Apply now! Doctoral course “Queer(y)ing Kinship, Family and Sexuality” and lecture “Families of Choice in Poland” 7-8 November 2016

Doctoral course “Queer(y)ing Kinship, Family and Sexuality” by Ulrika Dahl, Joanna Mizielinska and Antu Sorainen and a public lecture “Families of Choice in Poland” by Professor Joanna Mizielinska (read the information about lecture below).

SKY doctoral course:
Queer(y)ing Kinship, Family and Sexuality (7,5 ECTs)
University of Helsinki, 7-8 November 2016

This PhD course concentrates on the ongoing work on queer and gendered care and support relationships of the participating PhD students. The three experienced teachers have the aim of helping the PhD students to advance and complete their dissertation projects with high international quality.

The expertise of the teachers is in a wide area of kinship, gender studies and queer theory. All three have published on kinship and “families of choice”, and re-invigorated novel methodological and theoretical approaches on these issues. They are prepared to comment on empirical and/or theoretical work, which builds on either original fieldwork or on commenting on the existing work of various scholars in intersections within the interdisciplinary area of gender studies and queer theory and politics.

The scope of the course comprises scholarship ranging from feminist theory, anthropology, sociology and socio-legal studies to queer studies on kinship, family and “real support relations” to the history of family, politics of concepts and the new ethics of care. The course focuses on the methodological challenges encountered by those who study new families, intimacies, queer relations and care in their doctoral projects.

The course is arranged by the University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme for Gender, Culture, and Society (SKY) together with two Academy of Finland projects (“CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship” and “Wills and Inheritance in Sexually Marginalised Groups”), the Baltic Sea Foundation project “Queer(y)ing Kinship in the Baltic Region” and the Polish Academy of Sciences project “Families of Choice in Poland”.
It is open for applications from PhD students of all universities.

The Teachers:

Ulrika Dahl is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Uppsala University and PhD program coordinator in Gender Studies and researcher at the Centre for Baltic and Eastern European Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden. She has written and taught widely in the areas of lesbian and queer kinship, gender theory and sexualities, critical femininity studies and on questions of fieldwork methodologies, creative writing, and femme-inist approaches to science. She is the author of Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities (Serpent’s Tail 2008, with Del LaGrace Volcano) and Skamgrepp: Femme-inistiska Essäer (Leopard 2014) as well as of numerous articles in journals such as Gender, Place and Culture, NORA, New Formations, Feminist Theory (forthcoming), and in a range of anthologies. Ulrika is senior editor of lambda Nordica and associate editor of European Journal of Women’s Studies. She currently directs ‘Queer(y)ing Kinship in the Baltic Region’, a research project funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation.

Joanna Mizielinska is Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Principal Investigator of the project Families of Choice in Poland (2013-2016),which is the first multi-method project on non-heterosexual families in Poland. Her work moves in a large area of intimate relations, gender and sexual politics, and she has published widely on queer families, empirical studies on relatedness, post-social sexualities and translations of queer theory. Specialist on the CEE sexualities, she works currently on the politics of family in Anglo-Saxon queer theory. She is an expert in LGBTIQ issues, conducting qualitative and quantitative research which demanded close co-operation with various LGBTIQ groups and organisations. Previously she worked for the University of Social Sciences and Humanities from 2006-2013 as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology (2009-2013) and as a Director of that Institute (2012). She was a Fullbright scholar at Princeton University, where she worked under the supervision of Professor Judith Butler. Joanna has also been a visiting researcher in the Helsinki University as well as in Sweden. She has published the book Families of choice in Poland. Family life of nonheterosexual persons (with Marta Abramowicz and Agata Stasińska, 2015), co-edited De-Centring Western Sexualities: Central and Eastern European Perspective (with Robert Kulpa, 2011) and edited a special issue of lambda nordica “in transition?: central/eastern European sexualities” (2012).

Antu Sorainen is an Academy Fellow at the Academy of Finland and Docent in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki. She has conducted empirical studies in the area of queer domesticities and intimate economies, and published work on law and sexualities, politics of sexualized concepts, as well as on queer history and genealogy. She is the co-author of Siveellisyydestä Seksuaalisuuteen (From Decency to Sexuality) with Tuija Pulkkinen and has published recently on queer inheritance practices. She currently holds a five-year Academy of Finland Fellowship for a project entitled “Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups” (2014-2019), and a major research team grant for a four-year Academy of Finland project “CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship” (2016-2020).

The course consists of:

1. Before the course:
A) Delivering a 2-page description (table of contents) of the dissertation project, and paper of 10–12 pages (preferably a part of the dissertation project).
B) Reading of pre-assigned literature and the other PhD students’ pre-delivered materials.

2. Attending Joanna Mizielinska’s public talk: “Families of Choice in Poland” Tuesday 8th November 2016, 2–4pm. Students of the course are expected to take actively part in the discussion after the lecture.

3. Attending the 2-day workshop on 7-8 November 2016, including after-seminar tapas on Monday (5-7pm) and after-talk drinks (4-6pm) on Tuesday. Commenting on the projects and papers of other students, and discussing one’s own project with the teachers and the co-students.

Apply with a max 150-word abstract of the paper by 12th September 2016 at:
Deadline for papers is Monday 24th October 2016.

The course is open for all SKY students, and for students Finnish universities and all universities abroad.

Maximum number of students accepted for the course is 10.

The course includes the public lecture by Professor Joanna Mizielinska: “Families of Choice in Poland”.
The lecture is taking place on Tuesday 8th November 2016, 2–4pm, as a part of Christina Research Seminar.

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