Keynote Speakers

The conference has two keynote lectures and a keynote panel discussion commemorating the fifty years that have passed since the decriminalization of homosexuality in Finland in 1971 and focusing on the histories of homosexualities in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Kate Fisher is a professor of history at University of Exeter who specializes in the history of sexuality, particularly during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is a director of Sexual Knowledge Unit that brings together scholars from across the humanities, social sciences and biomedical sciences who are engaged in research about sex, gender and sexuality and co-directs the Wellcome-funded Rethinking Sexology Project. She has published extensively on topics related to sexual knowledge and sexual science, sexuality and gender, birth control and social history of sexuality. She also co-directs the Sex & History  sex-education project. Professor Fisher’s webpage:

Julian Honkasalo is an Academy of Finland postdoctoral research scholar in gender studies, University of Helsinki. Honkasalo obtained their PhD in gender studies at the University of Helsinki in 2016, with a dissertation on feminist interpretations of Hannah Arendt. Honkasalo obtained a second PhD in political science at the New School for Social Research in 2018, with a dissertation on Hannah Arendt and biopolitics. The dissertation was awarded with the New School's Hannah Arendt Award in Politics. Honkasalo's current, postdoctoral research focuses on contemporary offshoots of twentieth-century race hygiene, gender norms and eugenic discourse from a Foucaultian perspective. A key question of interest in the project is understanding how minorities resist biopolitical violence.

Andrés Brink Pinto

Andrés Brink Pinto is Associate Professor (Docent) in history at Lund University. Since 2019 he is working as a researcher at the department of Gender Studies, Lund University, on a project dealing with the policing of homosexuality in Stockholm 1944-1968 (grant no VR 2018-01161). Previously he has done research on youth riots, militant antifascism and norms of class, gender and sexuality within the Swedish communist movement.   

Tone Hellesund

Tone Hellesund is a professor of cultural studies (ethnology) at the University of Bergen. She has written about romantic friendships and the spinster as a queer figure, about narratives of homosexuality and suicide, about the second wave women’s movement and sexuality, and about contemporary intimate lives outside the traditional family. She is now working on a project about what she calls “innovators of intimacy” and queer domesticity before 1920. She is also the founder of the Norwegian queer archive, and is invested in helping to queer the focus of the cultural heritage sector.

Uku Lember

Uku Lember is Associate Professor of Contemporary History at Tallinn University. He defended his doctoral dissertation at Central European University with an oral history of Russian-Estonian mixed marriages in the late Soviet period. After that he conducted a study of culturally mixed marriages in Ukraine and he is now working on queer history of Soviet Estonia with a focus on oral histories of gay men in late socialism. He has spent an academic year as a receipent of Telluride scholarship at Cornell University and has held post-doctoral fellowships at Uppsala University and at New Europe College (Bucharest). His latest publication is „Memory and Asymmetry in Russian-Estonian Intermarriages in Estonia during Late Socialism,“ in Intermarriage from Central Europe to Central Asia, ed. by A. Edgar and B. Frommer, 137−161, (University of Nebraska Press, 2020).

Ineta Lipša

Ineta Lipša is a senior researcher at the University of Latvia, Institute of Latvian History. Her research is based in gender and sexuality studies. She has published a monograph on the history of sexuality and social control in Latvia from 1914 to 1939 (2014, in Latvian). She has an experience working in collaboration with community organisations (Association of LGBT and their friends Mozaika) making an exhibition on LGBTI history in the 20th century (2015). She has also engaged in public history activities writing a popular history book  LGBTI people in Latvia: a history of the past 100 years (2017, in Latvian, 2018, in English). Her current research is focused on sexuality, gender and social control in the Soviet Latvia.

Chair of the panel discussion: Tuula Juvonen

DSocSci Tuula Juvonen works as a senior lecturer of Gender Studies at Tampere University. She has conducted research in five Academy of Finland funded projects and published awarded and ground-breaking monographs about Finnish LGBT history. Most recently she has led an AoF funded research project Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships (2015–2020) and worked as a collegium researcher at Turku Institute for Advanced studies with a project titled Affective Attachments: Genders and Sexualities in Flux (2018–2020). She has taught Gender and Queer Studies at several Finnish universities and at University of Hamburg as a visiting professor. She has been a recurrent co-editor of chief for a peer-reviewed scholarly journal SQS – Journal of the Society of Queer Studies in Finland and is currently coediting its special issue on Queer History Month. She is a cofounder and the first chairperson of a registered association Friends of Queer History and has been awarded for her ongoing collaboration with memory institutions to preserve Finnish LGBTQ histories.