Gendered Cultures Research Group
Within Cultural Studies the concept of culture is defined as meaning-making processes and practices. These processes and practices are usually to be found in texts, often mediated by various media. In this context texts do not need to be written sources; the concept of text also involves images, music, style—everything that carries meaning and can be interpreted, or “read”.
Jenny Björklund, Helena Wahlström Henriksson, Karin S. Lindelöf, Sanja Nivesjö, Annie Woube, Pär Segerdahl, Annica Gullberg, Gabriele Griffin, Cecilia Rodéhn, Lisa Hagelin, Renita Sörensdotter, Chitra Sinha, Malin Jordal, Elina Nilsson, Andrea Petitt, and Doris Leibetseder.
Cultural Studies scholars are not only interested in texts in its broad sense, but equally in everyday practices, cultural phenomena, and material culture. This does not mean that Cultural Studies is only preoccupied with contemporary phenomena. On the contrary, understanding contemporary practices requires historical perspectives as well.
Gender Studies focuses on how gender is constructed in society and culture. Internationally, Feminist Cultural Studies has contributed immensely to the understanding of how gender is produced and reproduced in culture. For instance, Judith Butler, Donna Haraway, and bell hooks have, from different perspectives, asked crucial questions about power, identity and meaning—key concepts within the field of Cultural Studies.
Activities and research projects
The Cultural Studies group usually meets once a month to discuss work in progress or theoretical texts, with recent themes ranging from female adventurers to orphans in American literature and cultural representations of male homosexuality. We also organize guest lectures; recent guest lecturers include Jack Halberstam, University of Southern California (2013), and Lois Banner, University of Southern California (2014).
In June 2015 the group organized three sessions on the theme ”Feminist Cultural Studies” at the ACSIS conference in Norrköping. Several members of the group participated with paper presentations. One of the sessions, ”Gender, Nation, Migration” received special attention as it was highlighted as a so-called spotlight session in the conference program, but the other two sessions, ”Gender and Close Relations” and ”Gender, Mediation, Consumption”, were also well attended.
Since 2012 the Centre for Gender Research offers a MA course, “Feminist Cultural Studies”, developed and taught by group members.
Some of our ongoing research projects focus on men's friendships in contemporary Sweden, female masculinity in interwar Sweden, representations of family in twenty-first century Swedish literature, sexuality and mobility in South African literature, women’s sports events, and representations of rape and black lesbian sexuality in contemporary South African culture.
Would you like to receive information from or become a member of the Cultural Studies group? Please contact Jenny Björklund who cooridnates the group.