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Doctoral Researcher, Laws


Caloniankuja 3

Areas of expertise

Human rights
legal theory
feminist perspectives on law
new materialisms


I have been guest lecturer on the course Law and Gender in 2020 and 2021 on the topic of Post-feminist theories, furthermore I am occupying a supportive task in procedural law which covers inter alia evaluating master’s theses.  


My research interests situates in sexualities and how the legal system constructs its sexed/gendered subjects. For the moment I am theoretically engaging with (feminist) new materialisms for investigating how dualisms are foundational in paradigmatic Western thought. 

Currently the focus of my doctoral dissertation lies in the centrality of sex/gender binary in relation to law and how societies and law construct different sexes/genders and sexual orientations - both discursively and materially. Furthermore, law is thought to be abstract according to paradigmatic legal thinking. This abstraction of law can be questioned by investigating whether law might have material effects and itself be materializing in reality. The dissertation approaches this issue through binaries such as sex/gender and heterosexual/homosexual and how the binary thinking, (that feminist scholars would argue is also a hierarchy, where masculine>feminine, and queer theorists would supplement with another: heterosexuality>homosexuality) in addition to its discursive power to regulate sexed/gendered behaviour, could also manifest itself in and through bodies themselves.   


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