I CGFs seminarie serie presenterar inbjudna gäster såväl som forskare vid Karlstads universitet aktuella forskningsfrågor och projekt inom det genusvetenskapliga området. Seminarierna är öppna och hålls på engelska.
The performative effects of diagnosis: gender, intimacy, and being a war veteran with PTSD
Wednesday 14/2, 15.15-16.45 Room Hus 5a 415
Sebastian Mohr, Center for Gender Studies, Karlstad University
Abstract: This presentation will explore the performative effects of being diagnosed with PTSD in Danish war veterans’ intimate and sexual lives. Based on biographical interviews with veterans from Denmark, the focus is on how medical diagnoses interplay with veterans gendered and sexualed self-perceptions leading to changes in how they enter and live intimate relationships.
Bio: Sebastian Mohr is senior lecturer in gender studies at Karlstad University. He graduated from Humboldt University, Berlin in 2010, and received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in 2014. As an ethnographer he is interested in how gender, sexuality, and intimacy interplay with (reproductive) technologies and (bio)medicine, (military) socialization and education, and national identity. His forthcoming book Being a sperm donor: masculinity, sexuality, and biosociality in Denmark (Berghahn: https://berghahnbooks.com/title/MohrBeing) explores Danish sperm donors’ lives as they are reformulated through the logics and politics of reproductive biomedicine.
Explaining the Right-Wing Populist Paradoxes: An Intersectional Perspective on Extreme Political Masculinities
Wednesday 28/2 15.15-16.45 Room Hus 5a:415
Ov Cristian Norocel, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Abstract: To date, there are few explanations concerning the paradoxes of right-wing populism: privileged white men proclaiming themselves the true voices of white working class (men and women) against allegedly corrupt elites, and threatening migrant Other (men). In my study, I suggest a way to address these paradoxes by employing superordinate intersectionality as a theoretical perspective to examine how the right-wing populist discourses depict political masculinities through the interactions between several axes of difference and inequality: gender (masculinities); sexuality (heterosexuality); social class (elites); and race (whitenesses). In so doing I focus on the junctions between the field of critical masculinities studies and that of right-wing populism, which enables an analysis of the gendered nature of right-wing populist ideology. I illustrate these theoretical articulations with examples from the US, as well as from Finland and Sweden.
Bio: Ov Cristian Norocel is currently Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, in the Atelier Genre(s) et Sexualité(s), Institut de Sociologie (IS), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium); and Docent in Political Science, University of Helsinki (Finland). Norocel’s research interests concern the study of right-wing populist parties in Northern, and Central and Eastern Europe from a comparative intersectional perspective (focus on gender and sexuality; social class; ethnicity and race). He has published in such international peer-reviewed journals as Critical Social Policy, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, International Journal of Communication, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Studies, NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, and Problems of Post-Communism.
The Forever Road: liminality among queer refugees looking for a home
Wednesday 28/3, 15:15-16.45 Room Hus 5a:415 (Co-arranged seminar CGF and Social Work, Karlstad University)
Thomas Wimark, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University
Abstract: As people continue to flee repressive regimes, discussions of refugees’ state of liminality has intensified. Spaces such as refugee camps and detention centres tend to force refugees to endure living in liminality for long periods of time. In this presentation, I focus on the actual experiences of movement from the old country to the receiving one. Widening the discussion on liminality to focus on the road to refuge, I argue that the road should be considered a metaphor for the connection between the old and the new place of belonging. Using material from interviews with queer refugees in the Swedish countryside, I discuss their travels on the road to inclusion. These stories lead to the development of the Forever Road where true belonging can never be achieved. Excerpts from the interviews show that refugees’ ways of being both put them on the road and keep them on the road. At the heart of this concept lies structures that govern entrance to and exist from the road. In the end, I argue that this way of thinking of liminality moves discussions away from refugees’ bodies and illuminates structures governing the Forever Road.
Bio: Thomas Wimark is a researcher at the department of Human Geography at Stockholm University. His research concerns the nexus between migration, minority status and space. Recent publications include
Wimark, Thomas, Lewis, Nathaniel M. & Caretta, Martina A. (2017) A life course approach to the field and fieldwork, Area 49 (4): 390-393.
Wimark, Thomas (2017): The life course and emotions beyond fieldwork: affect as position and experience, Gender, Place & Culture 24 (3): 438-448.
