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Kick-off event: Singlehood Studies

Welcome to the kick-off event on Singlehood Studies at Tampere University on December 16-17, 2019

The number of people living without a partner is growing in Finland, in Europe, and globally. However, this demographic change has not disrupted the tenacity of the couple norm, and despite the shift, there is a paucity of research on singlehood. This event brings together scholars from different fields of social sciences and humanities to discuss singlehood, in particular from the perspective of technology and well-being. It aims at sparkling academic discussion on singlehood, serving as a kick-off event to a series of future collaborations.

The event consists of three parts: 1) Public keynote talks by four distinguished scholars 2) Workshop for invited researchers who are currently conducting research on singlehood or related themes 3) A launch event of the recently established Research Network of Singlehood Studies and a related panel discussion on couple-normativity.

The keynote talks and the launch event are open to the public and participation is free of charge. All welcome!

Program (Scroll down for full abstracts and bios by the keynote speakers, as well for more info on the panelists)

Day 1: Mon 16 Dec Day 2: Tue 17 Dec
10-10.45 Opening words, introduction  
11-13 Workshop: Session 1 11-13 Workshop: Session 2
13-14 Lunch 13-14 Lunch
14-16.30 Keynote 1 & 2 (Linna K103)Christopher Swader: Disentangling Living Alone, Being Alone, and Feeling Alone: between Cultural Pessimism and Optimism with ‘Modernity’ at Stake

Andreas Henriksson: The communal lives of singles. How singledom reproduces and reconfigures social communities

14-16.30 Keynote 3 & 4 (Linna K103)Rachel O’Neill: Singlehood and Seduction: Reconsidering the Category
.Katrien De Graeve: The figure of the polyamorous single woman in ethical non-monogamy discourse in Belgium: reflections on an unfinished (online) ethnographic study
17 Drinks & mingle

 

 

17-18 Launch event: The Research Network of Singlehood Studies (Linna K103)

 

Panel on couple-normativity with Tuula Juvonen, Riikka Homanen & Annukka Lahti

Drinks & nibbles

19 Dinner