Randi Elin Gressgård
Centre for Womens and Gender Research
Democracy and Rule of Law
Title: Associate Professor
Phone: +47 55 58 89 98
Cellphone: +47 900 98 679 SMS
Visiting address: Allegt. 34
Research areas: Gender studies; Minority studies ( http://imer.uib.no )
Disciplines: Sociology; Philosophy of science
Publications since 2002
A. Monographs, edited books and dissertations
1. Fanden går i kloster. Elleve tekster om det andre (The Devil Joins the Convent: Eleven Texts on the Other) (co-editor with Siri Meyer). Oslo: Spartacus, 2002 (287 pages).
2. Dilemmaet mellom likeverdighet og særegenhet som ramme for flerkulturell dialog (The Dilemma between Equal Dignity and Distinctiveness as Constitutive Framework for Multicultural Dialogue). Doctoral thesis in sociology, University of Bergen, 2003 (245 pages).
3. Fra identitet til forskjell (From Identity to Difference). Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press / Spartacus, 2005 (215 pages).
4. Kjønnsteori (Gender Theory) (co-author and -editor with Ellen Mortensen, Cathrine Egeland, Cathrine Holst, Kari Jegerstedt, Sissel Rosland and Kristin Sampson). Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk, 2008 (349 pages).
5. Multicultural Dialogue: Dilemmas, Paradoxes, Conflicts. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2010 (192 pages).
B. Peer reviewed articles
6. "Lyotard og Bourdieu: Ontologisering av henholdsvis 'striden' og 'tvisten'" ("Lyotard and Bourdieu: Ontologization of the 'Differend' and the 'Litigation'"), in Sosiologisk tidsskrift (Journal of Sociology) 10(4) 2002: 283-307.
7. "Questions of Gender in a Multicultural Society" (co-author with Christine Jacobsen), in Nordic Journal of Women’s Studies (NORA) 11(2) 2003: 69-77.
8. "Den rettferdige rasismen" ("The Just Racism"), in Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning (Norwegian Journal of Migration Research) 5(2) 2004: 140-146.
9. "Hva mener regjeringen med flerkulturelt mangfold?" ("What Does the Government Mean by Multicultural Diversity?"), in Nytt norsk tidsskrift (New Norwegian Journal) 22(1) 2005: 72-79.
10. "Muslimer med slør, anorektikere og transseksuelle: Hva har de til felles?" ("Veiled Muslims, Anorexics and Transsexuals: What do They Have in Common?"), in Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning (Journal of Gender Research) 29(1) 2005: 21-34.
11. "Opprør med stil. Forholdet mellom identitet, estetikk og subkulturell motstand" ("Revolt with Style. The Relationship between Identity, Aesthetics and Sub-Cultural Resistance"), in Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning (Norwegian Journal of Migration Research) 4(1) 2005: 13-20.
12. "The Veiled Muslim, the Anorexics and the Transsexuals: What do They Have in Common?", in European Journal of Women’s Studies 13(4) 2006: 325-341.
13. "Anerkjennelse: Hvilke forskjeller er relevante?" ("Recognition: What Differences Matter?"), in Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning (Norwegian Journal of Migration Research) 6(1) 2007: 10-26.
14. "The Will to Empower: Managing the Complexity of the Others" (co-authored with Cathrine Egeland), in Nordic Journal of Women’s Studies (NORA) 15(4) 2007: 207-219.
15. "Krevende toleranse: Islam og homoseksualitet" ("Demanding tolerance: Islam and homosexuality") (co-authored with Christine Jacobsen), in Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning (Journal of Gender Research) 32(2) 2008: 22-39.
16. "Mind the Gap: Intersectionality, Complexity and 'the Event'", in Theory and Science 10(1) 2008.
17. "Omsorgen for 'andre': Interseksjonalitet, forskjell og ansvarlighet" (The Care for 'Others': Intersectionality, Difference and Accountability") (co-authored with Cathrine Egeland), in Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning (Journal of Gender Research) 32(4) 2008: 40-58.
18. "When Trans Translates into Tolerance - Or Was It Monstrous?", in Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society 13(5) 2010: 539-561.
C. Chapters in books
19. "Fanden går i kloster" ("The Devil Joins the Convent") (co-authored with Siri Meyer), in Gressgård, Randi and Siri Meyer (eds.): Fanden går i kloster. Elleve tekster om det andre (The Devil Joins the Convent. Eleven Texts about the Other). Oslo: Spartacus, 2002: 7-12.
20. "En kvinne er ikke bare en kvinne. Kjønnsproblematikk i et flerkulturelt samfunn" ("A Woman is not Only a Woman. Questions of Gender in a Multicultural Society") (co-authored with Christine Jacobsen), in Holst, Cathrine (ed): Kjønnsrettferdighet: Utfordringer for feministisk politikk (Gender Justice: Challenges in Feminist Politics). Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk, 2002: 189-230.
