Incorporating Vulnerability: a non-fragmented approach to feminist research on violence

Project Details


This multidisciplinary project, pursued at the Gender Studies program of the University of Helsinki, builds a non-fragmented approach to feminist research by challenging conventional distinctions between physical and non-physical violence, mind and body, self and others. In this study the configuration and gendered experience of violence is studied at three levels, the interpersonal, institutional and international. It takes a unique perspective by focusing on the felt-sense of the body as a means of healing and transforming the trauma resulting from emotional and physical abuse and shows how vulnerability is integral in forming connections with others. The project brings together four interconnected case studies in order to build a new research agenda which recognizes the physical effects of emotional abuse with the emotional effects of physical abuse. The project crosses disciplinary boundaries between social sciences and the humanities, comprising interview, archival, fiction, music and film materials. The research results will be useful to various health care professionals.
Effective start/end date01/01/201631/12/2018

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • Gender Studies
  • Feminist research on violence
  • methodology
  • Trauma
  • traumatic stress
  • trauma literature
  • Gender Identity disorder
  • eugenics
  • bio-politics


Research Output

Gender Studies Conference in Finland Went Global in 2019

Penttinen, E., Jyrkinen, M., Willamo, K. I. & Hiltunen, A. M., Jan 2020, In : Sukupuolentutkimus. 33, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Lähisuhdeväkivallan kohteet kuuluvat Covid-19 riskiryhmään

Translated title of the contribution: Targets of interpersonal violence belong to Covid-19 risk groupPenttinen, E. & Jyrkinen, M., Apr 2020

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/siteScientific

Open Access


ISA 2019

Elina Penttinen (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)

27 Mar 2019

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

Beyond Violence: multidisciplinary approach to feminist research on violence

Elina Penttinen (Participant), , Julian Honkasalo (Participant), & Ada Schwanck (Participant)

2019 → …

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Opening statements

Elina Penttinen (Speaker)

24 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation