News, archive 2017

Ambivalent situation for gender studies in Hungary

2017-12-19 13:15

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.

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Ministers want to speed up the gender equality work in the EU

2017-12-08 10:52

‘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.

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Trans historical dialogue at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights

2017-12-06 09:39

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.

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Russian centre for gender research faces uncertain future

2017-11-16 15:13

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.

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‘Gender equality in the labour market requires a social infrastructure’

2017-11-02 10:25

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.

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Global outlook: Research on everyday life nuances image of Iraqi Kurdistan

2017-11-02 10:23

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.

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“Sugar dating” – a phrase for a masculinity in which power means everything

2017-10-26 10:39

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.

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Global outlook: Gender researcher challenges the image of the Middle East and North Africa

2017-08-29 09:48

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.

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Portrait: From feminist marriage resistance to representation

2017-08-24 12:52

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.

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Growing interest in gender and gender equality creates new opportunities

2017-08-21 13:30

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.

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Ministers’ Criticism against Hungary’s Treatment of CEU

2017-06-19 14:24

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....

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The professor who surveys the history of women’s movement

2017-06-16 14:12

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?

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The Secretariat is arranging a conference on working life for EU gender equality ministers

2017-06-14 16:53

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.

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Attack on gender studies despite rejection of hoax article

2017-06-12 13:59

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.

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Homonationalism in French election campaign

2017-04-20 14:33

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.

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Portrait: Pioneer who knows resistance

2017-04-12 12:26

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.

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Feminism that sells

2017-04-06 15:22

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.

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The Danish Kvinfo library threatened by closure

2017-03-23 15:21

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.

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Portrait: She is asking who gets to call a place home

2017-02-16 13:19

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.

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The right to abortion both threatened and defended

2017-02-15 11:44

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.

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Academic boycott against USA

2017-02-10 16:03

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.

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About a research council: ‘Hierarchies hinder fair assessments’

2017-02-09 14:41

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.

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Being a feminist in the neoliberal academia

2017-02-08 16:13

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.

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‘The gender-unequal others’

2017-01-10 10:10

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.

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