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Slöja, regnbågsflagga och manga. Om genus, sexualitet, motstånd och gemenskap i en transnationell tid

Veils, rainbow flags and manga. Gender , sexuality , resistance and belonging in a transnationell time

2016- 2019.
VR, Swedish Research Council
Diana Mulinari

The project will follow three cultural products: The rainbow flag, identified as secular and progressive, The veil, as religious, and manga, as post-secular. The aim is to examine their role in the making of transnational communities which, intentionally or unintentionally, reiterate, resist or recast gender and sexuality norms. The products move over the world, affect the communities and become transformed. We will conduct net-ethnography, interviews with actors in the communities and participant observations on manifestations and events where the products play a role. The object is to aquire knowledge about a multifaceted civil society beyond organizations, perceived as imagined transnational communities. The three products are related to a hierarchical divide between the religious often understood as traditional and the secular regarded as the condition for democracy. We want to challenge this dichotomy and stress the importance of including notions of religion and secularism in research on gender, sexuality and civil society. By starting from the products we will reach other transnational practices than those characterized by a Eurocentric paradigm. By studying the products as performative, repeatedly connecting with and affected by a number of norms and artefacts in an unpredictable way, we will aquire knowledge about the emergence of a multifaceted civil society, a variety of gender and sexuality norms and new possible figurations to identify with.


Head of the Project: Lena Martinsson (Gothenburg University); In collaboration with Diana Mulinari, Pia Laskar; Mona Lilja; Erika Alm and Anna Johansson (Göteborg Univeristy) and Linda Berg  (Umeå University).