Julian Honkasalo

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Tutkimuksen ja opetuksen kuvaus

I am currently a Kone Foundation postdoc scholar in gender studies at the University of Helsinki as well as a PhD candidate in politics at The New School for Social Research (NYC). My research project "Unfit for Citizenship: Eugenics and the Pathologization of Gender Nonconformity" (2015-2018) advances and reconstructs earlier scholarly literature on 20th century eugenic discourses by examining the phenomenon of gender reassignment -related sterilization legislation in Scandinavian countries from a queer-theoretical and historical perspective. The research project aims to understand and answer the following questions: 1) how do certain forms of embodiment and gender expression come to be viewed as legitimately subjected to state-sanctioned sterilization? 2) What do various moral, psychiatric and political techniques around gender non-conforming embodiment and subjectivity reveal about a society, the nation-state, and notions of citizenship? By showing the historical contingency and arbitrariness of the mental illness diagnosis ascribed to gender non-conforming children and adults, as well as the politico-historical development of the current, Scandinavian sterilization laws, this research project questions the scientific validity of political and psychiatric conceptual frameworks that essentialize certain patterns of embodied and gendered expressions as fixed, static and pathological.

I was a member of prof. Tuija Pulkkinen's Academy Professorship project Philosophy and Politics in Feminist Theory (Academy of Finland, 2011-2015). As a member of the research team I conducted a doctoral dissertation on feminist interpretations of Hannah Arendt's political thought, titled "Sisterhood, Natality, Queer: Reframing Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt" (January, 2016).

Link to dissertation: https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/159340

I am interested in biopolitics, the relationship between political, economic and military power, as well as theorization of resistance. My research approach and interests are multidisciplinary and stem from personal interests in human rights activism as well as educational peace work.

Courses taught:

Introduction to Feminist Thought and Action. Teaching Assistant for Prof. Ann Snitov, gender studies, The New School, USA. Fall 2015.


WNA310, Gender studies: Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt. University of Helsinki (Spring 2014)


FFI220, Philosophy: The history of the mind-body problem. University of Helsinki (Spring 2008)

Koulutustiedot

MA in philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Finland. 2006
MA in political science, Department of Political Science, The New School for Social Research (USA) 2010

Dual Ph.D. qualification (political science and gender studies)
Ph.D candidate, Department of Political Science, The New School for Social Research, NYC (USA). Dissertation title:
Hannah Arendt on Revolution and Law. Thesis advisor: Prof. Andreas Kalyvas.
Ph.D candidate, Gender Studies, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki.
Dissertation title: Hannah Arendt’s Silence on Gender. Thesis advisor: Prof. Tuija Pulkkinen.

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Viimeisimmät julkaisut

  1. When boys will not be boys: American eugenics and the formation of gender nonconformity as psychopathology

    Honkasalo, J. 30 marraskuuta 2016 julkaisussa : Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies. 11, 4, s. 270–286 17 Sivumäärä

    Julkaisu: ArtikkelijulkaisuA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä

  2. Sisterhood, Natality, Queer: Reframing Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt

    Honkasalo, J. 13 tammikuuta 2016 Helsinki. 190 Sivumäärä

    Julkaisu: Kirja/kokoomateosG4 Monografiaväitöskirja

  3. Hannah Arendt as an ally for queer politics?

    Honkasalo, J. lokakuuta 2014 julkaisussa : Redescriptions. 17, 2, s. 180-200

    Julkaisu: ArtikkelijulkaisuA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä

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Viimeisimmät aktiviteetit

  1. Emory University

    Honkasalo, J. (Vieraileva tutkija)
    17 maaliskuuta 2016

    Aktiviteetti: Vierailu toiseen organisaatioonAkateeminen vierailu toiseen organisaatioon

  2. In the shadow of eugenics: a genealogy of transgender sterilization legislation. Presentation at the 2016 Symposium of IAph

    Honkasalo, J. (Puhuja: esitelmän pitäjä)
    9 heinäkuuta 2016

    Aktiviteetti: Tapahtumaan osallistuminen tai tapahtuman järjestäminenKonferensseihin, kursseille ja seminaareihin osallistuminen ja näiden järjestäminen

  3. Treatment or torture? A counterhistory of psychological and medical treatment of gender nonconforming youth. Keynote lecture, Queer Healings -annual conference.

    Honkasalo, J. (Puhuja: pääpuhuja (keynote))
    21 lokakuuta 2016

    Aktiviteetti: Tapahtumaan osallistuminen tai tapahtuman järjestäminenKonferensseihin, kursseille ja seminaareihin osallistuminen ja näiden järjestäminen

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Uusimmat palkinnot

  1. Alfred Kordelinin Säätiö: Apuraha

    Julian Honkasalo (Vastaanottaja), 2008

    Palkinto: Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset

  2. American Scandinavian Foundation: grant for doctorate studies in the US

    Julian Honkasalo (Vastaanottaja), 2009

    Palkinto: Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset

  3. Oskar Öflun Foundation: grant for doctorate studies

    Julian Honkasalo (Vastaanottaja), 2013

    Palkinto: Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset

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Koulutus

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