Courses in English

Hilma-network organizes these 2 courses in English
in  Autumn 2022


Introduction to Gender Studies (5 ECTS)
19.9.- 18.11.2022
Instructor: PhD Eira Juntti

Course Description: The course provides an introduction to the field of gender studies, beginning with a discussion on the concept of gender and exploring the idea of gender as a social construct. Other topics include an overview of theoretical frameworks of gender, studies of masculinities, gender stereotypes, gendered relationships, and gendered work. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the basic concepts used in gender studies, know the main theories on gender in the social sciences, and understand how gender is part of different social structures.

Course Requirements: 

  1. Self-introduction:Post a short introduction of yourself in the beginning of the course.
  2. Weekly Participation:The course requires active weekly participation. Students will read 1–2 texts every week and discuss them in small groups in writing in Moodle. Everyone is required to write an opening comment plus at least 2 responses to others’ comments weekly. Participation counts for 70% of the final grade.
    3. Learning Diary:Write a reflective Learning Diary based on your weekly comments and online discussions, including a self-evaluation. Counts for 30% of the final grade.

Course Materials: There will be a selection of reading materials available through Moodle.

Prerequisites & Target Group: Previous gender studies courses are not required. The course is meant primarily for Bachelor’s (Candidate’s) students, or students in their early years of Master’s programs in the social sciences or humanities (e.g. history, sociology, anthropology, political science, cultural studies). If there are more applicants than can be accommodated, priority will be given to exchange students and students in Master’s programs taught in English. In addition, we seek to accept students from all HILMA Network member universities equally.

Apply here:  22.8- 9.9.2022


Gender, body, water
26.9 – 25.11.22
Instructor: Anastasia (A) Khodyreva

 Course level: intermediate (advanced undergraduate and MA students)

 When: 26.9 – 25.11.22; session 1: 27.9.2022, Tuesday, 12.00 – 14.00 session 2: 4.10.2022, Tuesday, 12.00 – 14.00 session 3: 11.10.2022, Tuesday, 12.00 – 14.00 session 4: 25.10.2022, Tuesday, 12.00 – 14.00 session 5: 1.11.2022, Tuesday, 12.00 – 14.00 session 6: 8.11.2022, Tuesday, 12.00 – 14.00 session 7: 15.11.2022, Tuesday, 12.00 – 14.00 session 8: 22.11.2022, Tuesday, 12.00 – 14.00

Course description

As various marginalised – human and non-human – bodies face endless struggles for survival in the heated rapidly liquifying world, the course invites to meaningfully interconnect theories of gender with feminist environmental humanities. The course chooses gender, body and water as its main conceptual companions and connects structural injustice towards feminised, genderqueer, racialised bodies with environmental injustice that leads to such phenomena as glaciers melting, water contamination, water wars, and droughts.

Theories of gender and hydrofeminism (Neimanis 2012; 2017) will be regarded as two complementary discourses and toolkits that are able to challenge the dominant Western metaphysics of binaries and to crystallise more just and liveable futurities.  We will think of what various bodies of water can offer to feminism, its theories, and practices, and what feminism and its imaginaries of a body can give back to water. We will think how insights of gender studies and hydrofeminisms may productively infuse each other at the theoretical, conceptual, methodological, affective, and activist levels.  Together, we will build up tentative propositions for these vast concerns inflamed by the climate crisis.

The course starts by examining how the notions of ‘gender’ and ‘water’ come together in classic feminist texts (e.g. L. Irigaray, T. T. Minh-ha, H. Cixous), proceeds to trans and non-binary narratives and theorisations of gender, interlinked with processes of racialisation, that meaningfully feature a notion of water (e.g. E. Hayward, E. Steinbock, V. Agard-Jones), and, finally, engages with transdisciplinary research that attends to both gender and environmental injustice (e.g. A. Neimanis, S. Alaimo, N. Tuana, adrienne maree brown, M. Gómez-Barris). We will start by asking how imaginaries of gender were or were not formed by bodies of water. Next, we will think of ways various bodies of water have been intervening to challenge binary notions of gender. Finally, we attend to ways non-binary genders queered by a figuration (Braidotti 2011) of water may become critical tools for nuanced reflection and intervention in environmental issues. The course engages with scholarly texts but actively engages with hydrofeminist art. The course will provide an opportunity for online meetings and discussions with the artists and curators who take both gender and water crisis seriously (for example, Hannah Rowan, Becky Lyon, Georgia Perkins).

 Study goals:
 By the course finale, students will:

– Be able to locate and operate with key concepts in theories of gender (binary, non-binary, trans and other genderqueer enfleshments) and race, and hydrofeminism (concept of water as a material body, as a critical concept, as a feminist figuration, water and the Anthropocene);
– Be able to both support and challenge these concepts’ capacities to build interdisciplinary criticism;
– Be able to initiate an interdisciplinary discussion using the key concepts of gender theory and hydrofeminism;
– Be able to detect meaningful linkages between various forms of intersectional injustice (social positionings of queer, trans, non-binary bodies; ongoing coloniality of gender) and environmental injustice;
– Be able to meaningfully (re)contextualise theoretical findings that the course discusses and to ethically reactivate them in contexts of students’ individual interests and critical curiosities;
– Be able to propose and develop their own conceptual toolkits to critically engage with matters of injustice of students’ individual interests and critical curiosities;
– Be introduced to the art scene, specifically, to its feminist community that meaningfully connects and critically engages with both matters of gender and environmental injustice (primarily, water, but also other elements and matterings);
– Be introduced to the basic tool of engaging with artworks as study material, but also as companions for one’s critical writing practice;
– Be able to revise and develop their writing practice in accordance with principles of feminist interdisciplinarity.

 Study methods Online lectures, instructive podcasts, writing exercises for independent study with an opportunity for individual discussion with a lecturer, in-class discussions, artists’ talks and q&a as extra curriculum activities. In order to complete the course successfully (5 ECTS), students are expected to participate in lectures, discussions and complete the writing assignment.

 Language English

Readings and other learning materials The course reader and the catalogue of related artworks will be provided by the start of the course.

 Registration for the course here 29.8-16.9.2022



Gender Politics and Right-Wing Populism
10.10. – 9.12. 2022
Teacher: Didem Unal Abaday

BA & MA-level
Course description

In the recent era, there has been a worldwide resurgence of right-wing populist (RWP) movements and nationalist, racist, and anti-feminist agendas accompanied by shrinking spaces for civil society actors. These reactionary forces increasingly politicize gender and sexuality to mark national and civilizational boundaries and oppose feminist politics in various ways, replacing it with a conservative emphasis on familialism and pronatalism. These attacks on feminist politics are interwoven with broader challenges to democracy and operate in conjunction with the politicization of culture and religion, mainly Islam to reinforce the populist trope of self/other confrontation.

This course aims to examine the gendered modalities and operating mechanisms of right-wing populist movements and political parties at the level of discourse, policy, and politics. Contesting East-West and secular-pious binaries, it looks at different varieties of right-wing populisms (North America, Western Europe, Central Europe, Middle East) and aims to decipher the recurrent discourses and practices as well as the differences in between. Mapping out the implications of the recent upsurge of right-wing populism for a feminist-inspired societal vision, it also looks beyond the closures in the political system and investigates feminist counter forces struggling against the current crisis of democracy and gender backlash. To this end, it investigates the ways in which different forms of feminist activism at the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, religion, and sexual orientation emerge as a powerful opposition posing serious challenges to the gender politics of right-wing populism.

Learning Outcomes:  The main aim of the course is to help students acquire theoretical and analytical tools through which they can critically understand how gender and sexuality are increasingly politicized in right-wing populism in the current era. They will acquire intersectional insights into how right-wing discourses and policy visions on gender are constructed, navigated and reproduced through various discursive mechanisms, policy tools and are dramatically mobilized in national boundary making. Moreover, the students will develop a nuanced understanding of different varieties of gender politics of right-wing populisms beyond East-West binaries and will engage in discussions on feminist activism contesting right-wing populisms at the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, religion, and sexual orientation.

The course consists of online lectures, readings, class discussions and written assignments. Virtual meetings take place in real time and are based on introductory lectures on the topic of the week, class discussions and small group activities. To successfully complete the course, the students need to submit two assignments, namely a short essay (ca. 3 pages) and a learning journal (ca. 10 pages). Course materials cover a wide range of topics and geographies and bring together examples from the recently growing feminist scholarship on gender and right-wing populism in an innovative way.

Apply here:  12.9- 30.9.2022