Gender studies (TEMAG)

At Tema Genus, we conduct research, PhD training, undergraduate and master’s education, and social outreach, all with a foundation in interdisciplinary gender studies and often together with international collaborators.

Our research is wide-ranging, stemming from questions about identity and difference, nature and culture, and politics and the body. Presently we maintain three major research areas: decolonial feminisms; gender, nature, culture; and research at the intersections of gender, sex, and the body.


Four major research areas


Postcolonial Feminisms

Decolonial feminist studies problematizes western gender studies research and its role in a postcolonial world. It examines inequality in its various forms, including the intersections between gender, sexuality, ethnicity, history and memory, and geopolitics. Decolonial feminist studies also explores different forms of resistance against global inequalities and neocolonial power asymmetries, including how social movements, knowledge production, arts, and cultures have mobilized such resistance.


Gender, Nature and Culture

The research area gender, nature, culture builds upon research from traditional humanities disciplines such as literary studies, cultural studies, history, and philosophy, investigating new questions about humans, nature, culture, and environment. This research takes a more-than-human perspective where we trouble the dichotomies of and boundaries between nature and culture, human and non-human, body and technology, and human and animal, among others.


The Bodies Hub

Research in The Bodies Hub meets at the intersection of Gender Studies, feminist technoscience, and medicine, investigating gender, the body, sexuality, and identity. We ask questions about how knowledge, medicine, technology, and norms co-create the bodies we live in, and live with.


Sex Media and Sex Cultures

Sexuality is fundamental to how we understand ourselves and our place in the world. Yet, rather than being something that is exclusively internal to us, sexuality is deeply informed by the cultures and media ecologies of which we are part. The research area Sex Media and Sex Cultures brings together researchers working on the roles of media and culture in shaping modern and contemporary sexualities.


Research collaborations and education

Tema Genus contributes to international research collaborations such as the GEXcel International Collegium, a center of excellence for gender studies research, and interGender, a consortium for research education. We offer a PhD in Gender Studies and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies—Intersectionality and Change. We also offer single subject at both undergraduate and master’s level.

Research areas

Research activities

Smart City and Digital Sovereignty Research Network

The research network aims to initiate interdisciplinary collaboration to develop notions around what digital sovereignty could mean and how it could be used to ensure the digital rights for people living in smart cities.

WASP Humanities and Society at IEI and TEMA

The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation has granted SEK 96 million to be shared by 16 research projects studying the impact of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems on our society and our behaviour. Two are conducted at LiU.

The Seed Box - An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory

The Seed Box takes as its mission the development of a national center for environmental humanities research across the nature-culture divide, and creative activity related to the pressing environmental problems.

The Seed Box

PhD Programme & Education


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New professor is to explore sex cultures

João Florêncio, professor in gender studies at Linköping University, is establishing a new research area at the Department of Thematic Studies. His work focuses on queer sex cultures, aiming to reveal how they shape ethics, politics, and society.

A group of people walk barefoot along Kungsgatan.

Closing festival about the sustainable and inclusive city

The closing festival created dialogue between citizens, researchers and other stakeholders through a lively and engaging program of events focused around the themes of citizen science and urban gardening.

Panel discussion during the

Festival on environmental issues and young people's involvement

On 2nd April 2022 the event “Reclaiming Futures – Storying Change Science Festival” took place at the art centre Färgfabriken in Stockholm.


22 May 2024

Seminar about using generative AI in science

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Universitetsklubben, Campus Valla and Zoom

This seminar explores the intersection of AI and algorithms in scientific research. It's chaired by Mathieu Jacomy from Aalborg University who will showcase mapping of 2M articles using AI. The seminar features interactive discussions, practical experiments and an exploration of AI's impact on social science & humanities research. Arranged by Tema's Datalab. Register you participation and allergies to by 17/5. All are welcome!