Keywords: transgender liveabilities, world-making and survival; vulnerability and affect; utopias and futurity; art and cultural production; trans-specific health-care services and mental health, LGBTI+ health and wellbeing; environmental crisis and environmental pollution; queer, trans, and more-than-human intimacies; material feminism; feminist posthumanities; cultural studies; transgender studies.
I am involved in a collaborative research project on trans cultural production funded by Kone Foundation (Helsinki, Finland) jointly with 2 other researchers and 2 artists, where I chair the research strand “Environmental Crisis”. Apart from this the research strands are “Violence” and “Health”. The strand addressing environmental questions is speaking to my research interest on how environmental questions and challenges overlap with trans and queer embodiment, how econormativities, for instance, affect trans bodies and trans cultural producers, and the work-making potential of trans and queer art and in what ways art and cultural production addressed and responds to the envrionmental crisis.
In another research project, funded by the suicide prevention section of Region Värmland (Swedish region Värmland, regional healthcare organisation), I collaborate with public health scholar Ida Linander and sociologist Andreas Henriksson for an evaluation of the regional trans-specific health care services. The service provided by the region is unique in Sweden and can be seen as a “pilot project” aimed at improving wellbeing for the regional trans care-seekers. The project is invested in improving care and psychological support services for trans care-seekers and aims to minimize the debilitating effects of living in a cisnormative society.
Overall, most of my research continues to address questions of liveability for trans and queer bodies and questions of futurity, utopia and worldmaking practices and questions of survival. Something I also addressed in my earlier research work during my PhD at Tema Genus, Linköping University (2009 – 2014) where I did research on exit scapes in Trans Cinema and focused on utopian imaginaries in mainstream films with trans representation, published under the title Trans Cinema and its Exit Scapes: A Transfeminist Reading of Utopian Sensibility and Gender Dissidence in Contemporary Film.
I teach a range of courses both on the MA and BA level in transgender studies, feminist methodologies including new feminist materialims and environmental humanities with a strong focus on ethics and affect theory as well as visual analysis.
My perspective on teaching is mainly formed by an understanding of mutual learning and activist formed understandings of knowledge exchange. Teaching students in the field of intersectional feminist studies as well as transgender and queer theory allows to fully engage in the strong exchange between activism and knowledge production with the aim to support student to learn critical thinking, thinking complexitites and self-reflexivity.
I am the co-founder of the Nordic Network for Transgender Studies and affiliated member of the Posthumanities Hub (KTH, SE). Together with Signe Bremer (Lund University, SE) we co-cordinate the research strand “Transgender Studies” in GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies. Apart from this, I also act as an executive committee member of the InterGender – International Consortium for Interdisciplinary Feminist Research Training.
- Since 2015 Senior Lecturer and Research Coordinator for GEXcel International Colleagium at the Centre for Gender Studies / Centrum för Genusforskning, Karlstad University
- 2014 PhD from the Department of Thematic Studies/ Unit of Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. Thesis title: Trans Cinema and its Exit Scapes. A Transfeminist Reading of Utopian Sensibility and Gender Dissidence in Contemporary Film.
- 2002 Master of Arts in Gender and Media Studies from the University of Sussex, UK.