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Mia Liinason

Senior lecturer

Mia Liinason
Senior lecturer
Gender Studies
mia.liinason@gu.se
+46 31 786 3615

Room number: 2234
Postal Address: Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vera Sandbergs allé 8 , 411 33 Göteborg


Department. of Cultural Sciences (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.kultur.gu.se
kuv@kultur.gu.se

Visiting Address: Vera Sandbergs allé 8 , 411 33 Göteborg

About Mia Liinason

 

Mia is Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the Department of Cultural Sciences. She teaches at all levels in gender studies. In her research, Mia is interested in exploring feminism as a social movement and knowledge producer, as well as feminist methods to reach change. Here, questions of the relationship between power and resistance, as well as of feminist subjectivity, politics and collective struggles/communities/coalitions, are central.

In 2015, Mia was appointed Wallenberg Academy Fellow by Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. During spring 2016, Mia is Guest Professor at the Institute for Diversity Research, Göttingen University (Germany). Mia was Academic Fellow at the Gender Institute, the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) during the fall 2014. Mia holds a PhD in Gender Studies from Lund University (2011) and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Excellence in Gender Research (GEXcel), Örebro/Linköping University and Postdoctoral Scholar in Gender Studies, at the Centre for Gender Studies, Lund University (2012-2014).

Currently, Mia is working with two research projects. The research project Spaces of resistance. A study of gender and sexualities in times of transformation explores the transnational struggle for women’s and LGBT-people’s rights in contemporary Scandinavia, Russia and Turkey. Bringing together multi-sited ethnography, netnography, discourse analysis and comparative analysis, this project aims to expand our knowledge about how collaborations between transnational organizations and local women’s and LGBT-movements enable new collective identities and more complex understandings of gender and sexualities. The project is situated in feminist post-/decolonial and postsocialist theory that critically intervenes into existing diagnoses of progressive politics as primarily modern, secular and located in/of the Global West. Analysing intersections between the microdynamics of everyday life and the macropolitics of states and markets, the project challenges contemporary views of modernity and tradition as stable and fixed cultural values and emphasizes instead the ambivalent and contradictory character of modernity and tradition. By exploring the heterogeneous and shifting expressions of secularism and religion, the project moves beyond dichotomous understandings of religion and secularism, to focus on the multiple and changing manifestations of both the secular and the religious. Guided by the notion politics of belonging, the project examines how political projects can construct belonging to particular collectives that themselves are construed by these projects. Through this, the project wants to expand our knowledge about how the struggles for women’s and LGBT-people’s rights enable spaces of resistance in which new meanings, new political subjects and new collective identities emerge, as they engage with and negotiate multiple power hierarchies in a globalized world.

The research project Universal values, particular contexts, situated struggles, examines the tactics, strategies and agendas of the largest and most established women’s organizations in the Scandinavian countries. With ethnographic fieldwork and discourse analysis, the project analyses how the interactions between women’s organizations, neoliberal welfare states and national histories give rise to contradictory effects in the struggle for women’s rights in Scandinavia. The project expands feminist understandings of the discourses and norms that characterize contemporary Scandinavian welfare states, their historical links and contemporary manifestations. Analysing these ambiguous dynamics, the project argues for the importance of an understanding of the complex interactions between depoliticization and repoliticization in the struggle for women’s rights.

Mia recently finalized the project Feminist critique, feminist resistance, feminist hopes (VR 2012-2015, with Marta Cuesta). Using ethnographic methods, the project explored how contemporary feminist grassroots activists negotiate social justice, hierarchies and power. The project demonstrates that feminist grassroots activists, located in a time and context characterized by increased violence, threats and growing social inequalities, develop a complex understanding of power as differentiated and in flux. In contrast to earlier/more institutionalized forms of feminism, where similarities between women are emphasized and differences are marginalized, contemporary feminist grassroots activists highlight differences, disagreements and power hierarchies between women/feminists as important elements in the struggle. The project shows that these understandings make it possible to build temporary and tactical coalitions in feminism, to resist and change shifting forms of power. These findings challenge the contemporary dominant view that feminism today is fragmented or weakened; they highlight significant continuities and changes in the history of feminism; and contribute to further develop theoretical understandings of the relationship between resistance, power and change. The project emphasize the central role of the performativity of affect and emotions in struggles for social justice, and provides pioneering understandings of how the feminist grassroots struggle develop values beyond ‘value’, with the potential to change not only the society, but also feminism itself and our relationships to each other. The book Hoppets politik. Feministisk aktivism i Sverige idag [Politics of Hope. Feminist Activism in Sweden of Today] was published 2016 at Makadam förlag (Stockholm & Göteborg).

