May 11-12 2023
Tampere University
Tampere, Finland
Rewired and revamped? Media & trans/national feminisms in Europe and beyond
Rewired and revamped? Media & trans/national feminisms in Europe and beyond

FEMCORUS mid-term symposium draws attention to the current debates on media’s role in shaping and popularizing contemporary feminisms ranging from celebrity feminism to neo-liberal and post-feminism (Rottenberg et al 2020). It underscores the role of popular culture and media as sites of feminism and (subversive) feminist struggle. The symposium acknowledges the intrinsic plurality of the ways in which feminism can be practiced and theorized in the 21st century within digital media and in various socio-political contexts. Importantly, it seeks to contribute to the scholarship which challenges the West-centric normative mainstream feminist models (e.g., see Tlostanova 2018) and provides a space for a diversity of voices and feminist positions. Foremost, the event is aimed at bridging a gap in empirical and theoretical understanding of feminism between various academic traditions (Anglo-American, post-Socialist, postcolonial).

The symposium is informed by the current geopolitical tensions in Europe. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted a rapid transformation of mediated feminisms in the region. We have witnessed a ‘diasporization’ of the feminist movement, and fragmentation of feminist academic networks as a consequence of political oppression, as well as an emergence of new feminist networks and activist hubs in different parts of the world. Feminist groups and media celebrities have adopted new media strategies to connect with the precarious communities within the conflict zones as well as to maintain their regular audience, ratings, and revenues elsewhere. These actions take place within the neoliberal digital economy with its lack of algorithmic transparency and constantly increasing regulation, precarity (e.g., the use of banned social networks via VPN), and militarization.

Against this background, we argue that the shifting media affordances and geopolitical upheavals reinvigorate the feminist movement potentially leading to an overhaul of the existing stereotypes related to feminism (such as feminists as antifamily, antifamine, radical, etc.) and allowing for complex trans/national feminist connections. If this is the case, what does this rupture mean for the role of the celebrity feminism? What sort of feminist sensibilities and solidarities are emerging today in Europe and beyond?

Symposium Program
Thursday May 11 2023

09.30 - 10.00 (EEST / UTC +3) Registration

10.00 - 10.10 Opening

10.15 - 11.15 Keynote session 1 w/ Professor Lucy Delap & Dominique Chadwick: Participatory film and gender justice in postcolonial Africa

11.30 - 13.00 Session A

  • 1A Feminist Responses to anti-gender Politics
  • 2A Popular feminism
  • 3A Gendered violence & #MeToo

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 - 15.30 Session B

  • 1B Intersectional feminist resistance
  • 2B Platform Feminism & digital labour
  • 3B Feminist literary interpretations

15.30 - 15.45 Coffee break

15.45 - 16.45 Keynote session 2 w/ Professor Laurie Essig: Feminism, Fascism, and the Future: Global Anti-Gender Ideology and the Fight of Our Lives

17.15 - 18.30 Reception

Please notice that time is set in EEST (Finland)

Friday May 12 2023

08.30 - 09.00 (EEST / UTC +3) Registration

09.00 - 10.30 Session C

  • 1C War, women and nationhood
  • 2C Discursive constructions of feminism
  • 3C Trans-local feminism

10.45 - 12.00 Roundtable on methods

Digital entanglements: doing feminist research in the time of crisis

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch break

13.00 - 14.00 Keynote session 3 in conversation w/ Professor Catherine Rottenberg

14.00 - 14.30 Coffee break

14.30 - 16.00 Session D

  • 1D Russian Feminist Performance & Political Protest
  • 2D Networks of Feeling in Women’s Movement Magazines
  • 3D Decolonial Perspectives

16.15 - 16.30 Closing remarks

Please notice that time is set in EEST (Finland)

Day 1
Thursday 11.5.2023
09.30 - 10.00 (EEST/ UTC +3)
09.30 - 10.00 (EEST/ UTC +3)
Location: Päätalo/Lyhty F001
Main building, Tampere University
Kalevantie 4, Tampere

Lyhty lounge area will be open for the conference participants and volunteers during the event on Thursday from 09.30 until 17.15 and on Friday from 08.30 until 18.00
10.00 - 10.10
10.00 - 10.10
FEMCORUS Team & Prof. Sanna Turoma

Location: Päätalo D11, Main building
10.15 - 11.15
10.15 - 11.15
Keynote session 1
Lucy Delap
& Dominique Chadwick
Participatory film and gender justice in postcolonial Africa

Chair: Saara Ratilainen
Location: Päätalo D11, Main building
No streaming provided
11.30 - 13.00
11.30 - 13.00
1A Feminist responses to anti-gender politics (A07)
2A Popular feminism (A06)
3A Gendered violence & #MeToo (A05)

Location: Päätalo A05-A07, Main building

Open for the audience on-site.

