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Gender, Power, and Identity – in a local and global perspective

Time: 22.-24. November, 2017. Venue: Department of Sociology and Social Work Aalborg University, Kroghstraede 7, 9220 Aalborg East, room 61 The PhD course is held in collaboration between the Doctoral School of Social Sciences, AAU and The Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Business.


Jeff Hearn, Senior Professor in Gender Studies at the School of Humanities, Education & Social Science at Örebro University (Sweden)

Birgit Sauer, Professor of Political Science, University of Vienna (Austria)


Hanne Marlene Dahl, Professor Dept. of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University

Ann-Dorte Christensen, Professor Dept. of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University


3 ECTS for participating in the course

5 ECTS for participation with a written paper

Course description:

Most PhD students within gender studies struggle with issues of gender, power and identity. On the one hand these concepts are often taken for granted and on the other hand they are highly contested. In this course these key concepts and their conceptual history will be presented and critically discussed in relation to current societal development. The PhD course will have two main perspectives:  

The first perspective concerns the question of gendered power relations seen in a globalized and transnational perspective. Power has always been a key issue in gender and masculinity research and several theories have contributed to understanding the complexity of power both at an overall structural level and at the micro level in gendered social interactions (for instance the theory of patriarchy and the theory of hegemonic masculinity).  However in the context of globalization there are new questions to be discussed: Can we speak of a transnational gender system? And if so, what are its characteristics? How are gendered transnational power relations working in relations to e.g. migration, violence and militarism, global business, and mobilization in civil society? In relation to this perspective the question of transnational identities and memories will be discussed both theoretically and in relation to empirical analysis.

The second perspective is about one of the forces shaping gender relations at various levels, namely neo-liberalism (New Public Management) and the regulation of affect. This is not just a question of who is regulating and their gender. Rather gender and power are also reproduced through old and new forms of regulation which moves beyond the nation state container including various levels of governance and transnational discourses. That’s why we also want to discuss the regulation, its gendered aspects in the perspective of a new concept of affective governmentality and in relation to an analytical tool often forgotten within gender research, namely silences. How are silencing symptoms or signs of gender and dominance, i.e. lost struggles?


Wednesday November 22.Venue: Kroghstraede 7, room 61

Kl. 13.00-14.00: Introduction and presentation of participants and PhD projects.

Kl. 14.00-15.30: Keynote Jeff Hearn: Gendered Power Relations in a globalized and transnational perspective – empirical research and theoretical knowledge

Kl. 15.45–17.45 PhD Presentations

Dean Cooper-Cunnigham Feminist perspective on post-Cold War security studies.

Discussants: Jeff Hearn and Hanne Marlene Dahl.

Marie Antonie Sæther, Criminal women in the psychiatry

Discussant: Jeff Hearn and Hanne Marlene Dahl

Thursday November 23.Venue: Kroghstraede 7, room 61

Kl. 09.00-10.30: Keynote Birgit Sauer: Affective governmentality

Kl. 10.45-11.45 PhD Presentation

Birte Hansen Empowering female entrepreneurship in China

Discussant Birgit Sauer and Ann-Dorte Christensen


Kl. 13.00 -14.30 – Lecture Hanne Marlene Dahl: Power and gendered regulation: Silencing.

Kl. 15.00 -17.00 – PhD presentations

Dennis Puorideme Gender and Social Protection at the Intersection of Discourses and Governmentality in the Context of Ghana

Discussants: Birgit Sauer and Ann-Dorte Christensen

Marie Fjellerup Bærndt Gender, ethnicity and party practices: Young Muslim women and their strategies for participating in the Danish nightlife.

Discussant: Birgit Sauer and Ann-Dorte Christensen

Kl. 19.00 – Dinner for keynotes, organizers and PhD students

Friday November 24.Venue: Kroghstraede 7, room 61

Kl. 09.00-10.30 – Lecture Jeff Hearn and Ann-Dorte Christensen: Analyzing memories from an intersectional perspective.

Kl. 10.45-11.45 PhD presentation

Kathrine Bjerg Bennike Gender, Peace, and the Danish Royal Air Force: Soldier Narratives

Discussants: Jeff Hearn and Hanne Marlene Dahl

Kl. 11.45- 12.30 Evaluation of the course

Kl.12.30- Lunch and good byes.

Guidelines for paper presentations

Submitted papers approximately 10 pages.

All participants are expected to read all papers.

Paper presentation: About 15 minutes for presentation of main arguments and main questions in the paper

10 minutes comments from 1. discussants (keynote)

5-10 minutes comments from 2. discussants (organizer)

Subsequently a broader discussion and comments from fellow PhD students

Target group:

The course addresses 15 Danish, Nordic or international PhD students within gender research. The students can be new on the field of gender research or they can be more experienced in the area. The first group will obtain knowledge about the key concepts and major themes in the research field. The second group will obtain new perspectives through the attentiveness to theoretical development and the relationship between analytical notions and examples on how to apply theories and concepts in empirical analyses.

Practical Information:

Fee 1200 D.Kr. The fee covers 2 lunches and 1 dinner as well as refreshments during the course. Participants must themselves pay for travel costs and accommodation. We can recommend following overnight accommodation www.scandichotels.dk 


Deadline for registration: 2 October, 2017. If you want to submit a paper abstract must be included in the registration (max 300 words). to Anne Brauner Mikkelsen abm@socsci.aau.dk

Deadline for submitting a paper:  6 November to Anne Brauner Mikkelsen abm@socsci.aau.dk

Final programme and list of participants will be available 1 November  together with a reading list.

Papers will be available 9 November

Please notice that there is a maximum 15 participants.

Further information about the course can be directed to: Professor Ann-Dorte Christensen, adc@socsi.aau.dk or Professor Hanne Marlene Dahl, hmdahl@ruc.dk  For practical information please contract PhD-secretary Anne Brauner Mikkelsen, abm@socsci.aau.dk


Aalborg University, Kroghstraede 7, 9220 Aalborg East, room 61

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