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Nina Lykke

Professor Emerita of Gender Studies with special reference to Gender and Culture at the Unit of Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden.
Personal website: https://ninalykke.net/


Nina Lykke is co-founder of the international network for Queer Death Studies, and an emerging network for intersections of artistic practice  and ecocritical and decolonial studies. Her current research focuses on cancer cultures, critical patienthood studies, geopolitics of cancer, queer widowhood, death and dying in queerfeminist materialist and decolonial perspectives. She is also doing research on autophenomenographic  writing, and experimenting with ways to combine poetic and narrative writing with critical-affirmative philosophical and cultural theoretical inquiries.

Other current research interests are: postsocialist imaginaries of protest in feminisms, the whiteness of Marxism, and feminist studies as postdisciplinary practice between cruel optimism and everyday utopias.

She is managing co-editor (together with Jeff Hearn) of the book series Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality.


Before taking up a professorship in Gender and Culture in Sweden, Nina Lykke , for 15 year, led a Women’s and Gender Studies Center at the University of Southern Denmark; the center was the first WS center in Denmark.

Since its inception in 1999, she headed the PhD program in interdisciplinary Gender Studies at Linköping University (the first PhD program of this kind in Sweden). From 2004-2013, she was also the head of the Gender Studies Unit at Linköping University.

She was founding director and later co-director of an international centre of gender excellence, GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (2007-2017) as well as scientific leader of a Nordic and a Swedish-International Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (2003-2017).

She has extensive international experience from numerous cross-national projects and networks in gender research and education in Gender Studies. From 2001-2005, she was managing director of AOIFE (Association of Institutions of Feminist Education and Research in Europe), and she was also a longstanding member of the lead-team of the European thematic network in Womens Studies, Athena.

She was for many years associate editor of the European Journal of Womens Studies and advisor for several other scholarly feminist journals.

In 2008, she was awarded one of the Linköping University’s distinguished professorships due to her merits in research, education and management. In 2016, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Karlstad University, Sweden.


Nina Lykke's list of scholarly publications, includes 26 books in English, Danish, Swedish, and German, 53 journal articles, 86 book chapters, and more than 200 conference papers.

1. Key monographs and edited volumes:

  • Lie, Merete & Nina Lykke (eds) (2016): Assisted Reproduction Across Borders. Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions. New York, London: Routledge.
  • Lykke, Nina (ed) (2014): Writing Academic Texts Differently. Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing. New York, London: Routledge.
  • Buikemae,  Rosemarie, Gabriele Griffin & Nina Lykke (eds) (2011): Theories and Methodologies in Postgraduate Feminist Research: Researching Differently. New York, London: Routledge.
  • Lykke, Nina (2010): Feminist Studies. A Guide to Intersectional, Theory, Methodology and Writing. New York, London: Routledge.
  • Lykke, Nina (2009): Genusforskning. En guide till feministisk teori, metodologi och skrift. Liber, Stockholm.
  • Lykke, Nina (2008): Kønsforskning. En guide til feministisk teori, metodologi og skrift. Samfundslitteratur, København. 
  • Smelik, Anneke and Nina Lykke (2008): Bits of Life. Feminism at the Intersections of Media, Bioscience, and Technology. Washington: Washington University Press.
  • Bryld, Mette and Nina Lykke  (2000): Cosmodolphins. Feminist Cultural Studies of Technology, Animals and the Sacred, London: ZED  Books.
  • Lykke, Nina and Rosi Braidotti (1996): Between Monsters, Goddesses and Cyborgs. Feminist Confrontations with Science, Medicine and Cyberspace. London: ZED 1996)
  • Lykke, Nina (1993): Rotkäppchen und Ödipus. Vienna: Passagen Verlag.

2. Most recent key journal articles and book chapters: 

Journal articles:

  • Lykke, Nina (2018): Sorgsange. At bryde sorgens normer og queer’e døden. Friktion, København.
  • Lykke, Nina (2018): Rethinking socialist and Marxist legacies in feminist imaginaries of protest from postsocialist perspectives. Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. 24 (2): 173-188: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2017.13217
  • Lykke, Nina (2017): Sorgsångar. At bryta sorgens normer och queera döden. Bang 4/2017: 22-28.
  • Lykke, Nina (2017): Academic Feminisms: Between Disidentification, Messy Everyday Utopianism, and Cruel Optimism. Feminist Encounters. A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics. 1(1): 1-12: https://doi.org/10.20897/femenc.201703
  • Lykke, Nina (2016): Er tiden inde til et skift fra genus til genus*? Om navngivningspraksisser i akademisk feminisme. TGV. Tidskrift för genusvetenskap. 37: 4: 67-92.
  • * Lykke, Nina (2016): Queer Widowhood. Lambda Nordica. 2015: 4: 85-111.

Book chapters:

  • Lykke, Nina (2018): When death cuts apart: On affective difference, compassionate companionship and lesbian widowhood. Tuula Juvonen and Marjo Kohlemainen (eds): Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships. Routledge, New York, London.
  • Lykke, Nina (2017): Passionately Posthuman. From Feminist Disidentifications to Postdisciplinary Posthumanities. Cecilia Åsberg and Rosi Braidotti (eds). Feminist Companion to the Posthumanities. Berlin, New York: Springer International Publishing: 1-11. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319621388
  •  Lykke, Nina (2017): Postdisciplinarity. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova (eds). Posthuman Glossary. London, New York: Bloomsbury Academic: 332-335.
  • Lykke, Nina (2017): Imagining Professional Futures in Feminist Classrooms. Edyta Just and Wera Grahn. Eds. Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education. Adventurous Encounters. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 191-211.
  • Lykke, Nina (2017): Anticipating Feminist Futures while Playing with Materialisms. Meike Schalk, Thérèse Kristiansson and Ramla Mazé: Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice. Materialisms, Activisms, Dialogues, Pedagogies Projections. Baunach: AADR – Spurbuchverlag: 27-33.
  • Lykke, Nina. 2016: How is the myth of Swedish gender equality upheld outside of Sweden? A case study. Lena Martinsson, Gabriele Griffin, Katarina Giritli Nygren (eds): Challenging the Myth of Gender Equality in Sweden. Bristol: Policy Press: 117-137.
  • Merete Lie and Nina Lykke. 2016: Assisted Reproduction Across Borders. Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions. Introduction. Merete Lie and Nina Lykke (eds). Assisted Reproduction Across Borders. Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions. Routledge, New York: 1-21.

Text book chapters:

  • Lykke, Nina (2017): Kön/genus. Lenita Freidenvall och Maria Jansson: Politik och kön. Feministiska perspektiv på statsvetenskap. Lund: Studentlitteratur: 53-65
  • Jessika Grahm och Nina Lykke (2015): Feministisk teori: ontologi och epistemologi. Sofia Björk, Anna Hedenus, Oksana Shmulyar Gréen (red). Feministiskt tänkande och sociology. Teorier, begrepp och tillämpningar. Lund, Studentlitteratur 2015: 77- 97


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