The EU countries’ ministers for innovation and research have now agreed on the fundamentals for the EU’s forthcoming research and innovation framework programme, Horizon Europe. But many experts describe the wordings dealing with gender in research and gender equality in academia as far too vague in the current proposal.
Research on sexual harassment in academia lacks knowledge about the perpetrators of sexual harassment and about its consequences for the work environment and organisations. This is highlighted in an international research review published by the Swedish Research Council last autumn, which has now been translated into English.
The next g-Conference g19 seeks to bring together the broad and interdisciplinary field that constitutes gender studies in Sweden today. Submit your abstract no later than January 7 2019.
Together the five Nordic countries make up one of the world’s most gender-equal regions. But how did they get there? The most important political reforms and experiences are now summarised in five briefs. The series of briefs is part of an effort to ‘export’ Nordic gender equality, and is intended to serve as a tool for countries that want to see more women in the labour market.
‘Come on, bring it on! Where are you?’ Mellström flexes his muscles and jokingly pounds his chest. We are talking about the debate article he wrote last spring about the badmouthing of gender research he sees on conservative editorial pages – a piece that has drawn a great deal of attention. I as...
During EuroPride 2018 the University of Gothenburg organises Forum for Norm Critical Research. The Forum is a popular science event where focus is on LGBTQ and norm critical research. Homonationalism can be described as a phenomenon which is used by various political actors, including far-right p...
The healthcare you receive depends on who you are. Twenty years ago, Katarina Hamberg wrote one of Sweden’s first feminist PhD theses in medicine. Today, she works as a professor and has continued her research in the field of medicine from a gender perspective. ’In order to achieve equality in healthcare, we need to understand gender,’ she says. At the same time, she is concerned about the future of her research field.
During EuroPride 2018 the University of Gothenburg organises Forum for Norm Critical Research. The Forum is a popular science event where focus is on LGBTQ and norm critical research. Homonationalism can be described as a phenomenon which is used by various political actors, including far-right p...
Gender research has gained an increasing foothold in France. However, now one of the world’s oldest gender research networks has been told it may lose its state funding. ‘It came from nowhere. It surprised us very much,’ says Jacqueline Laufer, member of the executive committee of the Mage network.
In April it was decided that KvinnSam, the National Resource Library for Gender Studies in Sweden, will be established as a research infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg. Based on the new conditions, KvinnSam will focus on increased visibility, availability and searchability of library resources.
The idea that humans are superior to other living creatures is challenged by researchers in the field of critical animal studies. The young research field makes room for animals in the intersectional analysis.
She was first to show how racist structures are to blame for the widespread housing segregation in Sweden. Irene Molina’s PhD thesis shook up a nation in denial. Today, she works as a professor and heads the first centre for research on racism in the Nordic region. ‘We’re in a state of emergency’, she says.
Colonial attitudes seem to remain widespread in academia. European and Western perspectives continue to dominate, and important knowledge is lost when research that does not fall within the prevailing framework is pushed off the table, researchers tell genus.se.
It is still not clear who will form new government in Italy after the election where the populist parties won. Gender researcher Michela Villani is afraid that "the crusade against gender research" will gain new power.
When he left his position as a school teacher for a career in academia, he traded one meaningful job for another. ‘Golden Wednesdays’ eventually led to a PhD in history. Since then, he has both broken new ground and introduced new concepts in Swedish research. Meet queer and crip theorist Jens Rydström.
The #MeToo revolution has swept the Nordic region in the past half year. An avalanche of testimonies of sexual harassment has put the issue high on the political agenda, yet the impact of the campaign has varied across the countries. In connection with the International Women's Day, The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research has discussed the #MeToo movement with some Nordic experts.
Feminist technoscience is an established research field in Sweden. To learn more about it, we have talked to three researchers who study design, network technology and power in technological development.
The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research has hosted Nordic Information on Gender – a Nordic cooperation body dealing with gender and gender equality issues – since 2012, and the assignment was recently extended by four years until 2022. The extension will contribute to more long-term gender equality work, according to the commissioning body, Nordic Council of Ministers.
Today the use of Hijab is obligatory for women in Nigeria. According to Hauwa Mahdi, gender researcher at the School of Global Studies, the University of Gothenburg, it has both emancipated and silenced women. She means that Hijab on itself is not suppressive but becomes so when politicians involve themselves in how people dress up.
