Workshop on ’New Nordic Feminisms?’

Workshop on ’New Nordic Feminisms?’

The Nordic network on The Future of Feminisms in the Nordic Region had its last workshop at Oslo University 25-27 August 2017

The network runs between 2016-2017 and was financed by NIKK and NOS-HS) and coordinated by AAU by means of Pauline Stoltz from FREIA. Other organizers came from Oslo University, Lund University, Helsinki University and RUC. The theme for this final workshop was ‘New Nordic Feminisms?’ Keynotes were held by Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez from the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen in Germany. She spoke on the theme of ‘Transversal Mourning and Coloniality: Towards Transformative Justice for Common Futures’. The second keynote was Rauna Kuokkanen, who is Research Professor of Arctic Indigenous Politics at the University of Lapland in Finland and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Indigenous Studies Program at University of Toronto. Rauna spoke about ‘Decolonizing Feminism in the North’, with specific relevance for Sami feminism.

At the end of the workshop could the participants conclude that this had been a very fruitful network, with important knowledge disseminations and great possibilities for networking. Another appreciated aspect was the presence of many master students and generally of having a good spread in age and length of time in academia and activism amongst the participants: from young to old. For AAU this included for example that master students from the DIR specialization in Global Gender Studies participated as well as professor Birte Siim. Many participants were looking for possibilities to continue the cooperation. Several international publications and applications are already in the pipeline.

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