Editorial Team


Jenny Björklund is editor-in-chief of lambda nordica since 2012. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Uppsala University. Her research interests include twentieth century and contemporary literature, cultural studies, queer theory, feminist theory, and body/embodiment theory. She has published a book on female poets and Swedish modernism, and she is the co-editor of a critical anthology of essays on the Swedish feminist writer Agnes von Krusenstjerna. She is currently at work with a project on family in twenty-first-century Swedish literature. Her latest book is Lesbianism in Swedish Literature: An Ambiguous Affair (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).

Ulrika Dahl has served as editor for lambda nordica since 2009. She is a cultural anthropologist and Professor of gender studies at the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University. Dahl has worked on among other things, gender equality and heteronormativity, formations of gender studies in the Nordic region on critical femininity studies and intersectional perspectives on queer femininities. Among her publications are the monographs Geopolitics of Nordic and Russian Gender Research 1975-2005 (with Ulla Manns and Marianne Liljeström, Södertörn 2016) Skamgrepp: Femme-inistiska Essäer (Leopard, 2014) och Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities (with Del LaGrace Volcano, Serpent’s Tail 2008). Dahl’s articles have been published in among other journals Feminist Theory, Sexualities, Somatechnics, Paragraph, NORA, Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap and Gender, Place and Culture and in different anthologies. Currently she is completing the project Queer(y)ing Kinship in the Baltic Region where she studies non-conventional queer family formations from intersectional perspectives.

Elin Abrahamsson is editor of book reviews in lambda nordica since 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Gender Studies. Her doctoral thesis is a Swedish monograph with the English title Mas(s)turbatory Readings: A Queer Analysis of Popular Romance (Enahanda läsning 2018). Abrahamsson’s research interests mainly include feminist cultural studies and queer theory. She holds a special interest for the type of popular culture that is associated with femininity and female audiences, such as boy bands and romantic fiction. She works at the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies at Stockholm University and the Department for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark. She is currently working on a 3-year postdoc project on contemporary Swedish popular romance, affiliated with the Danish research program Uses of Literature: The Social Dimensions of Literature.

Emil Edenborg, PhD in Political Science, is secretary of lambda nordica.

Editorial Board

Erika Alm, PhD in History of Ideas, is senior lecturer in Gender Studies at the department of Cultural Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. Her research interests are trans* and intersex studies, gender non-conforming activism and biopolitics. Currently she works in the 8 scholar research collaboration, “The futures of genders and sexualities: cultural products, transnational spaces and emerging communities”. Recent publications include ”Den normkritiska vändningen och förstahetens genealogier”, in Samtider (Daidalos, 2017, with Pia Laskar), a special issue of TGV 37:4 (2016), ”Cisnormativitet och feminism” (with Iwo Nord and Signe Bremer), and a special issue of Cultural Unbound 9:1 (2017, with Pia Laskar and Cathrin Wasshede), including the article “The rainbow flag as friction: transnational, imagined communities of belonging among Pakistani LGBTQ activists” (with Lena Martinsson).

Elisabeth L. Engebretsen, PhD in Anthropology, is an Associate Professor, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Stavanger, Norway, and Affiliated Researcher, Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Engebretsen is the author of Queer women in urban China: An ethnography (Routledge 2014), co-editor of Queer/tongzhi China: New perspectives on research, activism and media cultures (NIAS Press 2015), and a special issue of Sexualities on “Anthropology’s queer sensibilities” (2018). Engebretsen is the project leader of the NOS-HS and Nordic Council of Ministers/NIKK funded project Transforming Identities: Exploring Changes, Tensions and Visions in the Nordic Region through the prism of Identity Politics, and participates in the Swedish Research Council funded project A Nordic Queer Revolution? The Formation of Gay, Queer and Trans Activism in Scandinavia, 1948-2018.

Kaisa Ilmonen holds a PhD in Comparative Literature (2012) and works at Turku institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku. Her research interests include Caribbean studies, Feminism of Color, Intersectionality, Postcolonial Studies, Queer Studies and sexualities of the colonial modernity. Among her publications are Queer Rebellion. Intersectionality and the Sexual Modernity in the Novels of Michelle Cliff (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthc.); “Narrating the Nordic Queer: Comparative Perspectives on Queer Studies in Denmark, Finland, and Norway” Lambda Nordica (with Mathias Danbolt and Elisabeth L. Engebretsen, 2017); “Beyond the Postcolonial, but Why Exactly? Ten Steps towards a New Enthusiasm for Postcolonial Studies” Journal of Literary Theory (2016), and the first Finnish anthology of Queer literature, Pervot Pidot: Homo-, lesbo- ja queernäkökulmia kirjallisuuteen (co-edited with Lasse Kekki, 2004). Kaisa has worked closely with SQS (The Finnish Society for Queer Studies), as a board member, co-editor-in-chief of SQS Journal, and co-organizer of SQS’s biannual Queer Studies Symposiums held in Turku since 2004.