Researchers with migrant backgrounds have greater difficulties finding a job after finishing their PhDs and also experience slower career development compared with their counterparts who were born in Sweden. It is time to address the exclusionary mechanisms in academia, says Alireza Behtoui, professor of sociology at Södertörn University.
In just a few years, gender and gender studies have gone from being a fairly cold to a super-hot topic in the Hungarian public debate. Gender research has been called a ‘pseudo-science’ and ‘gender ideology’ in the press. Researchers believe that anti-feminist, right-wing extremist movements use gender as a mobilisation tool.
‘The gender equality work is moving way too slowly,’ said Swedish gender equality minister Åsa Régner during her opening speech at the #Equalityworks17 conference in Gothenburg. The event gathered ministers, researchers and representatives from EU institutions, the labour market and civil society for discussions on the role of gender equality for economic growth and fairness in the labour market. The ambition was to use the conclusions drawn as input to the EU social summit held in the same city nine days later. The conference was organised by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.
Trans history is a relatively new research field in academia. A great deal of the recording of history takes place outside of academia. What trans historiography looks like and how cisnormative understandings of historiography can be challenged were some of the issues discussed at a panel discussion during the Swedish Forum for Human Rights 2017, held 11 November in Jönköping.
Russian authorities have suspended the operating licence of the European University at St Petersburg. The decision was made for unclear reasons and poses a serious threat to one of the country’s most important centres for gender studies.
A country’s prosperity depends on the proportion of the population engaged in paid work, and without public child- and eldercare, women tend to be kept away from the labour market. Economist Åsa Löfström, who will participate in a conference organised by the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research for the EU’s gender equality ministers on 8 November, points out that a society must accept the costs in order for women to be able to engage in paid work.
Fashion shows, university parties, and hanging out in shopping malls and cafés are part of everyday urban middle class lives in Iraqi Kurdistan despite surrounding war and violence. We need to know all the stories in order to get a more nuanced picture of everyday life in a region ridden by conflict, says Katrine Scott, PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies at Lund University.
Youths are tempted with the promises of a luxurious life with a “sugar daddy”, and older men are promised respect and admiration from a “keen sugar baby”. Such an advertising campaign is currently ongoing for a sugar dating website which aims to enlist college and university students across Sweden. – It is capitalism and a demonstration of women being depicted as inferior to men to the highest degree, says gender and masculinities researcher Jesper Fundberg.
Gender and women’s studies gained momentum at the beginning of 1970 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Serin Fathi Shakhshir, gender researcher, attempts to demonstrate how actively and dynamically the region works with gender related issues and how they can collaborate with other institutions in Europe.
In her PhD thesis, Anna Adeniji explored the feminist resistance to marriage and discovered how the marriage norm does not strike all groups in society the same. At present, her focus is on the issue of representation in one of Sweden’s largest organisations: the Swedish Union of Tenants. Anna Adeniji is interested in the ‘dissonance’, or in understanding how the power operates when the injustices become complicated.
2018 will be a special year in the fields of gender and gender equality in Sweden. The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research will celebrate its 20th anniversary and a brand new government agency for gender equality issues will open its doors. ‘These are exciting times. The demand for our services keeps increasing, at the same time as the new agency will assume the overall responsibility for issues related to the national gender equality policy,’ says Maria Grönroos, acting manager of the Secretariat.
Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister of Higher Education and Research, and Marita Ulvskog, member of the European Parliament, criticize the Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orban’s attack against the Central European University (CEU) in a debate article in Svenska Dagbladet, a local Swedish newspaper....
Ulla Manns is a groundbreaking historian of Swedish women’s movement in the nineteenth century. The subject suffered from a dearth of research when she first started out. As an historian of ideas and a professor of gender studies, her passion these days is exploring the mechanisms by which the feminist past is constructed in academic literature. Whose voices are heard, who is left out and what does it mean when sources are silent?
Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér wishes to focus on matters of gender equality during the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in November. Therefore, several EU gender equality ministers have been invited to a conference linked to the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg this autumn. The conference will be organised by the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, who are responsible for the summit.
The hoax article “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct” was rejected by the academic journal NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, but was published in a pay-to-publish social science journal. The article has nevertheless generated international debate concerning the academic rigor of gender studies. Gender in Sweden talked to Ulf Mellström, one of the editors of NORMA, who believes that this is a deliberate attack on gender studies.
Marine Le Pen will likely become one of the two final presidential candidates in France’s presidential election, after the first round held this week. She is one of the ultra-right leaders who recently have talked about homosexuals and their rights in order to paint a picture of a ‘homo-tolerant’ West, threatened by Muslim mass immigration. Genus.se spoke to Anna-Maria Sörberg, author and freelance journalist, and Katharina Kehl, PhD student at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, about homonationalism in France and Sweden.
She sees it as important to share the research on the gender power structure also outside the academic world. To her, knowledge is power and something that needs to spread to the masses. At the present, she is a professor of gender, organisation and management at the Royal Institute of Technology’s Department of Industrial Economics and Manage-ment, and on 1 January 2017 she became one of the Institute’s four vice presidents. Meet Anna Wahl, a pioneer in Swedish gender research.
An increasing number of celebrities are expressing a commitment to feminism, fashion companies have made norm-breaking a sport, and so-called femvertising – or attempts to empower women through advertisements – is becoming an increasingly popular method to reach the female market. Feminism has become an attractively wrapped package that is well suited for mass distribution. But what problems does this lead to? Gender in Sweden talked to consumption researcher Magdalena Petersson McIntyre.
On Monday 20 March, the Danish Minister of Culture decided to close the library function of Kvinfo, Denmark's equivalent to the Swedish Secretariat of Gender Research, and to move its collections to the Danish Royal Library.
To Fataneh Farahani, associate professor of Ethnology at Stockholm University, home is a complex concept that she struggled with both as a researcher and as a racialised woman in Sweden. Meet the researcher who problematises ‘the good ones’ in the West, knowledge production in academia, and how intersectionality can be used.
At the same time as President Trump enacts laws that make it harder for women to have an abortion in the US and the world, the Swedish Labour Court is getting ready to rule on the so-called ‘midwife case’. The right to abortion is once again in the line of fire, but the defence is strong.
Last week, an open letter from an international collective of researchers and academics called for a boycott of academic conferences held in the US. The boycott was an act of solidarity with those who were prevented from entering the country due to the Trump administration’s US entry ban, which specifically targeted seven countries with Muslim majorities. By 2 February, more than 5000 academics had signed the initiative, including several gender researchers in Sweden. At that time Genus.se talked to some of them about their decision to join the boycott. For now, the ban has been blocked by both a federal judge and an appeals court.
Men who apply for research grants are more often than women granted funding for long-term projects. This is something the Swedish Research Council Formas wants to change when they are gender mainstreaming their operations. Genus. se interviews Lissa Nordin, analyst at Formas, in a new article series about the funding agencies’ gender equality work.
In the new book, ”Being an Early Career Feminist Academic: Global Perspectives, Experiences and Challenges”, twelve feminist researchers write about their experiences at academia today. In the book chapters, they reflect on different aspects of working in an increasingly neoliberal academia and discuss the position of higher education in society. Can ”being a feminist” in such academia offer specific ways of dealing and relating to the existing challenges? Themes like precarious conditions in academia, feminist work, and vulnerability constitute some of the chapter titles in the book.
The Muslim, as ‘the gender-unequal other’, gender equality as a core national value, and Scandinavian competition about who does gender equality work best. These were the central themes when genus.se talked to researchers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden about gender equality discourse and othering.
When the civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter, came to Sweden, the need for it was questioned in the public debate. At the g16 conference, gender researcher Victoria Kawesa analysed the Swedish blindness to Afrophobia.
Rape is a powerful strategy, used to create trauma and insecurity, during conflicts. A combination of gender ideologies, traditionally accepted gender roles and gender power relations help to understand sexual violence during conflict. Besides women, men and boys are also survivors of sexual violence—both as victims and as ‘forced perpetrators’. Gender in Sweden reports from a seminar with Dr. Denis Mukwege, human rights activist and an interview with Maria Stern, Professor in Peace and Development Studies.
During a public session of the gender studies conference g16, which was held 23–25 November in Linköping, Sweden, an external visitor acted in a threatening manner. Some of the conference participants trying to act on the situation were then asked by the security gards to leave. Gender in Sweden talked to Silje Lundgren, conference coordinator from Tema Genus, the department of Gender Studies in Linköping.
From the organizing committee of the g16 conference, we would like to thank Jin Haritaworn for their story about, and important reflections on, safety and security in relation to the events at the g16 conference in Linköping by the end of November. Their text, published by Feministiskt perspektiv De...
The Swedish government has now set out the direction for future gender equality policy. In addition to a new gender equality agency, the government proposes two new national gender equality objectives, for education and health, as well as a revision of the national specifications of academic degrees, the so-called Qualifications Ordinance.