Contentious feminism: feminist responses to anti-gender politics 1A Larisa Shpakovskaya, Maryna Shevtsova, Yuliya Brin

Popular feminism 2A
Demet Gülçiçek, Leonie Kapfer, Dr. Asli Kotaman, Fiona Noble

Gendered violence and #MeToo 3A
Abigail Loxham, Tanya Serisier, Keshia Dsilva, Ana Sofia Pereira, Carla Cerqueira
13.00 - 14.00
13.00 - 14.00
L U N C H B r e a k
14.00 - 15.30
14.00 - 15.30
1B Intersectional feminist resistance (A07)
2B Platform Feminism & digital labour (A06)
3B Feminist literary interpretations (A05)

Location: Päätalo A05-A07, Main building

Open for the audience on-site.

Intersectional feminist resistance 1B
Dilara Asardag, Olena Nikolayenko, Natalia Kovyliaeva, Sama Khosravi Ooryad

Platform feminism and digital labour 2B
Christina Scharff, Hua Ma, Daria Kosinova, Ida Roivainen

Feminist literary interpretations 3B
Martina Napolitano, Leena Romu, Mukile Kasongo, Nicholas Wanberg, Jana Kostincová & Jaroslav Sommer
15.30 - 15.45
15.30 - 15.45
Coffee break
Only for the registered speakers.
Location: Päätalo A05-A07
15.45 - 16.45
15.45 - 16.45
Keynote session 2
Laurie Essig
Feminism, Fascism, and the Future: Global Anti-Gender Ideology and the Fight of Our Lives

Chair: Daniil Zhaivoronok
Location: Päätalo D11 (Main building)
Will be streamed. Open for the audience on-site & online.
17.15 - 18.30
17.15 - 18.30
Only for the registered conference speakers.

Location: Minerva Aulakabinetti
Pinni B building, Tampere University
Kanslerinrinne 1, Tampere
Day 2
Friday 12.5.2023
08.30 - 09.00 (EEST / UTC +3)
08.30 - 09.00 (EEST / UTC +3)
Location: Päätalo/Lyhty F001
Main building, Tampere University
Kalevantie 4, Tampere

Lyhty lounge area will be open for the registered conference participants and authorized volunteers during the event
(Thu 09.30 - 17.15 / Fri 08.30 - 16.30)
09.00 - 10.30
09.00 - 10.30
1C War, women and nationhood (A07)
2C Discursive constructions of feminism (A06)
3C Trans-local feminism (A05)

Location: Päätalo A05-A07, Main building

Open for the registered on-site audience.

War, women and nationhood 1C
Marja Lönnroth-Olin, Helen Lachal, Salomaa Hannu, Oksana Koshulko

Discursive Constructions of feminism 2C
Mónika Dánél, Almudena Mata-Núñez, Ella Poutiainen, Onur Kilic

Trans-local feminisms 3C
Carla Cerqueira, Ana Sofia Pereira, Lidia Salvatori, Anna Smoliarova
10.45 - 12.00
10.45 - 12.00
Roundtable on methods
Digital entanglements: doing feminist research in the time of crisis


Ekaterina Borozdina, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tampere University
Marjo Kolehmainen, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies, University of Jyväskylä
Valentyna Shapovalova, PhD Fellow in Media Studies, at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen
Inna Perheentupa, Senior Researcher, University of Turku

Location: Lyhty F001
12.00 - 13.00
12.00 - 13.00
13.00 - 14.00
13.00 - 14.00
Keynote session 3
FEMCORUS in conversation with Catherine Rottenberg

