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SKY course: Geopolitics of Gender and Sexuality
SKY course: Geopolitics of Gender and Sexuality, 5 ECTS
May 25, 2018
The aim of this course is to discuss the myriad ways that geopolitics interplay with gender and sexuality. We consider geopolitics a term that can both speak to the transnational and regional dynamics that animate power relations as well as national processes that are entangled in those dynamics. In particular, we will consider the ways gender and sexuality inform and are informed by the re/production of global power asymmetries and (neo)colonial arrangements. At the same time, the course will attend to the ways that gender and sexuality support and/or subvert local nationalisms, racial formations, and the ongoing processes of national (re)construction.
The course is designed as a one-day workshop and there will be one hour dedicated for each project presentation. Student projects will therefore be in the centre of the course and discussions will be structured around the issues raised in the context of participating students’ research. The course is designed for students whose work takes-up issues such as homonationalism, heteronationalism, intersections of gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity, political homophobia, gender/sexuality and global inequalities, decolonizing feminism, and transnational feminist and queer solidarities.
The students will benefit from getting feedback on their work in progress from other course participants as well as from two experienced scholar/teachers, Katja Kahlina, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, University of Helsinki and Jennifer Suchland, Associate Professor, Ohio State University, who have a long-term interest in gender, sexuality, empire, nationalism, and feminist methods. Since the teachers cover a large area of methodological approaches, the students will also benefit from discussing the issues related to methodology and research ethics, which will be relevant for students engaged in these issues.

Course requirements
Students will be required to send the paper (3500-4000 words) that constitutes a part of their dissertation by May 15, 2018. Along with the paper, they should send a short description of the dissertation project and the preliminary table of contents. Other requirements include reading and commenting on the papers of other participants and discussing one’s own project with the teachers and other PhD candidates during the course. Students will also be asked to share a list of 6 readings (books or articles) that, in their view, are important for our reference/discussion of the geopolitics of gender and sexuality as described in the course outline.

How to apply
The applicants should fill in the application form and submit an abstract (200-300 words) describing the paper they plan to present in the course. Deadline for applications: March 25, 2018
Please fill in the application and submit your abstract at

Jennifer Suchland is an interdisciplinary scholar, trained in political & feminist theory and area studies and now jointly appointed in Slavic and East European Languages & Cultures and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, USA. She teaches and advises students in both programs as well as in the International Studies program (including with the Human Rights Minor). Her research, teaching and activist commitments are to a robust study of rights, law and political discourses as they are culturally and geopolitically produced and entangled. Her book, Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking (Duke University Press, 2015), is a genealogy of global human trafficking discourse in and through the end of the Cold War. She has several current projects focused on Russia, including research on sexuality, race and post-coloniality. In addition, she is engaged in collaborative academic and community projects concerned with critical human rights and posthumanism, including work on “modern day slavery.”
Katja Kahlina works as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Gender Studies unit, University of Helsinki. Previously she worked at the University of Edinburgh as a Research Fellow on the CITSEE (Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia) project and as a member of Global Justice Academy. Her research interests/fields of expertise include Gender and Sexuality Studies; Citizenship Studies; Queer, Feminist and Postcolonial Theories; and Social Movements Studies. Katja’s publications address the ways in which gender and sexual politics intersect with nationalism and (neoliberal) globalisation, as well as with social institutions and categories of citizenship, nationality, ethnicity, and religion. Her current project "ANTILGBT" (2016-2018) explores the emergence and functioning of anti-LGBTQ organizing in the Balkans with the specific focus on the transnational dimension of this anti-emancipatory social mobilization and its implications for the theories of democracy and citizenship.

If you have additional questions about the course, please send your inquiries to Dr. Kahlina (katja.kahlina@helsinki.fi).

More information on application process:
Hannele Pitkänen, MA (Educ.)
Tohtorikoulutuksen suunnittelija
Planning Officer for Doctoral Education
Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences HYMY
Porthania, Room 370
E-mail: hannele.pitkanen@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 294120657

P.O. Box 4, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3,
00014 University of Helsinki

Organizer: University of Helsinki, Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences HYMY
Contact: Hannele Pitkänen
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