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.


Three major research areas


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.


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.


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.


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 projects and areas

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


A person is holding a mobile phone that is lit up in a dark room with red lights

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.


6 March 2024

"Vocabularies for Thinking with Data", workshop with Tema's DataLab

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Universitetsklubben, floor 2, Vallfarten, Campus Valla

Join us for a DataLab session where we'll discuss the impact of digitalisation and datafication on our language and vocabulary. Explore the evolution of buzzwords and terms like "smart," "AI," and "cloud," and consider the importance of terminology in shaping our understanding of digital issues. Led by Julia Velkova and Ericka Johnson. Everyone is welcome and there will be fika. Register by Feb. 28 to


15 April 2024

"Machinic landscapes: Art practices at the intersection of machinic logic and natural forms", seminar with Dr Lila Lee-Morrison

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Tvärsnittet, Kopparhammaren 2, Campus Norrköping, and Zoom

Welcome to the hybrid seminar with Dr Lila Lee-Morrison (Lund University), organised by Tema Culture and Society, in collaboration with The Eco- and Bioart Lab and Data Lab at the Department of Thematic Studies. Language is English. Pre-registration is not required.


30 April 2024

Valborg special: “Feminist Reconfigurings of Alien Encounters", virtual book launch 

4.15 pm – 6.00 pm Zoom

Welcome to the Eco- and Bioart Lab Valborg special - A festive virtual book launch of “Feminist Reconfigurings of Alien Encounters: Ethical Co-Existence in More-than-Human Worlds”, with authors: Prof. Nina Lykke (Linköping University/Aarhus University), Katja Aglert (Konstfack: University of Arts, Crafts and Design), and Dr Line Henriksen (Malmö University). Language is English. Follow the link for more info and to register you participation.