I am an ethnographer of gender, sexuality, and intimacy. My work is motivated by an interest in how we become subjects with a sense of self, identity, and belonging and what role gender, sexuality, and intimacy play thereby. I am attending to this interplay ethnographically by exploring how the everyday life of gender, sexuality, and intimacy provides meaning to us and our sense of self and belonging – as (embodied) experience and (technological and organizational) practice and not least as a network of knowledge categories which interact with and organize (social) institutions and moral landscapes. I have a special interest in the history of queer ethnography, ethnography’s epistemological, methodological, and ethical underpinnings and how these dimensions relate to queer-feminist theorizing and empirical research.
Empirically, my research deals with questions of gender equality and diversity in work places and organizations (medium sized businesses, the military), military masculinities and military socialization and education, (reproductive) health technologies and (bio)medicine, and sexological knowledge production. My empirical work builds on ethnographic fieldwork – participant observation, qualitative interviews, focus groups, sensory and digital ethnography – and is inspired by critical engagements within feminism, queer theory, sociology and anthropology, science and technology studies, and cultural studies.
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My teaching covers the different areas of the gender studies program at Karlstad University. Currently, I have teaching responsibilities for the introductory module on gender studies, a course on leadership, organization, and gender, and a course on men and masculinities. Beyond my current assignments, my teaching expertise covers research methods, social theory, gender and society, and gender, health, and medicine.
I am co-convener of the European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA) of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), board member of the Research Network Sexuality of the European Sociological Association (ESA), board member of the Danish Association for Gender Studies (Foreningen for Kønsforskning), and member of the editorial board of Women, Gender & Research (Kvinder, Køn & Forskning).
I am trained as cultural anthropologist and sociologist at Humboldt University, Berlin (2010) and received my PhD from the University of Copenhagen in Medicine, Culture, and Society (2014). My graduate research at Humboldt was dedicated to sexuality as a category of knowledge in sexological research on homosexuality in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). My doctoral research at the University of Copenhagen attended to sperm donation in Denmark and gender, sexuality, and intimacy as bio-medically mediated spaces of self. Before joining the Centre for Gender Studies at Karlstad University in 2018, I was Assistant Professor in Educational Sociology at the Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University (2014-2017) where my research attended to Danish war veterans' experiences of intimacy.