Anu Koivunen is Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, currently on research leave at University of Helsinki for a fellowship for Driving Forces of Democracy: Patterns of Democratization in Finland and Sweden, 1890- 2020 (2016-2018). She has written on feminist and queer film theory, the affective turn in feminist and queer theory, Finnish cinema and television history, new narratives about Sweden Finns as well as mediated cultures of emotion. Among her recent publications are “Affective historiography: archival aesthetics and the temporalities of televisual nationbuilding”, in International Journal of Communication, “Pillow Talk, Swedish style: Att Älska/To Love (Jörn Donner 1964)”, Swedish Cinema and the Sexual Revolution, (McFarland Publishing, Björklund and Larsson, eds 2016), “The Promise of Touch: turns to affect in feminist film theory”, in Feminisms. The Key Debates Vol. 5. Edited by Laura Mulvey & Anna Backmann Rogers (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015), and “Uncanny motions: facing death, morphing life” (Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 35:2, 2013).

Michael Nebeling Petersen, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark. His research centres questions on culture, power and identity, and he is interested in the intersections between gender, sexuality, kinship, race and nation. His current work is on transnational commercial surrogacy, where he is especially interested in how new reproductive technologies together with social medias reconfigure cultural understandings of family, identity and kinship. His recent publications include: Becoming Gay Fathers through Transnational Commercial Surrogacy. Journal of Family Studies, (2016, E-pub ahead of print), Dad & daddy assemblages: Re-suturing the nation through transnational surrogacy, homosexuality, and Norwegian exceptionalism. GLQ 23(1) (with Charlotte Kroløkke, Charlotte and Lene Myong, 2016).

Jens Rydström is a historian by training and professor of gender studies at Lund University in Sweden. His main fields of interest are gender history, medical history, gay and lesbian studies, critical disability studies, crip theory, and queer theory. Jens has published extensively in a range of journals and anthologies in both Swedish and English. Among his books are Loneliness and its opposite: Sex, disability, and the ethics of engagement with Don Kulick (Duke University Press, Odd Couples: A History of Gay Marriage in Sweden (2011, Aksant), Undantagsmänniskor: En svensk HBTQ historia (2008, Studentlitteratur, with S. Norrhem and H. Winqvist) and Criminally Queer: Criminal law in Scandinavia 1842- 1999. Edited with K. Mustola (2007, Aksant). Scandinavian sex workers’ organizations: Origins and contemporary challenges

International Advisory Board

  • Fanny Ambjörnsson, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Kale Bantigue Fajardo, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Agnes Bolsø, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Christopher Breu, College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University, USA
  • Kath Browne, Maynooth University, Ireland
  • Lisa Downing, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Lisa Duggan, New York University, USA
  • Elisabeth L. Engebretsen, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Mark Graham, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Judith “Jack” Halberstam, Columbia University, USA
  • Dag Heede, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Harri Kalha, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Anu Koivunen, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Pia Laskar, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Lena Lennerhed, Södertörn University, Sweden
  • Reina Lewis, University of the Arts London, UK
  • Marianne Liljeström, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  • Ann-Sofie Lönngren, Södertörn University, Sweden
  • Lena Martinsson, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Ulla Manns, Södertörn University, Sweden
  • Arne Nilsson, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Lena Nilsson Schönnesson, Noah’s Ark, Sweden
  • Rita Paqvalen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • John Potvin, Concordia University, Canada
  • Tiina Rosenberg, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Jens Rydström, Lund University, Sweden
  • Antu Sorainen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Lisbeth Stenberg, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Patrik Steorn, The Thiel Gallery, Sweden
  • Ingeborg Svensson, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Annamari Vänskä, Aalto University, Finland
  • Ann Werner, Södertörn University, Sweden
  • Jami Weinstein, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Jan Wickman, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Elizabeth Wilson, London Metropolitan University, Great Britain