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Spaces of Resistance

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.

Project leader: Mia Liinason
Project duration: 2016-2021
Funding: Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation


Contact Information

Mia Liinason

Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

+46 31-786 3615

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