Gæsteforskere på Center for Kønsforskning – Københavns Universitet

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Chris Dietz, Law & Social Justice, University of Leeds  

Chris Dietz, doctoral researcher at Law & Social Justice, University of Leeds (UK), took up a three-month visiting researcher position (gæsteforskerophold) at the Center for Gender Studies (Center for Kønsforskning) in April, May and June 2015 to undertake fieldwork for his PhD thesis. Chris’s research discusses possible alternatives to the UK Gender Recognition Act 2004 on the tenth anniversary of its enactment. Taking gender recognition in Denmark as a case study, Chris’s project considers the allocation of jurisdiction in the governance of transgender citizenship with a view to informing UK policy-making debates and developing a greater understanding of legal embodiment. As Chris arrived at the Center in March 2015, early applicants for gender recognition following the L 182 Act on the Central Person Register (Provision of a new person number for people who experience themselves as belonging to the other gender) 2014 were becoming the first trans people in Denmark to receive a new social security (CPR) number without having had to prove that they had undergone surgical castration (in the form of removal of ovaries, or penis and ovaries). Yet at almost the same point in time, new guidance – authored by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen), and published by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Ministeriet for Sundhed og Forebyggelse) in December 2014 – which formally requires that hormones or surgery may only be administered by a multidisciplinary team of collaborating specialists in psychiatry, obstetrics/gynaecology and plastic surgery, who have special knowledge of transgender patients; thereby making access to healthcare increasingly difficult for trans people throughout the country.

During his time at the Center, Chris has been using this important juncture as a point of departure for his empirical research. This comprises interviews with numerous stakeholders (including activists, campaigners, policy-makers and civil servants) about their understandings of – and roles in shaping – the way in which Danish gender recognition is conducted and governed. He has also been interviewing people about their understandings of gender and (trans)gender identity so as to explore their everyday experiences of seeking recognition as trans in contemporary Denmark. On 29 April 2015, he also organised an event built around the theme: ‘Representation and recognition: trans rights in Denmark’. The aim of this half-day workshop was to bring together activists, artists and academics to consider the conditions for recognition of trans citizenship – the right to have rights – in Denmark to explore the impact which narratives of trans embodiment (as represented by trans people and others) have on how these conditions are formulated. Transnational speakers – including activists Chris Magnild and Elvin Pedersen-Nielsen from trans rights organisation Transpolitisk Forum, academics Mons Bissenbakker (Center for Gender Studies) and Marie-Louise Holm (Tema Genus, Linköping University, Sweden), and independent artist/writer Vika Kirchenbauer (Berlin, Germany) – were invited to explore the complexities and contingencies which frame the representation and recognition of trans embodiment across Europe. The workshop constituted the first collaboration between the Center for Gender Studies; Law & Social Justice, University of Leeds; and, Tema Genus (The Unit of Gender Studies) at the Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University (Sweden).


Marie-Louise Holm, Tema Genus, Linköpings universitet

Marie-Louise Holm, ph.d.-studerende ved Tema Genus, Linköpings universitet var på et 6-ugers gæsteforskerophold i september og oktober 2013 for at indsamle historisk kildemateriale og arbejde på en artikel i forbindelse med sit ph.d.-projekt. I Marie-Louise Holms historiske og filosofiske projekt stiller hun spørgsmålet, hvilken betydning modifikationer af kønnede kroppe har i relation til begrebsliggørelser og mening såvel som materialiseringer og materialitet. Der præsenteres en kakofoni af forskellige stemmer, som historisk har manifesteret sig i Danmark igennem det 20. århundrede i forbindelse med udviklingen og brugen af nye teknologier i kønshormonforskning og kønsskifteoperationer inden for lægevidenskaben, der giver forskellige bud på et svar på dette spørgsmål. Nogle af de centrale spørgsmål, hun stiller i projektet, er, hvorfor der har været en opfattelse af, at nogle kropsmodifikationer, der er blevet forbundet med køn, og ikke andre, skulle reguleres juridisk og medicinsk; og hvorfor det er blevet anset for nødvendigt, at nogle borgere med bestemte former for kropsmorfologier skulle have deres kroppe modificeret, mens det i forhold til andre borgeres kroppe ikke blev anset for nødvendigt eller tilladeligt at få foretaget de samme slags modifikationer? Mange forskellige krops-subjekter optræder i projektet, bl.a. personer med transkønnede og interkønnede kroppe; personer, som har gennemgået behandlinger mod kræft; personer med kromosomale variationer som f.eks. XXY og XO; personer, der er blevet beskrevet som havende en patologisk kønsudvikling; og personer med kroppe, der er blevet beskrevet som normale inden for lægevidenskaben. I projektet arbejdes der med en analyse af både perspektiver produceret af læger og psykiatere og perspektiver produceret af de personer, der er blevet konstrueret som patienter i den lægevidenskabelige kontekst.


