Stockholm university

Academic Pride 2021


Start date: Thursday 5 August 2021

Time: 12.30

End date: Saturday 7 August 2021

Time: 21.00

Location: Pride House, Zoom

How are binary gender norms affected by language use? This year’s Academic Pride activities consist of a seminar on gender-categorization and language, based on new research conducted at Stockholm University and Lund University, as well as two social events for students. The Pride flag will also be hoisted at all participating schools throughout the festival week.

Academic Pride is a collaboration around Stockholm Pride between several of Stockholm’s higher education institutions and their associated student unions. Photo: Per Larsson

“Stockholm University takes active measures to promote the rights and opportunities of all employees and students, regardless of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age. This work takes place everyday of the year and aims to create a safe and inclusive environment to work and study in,” says the university’s president Astrid Söderbergh Widding.

Seminar: Language as a tool for breaking the gender binary

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Time: Thursday 5 August at 12:30-13:15 CET
Place: Pride House, C10 at Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98, 118 60 Stockholm
Language: English

How are binary gender norms affected by language use? In this year’s Academic Pride seminar, we’re exploring perceptions of inclusive language and how the new personal pronoun “hen” has influenced Swedish speakers’ understanding of gender.

Researchers Elli van Berlekom (Stockholm University) and Amanda Klysing (Lund University) show, based on current research, how small variations in language can have large effects on how people interpret others in terms of gender and how people are affected by the language used to describe gender. Focus lies on how to break the binary notion of gender, and what practical implications this may have.

The seminar will consist of two short presentations followed by discussion and questions. The presentations will be about the Swedish pronoun hen and non-binary categorizations of gender, and expressions of the gender binary in recruitment situations.

In order to attend the seminar you will need a ticket to Pride House. For more information, see link to Stockholm Pride.

The seminar will also be live streamed.

A link to the live stream will be available closer to the event here.


Digital social events for students

The social events organized by the student organizations are:

  • A self-expression hangout in English for students with several topics that the participants can choose from. It will be held on Friday 6 August at 15:00-18:00 via Zoom. More info here and the sign-up sheet is here.

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  • A screening of the film Pride (2014) via Zoom on Saturday 7 August at 19:00-21:00. No registration required but there’s a maximum number of 50 participants, who will be let in in order of arrival. You can join the film screening here and the Zoom room will open at 18:55.

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Watch the film

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About Academic Pride

Academic Pride is a collaboration around Stockholm Pride between several of Stockholm’s higher education institutions and their associated student unions. The purpose is to highlight the importance of LGBTQIA+ issues in institutions of higher education, both in research and education as well as in regards to inclusive work and study environments.

Academic Pride 2021 is arranged by Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the Stockholm School of Economics, the Swedish Red Cross University College and Stockholm University together with the student unions of the various schools, including Medicinska Föreningen’s LGBTQ association Queerolinska at Karolinska Institutet, the Student Union’s (THS) LGBTQ+ organisation Speqtrum at KTH, the Rainbows association at Stockholm University, the Stockholm University Student Union (SUS), and the Student Association at the Stockholm School of Economics (SASSE).


Contact information

For more information about Academic Pride or this year’s activities, please contact:
Parasto Rosencrantz at or
KTH Equality Office at