Mia has extensive editorial experience and has been the guest editor of a number of academic journals, among them Women's Studies: International Forum (vol. 54 2016). She was the Editor-in-Chief for the Graduate Journal of Social Science (2007-2009), and editorial board member and book review editor of NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research (2010-2012). Since 2013, Mia is member of SAGE Open Editorial Board. She has edited the book Friendship in Feminist Conversation (Gothenburg: Acta Universitatis Gotenburgensis 2010), and been the guest editor of three special issues of Graduate Journal of Social Science: ”Practising Feminist Interdisciplinarity” (no. 2 2007), ”Queer Studies: Methodological approaches” (no. 2 2008) and ”Queer studies, methodological approaches – a follow up” (no. 1 2009). Mia is also often engaged as peer reviewer for a number of scholarly journals within her field of research.

Mia has been committed to strengthening the institutionalization of gender studies in Europe, and has been active as a board member in diverse projects and associations, such as the Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Sveriges Genusforskarförbund (SGF) [the Swedish Association for Gender Research] and Atgender - the European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation.

Mia has been engaged in many European gender studies networks, including GenderAct: Academic Cultures and Transformation in European Gender Studies (funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) and ATHENA: Advanced Thematic Network in European Gender Studies (funded by the European Commission). She is also a member of the network The Futures of Feminisms in the Nordic Region (funded by NOS-HS och NIKK).
 

Latest publications

Women's/Gender Studies and Contemporary Changes in Academic Cultures: European Perspectives
Mia Liinason, Sabine Grenz
Women's Studies: International Forum, Editorial letter 2016
Editorial letter

'We are not one': Feminist grassroots activism and the politicization of difference
Mia Liinason
Invited speaker, Institute for diversity studies, University of Göttingen (Germany), Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Feministiska forskningsfronter - teori, politik, samarbete
Mia Liinason
Invited speaker, Centre for gender research, Oslo University (Norway), Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Hoppets politik. Feministisk aktivism i Sverige idag
Mia Liinason, Marta Cuesta
Göteborg, Makadam förlag, Book 2016
Book

Modernity and Nostalgia: Women’s Rights in Scandinavia
Mia Liinason
Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues: Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice, Thematic Studies – Gender Studies, Linköping University, April 27-28 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

A Semi-Outsider's Point of View : The institutionalization of Gender Research in Sweden
Mia Liinason
Rewriting academia :The Development of the Anglicist Women’s and Gender Studies of Continental Europe / Renate Haas (ed.) , Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

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2016

Women's/Gender Studies and Contemporary Changes in Academic Cultures: European Perspectives
Mia Liinason, Sabine Grenz
Women's Studies: International Forum, Editorial letter 2016
Editorial letter

'We are not one': Feminist grassroots activism and the politicization of difference
Mia Liinason
Invited speaker, Institute for diversity studies, University of Göttingen (Germany), Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Feministiska forskningsfronter - teori, politik, samarbete
Mia Liinason
Invited speaker, Centre for gender research, Oslo University (Norway), Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Hoppets politik. Feministisk aktivism i Sverige idag
Mia Liinason, Marta Cuesta
Göteborg, Makadam förlag, Book 2016
Book

2015

Modernity and Nostalgia: Women’s Rights in Scandinavia
Mia Liinason
Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues: Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice, Thematic Studies – Gender Studies, Linköping University, April 27-28 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

A Semi-Outsider's Point of View : The institutionalization of Gender Research in Sweden
Mia Liinason
Rewriting academia :The Development of the Anglicist Women’s and Gender Studies of Continental Europe / Renate Haas (ed.) , Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Showing 1 - 10 of 101

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