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Maria Jansson

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

Email: bWFyaWEuamFuc3NvbjtvcnUuc2U=

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Room: F3251

Maria Jansson
Research subject Research environments

About Maria Jansson

Maria Jansson is an associate professor of political science and professor of gender studies at Örebro University. Her research concerns women's conditions in society, how politics contributes to shaping and changing these conditions, and how women themselves through political actions contribute to change. She has also been interested in issues of equality and learning for a long time.

In a recent RJ-funded project entitled "Women in Swedish Film", she has, together with colleagues from film studies and law, studied how Swedish film policy, including the efforts to make the film sector more equal, affects the conditions for women working in the industry. The project included studies of women in the industry themselves organized and mobilized to change their conditions and the resistance they encountered. If you want to know more about the first results of this project, you will find a short presentation in the form of a wifti talk (wifti = women in film and television international). The project also made a short film where women who have worked in the Swedish film industry talk about their experiences, which you can see here.

She has previously studied how motherhood and work are constructed in the Swedish political context and how this affects women's lives and conditions. Furthermore, she has studied how international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, have created norms for breastfeeding and how this affects women's lives. She has also investigated the UN Security Council and how they construct gender and gender relations within the framework of the security resolutions on Women, Peace, and Security (the first of these was Resolution 1325) and in the security resolutions they issued in relation to the fight against HIV. The latter studies are linked to securitization and criminalization theories and feminist security studies.

She is currently leading the  Swedish team in the Digiscreens project on identity and democracy on digital film and TV platforms in Europe, which studies digital distribution and how it affects content and presentation on the platforms, as well as how the audience negotiates fictional content in relation to their own democratic values.  The project is funded by the ERA-net initiative Chanse, Swedish financier Forte. The project is a collaboration between Lithuania, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.

At the same time, Maria Jansson is working on a VR-funded, participant-oriented project entitled "Social Science Education on Trust for a Critical Citizenship” that aims to develop methods for democracy education in upper secondary school. Her role in the project is to analyze participatory observations in classrooms and in students' work from an intersectional perspective.  Previously, she has participated in various projects that investigate sex/gender and learning as well as women's conditions in academia. In these projects, she has, among other things, used so-called memory work.


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