlsson, Political Science, Örebro University.
GENDER, SEXUALITY AND INDIGENEITY.
SPEAKERS: Robert Innes, University of Saskatchewan, Kim Anderson, University of Guelph and Katarina Kyröla, University of Turku.
THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL QUEER DEATH STUDIES NETWORK WORKSHOP.
SPEAKERS: Tara Mehrabi, LiU, Marietta Ra- domska, LiU, Stine Willum Adrian, Aalborg University, DK, Ida Hillerup Hansen, CEU, HU, Olga Cielemecka, LiU, Nina Lykke, LiU, Varpu Alasuutari, University of Turku, FI, Annika Jonsson, KaU, Line Henriksen, University of Copenhagen, and Andria Nyberg Forshage Stockholm University.
TG AND THE POSTHUMANITIES HUB HIGHER SEMINAR
MINING AND (RE)MOVAL IN SÁPMI: LISELOTTE WAJSTEDT’S DOCUMENTARY KIRUNA: SPACE ROAD (KIRUNA—RYMDVÄGEN) AND INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE.
SPEAKER: Cheryl Fish, City University of New York.
POSTHUMANITIES INTERNATIONAL NETWORK SYMPOSIUM.
SPEAKERS: “Bioart and Postnatural Eco- logies: Posthumanities for the Anthropocene”: Katja Aglert, independent artist and researcher, Stockholm; Laura Beloff, artist and researcher, IT University Copenhagen, DK; Jacob Wamberg, Aarhus University, DK; Olga Cielemecka, LiU; Nina Lykke, LiU; Vera Weetzel, LiU; Marietta Radomska, LiU.
PROBLEMATIZING DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES IN THE STUDY OF COMPLEX LOCAL HISTORIES IN REPRESSIVE ENVIRONMENTS.
SPEAKERS: Yulia Gradskova, Södertörn University: “Entangled Histories of the Soviet ‘Emancipation’ of the ‘Woman of the East.’ Reviewing Soviet and Sovietological Historiographic Approaches”; Guzel Iusu- pova, LiU: “Exploring Sensitive Topics in the Authoritarian Context: Limitations and Possibilities of Ethnography in Russia”; Ma- dina Tlostanova, LiU: “Decolonial Methodo- logies in/for the Eurasian Borderlands”.
CGF HIGHER SEMINAR AND THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, KARLSTAD UNIVERSITY LECTURE
MAKING DEATH MATTER.
SPEAKER: Tara Mehrabi, Department of Gender Studies (Tema Genus), Linköping University.
CFS HIGHER SEMINAR
(EN)GENDERING INEQUALITIES IN MUSIC: COMPARING UK AND SWEDISH CONTEXTS.
SPEAKER: Sam de Boise, School of Music, Theatre and Art, Örebro University.
CGF HIGHER SEMINAR AND DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE PRESENTATION
CRIMINALISING THE CLIENT: INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE, GENDERED IDEAS AND FEMINIST STRATEGIES.
SPEAKER: Josefina Eriksson, Uppsala University.
CGF HIGHER SEMINAR
ORGANISATORISKA FÖRUTSÄTTNINGAR FÖR JÄMSTÄLLDHETSINTEGRERING I AKADEMIN.
SPEAKERS: Birgitta Jordansson and Helen Petersson, Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, Göteborgs University.
CGF HIGHER SEMINAR
BANGLADESHI MASCULINITIES BETWEEN ITALY AND BANGLADESH.
SPEAKER: Andrea Priori, Lecturer in Anthropology, University Roma Tre.
CGF HIGHER SEMINAR
MIGRATIONS TO ITALY IN THE EUROPEAN LANDSCAPE: AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF MOBILITIES PERSPECTIVE.
SPEAKER: Andrea Priori, Lecturer in Anthropology, University Roma Tre.
Plantarium: Re-imagining Green Futurities.
SPEAKERS: Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands, York Univeristy, Canada, and Michael Marder, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
CFS Conference and Nordic Association for Research on Men and Masculinities.
International conference, Men and Masculinities: Politics, Policy and Praxis.
The First International Workshop Eco/decolonial Arts. Open-ended Poetic/Philosophical Forays.
