The kick-off event on Singlehood Studies at Tampere University on December 16-17, 2019

Welcome to the kick-off event on Singlehood Studies at Tampere University on December 16-17, 2019 (Venue: Linna building)

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, from the perspective of technology and well-being in particular. It aims at sparkling academic discussion on singlehood and at 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 with panel discussion on couple-normativity.

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


Day 1: Mon 16 December

10-10.45 Opening words, introduction

11-13 Workshop: Session 1

13-14 Lunch

14-16.30 Keynote 1 & 2 (Linna K103)

Christopher Swader (Lund University, Sweden): Disentangling Living Alone, Being Alone, and Feeling Alone: between Cultural Pessimism and Optimism with ‘Modernity’ at Stake

Andreas Henriksson (Karlstad University, Sweden): The communal lives of singles. How singledom reproduces and reconfigures social communities

17-18 Drinks & mingle

19 Dinner

Day 2: Tue 17 December

11-13 Workshop: Session 2

13-14 Lunch

14-16.30 Keynote 3 & 4 (Linna K103)

Rachel O’Neill (University of Warwick, UK): Singlehood and Seduction: Reconsidering the Category

Katrien De Graeve (Ghent University, Belgium): The figure of the polyamorous single woman in ethical non-monogamy discourse in Belgium: reflections on an unfinished (online) ethnographic study

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

Panel on couple-normativity with Tuula Juvonen (University of Turku), Riikka Homanen (University of Tampere) & Annukka Lahti (University of Jyväskylä)

For full abstracts and bios by the keynote speakers, as well as for more info on the panel, please visit:…/kick-off-event-singleho…/

The keynote lectures are open to the public and participation is free of charge. In case you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact workshop assistant Tuuli Innola as soon as possible (

If you are a student of Gender Studies and wish to get ECTS through participating in this event and writing an essay, please contact University Lecturer Hanna-Mari Ikonen.

More info:

Dr Marjo Kolehmainen (

Dr Annukka Lahti (

Coordinators: The Research Network of Singlehood Studies

The event is organized in collaboration with Gender Studies at Tampere University and with the Academy of Finland-funded SRC project Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture

The kick-off event is supported by The Sustainable Welfare Systems (SWS) initiative by Tampere University



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