News, archive 2018

Call for papers g19 – Rethinking Knowledge Regimes

2018-10-18 12:26

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.

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The Nordic gender effect goes international

2018-09-18 16:37

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.

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Portrait: ‘We Need to Take the Fight and Not Be So Careful’

2018-09-03 09:40

‘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...

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EuroPride – Panel Discussion on Homonationalism

2018-08-01 11:10

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...

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’In Order to Achieve Equality in Healthcare, We Need to Understand Gender’

2018-06-15 15:46

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.

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EuroPride: Panel Discussion on Homonationalism

2018-06-15 11:18

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...

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Gender Research in France Dismissed as ‘Un-French’

2018-06-11 16:43

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.

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KvinnSam new Research Infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg

2018-06-04 15:49

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.

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Growing Interest in Critical Animal Studies

2018-05-23 11:24

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.

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Portrait: ‘Research on racism is not considered real knowledge’

2018-05-03 11:51

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.

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‘Time to Decolonise Academia’

2018-04-23 15:05

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.

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Intense Anti Gender Debate in Italy

2018-04-09 09:50

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.

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Portrait: Sexuality Researcher Gives New Perspectives of History

2018-03-16 12:30

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.

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Swedish Metoo Movement Greatest Impact Amongst the Nordic Countries

2018-03-08 08:53

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.

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Technology Inspired by Feminist Theory

2018-03-08 07:14

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.

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Save the date for g19

2018-03-05 14:53

The next Swedish gender conference g19 will be held in Gothenburg on 7-9 October 2019.

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Knowledge and a Long-Term Approach Keys to Nordic Cooperation on Gender Equality

2018-02-19 11:11

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.

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Global outlook: The Hijab – a reflection of political contestations in Nigeria

2018-02-18 07:00

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.

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Racialised Researchers Excluded in Academia

2018-01-30 10:19

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.

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