SPEAKERS: Katja Aglert, independent artist, Stockholm; Anne Gough, KTH; Camila Marambio, Monash Art, Design and Architecture, Australia; Dalida Maria Benfield, VCFA/Harvard University, USA; Madina Tlostanova, LiU; Marietta Radomska, LiU; Nina Lykke, LiU; Vera Weetzel, LiU; Cecilia Åsberg, LiU.
GEXcel Vision Day
GEXcel started in 2007 as a two-university GEXcel: Centre of Gender Excellence (LiU and ORU), funded by the Swedish Research Council, and continued in 2013 as GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, a three-university gender research platform of Linköping, Karlstad and Örebro Universities.
CGF Higher Seminar
Bög i folkhemmet - en memoar.
SPEAKER: Arne Nilsson, Göteborgs University.
CFS Higher Seminar
Exploring the role of authenticity in the (re)production of masculinist institutional cultures in English political institutions.
SPEAKER: Elizabeth Ablett, Warwick University, UK.
SPEAKERS: Kaisa Kuune, University of Eastern Finland: “Intimacy and relationality. On the dynamics of closeness and distance”, and Tara Mehrabi, LiU: “Becoming fly-sensitized: on affective intimacies of doing Alzheimer’s science with Drosophila”.
CFS workshop, co-organized with Swedish Association of Gender Studies
What is at stake when feminist and other power-critical researchers are threatened? Vad står på spel när feministiska och andra maktkritiska forskare hotas?
SPEAKERS: Panel discussion with Fredrik Bondestam, National Secretariat for Gender Research, Mathias Ericsson, Gothenburg University, Charlotte Holgersson, Royal Institute of Technology, and Diana Mulinari, Lund University, followed by open discussion.
CGF Higher Seminar
Colonial History, Postcolonial Anxiety and the Crisis of Masculinity: the Rise of Right Wing Hindutva Movement in India.
SPEAKER: Swati Parashar, Senior Lectur- er, Peace and Development Program at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University.
CFS Higher Seminar
H2020 project GEDII – Gender Diversity Impact – Improving research and innovation through gender diversity.
SPEAKERS: Ulf Sandström and Anne-Charlott Callerstig, Gender Studies, Örebro University.
CGF and Tema Genus workshop
The Second International Queer Death Studies Workshop: Coming to Terms with Death, Dying, and Mourning Differently? SPEAKERS: Tara Mehrabi, LiU; Marietta Radomska, LiU; Ida Hillerup Hansen, CEU, HU; Nina Lykke, LiU; Varpu Alasuutari, University of Turku, FI; Annika Jonsson, KaU; Magdalena Gorska, Utrecht University, NL.
More information: www.queerdeathstudies.wordpress.com.
Conference "Det sexualiserade våldet i det moderna samhället"
ÖREBRO UNIVERSITY, CENTRE FOR FEMINIST STUDIES
Våldshubben vid Örebro universitet bjuder in till en endagskonferens om konsekvenserna av det sexualiserade våldet. Konferensen kommer att hållas vid Örebro universitet den 29 november 2017.
More information: https://www.oru.se/valdshubben
Book Presentation feminism och psykologi
ÖREBRO UNIVESRITY, CENTRE FOR FEMINIST STUDIES
Docent Margot Bengtsson, Lund University, presents her new book Feminism och psykologi (in Swedish)
THE MANY FACES OF ART-TIVISM.
SPEAKERS: Jeanette Ehlers, Artist: “Counter Strike”, Lusine Djanyan & Alexey Knedlyakovsky, Artists and Activists: ”Mordovlag: The Art of Immediate Action”.
9 DECEMBER 2016
Hur mycket kostar mäns våld? Hur mycket våld finns det? Hur kan könsbaserat våld förhindras? Vilka verktyg fungerar bättre än andra? För att markera avslutning av FN:s 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women, bjuder Örebro universitet in till en forskar- och praktikeröverskridande eftermiddag med föreläsning, diskussion och paneldebatt om våldets kostnader.
