Anna JonasdottirTitle: Senior Professor School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Phone: +46 19 303012
About Anna Jonasdottir
Anna G. Jónasdóttir is Senior Professor in Gender Studies at Örebro University. She is affiliated board member in the Institute for Thematic Gender Studies (GI) (collaboration between Karlstad University, Linköping University and Örebro University) and member of the Executive Board of the three-campus based GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies. Within the GEXcel Collegium she is co-charing (with PhD Lena Gunnarsson) the research strand "Love and feminist theory".
Her main research interests are feminist social and political theory, especially (i) continuities and changes of sociosexual power relations and the significance of love in contemporary Western, formal-legally equal societies, (ii) different perspectives and debates on intersectionality and (iii) the relation between studies of men and masculinities and feminist theory. Her latest book (co-ed. with Ann Ferguson) is Love: A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge 2014).
Her ongoing projects are Feminism and the Power of Love. Interdisciplinary Interventions, with a group of international scholars; and
Feminist Theorizings of Intersectionality. Transversal Dialogues and New Synergies (INSECT), with a group of scholars at Örebro University and Linköping University, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2012-2016).
Anna G. Jónasdóttir was the first professor of Gender Studies at Örebro University (2001-2009) and one of the first Gender Studies professors in Sweden. Earlier she held various posts as both junior and senior lecturer in Sociology as well as Political Science at Örebro University, and in Women's Studies (now Gender Studies) at Gothenburg University. She led the multidisciplinary Centre for Feminist Social Studies, Örebro University, from its inception there, and together with prof Nina Lykke, Linköping University, she initiated the contract-based research collaboration between the two universities (2006 onwards) which from 2012 also includes Karlstad University. She was Co-director of the two-campus Centre of Gender Excellence (funded by the Swedish Research Council 2007-2011). To exemplify other previous employments/appointments, she was appointed expert in "Kvinnomaktutredingen" (Public Investigation on Women and Economic Power) by cabinet minister Mona Sahlin (1995-1997); and during the 1990s she held a five-year research position at (the former) HSFR (The former Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and the Social Sciences).
Anna G. Jónasdóttir was educated at the universities of Örebro, Uppsala and Gothenburg, and took her PhD in Political Science at Gothenburg University 1991. Thesis title: Love Power and Political Interests. Towards a Theory of Patriarchy in contemporary Western Societies. She was appointed Reader (Swedish docent level) at the same institution in 1997.
She was awarded honorary doctorate at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland on the 18th of June 2015.