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Josefine Wälivaara


Works at

A, Humanisthuset Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Norra Beteendevetarhuset, 4 tr, Umeå universitet Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Josefine Wälivaara is currently a postdoc in the ERC-funded research project DISLIFE Liveable disabilities: Life courses and opportunity structures across time. Her postdoctoral project In time: Queer(ing) Temporal Existence and Disability in Contemporary Cinema explores fictional narratives of disability in relation to concepts such as queer time and chrononormativity. The project analyses depictions of romantic relationships, identity, and sexuality in order to investigate societal and normative views on disabled people and sexuality; and investigate how these stories portray and promote or reject liveable disabilities. The project focus on two main questions:

How has relationships, sexuality and identity of disabled people been portrayed in Swedish film from 2000-present?
How has contemporary popular genre film and television from the US depicted disability as liveable in terms of sexuality and identity construction?

Josefine Wälivaara obtained her Ph.D. in drama-theatre-film at the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University. Her thesis, Dreams of a Subversive Future: Sexuality, (Hetero)normativity, and Queer Potential in Science Fiction Film and Television, was published in 2016.

Her academic interests are normativity, disability, sexuality, queer theory, gender, storytelling, cinema, television, and speculative fiction.

SFRA Review, Science Fiction Research Association 2022, Vol. 52, (3) : 238-243
Wälivaara, Josefine
CEDAR Working Papers, 2021:13
Söderlund, Hanna; Wälivaara, Josefine; Ljuslinder, Karin
HumaNetten, Växjö: Linnéuniversitetet 2021, (47) : 143-168
Söderlund, Hanna; Wälivaara, Josefine; Ljuslinder, Karin
CEDAR Working Papers, 17
Vikström, Lotta; Wälivaara, Josefine; Ljuslinder, Karin
Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press 2020, Vol. 22, (1) : 80-87
Wälivaara, Josefine; Ljuslinder, Karin
Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 51, (4) : 1036-1056
Wälivaara, Josefine
Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, Linköping University Electronic Press 2018, Vol. 10, (2) : 226-245
Wälivaara, Josefine
Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association, Vol. 14, (2)
Wälivaara, Josefine
Mitt i metoden: kulturvetenskapliga reflektioner, Umeå: Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper, Umeå universitet 2012 : 107-118
Wälivaara, Josefine