Very successful Doctoral course “Queer(y)ing Kinship, Family and Sexuality” took place in University of Helsinki 7-8 of November and was finished by open public lecture “Families of Choice in Poland” by Professor Joanna Mizielinska. The course for couple of days united gender studies and queer researchers from Finland, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Portugal and Brasil. Bright presentations on the issue of queering kinship in different countries were commented by the strong group of advanced queer scholars, teachers of the course: Ulrika Dahl, Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Uppsala University; Joanna Mizielinska, Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Antu Sorainen, Academy Fellow at the Academy of Finland, Docent in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki.
The open lecture of Professor Joanna Mizielinska concluded these very productive days of course. Joanna Mizielinska presented results of the project Families of Choice in Poland (conducted in 2013-2016), which is the first multi-method project on non-heterosexual families in Poland. Also she discussed her personal academic path in order to show the differences of developing Western and East European theories that highly depend on resources that academics receive in that parts of the World.
We are very thankful to all teachers and participants of the course! Hope that their collaboration with out CoreKin project will last and being fruitful!