Published: 04-08-2021 09:30 | Updated: 01-06-2022 10:55

Equal opportunities in focus during Pride week

Colorful images of happy people, pride flags and a sunny sky.
Karolinska Institutet i Stockholms prideparad 2019. Foto: Erik Flyg

As in previous years, several of Stockholm’s higher education institutions are participating under the joint Academic Pride banner to draw attention to LGBTQI-related issues. Academic Pride 2021 arranges a seminar on breaking binary gender norms with language as well as social events for students. The Pride flag will be hoisted at all participating schools throughout the festival program, including KI’s campuses in Flemingsberg and Solna.

“Bringing together several of Stockholm’s higher education institutions and their associated student unions through Academic Pride, to draw attention to LGBTQI-related issues, is vital," says Vice President Anders Gustafsson, who is responsible for issues related to equal opportunities at KI. "We have a great responsibility stay focused on these issues, both in terms of study and work environment. It is important that we, as a prominent research institute, integrate knowledge about equal rights in the content of education and research. This is something we work with in our regular operations and something that increasingly permeates and characterizes our entire organization."

Seminar on breaking binary gender norms with language

This year's Academic Pride seminar explores perceptions of inclusive language and how the new personal pronoun "hen" has influenced Swedish speakers' understanding of gender. The seminar is based on current research, and features researchers Elli van Berlekom from Stockholm University and Amanda Klysing from Lund University. The seminar will be held in English and takes place on Thursday 5 August, between 12:30-13:15.

Watch the seminar on Stockholm Pride's YouTube channel

Social events for students in Stockholm

The following social events linked to Academic Pride are organized by the student unions:

  1. Academic Pride: Self-expression hangout with the universities in Stockholm! A digital social hangout on Friday 6 August between 15:00–18:00! Sign up for the hangout here.
  2. A film screening of Pride (2014) via Zoom on Saturday 7 August between 19:00-21:00. No prior registration required, but please note that the number of participants is limited to 50. Join the screening here, the Zoom room opens at 18:55.

Academic Pride

Academic Pride is a collaboration around Stockholm Pride between several of Stockholm’s higher education institutions and their associated student unions: Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Hyper Island, Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sophiahemmet University, the Stockholm School of Economics, and Stockholm University.

Participation in Pride is arranged together with the student unions of the various schools, including Medicinska Föreningen’s LGBTQ association Queerolinska at Karolinska Institutet, the Rainbows association at Stockholm University (an association for LGBTQIA+ students), and the Student Association at the Stockholm School of Economics (SASSE).