9 December 13:00-15:30, Örebro University, Musikhögskolan Hörsal M
Arrangeras av Genusvetenskap ORU, Länsstyrelsens Örebro Län och GEXcel Gender Violence and Society
6 DECEMBER 2016
Guest Faculty Research Professor, Örebro University
6 December 2016, 14:15-16:00.
Forum Building, Room F2240
13 SEPTEMBER 2016
Violence Against Minority Women and Girls in the UK Lessons for Europe
Dr Hannana Siddiqui
The Angelou Centre and Southall Black Sisters
13 September 2016, 14:15-16:00, lunch at 12:30.
Forum Building, Room F2240
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11-13 OCTOBER 2016
Decolonizing Transgender in the North. 4th Nordic Transgender Studies Symposium
The conference will be devoted to questions of decoloniality and its meaning for Trans Studies and trans politics. The conference will addresses a range of topics in relation to decolonisation among others, inner-nordic colonialisation of Sámi and Inuit, reflections on transgender terminologies, anglocentricity and cultural dissonances with the Scandinavian context. Furthermore intersections between transgender politics, ecology, race, nationalism and religion, mobility, border politics, migration and many more important discussions will feed into the debates and the presentations.
The 3-day conference brings together scholars working in the field of Transgender Studies. Transgender Studies presents an interdisciplinary field of inquiry into the experiential, intellectual and political knowledge production on gender-nonconforming embodiment and its intersectional materialities. The symposium is a continuation of three previous network meetings and conferences organized by Gender Studies/Media Studies, Turku University (2015); The Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University & Gender Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm (2014) as well as Tema Genus, Linköping University (2009). The 4th Nordic Transgender Studies Symposium is hosted by the Centre for Gender Studies/Centrum för genusforskning at Karlstad University, Sweden.
Confirmed keynote speaker:
Prof. Gunlög Fur , Linné University, Växjö, Sweden
(more to be announced)
20 OCTOBER 2016
Compassionate post-disciplinarity - Honorary Doctorate for Prof. Nina Lykke - Symposium
The Centre for Gender Studies at Karlstad University invites to the seminar Compassionate post-disciplinarity to honor and celebrate professor Nina Lykke in connection to her receiving her honorate doctorate at Karlstad University 2016.
Jackie Stacey: Crossing Over with Nina Lykke: Feminism, Science Studies and the Subject of Knowledge.
Anna Lundberg: Five Lessons in Love
Dorte Staunes: “The elephant is (still) in the room.” Revisiting intersectionality with Nina Lykke as companion.
Ulrika Dahl: On being invited: Nina Lykke and Queer fem(me)inist Kinship Figurations in Academia
Lena Martinsson: From interact to intra-act - the need for open ended feminist tools
Cecilia Åsberg: No maps for these territories: An academic walk with feminist professor Nina Lykke
Rosi Braidotti: tba (via link)
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14-16 JUNE 2017
Men and Masculinities: Politics, Policy, Praxis
Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities (CSMM), as well as policy activism with a focus on men on masculinities, have developed significantly over the past 30 or so years. The emphasis on feminist questions of power and inequality in relation to men’s behaviour and formations of masculinity/masculinities has impacted on research and policy in different fields, ranging from international relations and war, to culture, sport, violence, crime and suicide.
Yet CSMM and policy have also often overlooked the importance of transnational and geopolitical issues in the context of gender relations. In the wake of global economic instability, manmade climate change and posthumanist approaches, there is a need to engage with notions of how men and masculinity/masculinities shape and influence existential threats, as well as to consider the potential scope of CSMM research and policy interventions on a global scale.
This international, interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Nordic Association for Research on Men and Masculinities (NFMM), in conjunction with the Centre for Feminist Studies (CFS) at Örebro University, will be held over three days, at Örebro University, in June 2017. The aim of the conference is to foster interdisciplinary dialogues between those researching and engaged in political or policy activism around men and masculinities, across different nations, with a view to establishing international collaborations between researchers and practitioners globally.
Provisionally confirmed keynote speakers include:
Professor Ann-Dorte Christensen (Aalborg University) – Professor Christensen has written extensively on fatherhood and masculinity in Danish contexts. She was the co-editor of Equal Democracies? : Gender and Politics in the Nordic Countries (1999) and much of her research has been focused on questions of how ideals of masculinity are shaped in the Nordic countries.
Dr. Sofia Aboim (University of Lisbon) – Dr. Aboim is the author of Plural Masculinities: The Remaking of Self in Private Life (2010) and Men and Masculinities in the 21st Century: Key Concepts and Contemporary Debates (2015). She is currently the coordinator of the European Transrights Project and has written on masculinities in Mozambique and Portugal.
Professor Marina Hughson (Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade) - Professor Hughson has contributed enormously to the study of men and masculinities in post-socialist contexts. Her research has focused on men and masculinities in former Yugoslavia and she is the author of The Semiperiphery and Gender: The Rebellion of the Context and Tomorrow was Yesterday (2015) as well as one of the co-editors of Rethinking Transnational Men: Beyond, Between and Within the Nations (2013).