Catrine Andersson, gæstestipendiat via Nordwel

My research interests are marriage, coupledom, heteronormativity, family history and how these are intertwined with constructions of the nation. My PhD thesis One hundred years of coupledom, published in 2011, is an analysis of the concept of marriage in Swedish policy documents 1909-2009. It traces historical shifts of intimacy regulation and explores the challenges directed against heterosexual, lifelong marriage during the 20th century. Analysing among other things the introduction of more liberal divorce regulation as well as inclusion of same-sex relationships in cohabitation and marriage law, the thesis highlights coupledom as a central continuity in the material. The inclusion of homosexual relationships in intimacy regulation is premised on monogamous coupledom, an idealised construction of Swedishness and on a very particular construction of love. This concept of love, in turn, is dependent on an authentic homosexual identity and thus underlines the continued importance of queer analyses – also when studying apparently gender neutral phenomena. My current research builds on these results and continues to explore conjugality, state regulation of the couple and the consequences of norms of coupledom in different welfare state contexts. During my six months (July-December 2012) as a NordWel postdoctoral fellow I have been able to complete two article manuscripts for submission, and furthermore had the opportunity to do empirical work preparing for future projects as well as making contacts with Danish and international scholars. Scholarships from Uppsala University (Sederholms nordiska resestipendium and Rektors Wallenbergstiftelse) allows me to extend my stay until April 2013, working on applications and publications.


Paula Mulinari, gæstestipendiat via Nordwel

It's a family affair
During 3 month (1 February to 1 May) I have been working at the department of Gender Studies at Copenhagen with a postdoctoral fellowship from NordWel. The project I work with aims to capture the extent and nature of the cooperation between welfares institutions and the police in work directed at racialised young people, and their families. In order to grasp this I examine the similarities and differences in the SSP (Social service, School and Police) that is used in both Malmö and Copenhagen.
During my stay at the Department of Gender studies I have studied media and policy documents related to these issues, special attention has been given to the role the family and welfare institutions are given in these descriptions. In addition to this some interviews with SSP responsible in Copenhagen have been made. The material will be used in order to make a broader application that focus on the cooperation between welfares institutions and police. I have also made important contact with researchers in Copenhagen working on issues of migration and welfare.
See publications and more here.

Jan Wickman, Åbo Akademi

var på kort forskningsophold i foråret 2011, hvor han arbejdede på sit nye projekt om queer aktivisme i Skandinavien. Jan Wickman har skrevet Transgender Politics. The Construction and Deconstruction of Binary Gender in the Finnish Transgender Community Åbo 2001.
Se også Queer Activism: What might that be? i Trickster.


Stine Willum Adrian, gæste-stipendiat via NordWel

Fil.dr. (svensk ph.d.) i kønsforskning fra Tema Genus, Linköpings Universitet og cand.scient.soc fra Internationale Udviklingsstudier på RUC og master i Sociologi fra Lunds Universitet

Mine forskningsningsinteresser er: feminist science studies, nymaterialistisk teori, analyser af anvendelsen af medicinske teknologier herunder reproduktionsteknologier, sundhed, slægtskab, etnografiske metoder, konstruktioner af andethed, intersektionalitet og døden.

Under min tid som gæste-stipendiat vil jeg arbejde på nedenstående projekt, der ligger i forlængelse af min afhandling: Nye skabelsesberetninger og æg, sæd og embryoner: Et etnografisk studie af skabelser på sædbanker og fertilitetsklinikker:

Sæddonation i Danmark og Sverige
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