Chairs: Saara Ratilainen & Galina Miazhevich

Location: Lyhty F001
Will be streamed. Open to the registered on-site audience.
14.00 - 14.30
14.00 - 14.30
CoFFEE break
Coffee served for the registered conference speakers.
14.30 - 16.00
14.30 - 16.00
1D Russian Feminist Performance & Political Protest
2D Networks of Feeling in Women’s Movement Magazines
3D Decolonial Perspectives

Russian Feminist Performance and Political Protest 1D
Yana Meerzon, Varvara Sklez, Aleksandra Dunaeva

Networks of Feeling in Women’s Movement Magazines 2D
Dr Victoria Bazin, Dr Melanie Waters, Dr Eleanor Careless,
Sarah Pedersen

Decolonial perspectives 3D
Dinara Yangeldina, Nóra Ugron, Mohamed Ben Moussa

Location: Päätalo A05-A07, Main building
16.15 - 16.30
16.15 - 16.30
Closing remarks
Location: Lyhty F001

Bodies of Resistance

After the symposium, the FEMCORUS Team recommends visiting an exhibition by Del LaGrace Volcano "Bodies of Resistance" at Tampere Art Museum

Keynote sessions & speakers
  • University of Nottingham, UK

    Professor Catherine Rottenberg is a Professor of Feminist Thought and Culture in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her monographs include The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism (2018) and Performing Americanness: Race, Class, and Gender in Modern African-American and Jewish-American Literature (2008). She is also the co-author of The Care Manifesto (2020) and editor of This Is Not A Feminism Textbook! (2023) and Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East Side: Narratives out of Time (2013).

  • Middlebury College, USA

    Laurie Essig is Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies at Middlebury College. She is a sociologist who teaches courses on how power shapes our bodies and our desires Her courses include Sociology of Heterosexuality, White People, Men & Masculinities and Feminist Blogging. She is the author of Queer in Russia: A Story of Sex, Self and the Other (Duke, 1999), American Plastic: Credit Cards, Boob Jobs and Our Quest for Perfection (Beacon, 2010) and Love, Inc.: Dating Apps, the Big White Wedding, and Chasing the Happily Neverafter. Essig has written for a variety of publications including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Conversation and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • University of Cambridge, UK

    Professor Lucy Delap teaches history at the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of Murray Edwards College. She has published widely on the history of feminism, gender, labour and media, including the prize-winning The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the early twentieth century, Knowing Their Place:Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain in 2011, and Feminisms: a global history in 2020.

    Dr Dominique Chadwick works as an independent film consultant, reporting on humanitarian issues in over 40 countries. She has a life lifelong interest in the study of vulnerable rural communities and a belief in the power of participatory work to transform the lives of women and men of marginalised communities. Over the last 25 years she designed and ran participatory film projects with a strong focus on gender issues. Her work is premised on a commitment to training women in film production, leading them to share their untold stories on critical issues such as girls’ education, violence against women, polygamy, health, HIV/AIDS, land ownership, disability, child trafficking and forced marriage.

Session Information
THURSDAY 11.5.2023 11:30 - 13:00 (EEST)

Session A
  • Feminist responses to anti-gender politics 1A
    Location: Main building, A07

    Chair: Marianna Muravyeva

    Larisa Shpakovskaya
    University of Helsinki
    Feminist vs post-feminist thinking in transnational space: female academic migration from ‘East’ to ‘West’

    Maryna Shevtsova
    University of Ljubljana/Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
    Limits of sisterhood: challenges in feminist solidarities in the context of Russia’s war in Ukraine

    Yuliya Brin
    University of Helsinki
    Belarussian women's representation in the media: from domestic violence to street protests
  • Popular feminism 2A

    Location: Main building, A06

    Chair: Oksana Koshulko

    Demet Gülçiçek
    University of Warwick & Munzur University
    Turkey Popular is Political: Contradictions of Popular Feminism in Turkey

    Leonie Kapfer
    Universität Wien
    “The personal is Political” – Between neoliberal feminism and a post-post-feminist sensibility

    Asli Kotaman
    University of Bonn
    Feminism on a binge

    Fiona Noble
    University of Stirling
    Superficial Feminism? Las uñas [Nails] (2018-, Atresmedia Studios)
  • Gendered violence & #MeToo 3A
    Location: Main building, A05

    Chair: Carla Cerqueira

    Abigail Loxham
    University of Liverpool
    Mediating Popular Feminism in Spain

