As the locus of interdisciplinary gender scholarship, the Department attracts scholars with a wide range of backgrounds including anthropology, cultural studies, development studies, family and child studies, education, history, medicine, political science, science and technology studies, sociology as well as area studies. By embracing, and allowing for, multiple research traditions, the Department avoids ideas about a united feminist view, or standpoint, and thus fertilizes a broad research horizon.
The Department is keen on bridging between academic research and society at large. The dynamic research community at the Department is created in dialogue with national and international partnerships including academic departments and scholars, governmental bodies, and civil society movements, agencies, and organizations.
Research in/on a Globalized World
The Department is not only interdisciplinary in scope but also global. In a postcolonial and increasingly global world, the local is shaped on a backdrop of transnational policies and economies. A global perspective on gender provides a key to understand conflicts, wars and their aftermath, risk, migration, sexualities (LGBTIQ), masculinities, femininities, identities, employment, exploitation, development, education, health, representation, media, and history.
The Department engages with scholars from well-known universities across the globe. In providing a platform for exchange of intellectual views, analyses, methods, and pedagogies, the Department is committed to co-construct knowledge with colleagues across the globe (e.g. through the Linnaeus-Palme Program). In collaboration with scholars from the Global North and the Global South, the Department studies how flows in goods, money, knowledge, and people constitute power relations, hierarchies, violences, insecurities, vulnerabilities, and visions for change in particular locations.
Research on Politics of Gendered Exclusion and Inequality
The Department is distinct in its rigorous interdisciplinary commitment to provide a substantial critique of politics of gendered exclusion and inequalities in a global and postcolonial world. Research at the Department focuses on the ways in which gender relations are shaped through intersections with other relations of power such as sexuality, ethnicity/race, ages, class, and body abilities and how these power relations foster exclusion and inequality.
Politics of gendered exclusion and inequality are experienced in the most intimate as well as the most public spheres, in terms of distribution of goods and recognition/misrecognition. These politics are explored at the Department by situating postcolonial, queer, “crip”, antiracist, and transnational feminisms in contemporary and historical sites across the globe of peace, war, conflict, and post-conflict.
Departmental research offers critical knowledge about the junction between the discursive and material dimensions of exclusive, uneven, and transformative politics in Sweden and societies as different as Argentina, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, India, Italy, Iraqi Kurdistan, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, USA, and Vietnam. The Department thus provides cutting-edge gender research of relevance for society at large.
Knowledge Production and Research Methods
The ways in which knowledge is produced and generate markers of categorization in regard to gender, sexuality, ethnicity/race, body abilities, and class and how they are perpetuated in political discourses and interventions are central to the Department’s research. Taking such insights into account, scholars in gender studies are vigilant concerning the ways in which they themselves produce/use knowledge.
Research at the Department generally draws on data acquired through the use of an ethnographic method (broadly defined). The method is applied to capture complexities, ambiguities, and nuances of importance for the study of the distribution of power and production of injustice. A series of techniques including observations, interviews, focus group discussions, narratives, testimonies, and questionnaires are used.
Yet, statistical overviews, genealogical archive studies as well as discourse analysis of texts and documents also are embraced by the Department’s ethnographically inspired method. Data gathered by the aid of cross-disciplinary feminist ethnographies provides a window for understanding how politics of gendered exclusion and inequalities are experienced in daily life by people living in the world’s remote villages, burgeoning cities, or in the spaces in-between.
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