Maria JanssonTitle: Professor School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Phone: +46 19 303000
About Maria Jansson
Maria Jansson holds a PhD in political science from Stockholm University, and is professor of gender studies at Orebro University.
Her research concentrates on women’s conditions in society, and how politics and policy as well as women’s political agency shape and change these conditions. She has studied how Swedish policies have constructed motherhood and work and how this has affected women’s lives. She has also studied how international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have created norms for breastfeeding, and constructed gender in a practice where women’s bodies and work intersect. Further, She has studied the UN Security Council and how they construct gender and produce gendered consequences in their work with the resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (the first and most well-known of these resolutions is 1325) and in the Security Council’s resolutions issued as part of preventing the spread of HIV and aids. These latter studies relate to theories of securitization and the field of feminist security studies.
She is currently PI in a project called “Representing women”, funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond. In the project she works together with scholars from cinema studies and law, studying the conditions for women working in the Swedish film industry. She is especially interested in how government issued film policy, including recent efforts to increase gender equality in the film industry shapes the every-day gendered experiences of film workers. If you are interested in the early results from this project, you can find a wifti talk (wifti=women in film and television international) here.
For a long time, she has also been part of projects studying gender and learning and women’s conditions in the academy. In this context, she has also used so called memory work, a collaborative method for creating knowledge developed by sociologist Frigga Haug. She is currently part of a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR), which aims to study teaching on democracy in upper secondary schools. The project is designed as a participant action project and Maria Jansson’s role in the project is to undertake intersectional analysis of participant observations of learning.
She is also involved in a project, funded by the government, which is part of the 100-year celebration of Swedish female suffrage. She will participate in arranging events in three cities – Gothenburg, Stockholm and Orebro – where upper secondary school students are invited to the universities to learn about democracy and about research. Maria Jansson has previously been involved in similar projects within the framework of the research communication project “Fest-i-val”, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.