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Discussion: Intersectionality and Historical Research

Historians without Borders will host a discussion on the relationship between historical research and intersectionality. What is meant by an intersectional approach in the context of historical research? Welcome to the discussion on 30 May from 5:30-7:00 (EEST) pm at Rosebud Sivullinen, Helsinki and online.

Intersectionality is a concept that is increasingly encountered in social science and humanities scholarly discourse. The concept was developed and popularised by the American lawyer, professor and activist Kimberlé Crenshaw and has its roots in the tradition of black feminism. Intersectional analysis examines the position and group identities of individuals amidst various intersecting power structures. In social sciences, intersectionality is an increasingly used analytical tool as part of research. In historical research, the use of conscious intersectional analysis has so far been more limited.

Why is this and what does intersectionality bring to the field of historical research? What examples can be found of intersectional analysis as part of historical research? And what are the challenges of applying this concept?

Welcome to a discussion hosted by Historians without Borders on Thursday May 30, 2024 at 5:30-7:00 pm (EEST) to reflect on the relationship between historical research and intersectionality! The event will take place in Helsinki, Rosebud Sivullinen (address: Kaisa-talo, Kaisaniemenkatu 5). The event will be streamed and recorded on Rosebud’s Youtube channel.

The event will be held mainly in English. However, you can also ask questions in Finnish if you wish and your questions will be translated into English. 

The event is open to anyone interested and no pre-registration is required. 



PhD Mari Välimäki  is a historian specialising in gender and family history of the early modern period, who has used the intersectional method to study the lives of people who lived in the pre-modern period.

PhD Maija Ojala-Fulwood is a historian whose recent research topic has been mobility of people from long term perspective. In her studies she has utilized intersectional approach and critically assessed the categories that are used in the context of migration. Since 2019 she has been in the leading position of the pan-European EU COST Action Network Women on the Move, that aims to bring forward the multiple roles and agency of migrant women. Currently she is working in Research and Innovation Services at the Tampere University.

PhD Seija Jalagin is a historian specialised on cultural interaction, gender, and forced migrations. Her research interests have focused on Finnish missionary women in Japan and Palestine / Israel, and more recently on forced migrations, particularly Russian Karelian refugees in Finland and Sweden during the 20th century. She is currently the co-leader of a work package in Mobile Futures research project at the University of Oulu. Mobile Futures is funded by the Strategic Research Council via Academy of Finland. It is an interdisciplinary, action-oriented research project that promotes a fair and inclusive society through research on trust and two-way integration.

The moderator of the event is Dr. Faith Mkwesha, a researcher, lecturer and founder of SahWira Africa International NGO where she does Antiracism activism, organises online petitions to spark discussions and influence policy. Currently she is a researcher and lecturer at Helsinki University. She also organises Decolonising the mind global summit and teaches via SAIPOD podcast. Her research interests are African studies, Black/African Feminism, Gender studies and Postcolonial and Decolonial studies. She has published in these themes.

PhD Mercédesz Czimbalmos has had to withdraw her participation in the discussion.

Additional information:

Heta Hedman
Secretary General
Historians without Borders in Finland
tel. +358406608979

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