Panel: Futures of Feminism

Saturday 25.11.2017
12:00-14:00, Main building, C1

The panel turns a critical gaze on the future. The panelists will discuss the future roles of feminist research, with a particular focus on the future of feminist theories and on the relationship between theory and feminist activism. The aim is to highlight future threats as well as the promises of feminism. The panelists will present their understandings of feminist dystopias and utopias, and the audience will be invited to join the discussion.

Chair: Tuija Saresma


akshay khanna
akshay khanna is a Social Anthropologist, political activist, theatre practitioner and amateur chef based in New Delhi. akshay’s initial training was in law, after which it worked with the Lawyers Collective, a Human Rights NGO in New Delhi. This was followed by an MA Medical Anthropology (SOAS) and a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. It has, since, held the position of Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University, as Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, and as an independent consultant in international development and human rights. At the IDS, akshay convened the Sexuality and Development Programme and was instrumental in expanding the scope of the programme to focus on the political economy of sexuality, questions of law, legality and constitutionalism, and issues around race, nation, fundamentalism. akshay also led on the development of a philosophical, political and analytical approach called ‘Unruly Politics’ and a successful course of the same name. akshay’s first book length ethnography, 'Sexualness' (2016, New Text) tells a story of Queer activism in India and offers a theoretical frame that demonstrates what it looks like to look at the sexual from the south. Its current research relates to the erotics of political authority and unruly politics. It is co-director of RAPT (Research Activism Performance and Theatre), which is developing theatre as a methodology of research.

Aino-Kaisa Koistinen
PhD Aino-Kaisa Koistinen currently works as senior researcher in literature at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests include cultural studies (especially media culture and popular culture), science fiction, crime fiction, gender studies, and feminist posthumanism. She defended her PhD thesis The Human Question in Science Fiction Television: (Re)Imagining Humanity in Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman and V in contemporary culture studies (2015). Koistinen has worked in projects, such as the Finnish sub-project of The World Hobbit Project, Abusive Sexuality and Sexual Violence in Contemporary Culture, and Transmedia Literacy. She is vice-chair of The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (Finfar) and one of the editors-in-chief of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. She is also one of the organizers of The Monster Network (https://promisesofmonsters.wordpress.com) focusing on promoting studies on monsters or the monstrous, and an affiliate member of the Posthumanities Hub (University of Linköping https://www.tema.liu.se/tema-g/Posthuman/posthumanities-hub?l=en). She has been published, for example, in NORA—Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research and Science Fiction Film and Television. In her free time, she writes fiction, and her stories often have a speculative twist.

Katariina Kyrölä
PhD Katariina Kyrölä is a university teacher at the Åbo Akademi University. She is the co-editor-in-chief in Finnish Journal of Gender Studies (Sukupuolentutkimus-Genusforskning) in 2016-2017. Previously Kyrölä has worked e.g. as a senior lecturer at the department of media studies at the University of Turku, as an Academy of Finland research fellow and worked at Stockholm University both as a senior lecturer and as a postdoctoral associate. Kyrölä’s research interests include topics like relation between media and the non-normative body, feminist fat studies, affects, queer theory, postcolonial and indigenous people’s feminist theories. Kyrölä’s book The Weight of Images: Affect, Body Image and Fat in the Media (Routledge) that is based on her doctoral dissertation was published in 2014, and her research articles have been published in  Feminist Theory, Sexualities, International Journal of Cultural Studies and lambda nordica. Her forthcoming research project covers indigenous people’s queer studies and Sami-people’s imagery in the Nordic contemporary culture.