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Sara Edenheim

Associate professor in History and Senior lecturer at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies.

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Samhällsvetarhuset, Plan 4

Feminist theory and critical policy analysis, focusing on the development of the welfare state and its on-going changes, with a specific focus on temporality and history as constitutive for identitarian claims.

In my dissertation I introduced leading feminist theories to the field of history, and also carried out a policy analysis that went beyond the more common discourse analysis. The methodological challenge concerned the Nietzschean concept of genealogy and how this could be applied on a policy analysis. Using the theoretical concepts of abjection and interpellation (Butler, 1993; 1997) I was able to not only criticize, but also to understand, the limits of liberal identity politics within late modernity.

The study of New Public Management in relation to welfare states has become a more pronounced focus over the years. My on-going research project, Being tolerant (financed by The Swedish Research Council), is a genealogical study of the concept tolerance as used in a Western tradition: its transition from defining the medieval church's relation to other religions and unwanted minorities to becoming a secularized political discourse, symbolizing a modern democracy. Today, tolerance is mainly used in political discourse, together with concepts such as "gender equality" and "diversity", and is considered a central democratic virtue. It positions the "good" and the "bad" citizen in relation to each other and is used to identify threats towards liberal democracies. This very specific and late modern use of the concept of tolerance serves a specific function in present-day liberal democracies, especially in relation to strategies of societal changes. Using the case-study of a Swedish governmental agency and the theoretical framework of Wendy Brown, this project focuses on the specific functions of tolerance as praxis in late modernity, especially in relation to the latest governmental use of relating intolerance to so called 'vulnerable populations' and the implementation of Early Warning Signals, issuing from the policy field of National Security.

My interest in the philosophy of history has led me to engage in the emerging field of so called queer temporalities, where my article "Lost and Found – The Queer Archive-of-Feelings and its Historical Propriety"(differences, 2013; see also Lychnos, 2013 for a shorter Swedish version), is an investigation into the epistemology of the archive as a place and idea within Western thinking and organisation of temporality. I do this in dialogue with French and American debates concerning the possibilities of new forms of archives (e.g., Halberstam, 2005 Cvetkovich, 2003; Didi-Huberman, 2000) and I provide a critical reading of these debates from a (queer) psychoanalytical point of view, following French philosopher Alain Badiou and American literary scholar Lee Edelman.

My aim is to generate a place for critical policy analysis and feminist theory on temporality within Nordic research – a perspective that exists internationally but that has never been part of a Nordic canon. I also put forward a critique of neoliberal identity politics by politicizing that which is usually taken most for granted: time itself.

2018
Žižek som samtidsanalytiker, Hägersten: Tankekraft 2018 : 195-207
Edenheim, Sara
2017
Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, Vol. 38, (4)
Edenheim, Sara
2016
Australian feminist studies (Print), Vol. 31, (89) : 283-304
Edenheim, Sara
2016
Gränser, mobilitet och mobilisering: Boundaries, mobility and mobilisation : Nationell konferens för genusforskning = Swedish conference for gender research, Göteborg: Nationella sekretariatet för genusforskning 2016 : 99-
Edenheim, Sara
2016
Glänta, (2) : 18-23
Edenheim, Sara
2016
Gendered citizenship and the politics of representation, Palgrave Macmillan 2016 : 61-83
Edenheim, Sara; Rönnblom, Malin
2015
Lambda Nordica: Tidskrift om homosexualitet, (2-3) : 125-148
Edenheim, Sara
2015
Filosofi på liv och död: Texter om psykoanalys
Edenheim, Sara
2014
Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, Vol. 35, (1) : 99-121
Edenheim, Sara; Rönnblom, Malin
2013
The European Journal of Women's Studies, London: Sage Publications 2013, Vol. 20, (3) : 233-248
Carbin, Maria; Edenheim, Sara
2013
Lychnos, Uppsala: Lärdomshistoriska samfundet 2013 : 229-239
Edenheim, Sara
2013
Differences. A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Duke University Press 2013, Vol. 24, (3) : 36-62
Edenheim, Sara
2013
What is theory?: answers from the social and cultural sciences
Edenheim, Sara
2013
Scandia, Vol. 79, (2)
Edenheim, Sara
2012
Scandia, Vol. 78, (1) : 11-34
Edenheim, Sara
2012
Scandia, Vol. 78, (2) : 137-138
Edenheim, Sara
2012
Scandia, Sekel Bokförlag 2012, Vol. 78, (2, Supplement) : 22-32
Edenheim, Sara
2012
NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Taylor & Francis Group 2012, Vol. 20, (4) : 227-229
Edenheim, Sara; Rönnblom, Malin
2012
Det heter feminism!: 20 anspråksfulla förslag för att förändra världen, Stockholm: Hallongrottan 2012 : 22-27
Edenheim, Sara; Rönnblom, Malin
2012
Glänta, (2-3) : 17-31
Rönnblom, Malin; Edenheim, Sara
2011
Glänta hardcore, 05
Edenheim, Sara
2010
Scandia, Scandia 2010, Vol. 76, (1) : 187-189
Edenheim, Sara
2010
Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, TGV 2010, (4) : 108-118
Edenheim, Sara
2010
In Experts We Trust: Knowledge, Politics and Bureaucracy in Nordic Welfare States, Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark 2010 : 35-58
Edenheim, Sara
2008
Fronesis
Edenheim, Sara
2006
Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift, Lund: Forum för kvinnliga forskare och kvinnoforskning 2006, Vol. 27, (2-3)
Edenheim, Sara; Persson, Cecilia
2005
Stockholm/Stehag: Symposion Brutus Östlings bokförlag 2005
Edenheim, Sara
2005
Kvinnor och våld: En mångtydig kulturhistoria
Edenheim, Sara
2005
Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift, Vol. 26, (1)
Edenheim, Sara
2005
En blick från sidan: Genusforskning under tre decennier
Edenheim, Sara
2003
Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift, Lund: 2003, Vol. 24, (1)
Edenheim, Sara
2003
Bang, (1)
Edenheim, Sara
2001
Lambda nordica, Föreningen Lambda nordica 2001, Vol. 5, (1-2)
Edenheim, Sara