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Curriculum vitae

I submitted my doctoral dissertation Toward a Non-Hierarchical Expression of Difference in Political Thought in November 2019 in Political Science at the University of Helsinki. In this dissertation, I discuss contributions by three authors: Luce Irigaray, Adriana Cavarero and Fanny Söderbäck. I have, furthermore, developed new patterns of thinking related to near futurity and ethics in the field of deliberative democracy in dialogue with dance artist Vivianne Budsko-Lommi. The thesis has been funded by Victoriastiftelsen, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Ella ja Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, Waldemar von Frenckell Foundation and Oskar Öflund Foundation. 


I have been teaching courses in Gender Studies and Political Sciences in Helsinki since 2009. During 2006-2010 I was a member of several research projects related to trade unions funded by The European Commission, Syndex in France and The Finnish Work Environment Fund. From previous years, I also have a long experience of working as a temporary journalist at the national news agency STT. In the spring 2019, I worked as a planner at the University of the Arts in Helsinki.


Areas of specialization:

Political thought, feminist philosophy, gender & intersectionality, creative writing & dance as a form of expression.


Prizes: Karen Burke Memorial Prize by Luce Irigaray Circle in 2018.

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science


Review of Differences: Rereading Beauvoir and Irigaray

Svanström, M. E., 2020, (In preparation) In : Hypatia.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review (scientific)Scientificpeer-review

Bringing Sanna Kekäläinen in Dialogue with Feminist Philosophers

Svanström, M. E., 16 Jan 2018, Body, Meat & Spirit : Perspectives to the Work of Sanna Kekäläinen. Kekäläinen & Co, S. (ed.). Helsinki: BoD Books on Demand, p. 53-57 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

A Comment Towards an Intergenerational Dialogue

Svanström, M. E., 5 Sep 2018

Research output: Other contribution

Mapping Trade Union Responses to Discrimination

Svanström, M. E., 2010, European Commission.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

A Comment Towards an Intergenerational Dialogue. – By Maria Svanström

Sorainen, A. (ed.) & Svanström, M., 5 Sep 2018, In : Queer Pain. 2018, 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access


Gender Studies Research Community

Elomäki, A., Al-Sharmani, M., Dahlgren, S., Engelberg, M., Haritaworn, J., Holli, A., Honkasalo, J., Hoppania, H., Ihrche-Åberg, I., Jokila, H., Kalha, H., Kantola, J., Kinnarinen, K., Kornak, J., Korsisaari, E. M., Koskinen, T., Kuosmanen, P. K., Kupari, H., Leclin, J., Moisala, P., Moring, A., Muravyeva, M., Niemi, J., Norocel, O. C., Nousiainen, K., Oikkonen, V., Oroza, S., Paasonen, S., Pakkanen, J., Palin, T., Patosalmi, M., Paunu, H., Pulkkinen, T., Raevaara, E., Ratinen, S., Repo, J., Roman-Lagerspetz, S., Rossi, L., Rundgren, H., Ruuskanen, M., Saari, M., Saarikangas, K., Salmesvuori, P., Saresma, T. A. M., Sorainen, A., Soronen, A., Svanström, M. E., Tsokkinen-Männistö, A., Tuomaala, S., Tuomi, L. M., Uimonen, M., Urponen, M., Urrio, E., Utriainen, T., Weide, M., Werner, L., Vuola, E., Vänskä, A. & Xu-Susiluoto, Q.

01/03/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Mapping study on the Trade Union practices

Helander, M. & Svanström, M. E.

Unknown funder


Project: Research project


Giving Life to Politics: The Work of Adriana Cavarero

Maria Elisabeth Svanström (Speaker)
19 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Hypatia (Journal)

Maria Elisabeth Svanström (Reviewer)
9 Jul 201610 Oct 2016

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

Diverse Lineages of Existentialism II

Maria Elisabeth Svanström (Attendee)
3 Jun 20195 Jun 2019

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

Politiikan tutkimuksen päivät

Maria Elisabeth Svanström (Member of organizing committee)
10 Mar 201611 Mar 2016

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

Press / Media

Hållbarhet och tid

Maria Elisabeth Svanström


1 Media contribution

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Taiteen rahoitusta lisättävä

Maria Elisabeth Svanström


1 Media contribution

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Osallistuva demokratia tuo aitoa päätösvaltaa kansalle

Maria Elisabeth Svanström


1 Media contribution

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