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JANUARY 31, 2018 MeToo#Värmland – Vad händer nu? Karlstad

18.00-20.00, Tempelriddaren, Karlstad

Panelsamtal med representanter för näringslivet, politiken, frivilligorganisationer, hälso- och sjukvård och universitetet samtalar om vad som händer nu. Hur går vi vidare utifrån höstens upprop och erfarenheter.

Under hösten 2017 har Sverige och stora delar av världen upplevt en revolution där kvinnor från många delar av samhället vittnat om sexuella övergrepp och trakasserier. Det som varit vardag för många kvinnor har nu blivit belyst så att vi nu I början av 2018 kan tala om ett före och ett efter MeToo#.

Centrum för genusforskning vid Karlstads universitet anordnar ett offentligt samtal kring vad som händer nu? Vad innebär MeToo#-upproret på våra arbetsplatser? Kommer det att ske någon förändring? Vad kan män göra och hur skall de förhålla sig till Me#Too? Det är några v de frågor samtalet kommer att handla om med hjälp av panelsamtalets deltagare och publik.


Gunilla Svantorp, Riksdagsledamot (S)

Anna Lundmark Lundbergh, VD, Almi företagspartner i Värmland AB

Beatrice Högå, Verksamhetschef, Brottsförebyggande Centrum i Värmland

Ingrid Magnusson, Stabschef, Landstinget i Värmland

Ulf Mellström, Professor, Karlstads universitet


Marianne Nilsson, jämställdhetsstrateg, Region Värmland

FEBRUARY 28, 2018 "We too talk about #metoo", Linköping

13:15 - 15:00

I 101 Valla Biblioteket, Linköping University

A panel event on akademiuppropet och genus i akademin (in Swinglish)

On the panel:

Lisa Salomonsen (#admadiuppropet) (Örebros universitet); Ulf Mellström (Karlstads universitet); Erika Alm (Göteborgs universitet), and many more…..





Hosted by:

Posthumanities Hub

Tema Genus, LIU

Gexcel International Collegium for Advances Transdisciplinary Gender Studies

MAY 30 - 31, 2018 The 3rd Queer Death Studies Workshop, Linköping

Information coming soon!

JUNE 1, 2018 Workshop Generic Skills Education: Theory and Practice, Linköping

"Generic Skills Education: Theory and Practice" at Tema Genus, Linköping University.

A workshop on the recently published book A workshop on the recently published book Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters, edited by Edyta Just and Wera Grahn.

During the last few years, the concept of generic skills and competences has become widespread across universities. An introduction to generic competences is, as such, important because it enables redefinition of educational goals and may positively rearrange forms of interaction in classes. It also indicates that education should inspire students to develop and use critical and creative forms of thinking, feeling and doing. On the one hand, the need to promote generic skills can be seen as driven by neoliberal desire. On the other, however, generic competences can enable students to think, feel and act differently, but also respect and welcome various forms of life and ways of living. Responding to the growing need to reflect upon generic competences myself together with Wera Grahn (Tema, Tema Genus) and thirteen researchers have worked on an edited volume titled Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters (forthcoming fall 2017). This book contributes to the various ways of conceptualising generic skills and the methods in which they might be acquired. The volume engenders adventurous encounters between different theories, which predominantly come from the feminist conceptual framework, that result in appealing meanings of affect and concepts. It also experimentally explores and discusses ways in which theories of affect and concepts may complicate understanding of generic competences and inspire generic skills-oriented education. Consequently, this collection revitalizes the concept of generic skills, but also advocates daring pedagogical practices that invigorate the meaning of and approach to teaching and learning in present landscapes of higher education.

Given the timeliness and importance of this publication for education in general and for applied pedagogical practices in particular, it is crucial that the content of this edited volume is made available -during a one day workshop- to a broader public i.e., researchers, pedagogues and students interested in generic skills education on both theoretical and practical levels. Importantly, this workshop will seek to engender conversations between the authors of the book, other researchers, pedagogues and students to reflect on the concept of generic skills and on content, teaching methods and learning activities that may enable an achievement of generic competences. In this way, this workshop will not only aim at disseminating the research results per se, but it will try to tackle central questions such as: How can we (researchers, pedagogues, students) understand generic skills? What are the students’ needs? What do students expect with regard to generic skills education? Which pedagogical practices are necessary? How those pedagogical practices should look like? How can they be applied and what actually is possible to practice and achieve in contemporary classrooms of higher education?