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17 MAY 2016
Feminist Politics and the Mainstreaming of Gender: Cross-Sectoral and Transversal Dialogues on the Challenges for Feminist Politics, Practice and Research in Sweden and the UK
Program: International Intersectoral Dialogue
10:45-11:00 Welcome and introduction Dr. Sofia Strid, Örebro University
11:00-11:20 Gender budgeting in Sweden: Challenges in Stockholm County,
Victoria Kawesa & Dr. Meriam Chatty, The Feminist Initiative
11:20-11:40 Gender budgeting in the UK: Experiences from the outside, Dr. Catherine Riley & Hannah Peaker, The Women’s Equality Party
11:40-12:00 Implementing gender budgeting within the framework of gender
mainstreaming, Renée Andersson, Örebro Municipality
14:15-15:00 CFS Research Seminar: Women’s gendered resistance to violent patriarchies, through publishing, Dr. Catherine Riley (Women’s Equality Party), Dr. Sofia Strid (ORU)
15:00-16:00 Discussion of the day: Feminist politics, gendered violence, gender mainstreaming, gender budgeting
16:00-17:00 Closed meeting (Women’s Equality Party & Fi)
When: 17 May 2016, 10.45-17
Where: Örebro University Forumhuset, room 2240
26-27 APRIL 2016
Conference: Violence, Honour and Revolution
The two-day international conference (April 26-27 2016) focuses on violence and honour related violence. It explores methods, strategies and the concept of revolution to move towards feminist futures by transcending the gaps between research, policy and practice and by placing activism and minority NGOs at the centre of events. In order to discuss the ever so pressing issues and concepts of violence against woman and honour, a number of tools for knowledge transfer will be used: traditional academic lectures, experienced based testimonials, moderated plenary discussion, practice research, film-making and participatory workshops lead by a team of academics and activists. The goal of the conference is to create a forum for bringing together activists, NGOs, politicians and academia to share their experiences and knowledge. Guests of honour are dr Nawal El Saadawi and Buthina Canaan Khoury. Venue: Aula Nova, Örebro University, Sweden. Programme and more info here.
22 MARCH 2016
Mini-Symposium "Gender, Race, and Politics in a Transnational Feminist Perspective"
13.15-13.40 Victoria Kawesa, (Linköping University) "Black femininities"
13.40- 14.05 Shannon Winnubst (Ohio State University) “After Sex, Before Race”
14.05-14.20 Coffee break (fika)
14.20-14.45 Jennifer Suchland (Ohio State University) “Lost in Transition: Postsocialist Trafficking and the Erasure of Systemic Violence”
14.45- 15.10 Madina Tlostanova (Linköping University) "The Postcolonial-Postsocialist Juncture: Resistance and existence in Verbal and Visual Arts"
15.10- 16.00 General discussion
When: 22 March 2016, 13-16
Where: Tem21, Tema building, Campus Valla, Linköping University
7 MARCH 2016
Launch of The Violence Hub
The Violence Hub is a transdisciplinary research and education platform for critical studies on violence in society, based at Örebro University (ORU). The objective of The Violence Hub is to become a centre for knowledge-production and knowledge-transfer on violence in society and to facilitate collaborations between and with the academy, policymakers, the public and private sectors and civil society. Members engage in joint research activities, including projects and grant applications; education, including course development and one-off lectures; and outreach, including collaborations with agents from different spheres. The Violence Hub is based on the belief that the knowledge-base for explaining, preventing and reducing violence in society is better based on multi- and transdisciplinary collaborations and transversal dialogues among multiple agents. Members of The Violence Hub come from disciplines across the faculties at ORU, including Criminology, Gender Studies, Health, History, Law, Media and Communication, Medicine, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Robotics and Social Work.
To register: http://www.oru.se/go/
When: 7 march, 15:15-16:30
Where: Långhuset: Ljuspunkten
Why: Because violence matters
17 NOVEMBER 2015
Feminist Knowledge Production at the Semiperiphery: Between Muteness and Deafness
Research Professor Marina Hughson (Blagojević), Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade, Serbia. Marina Hughson is a member of GEXcel international reference group.