    Tanya Serisier
    Birkbeck, University of London
    Public Survivors, Celebrity and Feminism in Australia

    Keshia D'silva
    PhD Student, Department of Social Psychology, University of Helsinki
    Our safety is in our hands: Neoliberal feminism and gender advocacy in India

    Ana Sofia Pereira, Carla Cerqueira, Célia Taborda
    Universidade Lusófona - CICANT
    From Global to Local to Glocal - Transnational Feminist Movements: The news coverage of #MeToo in Portugal
THURSDAY 11.5.2023 14:00 - 15:30 (EEST)

Session B
  • Intersectional feminist resistance 1B
    Location: Main building, A07

    Chair: Tanya Serisier

    Dilara Asardag
    Tampere University
    Queer/feminist online activism and cultures of visibility in Turkey

    Olena Nikolayenko
    Fordham University
    Women’s Marches in Belarus: The Discourse of Resistance

    Natalia Kovyliaeva
    PhD candidate, Junior Research Fellow in Political Science Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu
    Between Horror and Hope: Feminist Anti-War Resistance Performances and Strategies of Mobilizations in and outside of Putin's Russia

    Sama Khosravi Ooryad
    PhD Candidate
    Revolutionary songs and transnational memetic resistance to religio-fascism and systemic misogyny: Video-collages, audio-memes, and performances during the ongoing feminist uprising in Iran
  • Platform Feminism & digital labour 2B
    Location: Main building, A06

    Chair: Saara Ratilainen

    Daria Kosinova
    PhD student, Tampere University
    Idea of women’s empowerment as a strategic recruiting narrative in the gig economy: phenomenon of gendered social recruiting

    Hua Ma
    University of East Anglia
    'I am doing makeup for myself, or am I?’: Choice, pleasure, and postfeminism in China

    Ida Roivainen
    Tampere University
    ‘How I edit my Instagram images”: investigating skilled vision in the work of YouTube’s “girlbosses”

    Christina Scharff
    King's College London
    Digital feminist activism as platform labour? Creating content for Instagram and the politics of class
  • Feminist literary interpretations 3B
    Location: Main building, A05

    Chair: Valentyna Shapovalova

    Martina Napolitano
    University of Trieste
    Where now? A decade of fempoeziya

    Leena Romu
    Tampere University
    Imagining a world beyond binaries – Feminist utopianism and the activist potential of webcomics

    Mukile Kasongo
    University of Birmingham
    Feminist translation Po Sovietski

    Nicholas Wanberg
    Tampere University
    A Photosensitive Robot-Assisted Reading of White Women in Harry Potter Fanfiction

    Jana Kostincová & Jaroslav Sommer Department of Russian Language and Literature, University of Hradec Kralove
    Gender Will Die… Performative Challenging of Gender Boundaries in Contemporary Russian Literature
FRIDAY 12.5.2023 9:00 - 10:30 (EEST)

Session C
  • War, Women and Nationhood 1C
    Location: Main building, A07

    Chair: Olena Nikolayenko

    Marja Lönnroth-Olin
    Doctoral researcher, University of Helsinki
    Granny of steel - Discursive constructions of grandmotherhood and nationhood in online discussions of the war in Ukraine

    Helen Lachal
    PhD candidate, University of Nottingham
    Women in the military: how the Soviet children’s magazine Murzilka portrayed servicewomen between 1956 – 1964.

    Hannu Salomaa
    PhD researcher
    Finnish national defense from a gender equality point of view

    Oksana Koshulko
    Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS)
    Russia’s war in Ukraine: Feminist solidarity, disunity and ‘voices of honor’
  • Discursive Constructions of Feminism 2C
    Location: Main building, A06

    Chair: Olga Nikolayeva

    Mónika Dánél
    Eötvös Loránd University
    Accented Gender Roles – Post/Socialist Bodies and East-West/West-East Mobility in Contemporary Hungarian, Romanian and German Cinema

    Almudena Mata-Núñez
    University of Seville
    Middle-aged women and sexuality. The case of Fleabag

    Ella Poutiainen
    University of Turku
    Sacred – Not Political – Feminism. Discursive Constructions of Feminism in Contemporary Feminine Spiritualities
  • Trans-local Feminism 3C
    Location: Main building, A05

