More research grants for IUR members

Adriana de La Peña Espinosa New Research Project, Uncategorized

2023 will start with several new research projects. Next, a description of two of them, one from Jennie Gustafsson, Carina Listerborn and Lina Olsson, and the other from Magnus Nilsson.

Title: Municipal governance and changing local rental markets: medium-sized municipalities’ strategies when meeting residential property investors

The project aims to investigate municipal governance and residential property investors’ establishment in medium-sized municipalities. The project will use qualitative methods to investigate municipal governance and interaction with property investors’ ownership and management of rental housing in local housing markets in medium-sized municipalities in Sweden.

Precariat, Precarity and Precariousness in (Post-) Welfare-State Scandinavian Literatures

This project aims to analyze the relationship between contemporary Scandinavian literature and precarity and precariousness relating to labor-market and political change in the Scandinavian (post-) welfare-state societies. The project’s two main research questions are:

1) Which thematic and formal characteristics emerge within Scandinavian literatures when writers engage with precarity, precariousness and the precariat, and how do they relate to the economic and political context of the Scandinavian (post-) welfare-state societies? Special attention will be given to the development of aesthetical-political strategies aiming at creating new political subjectivities, and how they relate to those found in literature (especially working-class literature) from the welfare-state era and earlier.

2) How can the analysis of contemporary Scandinavian literatures contribute to a richer understanding of specific precarious conditions in the Scandinavian (post-) welfare-state societies and of the concepts and phenomena of precarity, precariousness and precariat, as well as their applicability in the Scandinavian context? Specific attention will be given to how precarious conditions are interpreted and used in processes of political subject formation.