We have many researchers and lecturers working on LHBTQ themes, gender and sexuality, see overview (Norwegian).
Here we present some relevant research projects and research groups with a queer perspective.
Faculty of Humanities
- Nordic sounds: critical music research group
Department of Musicology
The research group aims to establish interfaculty and inter-departmental collaboration on issues dealing with music, sound, subjectivity, national and Nordic identity, culture, and social systems.
- Professor Stan Hawkins is leading the group and the project Popular Music & Gender in a Transcultural Context and has published the book Queerness in Pop Music – Aesthetics, Gender Norms, and Temporality (Routledge, 2016). The book is available for loan at the University of Oslo Library.
- PhD candidate Kai Arne Hansen is affiliated with this research group through the thesis Fashioning Pop Personae: Gender, Personal Narrativity, and Media Convergence in 21st Century Pop Music which is available online.
- Literature, rights, and imagined communities
Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, Faculty of Humanities
This project foregrounds the important but often overlooked connection between rights, literature, and the way in which communities imagine themselves.
- PhD candidate Alba Morollón Diaz-Faes was affiliated with the research group through his thesis Queer(ed) Fairy Tales which is available online or can be loaned at the University Library.
- From Embracing Eternity to Riding the Bull: Representations of Homosexuality and Gender in the Video Game Series Mass Effect and Dragon Age
PhD thesis on representations of homosexuality and gender in mainstream video games by Joakim Johansen Østby, currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Media and Communication. The thesis is available online, follow the link above.
- Challenging Gender: a reconsideration of gender in the Viking Age using the mortuary landscape
This thesis by Marianne Moen challenges our understanding of gender roles in the Viking Age and emphasises that gender must be understood as part of a holistic social identity. Marianne Moen is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Cultural History Museum.
- Dag Øistein Endsjø, professor of religious studies, is best known for his research on sex and religion and on how Greek notions of physical immortality and resurrection influenced early Christianity. He also works on a variety of other topics, such as religion and popular culture, religion and human rights, religion and politics, religion and place, gender and religion, religious change, Greek religion, Christianity and the history of immortality in Western religion.
- Nils Axel Nissen, professor of American literature with professional interests related to American literature, biography (theory and practice), literature and gender, literature and (gay) sexuality, and American film history (1930-60).
Faculty of Law
- Gender identity and sexual orientation in international and national (Norwegian) law
Department of Public and International Law
The project examines the situation of people who do not fit into the traditional binary gender model. The focus is on the right to legal identity, the right to health, and the right to dignity, integrity and self-determination.
- The project has been completed, but is followed up by the book project «LHBTI persons' right to recognition, self-determination and equality» led by Anne Hellum and Anniken Sørlie.
- Phd candidate Anniken Sørlie was affiliated with this research group through the thesis The right to gender identity – a grounded life cycle perspective which was awarded H.M. The King's gold medal in 2019 and is available online, follow the link above.
- May-Len Skilbrei, head of department at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, has spent the last ten years working on issues of migration, gender and immigration policy. She has led or participated in research projects on return migration, irregular migration, marriage migration and Norwegian immigration policy. Her current research is primarily about sexual violence as a policy field and area of law.
Faculty of Medicine
Biomedicalization from the Inside Out
This project is divided into five sub-projects and looks at four related stories of illness and power. The sub-projects will further be integrated into a broader study of the intersection of biomedicalisation and social medicine. PhD candidate Ketil Slagstad is associated with this group with the sub-project "Biomedicalization of Transgender: Sex and Gender in Postwar Medicine".
Community-based organising against HIV among same-sex attracted men in Tanzania
Institute of Health and Society
This ethnographic study explores nascent community-based work against HIV among same-sex practicing men in Tanzania. With men as co-investigators it aims to portray, understand and learn from the ways in which HIV prevention activism is created, engaged with and perceived. Kåre Moen is a central researcher in this project.
Faculty of Social Sciences
- Exploring everyday understandings of atypical sex development
Department of Psychology
This is one of a cluster of international projects focusing on intersex or diverse sex development.
- Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit
Book where Hege Skjeie, Cathrine Holst and Mari Teigen have contributed the chapter Splendid Isolation? On How a Non-member Is Affected by—And Affects—EU Gender Equality Policy which is available online.
- Gender dysphoria in adolescents
Research project at the Section for Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychology. Reidar Schei Jessen is affiliated with the project as a PhD candidate and writes about gender dysphoria among outh.
Faculty of Theology
- Authoritative texts and their reception (ATTR-Research Group, ATTR Research School)
The research group analyzes processes, methods and history related to the interpretation of authoritative texts in the broad sense, from legal and religious to cultural and literary texts, with a special focus on interdisciplinary work with theory and methodology.
- PhD candidate Andreas Ihlang Berg is affiliated with this reasearch group through the project «Same sex marriage as assimilation or equality through difference: A Gay Theological discourse on intimate relationships».
Theme page on the history of Pride
A number of articles seek to tell parts of the history of the LGBT movement from different perspectives. The site not only focuses on the last 50 years, but also tells an older story, about how gender and sexuality have changed throughout history. Not only have various practices and discourses on these come and gone, the sources also provide a diverse and ambiguous picture. Initiator and editor of the Pride theme page is Reinert Vikjord Skumsnes, who completed his PhD at the Institute of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages in 2018 and is currently affiliated with the Center for Gender Research. Currently, Reinert Skumsnes is working on the project EgFem - Egyptology, feminist theory and alternative worlds: Body / sex / gender in New Kingdom Egypt, and their affective environments.
New sexualities - new vulnerabilities? This project by PhD candidate Camilla Vislie aims to develop deeper knowledge of how gender, sexual agents and intimacy are intertwined and linked to social class.
Too drunk to fuck? – Exploring the boundaries between consensual and non-consensual sexual encounters under the influence of alcohol
In her doctoral project, Maria Lousie Hansen addresses the dilemmas that drunken sex can cause, situations where it may be difficult to define what has happened, but where expectations of gender, sex and alcohol clearly influence the subsequent processes of meaning formation.
Frozen fertility: "Egg freezing tourism" among Norwegian women (Norwegian)
In her project, postdoctoral researcher Kristin Engh Førde explores the background and circumstances of Norwegian women's egg freezing with a particular focus on what motivates and makes this choice meaningful. The project seeks to provide new insights into how new reproductive technology affected women's reproductive behavior, and their perceptions of opportunities and limitations associated with having children, gender, life phase and life situation.