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Curriculum vitae

Cai Weaver is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. His doctoral dissertation is entitled "Gays, Perverts, Degenerates and Democratic Values: The Governance of Sexuality in Putin's Russia". He recieved his Master's Degree in International Relations (M.Soc.Sci) from the University of Tampere in 2014 and his thesis was awarded second place by the Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies in 2015. He completed his Undergraduate studies at the University of Aberystwyth in International Politics and International History (BScEcon). 

His PhD research focuses on issues of Biopoliticial Governance, (Homo)Sexuality, and Russia. Weaver's other research interests are the Feminist Research Methods, Nationalism, Queer International Relations Theory, and Gender and Politics in Video Games.  

In 2019, Weaver is teaching and coordinating the Helsinki Summer School Course ' Feminist Research Methods in Theory and Practice'. Previously, he has taught and coordinated the Helsinki Summer School Course "Feminist Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities" with Merle Wessel. For the academic years 2018-19 and 2017-18, he is responsible for teaching the Master's Seminar Course "Gender and Politics in Europe" and the Bachelor's Lecture Course "Gender, Politics and Society". He has also taught the section "Queer and Feminist World Politics" on the Master's course "Advanced Theories of International Politics and on the Master's course "Exploring Politics of Gender and Sexuality across the Finnish-Russian Border" at the University of Tampere in Autumn 2016. Weaver also gives a "How to Manage Your Research Project Successfully" lecture to the Master's students of the Leadership for Change and Cross-Border International Relations degree programmes at the University of Tampere (2018, 2017, 2015, 2013)

Weaver is currenty employed by the Faculty of Social Science until October 2019 to complete his Doctoral Dissertation. He was previously awarded the Roichi Sasakawa Young Leader's Fellowship inthe year 2018. Previous funding was given by the Gender, Culture and Society Doctoral Programme (SKY) at the University of Helsinki for 2017. He won a short research grant from the Subjectivity Historicity and Communality research network at Helsinki University for Autumn 2016, and worked for the academic year 2015/2016 in the Academy of Finland project “Biopolitics and Democracy in Global Governance”.

He has published in Idäntutkimus The Finnish Review of East European Studies. He has organised and chaired panels at various international conferences. 

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • Feminist Research Methodologies
  • Russia
  • Queer International Relations
  • Video Games
  • Foucault
  • Migration
  • Academic Writing
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Gender Studies

Publications 2014 2019

The Aftermath of the Gay Propaganda Law - Mapping Trends in the Russian Media

Weaver, C. & Koch, T., 2019, (In preparation) In : Journal of Homosexuality.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Chain of Perversion: The Governance of Homosexuality in Putin’s Russia

Weaver, C., 10 Jul 2019, (Submitted) In : Sexualities.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

“I’m gay, but I’m not like those perverts”: Perceptions of Self, the LGBT Community, and LGBT Activists among Gay and Bisexual Russian Men

Weaver, C., Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) LGBTQ+ Activism in Central Eastern Europe. Buyantueva, R. & Shevtsova, M. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Biopoliittinen hallinta ja homoseksuaalisuus Pietarissa

Translated title of the contribution: Biopolitical governance and homosexuality in Saint PetersburgWeaver, C., 2016, In : Idäntutkimus. 23, 1, p. 16-31 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Let’s not internationalize but postnationalize universities

Kangas, A., Kynsilehto, A., Norocel, O. C., Pascucci, E., Särmä, S. & Weaver, J. C. B., 2015, In : Politiikasta.fi.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Projects 2015 2019

BIODEM: Biopolitics and Democracy in Global Governance

Ailio, J., Prozorov, S., Weaver, C., Siisiainen, L. & Repo, J.

01/09/201501/08/2019

Project: Research project

Prizes

Master's Thesis Award

Cai Weaver (Recipient), 2 Apr 2015

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2013 2019

  • 25 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 6 Public Talks

ECPR General Conference / Wroclaw

Cai Weaver (Speaker: Presenter)
4 Sep 20197 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Finnish International Studies Association’s Annual Conference 2019

Cai Weaver (Speaker: Presenter)
18 Jan 201919 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

European Conference on Gender and Politics

Cai Weaver (Speaker: Presenter), Cai Weaver (Speaker: Chair)
4 Jul 20196 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Nor­dic Chal­lenges. The Second Nor­dic Chal­lenges Con­fer­ence

Cai Weaver (Speaker: Presenter)
7 Mar 20189 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

"Difference, Diversity, Diffraction: Confronting Hegemonies and Dispossessions"

Cai Weaver (Speaker: Presenter)
14 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Tshetshenia // Seksuaalivähemmistöt [Chechnya // Sexual Minorities]

Cai Weaver

01/08/2017

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Finland’s Brits in shock over Brexit result

Cai Weaver

26/06/2016

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

UK referendum weighs on expat minds in Finland

Cai Weaver

22/05/2016

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Brexit Interview on YLE News TV1

Cai Weaver

19/05/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media