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.