WHEN: 17 November 2015, 14.15-16
WHERE:F2240, Örebro University
27 OCTOBER 2015
State of Insecurity - A Workshop on Isabell Lorey’s State of Insecurity: Government of the Precarious (2015)
The workshop is a transdisciplinary endeavor of the Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies and The Centre for Gender Studies at Karlstad University. It will be structured by responses from a range of research directions and transdisciplinary approaches to governmentality. Researchers are invited to address Lorey’s book in relation to their own work in the format of short presentations.
Date: October 27th, 2015, 13:00 – 17:00.
Location: Minerva, Building 12, Karlstad University.
Please register your participation with GEXcel coordinator Dr. Wibke Straube: email@example.com
8-9 OCTOBER 2015
Changing Nordic Equality Architectures in a Comparative Perspective
Organised by The Centre for Feminist Social Studies (CFS), The ORU-INSECT Research Group and The GEXcel International Collegium Research Strand FEMITURES for The Network for Comparative Studies of the Nordic Gender Equality Model, funded by NIKK.
This symposium compares and analyses the institutionalisation of intersectionality in Nordic gender equality architectures. It examines how Nordic gender equality architectures are challenged by the theoretical shift from gender equality (jämställdhet) to general equality (jämlikhet) and antidiscrimination. These processes, analytically categorised as the institutionalisation of intersectionality and with a judicial foundation in the inclusion of additional inequality grounds in Treaty of Amsterdam, have taken two predominant forms in the EU member states: a) the merger of equality commissions or b) the establishment of additional equality commissions. The symposium links gender equality, equality politics, diversity and anti-discrimination to intersectional theory, political discourses, and policy frames. The aim is to examine how intersectional challenges are reflected and dealt with in practice and within existing (gender) equality architectures on national and Nordic levels. See http://oru.se/cfs/nikk2015/
Thursday 8 October, Room F130
11.40 Taxi pick up from First Hotel
12.00-13.00 Lunch, Fakultetsklubben Örebro University
Liisa Husu, Örebro University
13.30-14.15 The institutionalisation of intersectionality: Changes, tensions, dilemmas
Hege Skjeie, University of Oslo
14.15-15.00 Evaluating current Finnish gender equality politics
Johanna Kantola, University of Helsinki
15.30-16.15 Mothers, fathers, care and gender equality: Varying institutional approaches in the Nordic Countries
Anette Borchorst, Aalborg University
17.20 Taxi till First hotel
19.00 Dinner, Rosengrens Skafferi
Friday 9 October, Room F130
08.30 Shared taxi from First hotel
09.00-09.45 Institutionalising intersectionality: The quality of the gender equality architecture compared
Sofia Strid, Örebro University
09.45-10.30 Challenges and impacts of intersectional approaches on equality promotion in universities: Practitioner Experiences
Klara Folkesson, Equality Adviser, Örebro University
10.30-11.00 Discussion (with coffee): The future of the equality architecture in the
11.00-12.00 Next steps: conferences, publications
12.00 Lunch, Fakultetsklubben Örebro University
1-2 OCTOBER 2015
GEXcel symposium: Trans/Masculinities. A Tribute to Associate Professor Marie Nordberg
What would happen if masculinity studies began to acknowledge liminal masculinities and the emergent field of transgender studies? How would this shift presumptions of what masculinity means and is conventionally addressed in this field of gender research? In this symposium at the Centre for Gender Studies at Karlstad University, leading researchers from transgender studies as well as masculinity studies will introduce key concepts of their research fields and ponder the idea of a meeting and mutual knowledge productions of those conventionally divided arenas.
The symposium will be held in memoriam to Associate Professor Marie Nordberg who has been a pioneer in the field of critical masculinity studies, and until she passed away in late April 2015 was the Co-director of Gexcel at Karlstad University. She had already in the early 2000’s started to address and introduced transing masculinities through the notion of female masculinity in the field of masculinity studies, challenging the normalised idea of implicit cis masculinity as research object in masculinity studies. The upcoming symposium organised by Gexcel takes a point of departure in Marie’s work and will anticipate new directions for the field of masculinity studies.
The symposium will be opened at 17:15 - 18:00 with a presentation by Prof. Nina Lykke (Linköping University). Prior to the symposium Prof. Jeff Hearn will give a personal tribute to Associate Prof. Marie Nordberg and her work. The symposium continues October 2nd 09:00 – 13:00.
Room “Minerva”, Building 12, Karlstad University
If you are interested in participating, please register with Dr. Wibke Straube, coordinator for Gexcel in Karlstad: firstname.lastname@example.org
For conference venue and programme please visit: http://www.kau.se/cgf/nyheter/2015-08-17/cgfgexcel-october-1st-and-2nd-transmasculinity-studies-symposium-tribute-prof
15 SEPTEMBER 2015
Book Launch and Seminar: Men of the World
Welcome to an open CFS seminar/book launch on September 15th, 14.15 p.m., Forumhuset, Örebro university, room F2240, on Jeff Hearn's new book, "Men of the World: Genders, Globalisations, Transnational Times", just published by Sage. See https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/men-of-the-world/book236923 An introduction by the author will be followed by commentaries by Kerstin Andersson (Social Work, Örebro University) and Daniel Alsarve (History, Örebro University) and discussion. Some copies will be available.
25-26 MAY 2015
Critical Patienthood Studies, Cancer and HIV Cultures and Changed Ontologies of Life/Death
WHEN: May 25-26, 2015, starting Monday, 10.30 hours; ending Tuesday 17.00 hours
WHERE: Tema Genus, Linköping University - venue: TEM 21, Tema building
Organized by Nina Lykke, Magda Gòrska and Desireé Ljungcrantz (Tema Genus) and GEXcel Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies research strand Cancer Cultures as Lens to Critical Intersectional Patienthood Studies.
As an activity of the GEXcel strand on Cancer Cultures as Lens to Critical Intersectional Patienthood Studies, the workshop will facilitate discussions and possibilities further networking on issues of Critical Patienthood Studies, Cancer and HIV Cultures and Changed Ontologies of Life/Death.
With a focus on cancer and HIV, it will, firstly, explore questions such as: What does it mean to become a patient? Which kinds of power differentials, institutional regimes and embodied encounters are implied in the entering of the ’kingdom of the sick’ (Sontag 1977)? Which kinds of changed bodily assemblages and subjectivities are emerging out of these encounters? Is patienthood (and un/healthy bodies) a dimension which it makes sense to include in intersectional feminist theorizations? If so, how do issues of patienthood/(un)health, for example, intraact with issues of dis/abilities? Which overlaps, and which distinctly separate dynamics and political perspectives should in this case be taken into account? Secondly, the workshop aims at exploring feminist materialist, postconstructionist frameworks for changed understandings of ’illness’ and un/healthy bodies, life/death, living/dying, among others questions such as: Can life/death, living/dying be understood within a feminist materialist framework, based on a flat ontology of radical immanence, which sustains the argument that even the so called lifeless corpse is made up of vibrant matter? Is a changed ontology of death possible? How to rethink death and the corpse beyond existing religious, philosophical and scientifically produced dualisms?
Prof. Lochlann Jain, Stanford University, USA
Prof. Gillian Einstein, Univ of Toronto, Canada, and Linköping University
Prof. Jackie Stacey, University of Manchester, UK
And Tema Genus scholars:
Margrit Shildrick, Jami Weinstein, Magda Gòrska, Desireé Ljungcrantz and Nina Lykke.
For further questions please contact Desireé Ljungcrantz at email@example.com.
22 MAY 2015
The onto(epistemo)logy of intersectionality: realist encounters
WHEN: 22 May 2015
WHERE: Tema Genus, Linköping University
A transversal dialogue between Magdalena Górska, Tema Genus, Linköping University, and Lena Gunnarson, Centre for Feminist Social Studies, Örebro University.
For further questions please contact Björn Pernrud at firstname.lastname@example.org.
27-28 APRIL 2015
Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues: Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice
Madina Tlostanova, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia
María Lugones, Binghamton University, New York, USA
Although postcolonial theory has already evolved a sophisticated theoretical apparatus for the investigation of the power imbalance, economic as well as intellectual, between the West and the rest, it has not quite taken on board postsocialist perspectives. At the same time, the intersection between postsocialist geopolitics and imperial/colonial legacies is yet to be thoroughly explored, not least in the context of transnational feminist studies. Along the changing local-global axis, the specificity of Eastern European positioning and the postsocialist condition in particular tends to disappear. This gap needs to be addressed without falling into the trap of re-centring Europe by focussing on its ‘margins’. In the context where the false geopolitical universals and stereotypes such as West versus East, North versus South and the reliance on first-second-third world model continue to operate in full force, we need new models and concepts in order to challenge hegemonic discourses and undermine the problematic expectation to subscribe to the unifying Euro-American intellectual traditions.
