List of contributors


Tuula Juvonen works as a senior lecturer of Gender Studies at Tampere University, Finland. Her research interests focus on the sexualities and genders in flux, and the changing position of homosexuality in Finnish society. She leads the Academy of Finland-funded research project ‘Affective activism: Sites of queer and trans world-making’ (2021–2025) and led ‘Affective inequalities in intimate relationships’ (2015–2020). She recently co-edited a special issue of SQS – Journal of the Society of Queer Studies in Finland on Queer History Month, and as a chair of the Friends of Queer History association, she compiled an online Dictionary of Queer History in Finland.

Marjo Kolehmainen is a TIAS fellow at Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku, Finland. Prior to joining TIAS, Kolehmainen worked on the project ‘Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture’, funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland. Her work specifically concerns digital intimacies. At the time of writing, she is examining the diverse practices of teletherapy and telecounselling in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kolehmainen has authored over twenty peer-reviewed publications. Recently, she has published articles in Gender & Society, The Sociological Review, Body & Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies and Science, Technology, and Human Values, to name a few. Moreover, she is a co-editor of the edited collection Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships (2018) and of a Special Issue on Affective Intimacies, published in NORA – The Nordic Journal of Gender and Feminist Research (2021).

Ilektra Kyriazidou is a social anthropologist affiliated with the Centre for Ethnographic Research at the University of Kent, UK. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, UK, an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Bristol, UK, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of the West of England, UK. Her research interests include political anthropology, Greek ethnography, feminist and queer theory, intimacy, affect and emotions, gender, precarity, migration and urban social movements.

Kinneret Lahad is a senior lecturer at the NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of gender studies, sociology and cultural studies. Her open-access book, A Table for One: A Critical Reading of Singlehood, Gender and Time, was published by Manchester University Press in 2017. She is writing a monograph on friendships and time. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Cultural Studies, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Israeli Sociology, NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Sociology, Sociological Forum, Sociological Review, Time and Society, Sociological Research Online, Theory and Criticism and Society and Women’s Studies International Forum. Her current projects include independent and collaborative studies on aunthood, friendships, time and temporality, emotions and affect, solo marriages and wellness culture. She has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, a visiting scholar and lecturer at Venice International University, a visiting lecturer at the Master MIM Erasmus Mundus Graduate program at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, an honorary research fellow at Manchester University and an Erasmus visiting scholar at Aarhus University and Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich).

Annukka Lahti is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, in the Borders, Mobilities and Cultural Encounters Research Community. In her postdoctoral project, ‘Where the rainbow ends: The becoming of LGBTIQ+ separations in two cultural locations’, she explores the relationship break-ups of queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and asexual people in Finland and the UK through the theoretical lens of affect. She has studied the interrelations of intimacy, power, sexuality and affect for several years and has published studies on, for example, affective inequalities, bisexuality, heterosexual relationship contexts and LGBTIQ+ break-ups. She has authored more than fifteen peer-reviewed publications that have appeared in the Journal of Sociology, NORA – The Nordic Journal of Gender and Feminist Research, Subjectivity and Feminism & Psychology, among others. Moreover, she is a co-editor of the edited collection Family and Personal Relationships under the Rainbow (in Finnish, 2020) and of a Special Issue on Affective Intimacies, published in NORA – The Nordic Journal of Gender and Feminist Research (2021).

Andrea Lobb is completing a PhD in Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include psychoanalysis, feminist theories of empathy and affect and the critique of power in social and political thought. Her published work has appeared in the journals Feminism & Psychology, Foucault Studies, Constellations: An International Journal of Democratic and Critical Theory and Feminist Philosophy Quarterly.

Dresda E. Méndez de la Brena is a horizon postdoctoral researcher at the University of Concordia, Montreal in the Access in the Making Lab (AIM Lab). She holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of Granada, Spain, with a project focused on chronic pain, necropolitics, disability worlds and disability arts of living. She obtained an Erasmus Mundus Double Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and University of Granada, Spain. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Emerging Leaders International Fellowship of the Center of Philanthropy and Civil Society at The City University of New York. She was also awarded the XXI Carmen de Burgos National Essay Accessit Prize (2020), conferred by the Almería Provincial Council, Spain. Her current postdoctoral research focuses on disability, access, affordances, affective intimacies and human–non-human care.

Armi Mustosmäki is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In her current project, ‘Complaining mothers: Affect, moral and politics of medicalisation’, she explores negative and forbidden feelings and experiences of mothers and the public responses to ‘maternal complaint’. Her previous research focused on changing working life, as well as the specificities of the Nordic working life model, work-family policies and gender inequality in work life.

Nina Perger is an assistant at the Chair for Theoretical Sociology (Department of Sociology) and a researcher at the Centre for Social Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research interests include studies of everyday life with a focus on marginalised gender and sexual identities. Recently, she has been working on COVID-19-related social issues, focusing on often-overlooked social groups such as solo-living women and youth.

Tiina Sihto works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare, Academy of Finland, 2018–2025) at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her current work focuses particularly on the ‘dark side’ of care, experiences of care poverty and forbidden emotions of motherhood.

Yiran Wang was born and raised in China. In 2019 she obtained her PhD in anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her research interests include female non-heteronormative intimacies, Chinese women’s lived experiences, the ‘queer Asia’ that is embedded in a ‘queer globe’ and anthropological methodology and writing. Her articles have been published in Journal of Gender Studies and Journal of Lesbian Studies. At the time of writing, she is an independent researcher.

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