Ulrika Dahl joined the centre's core faculty in 2016. She is Associate Professor of Gender Studies (2012) and holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and Women's Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2004). Her current etnographic research is on somatechnical, critical race and transnational perspectives on queer kinship and reproduction. In 2017, she teaches feminist cultural studies (PhD) gender theory (MA) and intersectionality/postcoloniality (B-level undergraduate).
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Trained at 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), I worked at Södertörn University from 2005-2016 when I joined the Centre for Gender Research. 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 and antiracist activists in and out of the academy.
At the centre for Gender Research, I am director of PhD studies, co-organiser of the Queer Seminar, and an active member of the Kinship & Reproduction research group. Furthermore, I collaborate actively with the Centre for multidisciplinary research on racism and chair the committee on equal opportunities at the Centre for Gender Research. Currently I supervise 2 PhD students at Södertörn University, and also co-supervise at Turku University and Lund University and mentor a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow in Uppsala.
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 focus was aninvestigation of 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 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 investigated how various strands of feminist theory have dealt with the question of femininity and sought 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 a number of articles in NORA, Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, Gender Place and Culture, Feminist Theory, Sexualities and New Formations. Currently I am co-editing a special issue of European Journal of Women's Studies (with Jenny Sundén) on Femininity Revisited, out in late 2018.
In 2018 I am completing the leadership of a project funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation entitled 'Queer(y)ing kinship in the Baltic Region' which also includes associate professor Joanna Mizielinska (Warzaw) and associate professor Antu Sorainen (Helsinki) and Ph.D. student Raili Uibo at Södertörn. Here we are exploring the various paths to and meanings assigned to 'family' and 'intimacy' among LGBTQ folks in these different settings. My own theoretical interests lie at the intersection of queer, affect, and critical race scholarship on reproduction and my ethnographic research focuses on ideas about relatedness, race, futurity and intimate/affective labour among LGBTQ multi-parent families in urban Sweden. Publications include a special issue of lambda nordica on Kinship and Reproduction (with Jenny Gunnarsson Payne), an article in Sexualities, and several forthcoming articles as well as an anthology.
Two central strands run through all my feminist (academic) endeavors; a passion for creative writing and a commitment to decolonial and antiracist pedagogy and research.
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