Death at the End of the Rainbow: Rethinking Queer Kinship, Rituals of Remembrance and the Finnish Culture of Death

  • Date: –18:00
  • Location: Zoom
  • Lecturer: Varpu Alasuutari, University of Turku
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Nicole Ovesen
  • Seminarium

Varpu Alasuutari defended her PhD in gender studies at the University of Turku, Finland on June 5, 2020. In her dissertation, she has examined death and loss as parts of queer and trans lives in Finland from the 1980s to the 2010s. Her research interests include queer kinship studies, queer death studies and feminist affect theories.

Every human life will end in death. Thus, to study death as a part of life is hardly a marginal topic, yet it may sound marginal because of death’s taboo-like nature and the discomfort people feel when talking about it. In this seminar, the focus is on discussing how death and death-related losses appear in queer and trans lives. What does kinship have to do with it? Or rituals? Or the Church institution? The seminar is based on Varpu Alasuutari’s dissertation, in which the topic was explored in the empirical context of Finland. Theoretically, the dissertation draws on feminist affect theories, queer theory, death studies and bereavement studies and contributes to the emerging field of queer death studies.

The dissertation can be downloaded at: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-29-8074-1

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PROGRAMME AUTUMN 2020

The Centre for Gender Research organises open queer seminars for all interested and/or actively working with the concept of 'queer', through practice, theory or activism. 

5 OCTOBER
Death at the End of the Rainbow: Rethinking Queer Kinship, Rituals of Remembrance and the Finnish Culture of Death
Varpu Alasuutari, University of Turku

2 NOVEMBER
Digitala förbindelser: Rum, riktning och queera förbindelser
Evelina Liliequist, Umeå Universitet

7 DECEMBER
Trans and Sex Change in Contemporary Iran:A Socio-legal Study of Gendered Policies and Practices
Zara Saeidzadeh, Örebro Universitet