Möt några av de omkring 400 besökarna på Sveriges största genuskonferens, g16, i Linköping. Här publicerar vi deras röster, tankar och upplevelser från konferensen. Texten uppdateras löpande // Meet some of the around 400 visitors at Sweden's largest gender conference, g16, in Linköping. Here, we p...
Hanna Hallgren is the much-appreciated poet who was recently appointed professor of literary composition at the University of Gothenburg’s Valand Academy. She shows how politics and aesthetics can be combined in an attractive way. Genus.se talked to Hanna Hallgren about practising patience and slowness, political writing as the only way to really be able to say something and the joy of being alive.
The Nordic countries often find themselves at the very top of international gender equality rankings. But when it comes to the share of women at the higher levels in academia, the Nordic countries place right around the European average. Nordforsk, an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers, has granted NOK 41.8 million to two research projects aiming to change this.
Poet, author and researcher Mara Lee will take the participants at Sweden’s largest gender conference, g16, on a journey through the night. Packed in her suitcases on the journey is her PhD thesis titled När andra skriver – skrivande som motstånd, ansvar och time [The Writing of Others: Writing Conceived as Resistance, Responsibility and Time]. Mara Lee is internationally known for her novels Ladies and Salome, and at g16 we will meet an author who brings theory to life and shows how to offer resistance through creative writing.
The higher the level in the academic hierarchy, the fewer the women. Several campaigns to increase the gender equality in academia are now underway in the Nordic countries.
Diana Mulinari is a pioneer when it comes to intersectionality. She and her colleagues Irene Molina and Paulina de los Reyes are known for having introduced the concept in Sweden with their anthology Maktens (o)lika förklädnader. This was in 2002 and Sweden was not yet ready to open its eyes to the intersection between racism, class and gender that the researchers pointed to in the book.
Renowned scholars Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti and Jackie Stacey will help celebrate Professor Nina Lykke when she becomes new honorary doctor at Karlstad University on 20 October. Nina Lykke is also involved in Sweden’s largest gender conference, g16, and is one of the persons who helped bring the conference to Linköping.
The upcoming US election will go down in history. For the first time ever, a woman has a realistic chance of winning. Her only true opponent is a candidate known for his repeated racist and sexist remarks. US gender researchers are trying to understand what is happening.
Helle Rydström is the gender scholar who began her academic career by herding buffaloes in Vietnam. She did so to learn about gender socialization, power and violence in rural Vietnamese families. Today she works as a Professor at the Department of Gender Studies at Lund University in Sweden.
How can queer community be portrayed through photography and photographic practices? Annica Karlsson Rixon has explored this question through two artworks, which are now becoming a PhD thesis in photography.
The French burkini ban is part of a long tradition of stopping Muslim women from wearing religious attire. For example, during the colonial period in Algeria, Arab women were stripped of their veils at public ceremonies, says Edda Manga, racism researcher and historian of ideas.
An international research group coordinated from Gothenburg has this year laid the groundwork for a new, unique database for comparative studies on gender and journalism. The group’s objective is to put the lack of gender equality in the news reporting in a larger perspective.
Siv Fahlgren became a professor just before she retired. She has witnessed a lot of change over her 35 years in academia. She is critical of the neoliberal development of expecting all research to lead to economic growth and new patents.
As part of the debate on how universities and public administration have been impacted by governance ideals from the business sector, a new book explores the situation in academia. ‘Today there are several governance ideals that clash with each other, and this causes problems,’ says Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist, one of the authors behind the book about collegial governance.
If the Swedish parliament votes ‘yes’ to the proposed new migration policy on 21 June, then women, children and LGBT persons, regardless of gender, who are seeking asylum in Sweden will suffer the most. The point is made by Annkatrin Meyersson and Baharan Kazemi, researchers at the University of Gothenburg.
The work with the assignment to gender mainstream academia continues! On June 8 the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research arranged a second network meeting for sharing experiences between the universities assigned by the government to develop their work with gender mainstreaming. The focus at the ...
Gender and gender equality are knowledge domains. Thus, extensive analysis is required in order to describe what gender inequality looks like in different activity areas. Only then can goals be formulated for gender equality work at different levels. In a survey of the participants in the Swedish programme titled Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies (GMGA), many agencies respond that this is a big challenge.
