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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Katja Kahlina works at the University of Helsinki, Department of Cultures, where she leads a Kone Foundation funded project Sexuality and Democracy (SEXDEM). Within SEXDEM, she explores the interplay of sexuality, populism, and nationalism in two contexts: she analyzes contemporary anti-gender mobilization in Europe and explores the possibilities of feminist re-appropriations of populism. Katja’s research commitments are to the study of sexual politics and political discourse, and the ways in which these two are culturally and geopolitically produced and entangled. In addition to her engagements in SEXDEM project, she serves as a Managing Editor of the journal Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory published by Helsinki University Press.

Education/Academic qualification

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

Gender Studies, MA, Central European University

History, M.Ed. , University of Zagreb

External positions

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

2018 → …

Fields of Science

  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • Gender Studies
  • Critical Social Theory
  • geopolitics
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Social Movements
  • populism
  • Critical geopolitics
  • inequality

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.