Editorial board


Erika Alm, PhD in History of Ideas, is senior lecturer in Gender Studies at the department of Cultural Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. Her research interests are trans* and intersex studies, gender non-conforming activism and biopolitics. Currently she works in the 8 scholar research collaboration, ”The futures of genders and sexualities: cultural products, transnational spaces and emerging communities”. Recent publications include ”Den normkritiska vändningen och förstahetens genealogier”, in Samtider (Daidalos, 2017, with Pia Laskar), a special issue of TGV 37:4 (2016), ”Cisnormativitet och feminism” (with Iwo Nord and Signe Bremer), and a special issue of Cultural Unbound 9:1 (2017, with Pia Laskar and Cathrin Wasshede), including the article ”The rainbow flag as friction: transnational, imagined communities of belonging among Pakistani LGBTQ activists” (with Lena Martinsson).

Elisabeth L. Engebretsen is senior lecturer at the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo, Norway. A trained anthropologist (LSE, 2008), she is the author of Queer women in urban China: An ethnography (Routledge 2014), co-editor of Queer/tongzhi China: New perspectives on research, activism and media cultures (NIAS Press 2015), and a fortcoming special issue of Sexualities on ”Anthropology’s queer sensibilities”. Engebretsen’s current research interests are mainly focused on pedagogical practice and politics in Norway’s higher education, queer cultural history in Norway, feminist mobilization in the Nordic region, and independent feminist activism in China.

Kaisa Ilmonen holds a PhD in Comparative Literature (2012) and works at Turku institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku. Her research interests include Caribbean studies, Feminism of Color, Intersectionality, Postcolonial Studies, Queer Studies and sexualities of the colonial modernity. Among her publications are Queer Rebellion. Intersectionality and the Sexual Modernity in the Novels of Michelle Cliff (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthc.); “Narrating the Nordic Queer: Comparative Perspectives on Queer Studies in Denmark, Finland, and Norway” Lambda Nordica (with Matthias Danbolt and Elisabeth L. Engebretsen, forthc.); “Beyond the Postcolonial, but Why Exactly? Ten Steps towards a New Enthusiasm for Postcolonial Studies” Journal of Literary Theory (2016), and the first Finnish anthology of Queer literature, Pervot Pidot: Homo-, lesbo- ja queernäkökulmia kirjallisuuteen (co-edited with Lasse Kekki, 2004). Kaisa has worked closely with SQS (The Finnish Society for Queer Studies), as a board member, co-editor-in-chief of SQS Journal, and co-organizer of SQS’s biannual Queer Studies Symposiums held in Turku since 2004.

Anu Koivunen is Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, currently on research leave at University of Helsinki for a fellowship for Driving Forces of Democracy: Patterns of Democratization in Finland and Sweden, 1890- 2020 (2016-2018). She has written on feminist and queer film theory, the affective turn in feminist and queer theory, Finnish cinema and television history, new narratives about Sweden Finns as well as mediated cultures of emotion. Among her recent publications are “Affective historiography: archival aesthetics and the temporalities of televisual nationbuilding”, in International Journal of Communication, “Pillow Talk, Swedish style: Att Älska/To Love (Jörn Donner 1964)”, Swedish Cinema and the Sexual Revolution, (McFarland Publishing, Björklund and Larsson, eds 2016), “The Promise of Touch: turns to affect in feminist film theory”, in Feminisms. The Key Debates Vol. 5. Edited by Laura Mulvey & Anna Backmann Rogers (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015), and “Uncanny motions: facing death, morphing life” (Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 35:2, 2013).

Michael Nebeling Petersen, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark. His research centres questions on culture, power and identity, and he is interested in the intersections between gender, sexuality, kinship, race and nation. His current work is on transnational commercial surrogacy, where he is especially interested in how new reproductive technologies together with social medias reconfigure cultural understandings of family, identity and kinship. His recent publications include: Becoming Gay Fathers through Transnational Commercial Surrogacy. Journal of Family Studies, (2016, E-pub ahead of print), Dad & daddy assemblages: Re-suturing the nation through transnational surrogacy, homosexuality, and Norwegian exceptionalism. GLQ 23(1) (with Charlotte Kroløkke, Charlotte and Lene Myong, 2016).

Jens Rydström is a historian by training and professor of gender studies at Lund University in Sweden. His main fields of interest are gender history, medical history, gay and lesbian studies, critical disability studies, crip theory, and queer theory. Jens has published extensively in a range of journals and anthologies in both Swedish and English. Among his books are Loneliness and its opposite: Sex, disability, and the ethics of engagement with Don Kulick (Duke University Press, Odd Couples: A History of Gay Marriage in Sweden (2011, Aksant), Undantagsmänniskor: En svensk HBTQ historia (2008, Studentlitteratur, with S. Norrhem and H. Winqvist) and Criminally Queer: Criminal law in Scandinavia 1842- 1999. Edited with K. Mustola (2007, Aksant). Scandinavian sex workers’ organizations: Origins and contemporary challenges

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