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2012: Tro, håb og kærlighed

Tro, Håb & Kærlighed – Rethinking Gender After the Affective Turn

In recent years scholars, practitioners and the general public have drawn new attention to the gender dimensions of love, gender-power and feminism; rethinking and redirecting the 1960s and 70s mantra “the private is political”.

Theoretically, new conceptualisations have been developed in order to shed light on local and global complex gender relations related to issues which have during the previous decades been perceived as theoretically unsignificant. The intimacies of public life and media representations; women from the global South migrating to Europe to work in the care-sectors and as sex workers; transnational romances; domestic violence and a new critical focus on the family have taken center stage in scholarly discussions. These discussions have informed new understandings of the relations between gender, bodies and materialities and forced us to rethink feminist and queer approaches. This has been coined ‘the affective turn’ in order to emphasise the importance of matter, emotions, labour and the social connectedness of people and of people and things.

How has the affective turn inspired gender research and what is the relevance of gender research in studies of love and gender-power?