Mia Liinason

Professor in Gender Studies at Lund University

Membership period 2018–2023

My research places itself at the intersection between transnational movements, digital cultures and the epistemology of hope. I am currently working in several research and collaborative projects that broaden and deepen these interests in various ways.

I lead a 5-year interdisciplinary research environment that investigates the importance of digital technologies for civil society engagement, among other things through questions such as how digital platforms change our understanding of places, nations, borders and experiences of belonging? What risks and opportunities accompany the use of digital platforms in the fight for the rights of women and LGBTQ people in authoritarian contexts? What do digital technologies mean for the possibility of shaping political communities, both progressive rights movements and misogynistic, anti-LGBTQ communities? To what extent can algorithms be understood as actors with agency?

I am also the research leader for the projects Liveability at the crossroads of religion, gender and sexuality and Technologies of Struggle. Gender and change in times of transformation. As a researcher in Change is Key! I am part of a 6-year interdisciplinary research program that develops digital tools to explore how languages, societies and cultures have changed over time.

I am a member of the network of excellence NETHATE, a Marie Curie Intensive Training network that brings together an interdisciplinary group of international researchers with the aim of investigating the spread of hate in online and offline forums, counter-strategies, and its impact on victims and relatives.

Recently I finished the project A world in change. A study of gender and sexuality in an emerging global civil society that explored transnational encounters in feminist and LGBTQ activism in Russia, Turkey and Scandinavia. The book Feminist and LGBTI+ Activism across Russia, Scandinavia and Turkey. Transnationalizing Spaces of Resistance, Palgrave Macmillan Springer International Publishing (2022), presents the findings of this project.

I was Young Academy of Sweden's Chair for 2022–2023.


1, 2 Press portraits Photo: Erik Thor/YAS 3. Rainbow mass in Kirkenes church in connection with Barents Pride, Kirkenes 2018. Photo: Mia Liinason (Click to enlarge)

Mia Liinason Photo: Erik Thor/YAS

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Photo: Erik Thor/YAS


Born: 1973
Family: Really large! My everyday life I share with my partner and my three children (born 1999, 2001 and 2005). 
Interests: Being in nature. The forest, the archipelago or the garden. Preferably all at once in the summer house outside Gothenburg.
Other: I once stole a cab from a Nobel Laureate.

“I want to help make the university a heterogeneous place and look forward to sharing my thoughts about why and how the conditions can be improved for young researchers who are outside the norm of academia. I want to address the issue of research ethics and academic integrity seriously and highlight questions about unsecured employment and merit evaluation systems. I also hope to raise the curiosity and encourage the interest in research and science among the next generation of young researchers.”

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