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Affective Activism: Sites of Queer and Trans World-Making

Tampere University
Duration of project1.9.2021–31.8.2025
Area of focusSociety

Our project focuses on the ways in which queer and trans activists claim space for themselves and their world-making. Introducing an interdisciplinary approach to what we call affective activism, the project will produce original interview data and cutting-edge analysis on the affective arrangements of queer and trans activists’ actions, strategies, and visions for the future. By focusing especially on affective arrangements, our project will contribute to scholarly discussions on the role of affect in queer and trans activism, and its place in societal change within Evangelical-Lutheran Church, memory institutions, in the field of art and in community building. Our results will benefit the communities we are to involve in our studies by offering them conceptual and practical tools for self-reflection. Research conducted at Tampere University in the field of queer and trans studies will also enrich and benefit public discussions concerning queer and trans lives and liveability.

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Academy of Finland



PhD Signe Bremer Gagnesjö, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University

Professor Elspeth Brown, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto

Professor Ulrika Dahl, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University

Associate Professor Íris Ellenberger, School of Education, Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Iceland

Senior lecturer, Dr. Kuura Irni, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki

Professor Jamie Ann Lee, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

Professor Martin Lücke, History of Education at Friedrich-Meinecke-Institute and the academic director of the Margherita-von-Brentano-Center for Gender Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin,

Dr. Yv Nay, Institute of Gender Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland,

Professor Peter Nynäs, programme of Culture, History and Philosophy, Åbo Akademi

Dr. Peter Rehberg, Head of Collections & Archives, Schwules Museum, Berlin

Senior lecturer Dr. Wibke Straub, Research Coordinator for GEXcel International Collegium at the Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University

Professor Laurel Westbrook, Sociology Department at the Grand Valley State University, Michigan

Professor Melissa M. Wilcox, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Riverside

Työväenmuseo Werstas, Tampere