Venla Oikkonen

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Description of research and teaching

CURRENT  POSITION

Research Fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (September 2016-July 2019); Docent in Gender Studies, University of Helsinki.

 

RESEARCH  INTERESTS  AND  ACTIVITIES

I am currently carrying out a three-year research project on vaccines as embodied technologies at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. My project examines the ways in which affective investments and intensities organize debates about vaccines in culture and society. Building on cultural studies, gender studies, and science and technology studies, I approach vaccines as technologies that not only reflect but also reshape material relations, cultural emotions and intersectional differences.

 

In 2012-2016, I worked as Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher. My project interrogated how population genetics has refashioned belonging since the 1980s. While the project focuses on national narration, it also explores competing forms of belonging such as ethnic, regional or personal belonging. The project starts with the premise that technological and theoretical developments in population genetics have challenged the concepts of history/prehistory and global/local on which narratives of national, ethnic or regional belonging are usually predicated. I ask how narratives of national or communal beloning negotiate these changes, and how the mutually embedded histories of race, gender, and sexuality shape the forms of belonging that have emerged with population genetics. My new book Population Genetics and Belonging (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) explores these questions.

 

My first monograph, Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Evolutionary Narratives was published by Routledge in May 2013. The book examines the current popularity of evolutionary psychological explanations of gender and sexuality by analyzing their commitments to and revisions of the Darwinian narrative tradition. Through a range of popular, literary and scientific texts, the book identifies instabilities and inconsistencies in current evolutionary discourse, opening evolution up for feminist and queer revision.

 

I have also edited (with Sari Irni and Mianna Meskus) a book on gender and technoscience, Muokattu elämä (Moulded Life), published by the Finnish academic press Vastapaino in 2014.

 

CURRENT  TEACHING  AND  SUPERVISION

I supervise MA and PhD theses in feminist science and technology studies and feminist cultural studies.

 

STEERING  COMMITTEE  MEMBER  IN  ACADEMIC  ORGANIZATIONS

  • Member of the Steering Committee, Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health
  • Member of the Steering Committee, Gender Studies Master's Program, University of Helsinki 

Twitter: @venla_oikkonen

 

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Curriculum Vitae

Highlighted publications

  1. Affect, Technoscience and Textual Analysis: Interrogating the Affective Dynamics of the Zika Epidemic through Media Texts

    Oikkonen, V. 6 Aug 2017 In : Social Studies of Science. 47, 5, p. 681-702 32 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Population Genetics and Belonging: A Cultural Analysis of Genetic Ancestry

    Oikkonen, V. 2017 Palgrave Macmillan. 240 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewBook

  3. Temporality and Belonging as Transdisciplinary Phenomena: Strategic Encounters between Queer Theory and Population Genetic Technologies

    Oikkonen, V. 19 Oct 2017 In : Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. 3, 1, 25 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  4. The Politics of Becoming Different: Rethinking Evolution through Population Genetics

    Oikkonen, V. M. Aug 2015 In : Feminist Theory. 16, 2, p. 189-206 18 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  5. Mitochondrial Eve and the Affective Politics of Human Ancestry

    Oikkonen, V. Mar 2015 In : Signs. 40, 3, p. 747-772 26 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  6. Kennewick Man and the Evolutionary Origins of the Nation

    Oikkonen, V. Feb 2014 In : Journal of American Studies. 48, 1, p. 275-290 16 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  7. Muokattu elämä: Teknotiede, sukupuoli ja materiaalisuus

    Meskus, M. (ed.), Oikkonen, V. (ed.) & Irni, S. (ed.) 12 Feb 2014 Vastapaino. 459 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewAnthology

  8. Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Evolutionary Narratives

    Oikkonen, V. 27 May 2013 London & New York: Routledge. 182 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewBook

  9. Narrative Analysis as a Feminist Method: The Case of Genetic Ancestry Tests

    Oikkonen, V. Aug 2013 In : European Journal of Women's Studies. 20, 3, p. 295-308 14 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  10. Competing Truths: Epistemic Authority in Popular Science Books on Human Sexuality

    Oikkonen, V. 2013 In : European Journal of English Studies. 17, 3, p. 283-294

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  11. Mutations of Romance: Evolution, Infidelity, and Narrative

    Oikkonen, V. M. Sep 2010 In : Modern Fiction Studies. 56, 3, p. 592-613 22 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  12. Narrating Descent: Popular Science, Evolutionary Theory and Gender Politics

    Oikkonen, V. 2009 In : Science as Culture. 18, 1, p. 1-21 21 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Highlighted activities

  1. 4S & EASST joint conference 2016

    Oikkonen, V. (Speaker: Presenter)
    31 Aug 20163 Sep 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. International Symposium Nation/Boundaries/Place: Reappraising the Global Sphere

    Oikkonen, V. (Speaker: Presenter)
    2 Jun 20163 Jun 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Rethinking Race and Sexuality: Feminist Conversations, Contestations, and Coalitions

    Oikkonen, V. (Speaker: Presenter)
    17 Apr 201319 Apr 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  4. Migration, Memory and Place

    Oikkonen, V. (Speaker: Presenter)
    5 Dec 20127 Dec 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  5. Genomics in Society: Facts, Fictions and Cultures

    Oikkonen, V. (Speaker: Presenter)
    23 Apr 201224 Apr 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  6. Memory, Mediation, Remediation: An International Conference on Memory in Literature and Film

    Oikkonen, V. (Speaker: Presenter)
    28 Apr 201130 Apr 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  7. Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging

    Oikkonen, V. (Speaker: Presenter)
    30 Jun 20102 Jul 2010

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  8. 7th European Feminist Research Conference

    Oikkonen, V. (Speaker: Presenter)
    4 Jun 20097 Jun 2009

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Education

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