May-Britt Öhman’s research on dams and hydropower exploitation transcends the boundaries of several disciplinary domains and can be perceived as an odd bird in both the natural sciences and the humanities. ‘Interaction across disciplinary boundaries requires openness between researchers, humbleness and a willingness to understand each other,’ says Cecilia Åsberg, professor at Tema Genus.
Money from a few major funding sources or a mosaic of many small ones? The funding of gender research varies significantly across higher education institutions. Genus.se has talked to three research environments.
Victoria Kawesa is one of the originators of the concept of Afrophobia, is third on the Swedish Feminist Initiative’s list of candidates for parliament and is working on the first Swedish PhD thesis on black feminism and whiteness. She sees activism, policy making and research as different sides of the same coin.
Gender equality education for newly arrived immigrants is not a new phenomenon in Sweden. But the information material that has been used gives an incorrect view of what Sweden is really like, says Jennie K Larsson, PhD in ethnicity and migration at Linköping University. Researchers point to the need for both norm-critical and antiracist perspectives in order for the government’s initiative to turn out as intended.
A lot remains to be told about the history of gender research, according to Daniel Nyström, a scholar in the field of history of ideas. ‘The early women’s historians and their work have been marginalised by their very own field,’ he says.
Scholars from around the world gathered in Örebro, Sweden, for a conference on the theme of gender and music. Musicology researcher Sam de Boise tells genus.se what happened at the conference and about the new global network GeMus.
That non-white men are portrayed as perpetrators from patriarchal cultures is old news. The phenomenon of sexualising racialised men is colonial in origin. But why was the focus turned to unaccompanied minors this particular winter and how does the debate affect the refugee boys?
The first PhD theses in women’s history were presented in the early 1960s. Today, almost 1 500 theses later, gender research is a well-established field. Genus.se has talked to PhD student Desireé Ljungcrantz and professor Ulla Manns about changes and new trends in these publications.
Growing up with three sisters and a mother, all with strong personalities was something that had a big influence on Gabriele Griffin. She thinks that this is where her interest in women and their work started. She was also strongly influenced by the Women’s Movement of the late 1970s which heralded changes inside and outside of the academy: I loved the Women’s Movement! It spoke to my affinity with strong women and I fully supported the demands that they were making.
Are you curious about new gender research? Are you looking for funding for your research? Do you want to know which government agencies and universities who are working with gender mainstreaming? If so, the new genus.se will be of great benefit to you.
The Swedish government is investing SEK 25 million in making the country’s higher education sector gender equal. Thirty-three universities and university colleges will receive gender mainstreaming support from the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research. The four-year programme was officially launched in Stockholm on the 16th of April.
What’s the theme of g16 going to be? Genus.se talked to Wibke Straube, one of the members of the scientific committee, about this and about which keynotes have been confirmed for the conference.
Today is International Women's Day. To mark it NIKK and genus.se has asked activists, researchers and debaters from different continents to share their most important feminist issue.
Gender equality is often mentioned as a strength and an important export of the Nordic countries. Yet neither the Research Council of Norway nor Norwegian and Finnish researchers think that enough funding is granted for research in the field.
Gunhild Kyle, a pioneer in Swedish women's studies, has died. She was 94 years old and her passing ended a long and eventful journey as northern Europe’s first professor in women’s history, appointed on the International Women’s Day 8 March 1984.
The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research is participating in a new advocacy platform intended to promote among for example gender perspectives in the EU research programme Horizon 2020. The platform is also meant to strengthen the funding opportunities for Swedish research projects.
The Swedish government has decided to mandate gender mainstreaming of all of the country’s higher education institutions, and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg has been commissioned to support the process.
An inquiry commissioned by the Swedish government proposes that people should be able to change their legal gender without having to submit to medical intervention. Researchers are positive to the idea but are at the same time critical of other parts of the inquiry.
The Swedish gender equality commission proposes new aims and a new national agency for gender equality policy. Calls for more long-term organisation of the national gender equality work have been heard for a long time. The Swedish gender equality commission recently presented its final report to ...
A new statistics database shows how far the Nordic countries have come in the area of gender equality. Åland stands out by having more women than men in the labour force.
The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research was present when over 300 visitors from all over the world met for Gender Summit 7. Participating with two presentations, the Secretariat addressed issues of both gender bias in research allocation and the complexity of adding a qualitative dimension to gender equality work.
