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Anna Jonasdottir

Position: Professor Emerita School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

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Anna Jonasdottir
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About Anna Jonasdottir

Anna G. Jónasdóttir is Professor Emerita in Gender Studies at Örebro University.

Her research interests are critical analyses and ongoing constructive development of ideas in social and political theory, feminist and more generally. In particular she considers (i) the recent emergence of serious questions and arguments in many academic disciplines about the significance of love as a social and political source of power in our time; and (ii) different understandings of power, especially the question whether/how the plural human powers/capacities do fit in theoretically with common views of power. A point of departure for her current research is some of her earlier investigations, mainly "Love Studies. A (Re)New(ed) Field of Feminist Knowledge Interests" (2014), "What Kind of Power is 'Love Power'?" (2011), and "The Difference that Love(Power) Makes" (2018).


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.


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