    Chair: Ana Sofia Pereira

    Carla Cerqueira, Célia Taborda, Ana Sofia Pereira, Priscilla Domingos Universidade Lusófona - CICANT
    Once Upon a Time… A Historical Chronology on the Singularities of Portuguese Feminism(s)

    Lidia Salvatori
    University of Loughborough
    (Trans)feminism and the challenge to femonationalist politics in Italy

    Anna Smoliarova
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    If you tweeted about it, you heard about it: an attempt to measure the international resonance of a national case against a feminist activist
FRIDAY 12.5.2023 14:30 - 16:00 (EEST)

Session D
  • Russian Feminist Performance and Political Protest 1D
    Location: Main building, A07

    Chair: Martina Napolitano


    Yana Meerzon
    University of Ottawa

    Varvara Sklez
    Warwick University
    Women’s Histories: Performing Difficult Past in Russian Theatre of the 2010s

    Aleksandra Dunaeva
    Independent scholar
    Feminist practices in the context of the independent Russian theatre during the latter half of the 2010s
  • Networks of Feeling in Women’s Movement Magazines 2D
    Location: Main building, A06

    Chair: Dilara Asardag


    Victoria Bazin
    Northumbria University
    ‘I can’t wait’: Affect and the ‘not yet’ of Women’s Movement Magazines

    Melanie Waters
    Northumbria University
    ‘WE’RE ANGRY!’ Reading Revolutionary Rage in the Feminist Periodical

    Eleanor Careless
    Northumbria University
    Angels in the Architecture: The Lonely Subjects of Feminist Periodicals

    Sarah Pedersen
    Robert Gordon University
    Pernilla Severson
    Linnaeus University
    British press representations of Nordic women politicians 1900-1939
  • Decolonial Perspectives 3D
    Location: Main building, A05

    Chair: Mukile Kosongo


    Nóra Ugron
    University of Turku
    Creating queer and multispecies Eastern European subjects: Queer-feminist literary and activist practices in Romania

    Mohamed Ben Moussa
    University of Sharjah
    Diasporic Arab Women Vloggers and Identity Narratives as Decolonial Discourse

    Dinara Yangeldina
    UiB, Senter for kvinne- og kjønnsforskning
    When post-feminism meets Russian post-coloniality: examining Tatar makeover show Min
FRIDAY 12.5.2023 10:45 - 12:00 (EEST)

Roundtable on methods

Digital entanglements: doing feminist research in the time of crisis
Dr Marjo Kolehmainen is a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Gender Studies at the Tampere University, Finland. Her current project ‘Networked Care: Explorations of Intimacy in Digital Therapy’ (NetCare) explores digital healthcare practices, aiming at producing novel insights into how human well-being is co-constituted with technological infrastructures. Kolehmainen’s research is situated at the crossroads of feminist posthumanism(s) and science and technology studies, and her research interests include e.g. intimacy, affect, more-than-human care, and sensory matterings.
Ekaterina Borozdina is a postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University's Faculty of Social Sciences. Prior to moving to Tampere in 2022, she worked as a research fellow in the Gender Studies program at The European University at St. Petersburg. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender studies and health sociology; specifically, she has studied care and caring professions in the medical environment.
Valentyna Shapovalova is a PhD Fellow in the Media Studies section of the Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen (2020- to date). Her PhD project is a theoretical and empirical exploration of the gendered discourses in the Russian state-aligned media, with the focus on propaganda and disinformation within the current context of Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine. Valentyna’s main research interests include (Russian) information warfare and propaganda; feminist media studies; mediated gender and sexuality studies; non-democratic media systems and ecologies; and critical discourse analysis.
Inna Perheentupa is a Senior Researcher in sociology at the University of Turku. She is the author of the book Feminist Politics in Neoconservative Russia (2022). Her research interests include political sociology, gender studies, and ethnographic methods. Previously, she worked as a journalist and a communications planner for the leading Finnish media outlets such as Helsingin Sanomat, Finnish Broadcasting Company and the Finnish News Agency. Currently Inna is involved in a research project funded by the Academy of Finland called Political Imagination and alternative futures and ( Subsequently, Inna will join the research project Equality to economics, feminism to fiscal policy: Tensions of feminist knowledge and politics in the strategic state (FEMTIE) (Kone Foundation)– and then FEMCORUS.

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