Gender Studies 2019 Conference: On Violence

24th of October – 26th of October 2019

University of Helsinki, Finland

The conference is located at the City Center Campus of the University of Helsinki. The main events are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3) and the Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33). In addition, workshops are in Language Centre (Fabianinkatu 26) and Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40). All these buildings are close to each other. You can find information on the City Center Campus and the Campus map here.

Main Conference Organisers:

Elina Penttinen, University lecturer, Director of Gender Studies Master’s Programme

Ada Schwanck, PhD Candidate, SKY Doctoral Programme

Marjut Jyrkinen, Associate Professor in Working Life Equality and Gender Studies

Conference Secretaries:

Kerttu Willamo, MA student, Gender Studies Master’s program

Aino Hiltunen, M.Soc.Sc student, Master’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication


Conference Application Editor: Aiko Lohtander, MA student, Gender Studies Master’s program

Volunteer coordinator: Annukka Paajanen, PhD Candidate


Scientific Advisory Team:

Elina Penttinen, University lecturer, Director of Gender Studies Master’s program

Marjut Jyrkinen, Associate Professor in Working Life Equality and Gender Studies

Tuija Pulkkinen, Professor of Gender Studies, Chair of Gender Studies Unit and the SKY Doctoral Programme

Ada Schwanck, PhD Candidate, SKY Doctoral Programme

Anna Avdeeva, PhD Candidate, SKY Doctoral Programme

Alisa Zhabenko, PhD Candidate, SKY Doctoral Programme

Katja Kahlina, Kone Research Fellow, Gender Studies Unit

Dusica Ristivojevic, DR, Researcher


Media and Distribution: Anna Heinonen, PhD Candidate, SKY Doctoral Programme

Website Editor: Suzy Ameen, PhD Candidate, SKY Doctoral Programme




Gender Studies 2019 Conference: On Violence is the conference of the Association of Gender Studies in Finland (SUNS) and part of a long tradition in which the annual Gender Studies Conference is hosted by a different university in Finland, with a different theme each time. The On Violence conference is hosted and organised by Gender Studies within the University of Helsinki together with Incorporating Vulnerability and WeAllFinland projects.

Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki is a discipline within the Faculty of Arts. It provides teaching at BA, MA and PhD levels, and runs an MA program in Gender Studies, which currently has 40 students. 20 PhD students are currently completing their PhD in Gender Studies. In addition, a multidisciplinary Doctoral programme, Gender, Culture and Society (SKY), which spans five faculties in the university’s central campus, is directed from within the discipline. Apart from the study programs, Gender Studies hosts numerous research projects. Scholars with diverse research interests participate in these projects, including queer, trans, postcolonial and animal studies, as well as work life equality, and democracy. Research in Gender Studies is done with orientations which vary from philosophy, history, politics, literature and arts to management and ecological humanities.

SUNS, the Association of Gender Studies in Finland, is a national scholarly association that aims at promoting Women’s and Gender Studies in the Finnish context. The association has been active since 1988, and has annually organised a conference ever since. Currently SUNS conferences (Sukupuolentutkimuksen päivät) gather around 350 participants annually and are increasingly international, inviting organized workshops and papers also from abroad. Since the 1980’s SUNS has published a journal, and currently Sukupuolentutkimus – Genusforskning, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal in Finnish and Swedish languages, is the leading publication in the area of gender studies in Finland. In addition to organizing the annual conference and the journal, SUNS also participates in public discussions and policy-making processes regarding Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Incorporating Vulnerability: a non-fragmented approach to feminist research on violence  research project challenges the hierarchic distinction between ‘real’ physical violence and ‘mere’ emotional abuse and broadens the understanding of both the meaning and the consequences of psychological, social and systemic violence. The aim of the project is to reveal and question normalized manifestations of gender-based violence previously overlooked in research as well as in anti-violence work. The Incorporating Vulnerability research project is pursued at the Gender Studies program of the University of Helsinki, and funded by the University of Helsinki three-year grants.

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In WeAllFinland - Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life  project we explore factors that support and, on the other hand, restrict the opportunities of different people and diverse groups in working life. Demographic changes, regional differences, the reconciling of work and private life, as well as organisational and management practices, all affect these opportunities. We address how age, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and location have an impact on working life. Our collaboration and dialogue with stakeholders promote the co-production of knowledge on equalities and inequalities in working life, and on well-being at work.



More projects located in the Gender Studies discipline of the University of Helsinki include:

Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship - CoreKin (Academy of Finland research project 2016-2020, Dir. Antu Sorainen) is a powerhouse of researchers involved in the creation of new ideas about relationships, kinship, family, sexualities etc. in a number of contexts. CoreKin deals with issues that seeks to transform the ways we think about kinship as well as looks to provide a substantive contribution to the theories of kinship and sexuality as they interact with studies of social relatedness, family and care in investigating how kinship norms shape non-conventional care relations. https://www.facebook.com/corekinproject/ https://twitter.com/CoreKinProject https://www.instagram.com/corekinproject/

Queer Wills and Inheritance in Sexually Marginalised Groups is an Academy Research Fellow Project, researching wills and inheritance in sexually marginalized groups in 2014-2019 (PI: Antu Sorainen). This project sheds light on the will-making among queer people, the shortcomings of existing legislation, as well as the significance of the inheritance system for this group of people that has been economically invisible to state and society. The Western inheritance system and legislation are based on a cultural model of marriage and generational succession that does not fit the lives of most people belonging to a sexual minority. A will is a way for queer people to support their loved ones irrespective of the judicial model of kinship. The research project promotes social justice and equality. https://www.facebook.com/queerwills/ https://twitter.com/QueerWills