21. "Beyond Man: In Defence of Multiple Identities" (co-authored with Christine Jacobsen), in Sicakkan, Hakan and Yngve G. Lithman (eds): What Happens when Society is Diverse? Multidimentional Identities. Lewiston, Queenston and Lampeter: The Edwin Mellem Press, 2006: 53-74.
22. "Det beste fra to kulturer: Frihet og fellesskap" ("The Best of Two Worlds: Freedom and Community"), in Fuglerund, Øivind and Thomas Hylland Eriksen (eds): Grenser for kultur. Perspektiver på minoritetsforskning (Cultural Limits: Perspectives on Minority Research). Oslo: Pax, 2007: 80-110.
23. "Iris Marion Young", in Mortensen et al. (eds): Kjønnsteori (Gender Theory). Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk, 2008: 152-167.
24. "Henrietta L. Moore", in Mortensen et al. (eds): Kjønnsteori (Gender Theory). Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk, 2008: 224-230.
25. "Wendy Brown", in Mortensen et al. (eds): Kjønnsteori (Gender Theory). Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk, 2008: 161-167.
26. "Revisiting Contingency, Hegemony and Universality", in María do Mar Castro Varela, Nikita Dhawan and Antke Engel (eds): Hegemony and Heteronormativity: Revisiting 'The Political' in Queer Politics. Farnham: Ashgate 2011: 25-41.
D. Book reviews/review essays
27. "Sammensatt (om) identitet" ("Complex Identity"). Book review of Thomas Hylland Eriksen's Røtter og føtter: Identitet i en omskiftelig tid (Oslo: Aschehoug, 2004), in Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning (Norwegian Journal of Migration Resarch) 5(2) 2004: 147-150.
28. "Etnisk mangfold i skolen" ("Ethnic Diversity in School") (co-author with Sissel Lilletvedt). Book review of Joron Pihl's Etnisk mangfold i skolen: Det sakkyndige blikket (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2005), in Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning (Norwegian Journal of Migration Research) 6(2) 2005: 71-75.
29. "Henrietta L. Moore. Feministisk antropologi gjennom to tiår" ("H. L. Mooore: Feminist Anthropology Through Two Decades"). Review essay in Norsk antropologisk tidsskrift (Norwegian Journal of Anthropology) 18(2) 2007: 162-171.
30. "Feminist Theorizes the Political: The Political Philosophy of Wendy Brown". Review essay in Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research (NORA) 16(4) 2008: 257-263.
31. "Tid for kritikk" ("Time for Critique"). Book review of Wendy Brown's Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2005), in Kvinder, Køn & Forskning (Women, Gender & Research) 18(2) 2009: 74-75.
Thought as Action: Gender, Democracy, Freedom
The main goal of the project is to produce new knowledge on the question of democracy and freedom in a technological, globalized world, with the aim of approaching these questions from a gender perspective. The project participants will pursue theoretical and interdisciplinary inquiries, working from the vantage point of their respective disciplines. An overarching hypothesis for the whole project is that there is a crucial interrelationship between thought and action and that we need to understand and rethink the conceptions of possibility for freedom and democracy from a gender perspective. This knowledge may again be of use to the international research community and policy makers alike. The project participants' shared interest in theoretical questioning has led us towards a more rigorous interrogation of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of some of the concepts that are currently being marshaled in the name of democracy and freedom, among them "citizenship", "human rights", "subject", "sexed bodies", etc. But above all we wish to explore the possibility of developing and discovering new modes of thinking that are compatible not only with the present, but that will allow us to think future configurations of gender democracy and freedom.
Planning for pluralism (PLANPLUR)
The primary objective of PLANPLUR is to produce knowledge regarding whether and how it is possible to plan for pluralism through an examination of how pluralism is shaped within two policy fields: (1) migration/integration and (2) urban planning, and how the critical interface between these two fields generates processes of inclusion and exclusion in an urban context. The project aims to develop an integrated theoretical and analytical approach to the possibilities and conditions of planning for pluralism. We pose two main questions for research: (A) What are the mechanisms that shape pluralism? (B) Is it possible to plan for pluralism, and if so, how can this be done? In this preliminary work, we carry out a multi-level empirical study, encompassing: (1) planning/policy rationales and (2) everyday life coping in selected policy-affected neighbourhoods in Malmö, Sweden. Accordingly, we draw attention to two types of mechanisms that shape pluralism at two different analytical levels: Rationale and Coping. At the first level of analysis, Rationale, we analyse policy documents and investigate how pluralism is discursively shaped. The second (ethnographic) level, Coping, focuses on how integration and 'togetherness' are created and enacted from below. The two levels of analysis will be integrated in the subsequent analysis of data.