Gender Studies Research Community

Project Details


UH Gender Studies RC specializes in Feminist Theory, Feminist Political Theory and the Feminist Study of Culture. The RC consists of overlapping and intersecting research projects, including a Center of Excellence research team (PPhiG, CoE PolCon) and a Minna Canth academy professor project. The RC, based at the disciplinary unit of Gender Studies, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, reaches across disciplines and faculty borders in the UH. UH Gender Studies coordinates the national Women’s Studies Doctoral School; in addition, the RC Gender hosts a number of overlapping doctoral schooling teams led by several PI’s and their projects brought together through common doctoral courses, and conferences, such as tri-annual Christina Conference, the biweekly Christina Research seminar and workshops with international experts in the field. Gender Studies is a vibrant Research Community with actively maintained international networks.

The RC clusters of feminist research in philosophy, politics and culture are linked through feminist theory discussions and work that focuses on multiple key concepts, such as identity, subjectivity, representation, citizenship, the body, materiality and performativity. Much of the research and doctoral schooling in the RC involves conceptual and theoretical explication of the philosophical issues of contemporary feminist theory, such as Judith Butler’s work, Deleuzian feminist theory, or feminist phenomenology. Simultaneously, the research and doctoral work in the RC Gender Studies comprises carrying the contestation of concepts and theories to concrete cultural and political analyses of contemporary and past phenomena of gender and sexuality such as EU legislation, feminist and queer politics, gendered media representations, analysis of the history of Nordic architecture from a perspective of gender, history of particular gendered concepts, changing concept of family, as well as studies on transnational sexual relationships, evolutionary narratives, the figure of the paedophile, and diverse masculinities, just to mention few of the topics of a large number of individual research projects.

Responsible person: Tuija Pulkkinen, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies

Participation category: 2
Effective start/end date01/03/2011 → …


Research Output

Age Gap as a Decisive Difference in Lesbian Relations (with Joanna Mizielinska)

Sorainen, A. M. & Mizielinska, J., 15 Feb 2020, (In preparation) In : Journal of Lesbian Studies. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Introduction: Constrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship

Sorainen, A. M., 29 Feb 2020, (In preparation) In : Feminists@law. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Translated title of the contribution: What is the role of the private funding bodies?Sorainen, A. & Ruuska, J., 9 Jan 2020, In : 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access


Next of Kin - a Public talk by Prof. Jenny Gunnarsson Payne

Antu Sorainen (Chair of organizing committee), , Jenny Gunnarson-Payne (Speaker: Keynote), & Tuija Pulkkinen (Chair of organizing committee)

14 Jan 2020

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

Queer Inheritance - an invited talk in the Edinburgh Law School Legal Theory Seminar Series

Antu Sorainen (Invited speaker)

16 Apr 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Examiner of a MA Thesis in Gender Studies

Antu Sorainen (Participant), & Tuija Pulkkinen (Teacher)

12 Feb 2020

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Press / Media

Mikä on säätiöiden tehtävä?

Antu Sorainen & Jaakko Ruuska


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

My Research Career in Queer Studies

Antu Sorainen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Queer Child Sexual Abuse Cases in the 1950s Eastern Finland

Antu Sorainen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media