I CGFs seminarie serie presenterar inbjudna gäster såväl som forskare vid Karlstads universitet aktuella forskningsfrågor och projekt inom det genusvetenskapliga området. Seminarierna är öppna och hålls på engelska. Höstens program hittar du nedan. Tidigare evenemang hittar du här


September 21, 15.00-16.30, 5A:415

“It’s sort of like coming out, all the shame you know”: Affect, space and the “queerness” of partner-violent men’s disclosure narratives

Lucas Gottzén, Associate Professor, Department of Child and Youth Studies
Stockholm University

From its origins in the LGBTQ community, coming out has become a narrative genre describing the experiences of recognizing and disclosing a variety of other stigmatized positions, including that of chronically ill, disabled, fat—and male perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Drawing on narrative interviews with 44 partner-violent men in Sweden therapists at batterer interventions programs, this paper explores how closets and outcomes are both discursively and spatially produced. These outcomes and closeted experiences, I argue, affect violent men’s encounters with other human and non-human bodies, in terms of how they move in space, their potentialities and what they feel.

Lucas Gottzén is Associate Professor at the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University. His research focuses primarily on gendered and generational aspects of family life; masculinity and violence against women; and relations between affect and space. 

October 5, 10.00-12.00, 5A:415

Theorizing Figurations and situated bodies: the ”sperm donors” and men´s stories about choosing to donate sperm

Mona Lilja, Professor and Liselotte Olsson, PhD-Canditate, Department of Sociology, Karlstad University

Abstract: According to Rosi Braidotti, there is a noticeable gap between our lived experiences and “how we represent to ourselves this lived existence in theoretical terms and discourses” (2011, 4). In other words, the multiethnic globalized societies that we inhabit—which are characterized by advanced technologies and high-speed telecommunications and increased security measures—do not inform how we picture ourselves in this complex world order. Instead, current discourses are marked by “an imaginative poverty”. Here, Braidotti turns to the concept of figurations, arguing that we need to reinvent ourselves. This can be seen as a transformative project in which we move away from of the standard view of human subjectivities, subject positions, and historically established habits of thought that have dominated until now. But what are the strengths and weaknesses of the concept of ”figuration”. This will be discussed at the seminar by the examples of Cambodian female politicians and Swedish sperm donors.

Bio: Mona Lilja currently serves as the Faculty Professor in Sociology at Karlstad University. Lilja’s area of interest is the linkages between resistance and social change as well as the particularities – the character and emergence – of various forms of resistance. In regard to this, she is currently working on how different articulations of gendered resistance emerge. Some of Lilja’s papers have appeared in Signs, Global Public Health, Nora and Journal of Political Power.

Liselotte Olsson is a PhD student in Sociology. Her thesis is focused on men´s experience of donating sperm and also how the donating process can be understood from a gender perspective.


October 26, 5A:415, 15:00 – 16:30.

What does it mean to be postsoviet?  Decolonial option and the external imperial difference

Professor Madina Tlostanova, Unit of Gender Studies, Linköping University

Abstract: In her talk Madina Tlostanova will focus on the experience and sensibilities of the postcolonial people who happen to be at the same time postsoviet. She will present their imaginaries and sensibilities through contemporary activist art which in many cases remains the only relatively free channel of decolonizing agendas and a way to a re-existence in a multiple and complex world in the making.In Svetlana Aleksievich’s book Second Hand Time, one respondent expressed the gist of the postsocialist human condition saying that “socialism has ended but we are still here”. Prof. Tlostanova will analyze this peculiar futureless ontology which is at work in the post-soviet space. The reasons for this unfortunate configuration are connected with the external imperial difference typical for the Russian and Soviet empires in the second modernity, and the multiple colonial difference it generates.

Bio: Madina Tlostanova is a chair in postcolonial feminism at the Department of Thematic Studies (Gender Studies) at Linköping University. A trans-diasporic scholar with mixed ethnic origins (Circassian, Tatar, Uzbek). She was trained in Moscow State University as an American Studies major focusing on the US Southern fiction, then  gradually drifted to multiculturalism and transcultural aesthetics to finally shift to post/ decolonial interpretation of the post-soviet space, subjectivities, literature and the arts.


November 30, 5A:415, 15:00 – 16:30.

The gender binary city

Signe Bremer, PhD Centre for gender research, Uppsala University, Sweden

Abstract: Signe Bremer will present broadly on the work in process postdoctoral research project The Gender Binary City. The project title emphasizes one of the central points of departure – meaning that cities are often less accessible to trans*people, both because of every day social expressions of the gender binary and how the gender binary is materialized through for example build environment and architecture. Yet, gender is not the sole category that is taken to account in the project. Power structures relating to cultural categories such as class and race are for example also part of what shapes the research participant’s everyday lives, as they move in and through their home town’s different localities.

Bio: Signe Bremer is PhD in ethnology and a researcher at Uppsala University Centre for Gender Studies. Signe defended her doctorate dissertation - Bodylines: gender, transsexualism and embodiment in narratives on gendercorrectiont - at the University of Gothenburg’s department of cultural sciences in 2011.She currently runs the research project The Gender Binary City, which is financed by the Swedish research council FORTE and runs between 2014 and 2017, and just recently became affiliated researcher at Karlstad University Centre for Gender Studies.


January 18, 2017, 5A:415, 15.00-16.30,

Environmental Pollution, Trash and the Transing* Body in the Swedish film Nånting måste gå sönder (2014)

Wibke Straube PhD, Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

Abstract: In the film Nånting måste gå sönder (2014) by Swedish filmmaker Ester Martin Bergsmark objects of nature, landscape, city, environmental pollution and waste are enacted in close connection to the gender-dissident body. By reading this film through a transfeminist ecocritical lens I would like to discuss what kind of trans-material, trans-corporeal and trans-embodied intimacies these films enact. Is relationality a form of intimacy and which ethical implications does this intimacy have for and in a more-than-human world?

Bio: Wibke Straube is a gender studies scholar working at the Centre for Gender Studies (CGF) at Karlstad University, Sweden. They completed their PhD in 2014, in Linköping University, Tema Genus. Wibke works in the fields of Transgender Studies, affect theory and visual cultural studies.