Transforming Working Life, Gender and Care

Publié le 19 septembre 2017 par Institut du Genre

SKY Doctoral Course at Helsinki University Finland, 4-5 December 2017, with Linda McKie, Marjut Jyrkinen and Jukka Lehtonen, apply by 6 November.

Time : 4.-5.12.2017, University of Helsinki, The doctoral programme Gender, Culture, and Society (SKY) - 5 Study points

By : Professor Linda McKie, Associate Professor Marjut Jyrkinen and Senior Researcher, Docent Jukka Lehtonen

This SKY course for doctoral students aims to :

· Introduce students to the central issues in designing and carrying out gender research at postgraduate level and beyond.
· Consider recent debates on gender and feminist research on the concepts of working life and care.
· Examine what difference it makes to take gender and intersecting differences as the subject or object of research.

Of particular concern are the ethical and political issues arising from doing gender research with respect to representing others and seeking to influence and engage with broader social contexts. The course is interdisciplinary, and you will be introduced to a range of perspectives on knowledge production and research practice.

As a result of participating in this course you should be equipped to :

· Critically assess existing knowledge practices.
· Identify challenges to ’mainstream knowledge’ that come from gendered and feminist perspectives.
· Explore how knowledge is produced and offer critical assessments of the dominant debates in gendered research practice, asking how we ensure that we conduct research ethically.

Through a discussion on methodological questions, the course provides an opportunity to reflect on and synthesize a range of research design issues. These are addressed on the course through producing and collectively evaluating student designed research proposals and papers.

The course is highly participatory and you are encouraged to bring key questions, issues and texts from your own research and reading that we can consider as a group. For each participant, one hour of time will be reserved for presentation of one’s paper, discussion and comments.

How to apply :

Please fill in the application form ( Include an abstract (max 300 words) to describe the paper you are planning to write for / present in the course. Deadline for the applications is 6 Nov 2017 at noon. You will be informed to the outcome of your application by the Monday 13 Nov 2017.

For those accepted to the course (maximum of 7 persons), deadline for submitting the full paper (3,000-4,000 words) is Thursday 23 Nov 2017 at noon.

Teachers :

Linda McKie is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh where she is Dean and Head of the School for Social and Political Sciences. She joined Edinburgh after completing five years at the University of Durham where she was Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK. She is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. Linda has published over 120 peer reviewed articles, books and chapters and been a member of the editorial boards for a range of journals including Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Work, Employment and Society. Linda is passionate in her support for early career colleagues and runs regular writing courses and retreats on planning and writing publications and research proposals. In 2004 she was elected to the UK Academy of Social sciences and was a member of the Sociology Unit of Assessment Panel for the UK Research Assessment Framework in 2014.

Marjut Jyrkinen is Associate Professor in Work-life Equality and Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki (UH). She has her PhD in Management and Organisation studies, Hanken School of Economics, and Docentship in Faculty of Social Sciences, UH. Her current research interests are in the areas of sustainability and intersectionalities in working life, and research on gender, management and organisations. She has over 65 scientific publications including 40 peer reviewed articles. Marjut is Co-director of the SKY Doctoral Programme and Research Director of WeAll Research Consortium (

Jukka Lehtonen is a Senior Researcher in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He currently works on workplace diversity and equality issues in WeAll –project ( funded by the Academy of Finland. His research focus is on media discourses on intersecting differences and normativities in the working life as well as on non-heterosexual and trans youth with in education and work environment. Sexual and gender diversity within school, workplace, youth culture and research have been his research topics for over 25 years. He has over 100 scientific publications including five monographs and 10 edited compilation works.

Contact :

Johanna Hyytiäinen
PhD, Doctoral Programme Coordinator
P.O. Box 4
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
phone +358 29 41 24881