Lambda Nordica has long been unique in the Nordic context. In the future, the journal aims to break the Anglo-American dominance in LGBTQ research. The Nordic journal Lambda Nordica is turning 20 years old. We asked a group of Nordic gender scholars who have followed Lambda Nordica’s development about what the journal means and has meant to them and for Nordic LGBTQ research.
This year the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research is visiting 13 of the country’s higher education institutions involved in gender research and education. We are now almost through the list of planned visits and are ready to share some observations.
Danish researcher Mathias Wullum Nielsen has studied gender equality in the academic world – for example how the discourse, practice and implemented measures differ between the Scandinavian countries. In an article recently published in Nature, he writes about the problem of appointing academics without an open call for applications.
The University of Gothenburg and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research will be commissioned to lead the work with gender mainstreaming in higher education. This is suggested in the Swedish government’s new budget bill, presented Monday. ‘I see gender mainstreaming as an important aspect of ...
The current system for research funding may be reinforcing the gender-unequal structures in academia. This is the conclusion of a research review presented by the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.
In both the Western and the Muslim world, feminism is often considered a Western project. Nevertheless, says Ann Kull, Islamologist at Lund University, the Islamic feminism is gaining momentum. Even if it is often called something else.
At present, nearly all aspects of our world are influenced by human activities. Researchers have even begun talking about how our planet has entered a new era – the Anthropocene. At Linköping University, a centre for feminist posthumanities environmental research is currently being formed. The centre will explore the dissolving of the boundary between nature and culture and what implications it may have.
An index presented 25 June shows that the EU countries remain far from gender equal. Sweden tops the list, despite its still highly segregated labour market.
The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research will soon publish a research review on gender equality in the allocation of research funding. Louise Grip is one of the authors:‘The studies on collegial evaluation show that partiality and discrimination are connected to implicit notions of quality.’
Over 300 visitors from 34 countries participated in the 9th European Feminist Research Conference in Rovaniemi, Finland, held 3–6 June. Genus.se talked to Liisa Husu, Örebro University, who attended the event. The political situation in Finland
The Gender Summit 7 Europe in Berlin this fall gathers researchers, policy makers, science and innovation leaders and other stakeholders in the field of science. The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research will be there to talk about gender mainstreaming.
Support of young researchers, broader recruitment and equal distribution of research funding. These are some of the measures proposed by the Swedish government to achieve gender equality in academia and research funding. Can position explain gender inequality?
In Sweden, ‘imported wives’ are more likely than other married women to experience domestic violence. The number of women who contact the country’s women’s shelters for support has tripled, according to new statistics. Yet the number of unknown cases is most likely very large – a problem that can be attributed to the so-called two-year rule for immigrants, say both researcher and practitioners.
In 2016, lack of funding may put an end to the Nordic Summer University, NSU. The situation can be blamed on research policy and weaknesses in NSU’s operations, says the Nordic Council of Ministers. Not at all, says NSU and points to errors in the evaluation and the prevailing attitudes to research and knowledge.
The Swedish Association for Gender Studies aims to gather the country’s gender researchers and plays an important role in dialogues on the conditions for research. Newly elected Chair Paulina de los Reyes points to the great width and diversity of gender research as an asset in the development of the field.
Women from foreign countries who come to Norway and Sweden to form families with Norwegian and Swedish men lack support if they become victims of domestic violence. This was the theme of the conference Kvinnor och barn i rättens gränsland – women and children in the legal borderland – arranged 17 March in Oslo.
An expanded Swedish government programme will support the gender mainstreaming work in government agencies. Gender mainstreaming is on the agenda in all Nordic countries, but the conditions differ.
The dividing line between religion and secularism is receiving increasing attention. The discussion has intensified in the wake of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the debate meeting in Copenhagen. But what feminist challenges does this bring? Gender researcher Lena Martinsson addressed the issue at the University of Gothenburg during a day of seminars in connection with 8 March.
The Swedish government has started a new national innovation council. It consists of ten members, but lacks expertise when it comes to gender and gender equality. And this despite the Prime Minister’s declaration to lead a feminist government.
Press Release: The Swedish government is spending SEK 26 million to support the gender equality work in 41 government agencies. It is a diverse group of agencies that over a period of four years will receive unique support from the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research in their gender mainstreaming work.
How can media promote gender equality? What influence can be achieved by activists? How can research contribute to the knowledge about gender equality? These are the topics of a new anthology.
