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Women's Lives in Swedish Speaking Finland (Kvinnoliv)

Date: 1.6.1995-31.12.2001
Code: 8950
Department: Åbo Akademi University / Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (ESF), Institute of Women's Studies
Address: Agricolagatan 6Agricolagatan 6, FIN-20500 Åbo
Phone +358-2-2154589
Fax 358-2-2154943
E-mail hsilius@abo.fi
Project leader: PD Harriet Silius, professor (1.6.1995-31.12.2001)
Researchers: FM Monica Nerdrum (1.5.1995-31.12.2001)
PM Sirpa Wrede (1.5.1995-31.12.2001)
PM Vanessa May (1.9.1996-31.12.1999)
FL Ann-catrin Östman (1.6.1995-30.6.1999)
FL Lena Marander-Eklund (1.9.1996-30.6.1999)
FM Anna-Leena Keski-Nisula (1.1.1997-)
FL Lisen Sundqvist (1.9.1997-)
Type of research: 0 (0=Within duty, 1=Ordered research, 2=Co-operation)
- basic research 100 %
ŇA internal financing: FIM 30000
Finnish funding organizations: Svenska Kulturfonden, Helsingfors () FIM
Man months: Totally: 30 months
Keywords: kvinnohistoria, finlandssvenskar, naishistoria, suomenruotsalaiset, livshistorier, självbiografi, kvinnor, kön, etnicitet, moderskap, arbete, life history, autobiography, women, gender, ethnicity, motherhood, work,

The aim of the multidisciplinary resarch project Women's Lives in Swedish Speaking Finland graduate studies.The project contriubutes to life history research and women's studies by analyzing the interaction between life and text from a feminist perspective.At the same time ethinicity is integrated into the questions of gender.The following themes are relevant to the project: 1) femininity, motherhood, work and ethinicity, 2) life story, autobiography, subjectivity and narrativity.Research is conducted on the collection "Women's Lives in Swedish Speaking Finland" which consists of 130 life histories, biographical and literary matrial.Firstly, the project provides a new understandig of the relevance of gender in a society charactarized by change, from several different perspecitves.Secondly, the research meets a need of theoretical and empirical knowledge of gender, identity and subjectivity as well as of the relevance of expiriences for welfare and helth from a gender aspect.


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