New research project: Mapping, Making and Mattering

Gender Studies research group is happy to announce a new research project, led by Academy research fellow Tuija Huuki.

The new Academy of Finland funded research project "Mapping, making & mattering: Arts and research-activism for addressing sexual harassment in pre-teen peer cultures" (2019-2023) scrutinises the ethical, political, and methodological affordances of arts-based practices in exploring and addressing sexual harassment in the peer cultures of pre-teen children aged 10 to 12. The project focuses explicitly on how we can produce new academic knowledge on sexual harassment in pre-teen peer cultures via co-productive arts-based workshops—and on how arts-based activities can help children form peer relations free of sexual harassment. Applying insights from new materialist and posthuman theory, this project will also examine how arts-based methodologies can become political practices that evoke change in pre-teen peer cultures. During this multi-phase project, the findings will be shared with international, national and local experts and communicated through peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, art exhibitions, an edited volume, a children’s conference, and pedagogical and policy-ready resources. The research team, led by Adjunct Professor Tuija Huuki and supported by renowned national and international scholars,  includes postdoctoral researchers Suvi Pihkala and Helena Louhela, as well as doctoral researcher Marian Tumanyan. 

To learn more about the project and the team, please visit us at

Last updated: 6.9.2019