The Nordic countries have extensive experience with gender equality work and therefore play a central role internationally, says Sweden’s new gender equality minister Åsa Regnér. ‘If we in the Nordic region don’t push the important issues related to sexual and reproductive health, nobody else will. It’s that simple.’
The Sami feminist struggle was in focus on several occasions at the gender research conference g14 – Challenging Power in Umeå, Sweden. Researchers and artists gathered under the heading 'Life and Death – 1010 Years of Sami Feminist Struggle' to discuss Sami experiences in a gender perspective. One conclusion reached was that the postcolonial feminism in Sweden should include and learn more about Sami experiences.
Men in the gender equality world and racialised people in academia are two non-normative groups, yet the consequences of their norm breaking are completely opposite. One group is rewarded, the other marginalised. This was one of the topics discussed at the Swedish national gender equality conference for universities and university colleges.
During the conference "Nordiskt Forum Malmö 2014 - New Action on Women's Rights", the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research had a showcase booth where visitors could share on Instagram what they felt passionate about. Many visitors shared a passion for anti-racist feminism. Based on the involvement and interest during Nordiskt Forum 2014, the Secretariat has published a series of articles on anti-racist feminism in Sweden.
Thirty-seven gender equality projects in academia received SEK 47 million from the Delegation for Gender Equality in Higher Education. The final report of the programme, discussed at a conference held 5 November 2014, shows among other things that the common self-image in higher education as being strictly meritocratic is incorrect and presents an obstacle to gender equality.
'This is an important step that widens the international platform of gender studies', says Örebro Professor Liisa Husu on the new association the International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies, RINGS. It was formally founded October 24 in Örebro. 21 research centres from 14 countries were represented.
Pojkar kan visst skriva! - Sure boys can write! - is the title of Katharina Andersson's doctoral thesis, where she studies what school children actually can do instead of looking for their weaknesses. By analysing only boys' writing, their abilities could be assessed and interpreted without comparing them with girls.
Gender research is central to the development of knowledge about how a gender-equal society can be achieved. The point is made by Sweden's new minister for research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson. She wants to strengthen gender research by securing gender competence in assessment of research.
The anti-racist feminist movement is growing and raising its voice. Discussions on racism and whiteness are becoming increasingly common in newspapers, on the internet and in social media. - We have a different debate today than just three years ago, says Tobias Hübinette, researcher at the Multicultural Centre.
Nine out of ten say they would recommend others to turn to the Secretariat with gender and gender equality matters.
Feminism and anti-racism join hands in women's movements around the world. In large South American cities, marginalised and racialised women have taken charge of the development of housing. Turkish feminists are questioning their country’s nationalist ideology and discrimination of ethnic minorities.
Lillemor Dahlgren at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research has been selected to represent Sweden in the Council of Europe's Gender Equality Commission (GEC). As a member of GEC, she hopes to be able to contribute to the gender mainstreaming work in the member states, but also to bring new experiences back to Sweden.
The combination of antiracism and feminism is not by any means new. Yet in Sweden the whiteness norm was not seriously questioned until the 21st century. The murder of Fadime Sahindal and the debate around honour-related violence were two important factors behind this development.
Maria Grönroos, deputy manager of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research and director of NIKK, was elected into the board of Atgender at a conference in Barcelona in July 2014. Grönroos hopes that the organisation will promote cooperation across national boundaries and bring feminist forces in Europe together.What do you think Atgender should focus more on?
The Nordic countries are often thought of as an ideal when it comes to gender equality and they are highly ranked in international comparisons. However, this does not reflect the whole truth about equality in the Nordic countries.
Preparations are underway. Participants will come from all over Europe for the three-day conference to discuss gender and equality issues with a focus on teaching.
‘Let us know if you have any suggestions,’ said Kent Johansson from the Centre Party when the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research arranged a seminar in the EU Parliament on future EU research policy.
Depression is a major cause of sick leave and a growing threat to public health. Twice as many women as men are diagnosed, yet many researchers believe that men’s depression often passes through the healthcare system unnoticed. In addition, it is more difficult for men to ask for help.
On 30 November 2011 the European Commission presented a draft of Horizon 2020, which will replace the EU’s seventh framework programme in 2014. The research shall be aimed at responding to shared societal challenges more than in the past. There will be a focus on innovation. But what is the role of gender research in all of this?
The gender perspective is poorly represented in the new EU research programme proposed by the European Commission, Horizon 2020. To shed light on the importance of gender research, the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research and Vinnova will hold a seminar in the European Parliament on 26 April.
