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Ulrika Dahl

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Ulrika Dahl
Senior Lecturer
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Flemingsberg
Fax: +46 8 608 4360

I am Associate Professor of Gender Studies with a concentration in anthropology and from 2008-2016 I served as a lecturer and researcher at Södertörn University. Since 2017, my primary post is at the centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, but I remain at Södertörn as a researcher and PhD supervisor for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

I received my training from US institutions (BA Magna Cum Laude Anthropology and Gender Studies, Lawrence University 1994; Ph.D. Anthropology and Womens Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz 2004) and have worked at Södertörn since 2005. Ive also taught in the Swedish Program at Stockholm University (2002-2004),  at UC Santa Cruz (2000-2001) and in the Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (2008 and 2009) and in Intergender (2009). Ive been a guest researcher at  the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney (2009) och at The Somatechnics Research Centre, Macquarie University (2010) i Australia, both times funded by STINT. In the fall of 2011 I was the Fulbright Hildeman Fellow at the Department of Scandinavian Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota.

Since 2009 I am one of the editors of the Nordic GLBTQ studies journal Lambda Nordica and since 2014 an associate editor of European Journal of Womens Studies. I serve on a number of advisory boards of projects, journals and research centers and enjoy collaborating with feminists in and out of the academy.

Research interests

My dissertation research, funded by the Wenner-Gren foundation for Anthropological Research, entitled Progressive Women, Traditional Men: The Politics of Knowledge and Gendered Stories of Development in the Northern Periphery of the EU was an ethnographic account of the intersections of regional identity building, gender (equality) politics and European integration around the turn of the millennium. It is not published in Sweden, but please contact me if you are interested in it.

In "Translating and Constructing Gender Studies in the Nordic Region, 1975-2005", funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation, I worked together with Professor Ulla Manns at Södertörn and Professor Marianne Liljeström at the University of Turku, Finland and my part was entitled  "A Joint Canon? Transitions and Translations in Nordic Womens and Gender studies 1990-2005".  The project resulted in a joint book entitled The Geopolitics of Nordic and Russian Gender Research 1975-2005 (Södertörn Academic Press, 2017). My part investigates stories about the development, content, and change of "Nordic" womens/gender studies  in relation to "European" womens/gender studies. I am particularly interested in how ideas and theorists are assigned geopolitical belonging and identity and in citational practices, intellectual kinship networks and canonisation.

My main research interests have since 2002 centred on feminist sexual politics and specifically, intersectional perspectives on queer femininities. In the project Femme as Figuration: Rethinking (Queer) femininities, funded by the Bank of Swedens Tercentenary Fund, I investigate how various strands of feminist theory have dealt with the question of femininity and seek to contribute to new ways of thinking feminine materiality and the relationship between bodies, technologies and knowledges. The multi- and translocal ethnographic component of the project builds on the ethnographic work I did with the book Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities together with visual artist Del LaGrace Volcano. This project was completed in 2012 but also includes my 2014 monograph Skamgrepp: Femme-inistiska essäer as well as recent articles in Feminist Theory, Sexualities and New Formations.

Since 2014 I have been the leader of a 3 year project, funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation entitled queer(y)ing kinship in the Baltic Region which also includes associate professor Joanna Mizielinska from Warzaw and associate professor Antu Sorainen in Helsinki as well as Raili Uibos Ph.D. project at Södertörn. Here I am conducting ethnographic research on ideas about relatedness, futurity and reproduction among LGBTQ people in urban Sweden.