FEBRUARY 14, 2018 Seminar "The Performative Effects of Diagnosis: Gender, Intimacy, and being a war veteran with PTSD (work in progress)", Karlstad

HIGHER SEMINAR at Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

February 28, 2018; 15:15 - 16:45

Sebastian Mohr, Researcher at Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

"The performative effects of diagnosis: gender, intimacy, and being a war veteran with PTSD (work in progress)"

This presentation will explore the performative effects of being diagnosed with PTSD in Danish war veterans’ intimate and sexual lives. Based on biographical interviews with veterans from Denmark, the focus is on how medical diagnoses interplay with veterans gendered and sexualed self-perceptions leading to changes in how they enter and live intimate relationships.

FEBRUARY 28, 2018 Seminar "Explaining the Right-Wing Populist Paradoxes: An Intersectional Perspective on Extreme Political Masculinities", Karlstad

HIGHER SEMINAR at Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

February 28, 2018; 15:15 - 16:45

Cristian Norocel, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) ;

Docent in Political Science, University of Helsinki (Finland)

"Explaining the Right-Wing Populist Paradoxes: An Intersectional Perspective on Extreme Political Masculinities"

To date, there are few explanations concerning the paradoxes of right-wing populism: privileged white men proclaiming themselves the true voices of white working class (men and women) against allegedly corrupt elites, and threatening migrant Other (men). In my study, I suggest a way to address these paradoxes by employing superordinate intersectionality as a theoretical perspective to examine how the right-wing populist discourses depict political masculinities through the interactions between several axes of difference and inequality: gender (masculinities); sexuality (heterosexuality); social class (elites); and race (whitenesses). In so doing I focus on the junctions between the field of critical masculinities studies and that of right-wing populism, which enables an analysis of the gendered nature of right-wing populist ideology. I illustrate these theoretical articulations with examples from the US, as well as from Finland and Sweden.


Ov Cristian Norocel is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, in the Atelier Genre(s) et Sexualité(s), Institut de Sociologie (IS), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium); and affiliated researcher in the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), University of Helsinki (Finland). Norocel holds the titles of Docent (Dosentti / Docent) in Political Science, and that of Doctor of Social Sciences (Valtiotieteiden tohtori / Politices doktor) in Political Science from the University of Helsinki (Finland). Norocel has previously been Visiting Researcher at the University of Stockholm and Uppsala University (Sweden); and Researcher in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary). He is Finnish MC in COST Action IS1308 Populist Political Communication in Europe (2014-2018); and chair of the RN32 Political Sociology in the European Association of Sociology (ESA) (2017-2019). Norocel’s research interests concern the study of right-wing populist parties in Northern, and Central and Eastern Europe from a comparative intersectional perspective (focus on gender and sexuality; social class; ethnicity and race). He has published in such international peer-reviewed journals as Critical Social Policy, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, International Journal of Communication, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Studies, NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, and Problems of Post-Communism.

MARCH 28, 2018 Seminar “The Forever Road: Liminality Among Queer Refugees Looking for a Home”, Karlstad

HIGHER SEMINAR at Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

(the seminar is co-arranged with Social Work)

March, 28th, 2018; 15:15 - 16:45, Room 5C428a

Thomas Wimark, Human Geography, Stockholm University

“The Forever Road: Liminality Among Queer Refugees Looking for a Home”

As people continue to flee repressive regimes, discussions of refugees’ state of liminality has intensified. Spaces such as refugee camps and detention centres tend to force refugees to endure living in liminality for long periods of time. In this presentation, I focus on the actual experiences of movement from the old country to the receiving one. Widening the discussion on liminality to focus on the road to refuge, I argue that the road should be considered a metaphor for the connection between the old and the new place of belonging. Using material from interviews with queer refugees in the Swedish countryside, I discuss their travels on the road to inclusion. These stories lead to the development of the Forever Road where true belonging can never be achieved. Excerpts from the interviews show that refugees’ ways of being both put them on the road and keep them on the road. At the heart of this concept lies structures that govern entrance to and exist from the road. In the end, I argue that this way of thinking of liminality moves discussions away from refugees’ bodies and illuminates structures governing the Forever Road.

