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Nordic panel discussion: Feminism and anti-feminism in the Nordic region

To mark the 15th anniversary of the journal Fett, the project aimed to arrange a panel discussion during 2019 between the editors of sister journals in the various Nordic nations about the situation of Nordic feminism. The project highlighted how Nordic feminists can influence the political agenda through feminist critique, investigate the causes behind the emergence of far-right attitudes that are hostile towards women, and discuss how Nordic feminists can work together to combat these attitudes. The idea was that the panel discussion should put these themes on the agenda in a Nordic context, and should contribute towards sharing experiences, building networks, securing commitment and increasing knowledge across national borders.

Transforming Identities: Exploring changes, tensions and visions in the Nordic region through the prism of identity politics

Transforming Identities brought together scholars, activists, artists and authors to discuss current challenges to democratic participation and shifting understandings of diversity, minorities, and solidarity. At a time when minorities, broadly defined, are increasingly positioned as threats to majority rights and democratic values, the project explore how and to what ends minority mobilization challenges Nordic social and political landscapes – what’s at stake, why, and for whom?

In three workshops (in Stavanger, Gothenburg and Helsinki) the project explored the impulses for new understandings of equality and rights, solidarity, marginalization and democracy, in the context of the rise of rightwing activism, growing nationalism, local and global insecurities. The project aimed to facilitate collaborations and thinking across disciplines and platforms, expand understandings of how democratic participation transforms the social and the political, and to establish lasting avenues for debate, insights, and new research.

The future of feminisms in the Nordic region

How do feminist movements react to global crises, diversity and increased mobility? How are major inequalities handled in society? Which challenges are feminist movements in the Nordic countries facing today? The aim of this Nordic network was to identify and discuss the commonalities and specificities of feminist movements in the Nordic countries, the status of Nordic state feminism and the transnational relations between feminist communities.

The ambition of the project was to gain knowledge about the central challenges faced by feminist movements and about how best to deal with these challenges. Special attention was given to the intersection between gender and other grounds for discrimination and to feminist initiatives within public institutions. The network organized a series of workshops and gathered researchers and other stakeholders. The results were presented online and in various scholarly and popular-scientific publications.

Redefining Nordic feminism

The aim of the project was to establish a Nordic network of anti-racist feminists and create a platform for collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences.

During the project, four meetings were held between 2015-2017 in Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm and in Iinari, Sápmi. During these meetings, racialized feministis from Finland, Sweden, Åland, Brussels, Denmark and Sápmi have participated.

In these lectures and workshops the situations in each country, the key struggles and tools that were useful were discussed.

Power handbook

Inspired by the power handbook that Interfem had published in Sweden, this project wanted to promote the publication of a similar book in Finland.

During the course of the project, two Nordic network meetings were held with participants from Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Denmark and Norway. The power handbook was written by women subject to racialisation, and presented specific experiences from the different countries.

The activities led to the formation of a new network for Nordic anti-racist feminists. The foundation for a leadership programme for young anti-racist feminists has been laid and material and tools for training of young anti-racist feminists have been developed.

Updated 21 November 2019