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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.