Trans bodies, affects and vulnerability (Double seminar)
Wednesday 11/4, 15.00– 16:45, Room Hus 5a:415
Luca Tainio, University of Tampere and Wibke Straube, Center for Gender Studies, Karlstad University
Luca Tainio, Gender Studies, University of Tampere
Pink-black block activism, vulnerability and trans politics
Abstract: My paper addresses notions of radical vulnerability, emotions and experiences within pink-black blocks as well as wider grassroot activism. I am asking what does activism feel like, what inspires action and how can we use notions such as love, rage and vulnerability in our work as activists but also as scholars. I am approaching my material within the theoretical frame of trans studies, and discussing my questions through and with interviewees from different anarchofeminist projects and collectives. The seminar will be based on a circulated text. Please contact me if you wish to attend and receive the text: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bio: Luca Tainio (M.Soc.Sci) is a PhD student from the University of Tampere. His master´s thesis focused on the discourses on transgender in Finnish medical journals, and currently he is working on his PhD on trans-anarchism and activism. Locating himself on the field of transgender studies, Luca is interested in questions of emotions, bodies, resistance and solidarity, and combining activism and academic work.
Wibke Straube, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University
Toxic matter. Anthropocentric affects and trans bodies in art and film
Abstract: Following Malin Ah-King and Eva Hayward’s problematisation of the “politics of purity” I will investigate in this talk discourses on toxicity, the history of transgender bodies as ‘impure’ and the linkages between ecological affects and ethics of response-ability (Haraway) in the Anthropocene. By wondering how trans bodies in particular will be and are affected by the environmental crisis and climate change I trace how the intersection of ecology and trans bodies is interrogated in art and film.
Bio: Wibke Straube, PhD, works as Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies (CGF), Karlstad University. They completed their dissertation in 2014 entitled Trans Cinema and its Exit Scapes. A Transfeminist Reading of Utopian Sensibility and Gender Dissidence in Contemporary Film (2014). Wibke’s work is located the areas of transgender studies and feminist cultural studies with a focus on new feminist materialism, ecocriticism and affect theory.
Why are we brothers? Male siblings and the masculine mystique of required affection.
Wednesday 9/5, 15.15 -16.45, Room Hus 5a:415
Andreas Henriksson, post doc, Center for Gender Studies, Karlstad University
Abstract: Many societies uphold a social requirement of affection between male siblings. Not rarely, it is the only socially required same-sex affection that men encounter besides filial love. However, how is this affection and its requirement understood? And how does it speak to the masculinity that brothers share? In this presentation, I draw on interviews with brothers in Namibia and Sweden, as well as cultural representations of brotherhood, to discuss loyalty, violence, collaboration, obedience and other forms through which brotherly love is lived and narrated.
Bio: Andreas Henriksson is a post doc researcher at the Center for Gender Studies at Karlstad University. Andreas does research in Gender Studies, Social Theory and Sociological Theory. His current project is 'Familial brothers - masculinity, intimacy and belonging'. His research also covers singledom and dating practices. After his dissertation in 2014 Organising Intimacy - Exploring Heterosexual Singledoms at Swedish Singles Activities, he has published extensively in these research areas.
Legacies of Transitions
Tuesday – Wednesday 19-20/6
International Workshop at the Center for Gender Studies co-arranged with the research network “Ongoing Legacies of Discrimination and Violence Network” at the Fay Gale Centre for Gender Studies, University of Adelaide, Australia.
This workshop invites scholars to imagine the legacies of injustices done to those who transition, those who are in a state of translation and those who are in a state of being caught in between gatekeeping systems of discrimination. We are currently observing an increasingly polarised political landscape in the western world and beyond, and where refugees, people of non-normative sexualities, indigenous populations and migrants and in general people who transgresses borders are being targeted. In this workshop we will address various states of vulnerability and transition.
The OLIRN research network is concerned with interrogating contemporary and future approaches to ongoing impacts of social injustice and inequalities associated with gender, sexuality, ethnicity and Indigeneity. This research network focuses on temporality and intersectionality, topics of research might include: migration, incarceration, child protection, legacies of conflict and war, sexual violence, aging and health and re-imagining the future. For more info about the network see https://www.adelaide.edu.au/gender/research/olirn/