I received my master’s degree in Gender Studies from Humboldt-Universität-zu-Berlin in 2020. I have a BA in Sociology from University of Helsinki. During my master programme I worked as a research assistant in two interdisciplinary projects; “Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Politics: Activism, Citizenship & Health” funded by HERA, Humanities in the European Research Area, and “‘Don’t criminalize Passion!’ The AIDS crisis and political mobilization in the 1980s and early 1990s in Germany”, funded by the German Research Foundation, based at the Institute for European Ethnology. Among other things, I explored the role of a HIV/AIDS diagnosis, and how it was mobilized, in German asylum processes.
My master thesis “Embodying an In/Visible Category” is a qualitative study on queer and gay trans men that sleep with cis-men with a focus on embodiment and sexuality as viewed and experienced by the trans men, their lovers and/or partners, and in encounters with sexual health clinics, such as HIV/STI-testing.
Current research areas:
• Feminist science and technology studies, discard studies
• Care work
• Environmental politics, toxic lives and pollution
• Queer phenomenology, intersectionality
In my PhD project I am interested in care (work) in toxic uncertainty. Theoretically, I draw on feminist STS, discard studies, and feminist writings on care. More specifically, my PhD project is a case study starting from a day care center in an urban slum area in connection to an e-waste scrap yard in Accra, Ghana. The site is surrounded by polarized narratives, either questioning or confirming its toxic narrative by referring to it as one of the most polluted places on earth, an e-waste hub and/or poverty porn. In re-centering the e-waste narratives, I am interested in how families and institutions care for the health and well-being of children, and especially the relations of care (work) in and around kindergartens and its entanglement with the e-waste.
I am also a poet. My debut “tecknar snö” [drawing snow] was published at Förlaget M, 2020.