The 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City led to a hunt for alleged terrorists worldwide. In American war propaganda, liberating oppressed women was an argument for strikes against Afghanistan and Iraq. Several researchers hold the view that the so-called war against terrorism resulted, instead, in a gigantic setback for gender equality.
Boys have performed less well than girls at school for as long as such performance has been measured. Nonetheless, to date, the labour market’s winners have been male. So why do we refer to boys’ ‘underperformance’, or ‘underachievement’, as a problem nowadays?
Although quotation is still seen as a controversial method in Sweden, the attitude has changed radically since the question was first addressed in the 1920s. The struggle for women’s political representation has given results. However it has been a long fight to increase the number of women in Parliament.
The gender wage gap is accounted for to a substantial degree by the sex composition of occupations. Charlotta Magnusson, at Stockholm University, examines the mechanisms that produce this pattern.
The activists studied in Cathrin Wasshede’s doctoral thesis promote politics that move boundaries and give rise to new opportunities. At the same time, new power structures are formed in areas that were intended to be free of such mechanisms.
Recently the new online database Who is she in Lebanon? was established. The database displays female experts in a range of areas and is administrated by the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab world, IWSAW, at the Lebanese American University. Maysa Hajj Ballan is web editor of the database.
The official picture of the author August Strindberg is multifaceted. Radical social iconoclast, insane misogynist, genius and imposing national poet are some of his epithets. The picture becomes even more complex when studied in the light of new queer theory.
The English popular version of the Swedish project Middle managers as change agents is now available for purchase or free download. Description "Why are the men expected to be the ones doing the talking at meetings? Why, when minutes have to be taken, are women expected to take on the secretarial ...
Gender pedagogy, interpreted as the study of teaching from a gender perspective, has long been a subject of research. It was not until after the turn of the millennium that this concept was spread under the name of pedagogy with a focus on gender. What, then, is gender pedagogy? And how equal and gender-conscious are preschools and other schools in Sweden?
For once, two years have passed since the last issue of Gender Research in Sweden. The articles in this issue have then been collected for a longer period of time than usual. Swedish gender research is more comprehensive and broader than ever, which makes it impossible to give an exhaustive descript...
NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Studies - new theme issue 3/2009 Case Africa - Sex & Politics is out! The online version can be found here.
Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has recently produced a report on women and men in higher education. Focusing on developments in the last 10 years, the report gives a current and comprehensive picture of the paths followed by women and men through the education system, career paths in the academic community and elsewhere, and it also makes international comparisons.
Berit Ås from Norway is best known for her theory on the five master suppression techniques. Meet her in the new issue of NIKK magasin which focuses on leadership and prostitution.
According to an old Swedish primary school cliché, love always begins with a lover's quarrel. For Carin Holmberg, sociologist and researcher on violence, it is, at least in theory, the other way round.
The three Swedish Centres of Gender Excellence granted for funds by the Swedish Research Council in 2006 has been evaluated.
When the sport utility vehicle became a hot item among American women, the car industry reacted with mixed feelings of fear and excitement. The gigantic car, with its dark colours and powerful engine, was meant to appeal to the wealthy middle-class man. – The new pattern of consumption created chaos with those who never took the gender order of car culture for granted, says Catharina Landström, who holds a Docent in Theory of Science.
Why is it that Sweden and Norway - countries that have invested actively in gender equality for a long time – have not been as successful as the Baltic countries or many Eastern European or Mediterranean countries?
Paulina de los Reyes published three books last year, and she is an expert for the government's investigation on discrimination. 'lntersectionality' is a key word for this economic historian, in whose view categories such as gender and ethnicity interact when power is created.
To the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, Nordic representatives, and EU research ministers.
– I want to discuss and support, not act as a kind of policeman pointing directions. That is contrary to my way of collaborating with others. So says Britta Lundgren, Head of the National Graduate School of Gender Studies and newly-appointed Chair of the Committee for Gender Research of the Swedish Research Council.
Gender research focuses on a number of areas of great importance for politics, social policy, economics, technological development and innovation in Europe. Research on gender related violence, possibilities of combining work and family life, gender biased business administrations, women’s participa...
"Why not subsidise pizzerias, if we are going to subsidise household help? Both could be regarded as aid for stressed-out households." "Or, are we subsidising household help in order to create new jobs? If that is the case, there is a lot of work to be done in the public sector. Or we could subsidise the laundries that take care of people's wash, that would probably create more job opportunities."