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Gender and Sexuality

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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The course provides a broad empirical and theoretical overview of gender and sexuality within anthropological research. The course draws on theoretical insights from feminism, psychoanalysis, gay and lesbian studies, and queer theory to illuminate and analyse a range of concrete examples of how societies and cultures deal with gender and sexual relations. The course demonstrates how anthropological knowledge challenges western assumptions surrounding kinship, the family, and gender-related behaviours, as well as the meaning of the terms ‘gender’, ‘sex’ and ‘sexuality’. Themes taken up include reproductive technology, the body, nationalism, and masculinities and femininities. Special emphasis is placed on how gender and sexuality are implicated in relations of power.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Aretxaga Begoña. 2001 “Gender and Feminist Studies in Anthropology” in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences. 

    Walters, Holly. 2020. “The Things We Believe: Anthropology and Feminism in the #MeToo Era”. Feminist Anthropology. 1: 32-37.

    Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. 1984. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses”. boundary 2. 12/13(3/1):333-358.

    Skeggs, Beverley. 2001. “Feminist Ethnography”. In Paul Atkinson et al. (eds.) Handbook of Ethnography, 426-442. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. (available as an e-book through the Stockholm University Library)

    Keith, Brian. 1998. “Review of Third Sex/Third Gender: Beyond Sexual Dimorphism in Culture and History, by Gilbert Herdt”. American Ethnologist. 25(1): 22-23.

    Gay y Blasco, Paloma. 1997. “A ’different’ body? Desire and Virginity among Gitanos”. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 3(3): 517-535. 

    Kulick, Don. 1997. “The Gender of Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes”. American
    Anthropologist, 99(3): 574-585.

    Malmström, Maria. 2013. “The Production of Sexual Mutilation among Muslim Women in Cairo.” Global Discourse 3(2): 1–16.

    Ghannam, Farha. 2017.  “Story of an Egyptian Man: Humanizing Muslims and Debunking Gender Stereotypes.” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs.

    Kulick, Don. 2015. “When Privacy and Secrecy Collapse Into One Another, Bad Things Can Happen”. Current Anthropology, 56(12): 241-250.

    Rubin, Gayle. 1984. “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality.” In Vance, C. S (ed.) Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality. London: Pandora, p. 267-293.

    Popenoe, Rebecca. 2004. “Getting Fat” In Feeding Desire: Fatness, Beauty, and Sexuality among a Saharan People. New York: Routledge.

    Boellstorff, Tom. 2005. “Between Religion and Desire: Being Muslim and Gay in Indonesia.” American Anthropologist, 107 ( 4): 575-585.

    Seminar Filipović, Andrija. 2017. “Resonant Masculinities: Affective Co-Production of Sound, Space, and Gender in the Everyday Life of Belgrade, Serbia”. Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies.

    Hsu, Elisabeth. 2008. “The Senses and the Social: An Introduction. The Senses and the Social.” In Ethnos, Special Issue, 73 (4): 433-443. 

    Malmström, Maria Frederika. 2019. “The National Prison of Politics: Masculinities, Nationalism, and Islam”. “The Streets Are Talking to Me”: Affective Fragments in Sisi’s Egypt. Berkeley: University of California Press.

    McNay, Lois. 2004: “Agency and Experience: Gender as a Lived Relation.” In Sociological Review. 52 (2): 173-190

    Mahmood, Saba. 2001. “Feminist Theory, Embodiment, and the Docile Agent: Some Reflections on the Egyptian Islamic Revival.” In Cultural Anthropology, 16 (2): 202-236.

    Abu-Lughod, Lila. 1986. Veiled Sentiments. Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society. Berkeley: University of California Press. 

    Abu-Lughod, Lila (2010). The Active Social Life of “Muslim Women’s Rights”: A Plea for Ethnography, Not Polemic, with Cases from Egypt and Palestine. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 6 (1): 1-45.

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  • Contact

    Stockholms universitet
    Socialantropologiska institutionen
    10691  STOCKHOLM
    Tel 08-162000

    Besöksadress: Universitetsvägen 10B, plan 6