8 - 9 OCTOBER 2014
Masculinity at risk - Workshop
Welcome to a workshop on masculinity research in relation to risk and risk practices at the Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University, 8-9 October 2014. The workshop is organised by GEXcel international Collegium www.gexcel.org at the Centre for Gender Studies at Karlstad University. Please register with GEXcel coordinator Magnus Åberg email@example.com no later than October 2. The event is organised on a self-funded basis without any registration fee. The content of the workshop is based on an upcoming special issue of Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, Nr 3 – 2014, (http://www.tandfonline.com/nror)
October 8 – Wednesday -13.00-16.30, room 5A415
13.00 - Welcome and introduction
Ulf Mellström, professor, Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University
13.15 Careless Men, Careless Masculinities? – Young Men’s Risk-Taking with Motor Vehicles as Violations
Tanja Joelsson, PhD, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University
14.15 Coffee break
14.30- Negotiating the ‘plastic rocket’: Masculinity, car styling and performance in the Swedish modified car community
Dag Balkmar, PhD, Centre for Feminist Social Studies, Örebro University15.30 - Firefighters as exception: heroism, nationalism and masculinity in times of suburban riots and antiracist protests
Mathias Ericson, PhD, Department for Cultural Studies, Gothenburg University
18.30 – Dinner
October 9 – Thursday – 09.00-11.00, room 5A415
08.30 – Breakfast and coffee
09.00 - Risky footwear practices: Masculinity, identity and crisis
Victoria Robinson, Dr. Reader in Sociology, Centre for Gender Research, The University of Sheffield
10.00 – Panel – What is at risk?
Jeff Hearn, Professor, Örebro University, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki
Christine Beasley, Professor, University of Adelaide
Lucas Gottzén, Associate Professor, Linköping University
18 – 19 SEPTEMBER 2014
Feminist Inquiries about the neo-liberal academy and possibilities for change
In this mini-symposium we address diverse critical feminist understandings of current neo-liberal transformations of Swedish and international academia. We want to shed light on some of the wider processes of neoliberalisation that are changing intellectual life at contemporary universities. The national and international environment in which universities operate has changed dramatically over the past decades. These changes seem so profound that claims about the remarkable ‘continuity’ of the university, in terms of corporate autonomy and academic freedom, now seem rather outdated. Knowledge and higher education at current universities are measured on a par with other dimensions in an economy that are subject to processes of commodification, marketisation and monetisation and relayed to academics through the mechanisms of managerialism. The neo-liberal politics of this long-term development of an academic capitalism are working along the lines of a commodification and market-oriented managerial efficiency directed towards societal spheres that were previously outside the logic of institutions whose primary purposes are to generate revenue.
As universities and higher education in general are expected to play a key role in producing economic revenues through human capital and innovations for a new wave of wealth generation critical scholars are also intellectually and morally obliged to ask how we might imagine alternative realities. As feminist theorising is a constant endeavour for quarrelling, quarrying and remaking of politics and new possibilities, we here ask questions of how we can understand the current ’crisis’ of academia and how might we generate opportunities to challenge and alter the directions of this crisis? That is also the reason why we during the second day of the symposium open up and extend discussion on neo-liberalism and the political, with an emphasis on the possibilities for theorising politics in times of neo-liberal governance.
The symposium is organised by Gexcel International Collegium http://gexcel.org/, Centre for Gender Studies and the Department of Political Science, Karlstad University
Please register with Gexcel-coordinator Magnus Åberg at Magnus.Aberg@kau.se no later than September 11.
T17 JUNE 2014, 13-15 hrs
A Tool to Titter: Transversal Dialogues on Intersectionality I
The seminar approaches and explores the concept of intersectionality with the help of methodological tools found in transversal dialogues (TD). What happens when one takes rooting and shifting seriously? TD has been used as a tool for understanding and reconciling the sometimes antagonistic positions of political actors and actors in social movements; it is a tool which ideally enables decision-making otherwise characterized by a lack of consensus. The origins of TD are found among Bolognese feminists of the autonomous left. This seminar explores what happens when concepts and tools from politics and social movements are applied to academic theorising and thinking. We engage with the concept of intersectionality from seemingly conflicting standpoints, rooted in both modernity and postmodernity.
