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Katja Kahlina, Principal Investigator, Sexuality and Democracy project (SEXDEM)

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Katja Kahlina has joined the University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies (Gender Studies unit) as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow. Previously she worked at the University of Edinburgh as a Research Fellow on the CITSEE (Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia) project and as a member of Global Justice Academy. Katja holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Gender Studies from Central European University. Her research interests/fields of expertise include Gender and Sexuality Studies; Citizenship Studies; Queer, Feminist and Postcolonial Theories; and Social Movements Studies. Katja’s publications address the ways in which gender and sexual politics intersect with nationalism and (neoliberal) globalisation, as well as with social institutions and categories of citizenship, nationality, ethnicity, and religion. She is currently leading a group project Sexuality and Democracy (SEXDEM) that is funded by the Kone Bold Initiatives.

Education/Academic qualification

Comparative Gender Studies, Ph.D., Central European University

Gender Studies, MA, Central European University

History, M.Ed. , University of Zagreb

Russian Language and Literature, M.Ed., University of Zagreb

External positions

Editor, Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory

Fields of Science

  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • Gender Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Social Movements
  • inequality
  • Queer International Relations
  • Feminist IR
  • Sexuality

Publications 2007 2018

Debunking the Myth of Sexual Freedom and Secularism: Sex and Secularism by Joan W. Scott

Kahlina, K., 2018, In : Redescriptions: Yearbook of political thought, conceptual history and feminist theory. 21, 1, p. 90-93 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

LGBT Rights, Standards of ‘Civilisation’ and the Multipolar World Order

Kahlina, K. & Ristivojevic, D., 2015, In : e-International relations.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateGeneral public

Open Access

Local histories, European LGBT designs: Sexual citizenship, nationalism, and "Europeanisation" in post-Yugoslav Croatia and Serbia

Kahlina, K., 2015, In : Women's Studies International Forum. 49, March–April, p. 73-84 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2016 2022

Activities 2016 2018

  • 7 Oral presentation
  • 3 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Editor of research journal

Anti-LGBT mobilization and discourses of democracy in Croatia

Katja Kahlina (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Gender, Place and Culture (Journal)

Katja Kahlina (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Anti-egalitarian activism: A contribution towards conceptualising the opposition to gender and sexual equality in Europe

Katja Kahlina (Speaker)
25 Apr 201730 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Redescriptions: Yearbook of political thought, conceptual history and feminist theory (Journal)

Katja Kahlina (Editorial Assistant)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal