Queer Kinship

The course concentrates on the issues concerning what queering kinship, family and reproduction could teach us more about broader societal understandings of belonging, relatedness and intimate relations in variegated societies and contexts. The following topics will be addressed: theoretical approaches to family, kinship, gender and sexuality, methodologies and approaches to research in sensitive fields; the developments of the study fields of New Kinship Studies and Queer Kinship.
The course aims:
• Providing knowledge on recent theoretical and empirical approaches to kinship, family and reproduction and their interconnection with non-normative sexualities, gender and citizenship.
• Widening the understandings of transformations of social, cultural and legal institutions in regard to kinship; in particular, such issues are discussed as the inheritance system, child abandonment, lesbian parenting, non-conventional heterosexual families, and relationality outside-of-the-couple form are foci
• Queering the methodologies of kinship, relationality and family studies
• Elaborating the research tools and practical approaches to kinship and family structures and practices outside the heteronormative sphere

Course Organisers and Contact Persons: Anna Avdeeva (anna.avdeeva@helsinki.fi) & Alisa Zhabenko (alisa.zhabenko@helsinki.fi)

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12.12.2017 kl. 09:00 - 19.1.2018 kl. 23:59
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Schedule

Week1:
22/01/2018 Opening, Introduction to Queer Kinship by Antu Sorainen
23/01/2018 Methodology of Doing Research on Queer Kinship & Family by Alisa Zhabenko
24/01/2018 Kinship matters: anthropological perspectives by Anna-Maria Tapaninen + seminar
26/01/2018 Working on Sensitive Fields by Alisa Zhabenko + 2 seminars

Week 2
29/01/2018 Queering Heterosexual Families and Parenting by Anna Avdeeva
30/01/2018 Challenging Heterosexual Family Norms by Anna Avdeeva + seminar
31/01/2018 The making and unmaking of relatedness by Anna-Maria Tapaninen + seminar
01/02/2018 2 seminars
02/02/2018 Intimate relations outside the romantic/sexual couple in the context of Finnish communal living by Anna Heinonen (1h); Closing Seminar: Sorainen, Avdeeva and Zhabenko (1h)

Planned submission date of essay is 16/02/2018

DatumTidPlats
mån 22.1.2018
12:15 - 13:45
tis 23.1.2018
10:15 - 11:45
ons 24.1.2018
14:15 - 16:45
fre 26.1.2018
11:15 - 14:45
mån 29.1.2018
12:15 - 13:45
tis 30.1.2018
09:15 - 11:45
ons 31.1.2018
14:15 - 16:45
tors 1.2.2018
10:15 - 11:45
fre 2.2.2018
12:15 - 13:45

Material

1) Introduction Lecture by Dr. Antu Sorainen
- Butler, J. (2002). Is kinship always already heterosexual?. Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 13(1), 14-44.
- Sorainen, Antu. 2015. “Queer Personal Lives, Inheritance Perspectives, and Small Places.” Nordic Journal for Queer Studies – Lambda Nordica, a special volume on Kinship and Reproduction, 3-4/2015 vol. 19.

2) Doing Research on Queer Kinship & Family by Alisa Zhabenko
I. Compulsory Reading:
- Francesca Stella. Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (2015)
4 Chapter. Family Matters: Negotiating "Home". (67-88)
7 Chapter. Conclusions: From Russian to (Post) Socialists Sexualities (132-161)
- Weston, Kath. 1991. Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship. New York: Columbia University Press. (1991)
Chapter Five (103-137)
Chapter Seven: The lesbian mother as Icon (168-175)
Chapter Eight (195-210)

II. Recommended Reading:
- Weston, Kath. 1991. Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship. New York: Columbia University Press. (1991)
Chapter Two (21-43)
- Mizielińska, J., & Stasińska, A. (2017). Beyond the Western gaze: Families of choice in Poland. Sexualities, 1363460717718508.

3) Kinship matters: anthropological perspectives by Dr. Anna-Maria Tapaninen
- Sahlins, Marshall. 2011. “What kinship is (part one).” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 17(1); 2-19).
- Carsten, Janet. 2013. “What Kinship Does—and How.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 3(2): 245–51.

4) Working on Sensitive Fields by Alisa Zhabenko
I. Compulsory Reading:
- Holstein, J., & Gubrium, J. F. (2003). Inside interviewing: New lenses, new concerns. Sage
Introduction
Queering the Interview

II. Recommended reading:
- Holstein, J., & Gubrium, J. F. (2003). Inside interviewing: New lenses, new concerns. Sage.:
Chapter "Their Story/My Story/Our Story: Including the Researcher's Experience in Interview Research"
- Boyce, P., Engebretsen, E. L., Gonzalez-Polledo, E. J., & Posocco, S. (2017). A commitment to difference: An interview with Esther Newton. Sexualities, 1363460717706666.

5) The making and unmaking of relatedness by Dr. Anna-Maria Tapaninen
- Tapaninen, Anna-Maria. 2004. “Motherhood through the Wheel: The Care of Foundlings in Late C19th Naples.” In Gender, Family and Sexuality: The Private Sphere in Italy 1860-1945, 51-70. Ed. Perry Willson. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Collier, Jane Fishburne, Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo, and Sylvia Junko Yanagisako. 1997. "Is there a family?:: new anthropological views". In Gender / Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy. Eds.

6) Queering Heterosexual Families and Parenting by Anna Avdeeva
- Wolkomir, M. (2009). Making heteronormative reconciliations: The story of romantic love, sexuality, and gender in mixed-orientation marriages. Gender & Society, 23(4), 494-519.
- Jackson, S. (2006). Interchanges: Gender, sexuality and heterosexuality: The complexity (and limits) of heteronormativity. Feminist theory, 7(1), 105-121.

7) Challenging Heterosexual Family Norms by Anna Avdeeva
- Dean, J. J. (2011). The cultural construction of heterosexual identities. Sociology Compass, 5(8), 679-687.
- Manning, J. (2015). Paradoxes of (im) purity: Affirming heteronormativity and queering heterosexuality in family discourses of purity pledges. Women's Studies in Communication, 38(1), 99-117.

8) Intimate relations outside the romantic/sexual couple in the context of Finnish communal living by Anna Heinonen
- Wilkinson, E. (2014). Single People's Geographies of Home: Intimacy and Friendship beyond ‘the Family’. Environment and Planning A, 46(10), 2452-2468.
- Ketokivi, K. (2012). The intimate couple, family and the relational organization of close relationships. Sociology, 46(3), 473-489.

Lectures by Dr. Antu Sorainen and Dr. Anna-Maria Tapaninen are obligatory for attendance for students enrolled for the course. In case of absence, a student will have to make additional reading.

Kursbeskrivningen

Title: Queering Kinship, Family and Intimate Relations in Theory and Practice (Intensive Course, Spring 2018)

Period: 22.01.2018-02.02.2018

Type: taught course + seminars
Lectures by Dr. Antu Sorainen and Dr. Anna-Maria Tapaninen are obligatory for attendance for students enrolled for the course. In case of absence, a student will have to make additional reading.

Evaluation: essay (5-6 pages)

Submission date of essay: 16.02.2018

Language of instruction: English

Beskrivning

Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelija tuntee intersektionaalisuuden käsitteen teoreettiset lähtökohdat ja sen eri ulottuvuudet ja soveltamistavat. Opiskelija osaa soveltaa intersektionaalisuuden käsitettä niin kulttuurisiin kuin yhteiskunnallisiinkin ilmiöihin. Opiskelija ymmärtää intersektionaalisuuden käsitteeseen liittyviä metodologisia ja teoreettisia mahdollisuuksia ja haasteita.

Opintojaksossa perehdytään identiteetti- ja sosiaalikategorioiden ja risteävien erojen, kuten sukupuolen, iän, seksuaalisuuden, etnisyyden/rodun, ruumiillisen toimintakyvyn ja luokan, leikkauspintoihin. Jaksossa tarkastellaan intersektionaalisuutta teoreettisena ja metodologisena lähestymistapana.

  1. Hill Collins, Patricia ja Sirma Bilge. 2016. Intersectionality. Polity Press.
  2. Sukupuolentutkimus – Genusforskning. 2017. ”Transtutkimus ja intersukupuolisuuden tutkimus”. 1/2017 teemanumero.
  3. Nina Lykke. 2010. Feminist Studies: A Guide to Intersectional Theory, Methodology and Writing. Taylor & Francis.

0-5. Arviointi perustuu tenttiin, kirjalliseen työhön tai vastaavaan vastuuopettajan kanssa sovittavaan suoritusmuotoon.

Kurssi, essee, kirjatentti tai itsenäinen tutkimusharjoitus, jossa opintojakson voi suorittaa osana sukupuolentutkimuksen oppianeessa käynnissä olevia tutkimusprojekteja.