Anna Lundberg, Tema Genus, Linköping University
Sofia Strid, Centre for Feminist Social Studies, Örebro University
17 June 2014 13:00-15:00 hrs
The seminar is organized by the VR-project Feminist Theorizings of Intersectionality: Transversal Dialogues and New Synergies (Tema Genus, LiU and CFS, ORU), organised within the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies
23 MAY 2014, 13.15-15hrs:
Posthuman Ecologies of Death Workshop
Peta Hinton, , ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Christina Fredengren, Archeology, Stockholm University
Tara Mehrabi, Gender Studies/Hub, Linköping University
Time: 13:15 - 15:00
For more info contact Cecilia Åsberg, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
THURSDAY 22 MAY 2014, 14-17hrs
from [almanja] with love - Alyosxa Tudor, public PhD defense in Gender Studies
Title of dissertation: from [almanja] with love. Trans_feministische Positionierungen zu Rassismus und Migratismus. Opponent: Prof Michelle Wright, Northwestern University, USA
Location: TEMcas, House T, Campus Valla
For more info contact Björn Pernrud, e-mail email@example.com.
CENTRE FOR GENDER STUDIES
TUESDAY 22 APRIL 2014, 13-17.30 hrs
Posthumanism/new materialism within contemporary research – challenges and possibilities
Posthumanist and new materialist thinking has been influential within the academy for over two decades now. It has made an impact within several different areas, e.g. feminist and cultural studies. This symposium will offer a space/time for reflecting further on how posthumanism and new materialism can provide novel ways of conceptualizing and investigating notions of subjectivity, power, political agency, spirituality, materiality and ethics. Three scholars have been invited to provide insights from their recent research, which make up the topics of discussion. Everyone interested in or curious about posthumanism and new materialism is warmly welcome to participate in the symposium which will be concluded by a panel discussion.
Presenters and topics:
Peta Hinton, Australia, Ph.D. University of New South Wales, Australia. Fellow 2013-2014 at ICI Berlin (Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin): “An A/political Politics and an In/human Ethics: Posthuman Ecologies and the Matter of Death.”
Magdalena Raivio, Ph.D. Religious Studies and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies, Karlstad University: “Affinities and difference/s: Using a diffraction-strategy when reading posthumanist feminist and goddess feminist articulations of the 'nature / goddess'.”
Jonas Ingvarsson, Associate Professor Literary Studies, Karlstad University: “The posthuman use of posthuman be/things: Towards a model for cultural analysis.”
13.00 – 15.00 Presentations
15.30 – 17.30 Panel discussion
For more information and registration e-mail Magnus Åberg, GEXcel coordinator Karlstad University (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please register no later than Monday 14 April. More information about the venue will be provided after 14 April.
CENTRE FOR GENDER STUDIES
17-18 DECEMBER 2013
Critical Studies of Gender Equality.
Multidimensional Scandinavian/Nordic perspectives
This workshop is jointly arranged by the Gender Studies programme at the Norwegian Research Council and GEXcel. The workshop is a follow-up of the seminar 'Likestillningsdiskurser i de nordiske land: Et komparativt perspektiv. Seminar 29.-30. mai 2012, Voksenåsen, Oslo (arranged by NRC), as well as a research event within the research stream gender and organisations at GEXcel. The main aim of the workshop is to further Nordic comparative research and to present new and critical studies within the research field (for more information please contact Prof. Ulf Mellström.)
5-7 NOVEMBER 2013
Posthumanist Methodologies: An encounter with the work of Vicki Kirby and Karen Barad – Dr Peta Hinton, University of New South Wales, Australia; ICI Berlin
Three introductory lectures at the Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University, 5,6,7 November 2013 – Conducted as a GEXcel workshop
Register with Magnus Åberg, Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University, Magnus.Aberg@kau.se, tlf 054 700 1184, not later than October 31– 15 places available
For more information: LectureSeries-Hinton2013.pdf
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24 2013
Navigating the ‘Limits of Modernity’ in Masculinities Theory: A Postmarxist Analysis of Hegemonic Masculinity
Welcome to a CFS and GEXcel seminar by GEXcel visiting scholar, Dr. Richard Howson, Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities, University of Wollongong, Australia on Tuesday, September 24, at 2 p.m., Örebro University, Forumhuset, F213