Raisa Jurva

Researcher in Gender Studies

Tampere (Finland)

From October 30 to November19, 2017

Biography —

Raisa Jurva works as a researcher in Gender Studies at the University of Tampere in Finland. Her research interests include the entanglements of power and emotions in intimate relationships, feminist theories and methodologies, life course perspectives on gender and discussions on affect. She is interested in the ways in which gendered conventions frame the lived experiences of couple relationships and how those conventions are challenged both institutionally and individually in the everyday life. She has published on discourses on heterosexuality in sexual education materials, on men’s experiences of prostate cancer treatments and on female complaint as an expression of gender inequality. Moreover, she has taught undergraduate courses on gender and sexuality in Gender Studies in different universities in Finland.

Project —

During the residency, she will be working on her PhD thesis, for which I have interviewed mid- to later-life women who have experience of a relationship with a substantially younger man. She is interested whether heterosexuality might be patterned somewhat differently in such relationships. Furthermore, the unconventional age difference brings forth gendered conventions about reproduction and family lineage. In her research, she focus on the affective dimension of the gendered conventions and hierarchies. The study is part of a research project Just the Two of Us? Affective inequalities in intimate relationships (project 287983) funded by the Academy of Finland.