Nina Lykke new honorary doctor at Karlstad University

2016-10-18 14:44

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.

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‘I really look forward to the honorary doctorate seminar. It feels fantastic to be celebrated not only by colleagues from the Unit of Gender Studies and international friends, but also by gender-Sweden at large,’ says Nina Lykke, professor emerita of Gender and Culture at the Unit of Gender Studies, Linköping University.

The seminar arranged in connection with the conferment is titled Compassionate Post-Disciplinarity and will involve internationally leading scholars such as Professors Donna Haraway, Jackie Stacey and Rosi Braidotti (Donna Haraway and Rosi Braidotti via virtual messages) along with Nina Lykke’s former PhD students from the Unit of Gender Studies, Professor Cecilia Åsberg and Associate Professor Anna Lundberg. Professor Lena Martinsson, Professor Dorte Staunaes  and  Associate Professor Ulrika Dahl will also attend.

The theme of the seminar is post-disciplinarity, a concept Nina Lykke has written about for example in the book Feminist Studies. An article for an upcoming issue of Tidskrift för genusvetenskap (TGV) develops these thoughts further:

‘I see concepts like gender, queer and intersectionality as post-disciplinary, in the sense that they have transcended the disciplinary boundaries. Nor are they based in any of the traditional academic disciplines.’

In its decision to confer an honorary doctorate on Nina Lykke, Karlstad University emphasises her groundbreaking efforts to establish international feminist research in a Swedish academic context. The university also points to her role in establishing and organising GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies – a collaboration involving Linköping University, Karlstad University and Örebro University – as well as ‘her pioneering work to establish the interdisciplinary international research school in gender studies, InterGender Consortium and Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.

Nina Lykke was a key person in the launching of the Unit of Gender Studies at Linköping University in 1999. She became the Unit’s first permanently appointed professor. Today the Unit offers an international environment for gender research and boasts four professors. Moreover, the Unit of Gender Studies is this year’s host of Sweden’s largest gender research conference g16 in collaboration with the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.

‘I’m really excited about Linköping hosting g16! Although technically I’m retired, I’m still deputy head of the Unit of Gender Studies and as such I’ve worked hard to bring the conference to Linköping,’ she says.

She is also happy that g16, the theme of which is boundaries, mobility and mobilisation, will address some big and highly relevant issues in society.

‘It is particularly important that the conference deals with racism and environmental issues. Feminism and gender studies have a crucial role to play in those areas.’

She continues:

‘g16 will offer great networking opportunities. The conference participants will range from students who just started their intro courses to PhD students and professors, and they will be there to create new knowledge together.’

At g16, Nina Lykke will be on the panels for three sessions: Samtal om cisnormativitet och feminism utifrån temanummer om TGV, Trans*feminism – Conflicts, Communalities, Contingencies and Genusvetenskapliga begrepp på resande fot. Together with Annika Jonsson from Karlstad University, she will also moderate a seminar on ‘queer death’, a topic she is currently conducting research on within the framework of the GEXcel collaboration.

‘Gender research should cover the entire life span – including death. We want to build up a network around feminist, materialist and queer studies of death. We hope this seminar will be the first step in the development of such a network,’ she says.

Author Anneli Tillberg, translated by Debbie Axlid
Photo Marie Swartz
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