Linda Åhäll

About Linda Åhäll

I was hired as Senior Lecturer in Peace and Development research with a focus on International Relations in 2020. Prior to moving back to Sweden and joining the School of Global Studies I spent many years working in the UK. My PhD was awarded from the University of Birmingham in 2011 and from 2012-2019 I was Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University. I also held a post-doc position at Malmö University between 2014-2016.

I consider myself a feminist security studies scholar with a keen interest in visual politics and the study of the politics of emotion. I have a tendency to draw on examples from popular culture or the everyday as empirical illustrations in my publications.

My PhD project analyzed representations of women's agency in political violence. The post-doc project was on militarization. I have published a monograph, Sexing War/Policing Gender; edited two books: Gender, Agency and Political Violence (Palgrave) and Emotions, Politics and War (Routledge); journal articles and chapters in edited books. I am particularly proud of having written several chapters in textbooks, for example on poststructuralism in security studies; a couple chapters on visual discourse analysis; and on gender in visual global politics.

Since I have yet to figure out how to get my publications from before I joined Gothenburg University included in the publications database, here's a full list of my work, all single-authored unless otherwise stated:

Forthcoming 2023. 'Feminist knowledge on affect'. In Handbook of Knowledge and Expertise in International Politics, edited by Bliesemann de Guevara, Kaczmarska, Kurowska, Poopuu & Warnecke. Oxford University Press.

2023. 'Poststructuralism'. In Security Studies: An Introduction (4th ed.) edited by Paul Williams and Matt MacDonald. Routledge.

2021. 'Feminism, våld och estetikens politik'. I Feministiska perspektiv på global politik. Edenborg, Tornhill & Åse red. Studentlitteratur.

2019. ‘Feeling Everyday IR: Embodied, affective, militarising movement as choreography of war’, Cooperation and Conflict, 54(2): 149-166.

2018. ‘Affect as Methodology: Feminism and the politics of emotion’, International Political Sociology, 12(1): 36-52.

2018. ‘Gender’. In Visual Global Politics, edited by Roland Bleiker. Routledge, 150-156.

2018. ‘Gender, popular culture and (in)security’. In The Routledge Handbook on Gender and Security, edited by Laura Sjoberg, Caron Gentry and Laura Shepherd. Routledge.

2018. ‘Poststructuralism’. In Security Studies: An Introduction (3rd ed.) edited by Paul Williams and Matt MacDonald. Routledge, 86-99.

2016. ‘The dance of militarisation: A feminist security studies take on the political’, Critical Studies on Security, 4(2): 154-168.

2016. ‘On the imagination of ‘Woman’ as killer in war’. In Handbook on Gender and War edited by Sharoni, Steiner, Welland & Pederson. Edward Elgar, 47-65.

2015. Sexing War/Policing Gender: Motherhood, Myth and Women’s Political Violence. Routledge. (In paperback 2017)

Åhäll, L. and Gregory, T. 2015. (eds.) Emotions, Politics and War. Routledge. (In paperback 2017)

2015. ‘”We are Gripen pilots”: The hidden politics of militarization and pop culture as political communication’, in World Politics and Popular Culture, edited by Federica Caso and Caitlin Hamilton. E-IR, 63-72.

Åhäll, L. & Gregory, T. 2013. 'Security, emotions, affect', Critical Studies on Security, 1:1, 117-120,

Åhäll, L & Shepherd, Laura (eds.) 2012. Gender, Agency and Political Violence. Palgrave.

2012. 'Confusion, fear, disgust: Emotional communication in representations of female agency in political violence'. In Gender, Agency and Political Violence, edited by Åhäll & Shepherd. Palgrave, 169-183.

Åhäll, L. and Borg, S. 2012. ‘Predication, Presupposition and Subject Positioning’, in Critical Approaches to Security: Theories and Methods edited by Laura J. Shepherd, London: Routledge, 196-207.

2012. ‘The writing of Heroines: Motherhood and Female Agency in Political Violence’, Security Dialogue, 43(4): 287-303.

2012. 'Motherhood, Myth and Gendered Agency in Political Violence’, International Feminist journal of Politics, 14 (1): 1-18.