JustEd brings together Nordic researchers in the field of gender and education

By on 08.11.2017 in Uncategorized

Bergljót Þrastardóttir, a PhD student from the University of Iceland visited the University of Helsinki as a JustEd mobility fellow in October 2017. Her research focuses on gender, social relations and school practices at the compulsory school level in Iceland. Iceland has a progressive legislation in terms of gender equality. However, the compulsory schools in Iceland have made little effort when it comes to gender equality education.

Bergljót Þrastardóttir

Bergljót Þrastardóttir enjoyed her mobility visit at the University of Helsinki

Bergljót uses ethnographic methods in her examination of gender and school practices: “My research aims to answer how school leaders, teachers, other staff and students at the compulsory school level make sense of gender in their school practices. The research focus is on social relations in different spaces of the school, on values and norms regarding femininities and masculinities and what kind of activities disseminate these values and norms. At last the aim is to acquire better knowledge on the possible contributors and thresholds for gender equality education to become a vital part of the school’s curriculum and practices in and outside the classroom.”

Bergljót found the mobility visit fruitful: “The time spent in Helsinki was very inspiring as it gave me the opportunity to connect with other PhD students, to discuss our research as well as to attend a seminar on academic writing and lectures related to my studies”. In Helsinki Bergljót also had a chance to meet with researchers who are part of the team behind the GENTE website that gathers together Nordic research on gender in teacher education. “I hope to deepen these new relations in the future” says Bergljót.

Elisabet Öhrn (Photo Terje Heierstad)

Elisabet Öhrn (Photo Terje Heierstad)

Nordic researchers have a long tradition of collaboration in the field of gender and education. Professor Elisabet Öhrn, leader of JustEd team 6, is one of the most experienced Nordic researchers in this field, and well-known for her Nordic research collaboration. In October Elisabet visited University of Oslo as a JustEd mobility fellow. “It was a most rewarding visit in terms of research exchange and also very promising for future collaboration” Elisabet says after her two week visit.



Read more about JustEd mobility fellowhips:

JustEd Mobility Fellowships 2018

Guest talk and discussion on ‘Affective subjectivation: making subjects in precarious neoliberal education.’ Helsinki 10 November

JustEd Mobility Fellowship brings Ulpukka from Helsinki to Reykjavik

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