Thomas Wimark is a researcher at the department of Human Geography at Stockholm University. His research concerns the nexus between migration, minority status and space.​

MAY 9, 2018 Seminar “Why Are We Brothers? Male Siblings and the Masculine Mystique of Required Affection”, Karlstad

HIGHER SEMINAR at Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

May 9th, 2018; 15:15 – 16:46

Andreas Henriksson, Postdoc at the Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

“Why are we brothers? Male siblings and the masculine mystique of required affection”

Many societies uphold a social requirement of affection between male siblings. Not rarely, it is the only socially required same-sex affection that men encounter besides filial love. However, how is this affection and its requirement understood? And how does it speak to the masculinity that brothers share? In this presentation, I draw on interviews with brothers in Namibia and Sweden, as well as cultural representations of brotherhood, to discuss loyalty, violence, collaboration, obedience and other forms through which brotherly love is lived and narrated. I argue that the notion of ‘being together’ as a quality in brotherly relationships is more strongly represented in the Swedish data than in the Namibian one, indicating the importance of intimate co-presence as a value in Swedish society. I also argue that this notion can be gendered, but never unequivocally so.

APRIL 11, 2018 Seminar "Trans Bodies, Affects and Vulnerability: A Double Seminar", Karlstad

HIGHER SEMINAR at Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

Seminar Trans Bodies, Affects and Vulnerability: A Double Seminar by Luca Tainio, MSSc, and Wibke Straube, PhD

April 11, 2018, 15:15 - 17:00

15:15 – 16:00

Luca Tainio, MSSc, Visiting PhD student at Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University; Doctoral Student at Gender Studies, Tampere University, Finland

"Pink-Black Block Activism, Vulnerability and Trans Politics"

My paper addresses notions of radical vulnerability, emotions and experiences within pink-black blocks as well as wider grassroot activism. I am asking what does activism feel like, what inspires action and how can we use notions such as love, rage and vulnerability in our work as activists but also as scholars. I am approaching my material within the theoretical frame of trans studies, and discussing my questions through and with interviewees from different anarchofeminist projects and collectives. The seminar will be based on a circulated text. Please contact me if you wish to attend and receive the text:

Luca Tainio (M.Soc.Sci) is a PhD student from the University of Tampere. His master´s thesis focused on the discourses on transgender in Finnish medical journals, and currently he is working on his PhD on trans-anarchism and activism. Locating himself on the field of transgender studies, Luca is interested in questions of emotions, bodies, resistance and solidarity, and combining activism and academic work.

16:00 - 17:00

Wibke Straube, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

"Toxic Matter. Anthropocentric Affects and Trans Bodies in Art and Film"

Following Malin Ah-King and Eva Hayward’s problematisation of the “politics of purity” I will investigate in this talk discourses on toxicity, the history of transgender bodies as ‘impure’ and the linkages between ecological affects and ethics of response-ability (Haraway) in the Anthropocene. By wondering how trans bodies in particular will be and are affected by the environmental crisis and climate change I trace how the intersection of ecology and trans bodies is interrogated in art and film.

Wibke Straube, PhD, works as Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies (CGF), Karlstad University. They completed their dissertation in 2014 entitled Trans Cinema and its Exit Scapes. A Transfeminist Reading of Utopian Sensibility and Gender Dissidence in Contemporary Film (2014). Wibke’s work is located the areas of transgender studies and feminist cultural studies with a focus on new feminist materialism, ecocriticism and affect theory. Email:

APRIL 5, 2018 Mini-symposium "Becoming with Alien Encounters and Speculative Story-Telling", Linköping

Mini-symposium "Becoming with Alien Encounters and Speculative Story-Telling"

Seminarium - Tema Genus, Linköping University

Speakers: Katja Aglert (independent artist), Line Henriksen (University of Copenhagen), Nina Lykke (LiU) and Marietta Radomska (LiU)

Faros, Temahuset, Linköpings universitet, Kl 13:00 - 17:00

For more information please contact Marietta Radomska: