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The failure and success of a Swedish film diversity initiative
Mara Lee Gerdén

 151 9 THE INVULNERABLE BODY OF COLOUR The failure and success of a Swedish film diversity initiative Ma r a Le e  Ge r dén I n 2016, the Swedish Film Institute launched the Fusion Programme, the aim of which was to promote diversity in Swedish film production. The announcement of the Fusion Programme emphasised innovation, intersectional analysis, and feminist and anti-​racist perspectives on artistic practices. The question of representation is also central, which is reflected in the guidelines for the applicants: ‘Applicants must identify himself [sic] as

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White fragility and black social death
Ylva Habel

elucidate the ways in which blackness and black life have become contested, unfathomable ‘objects’ in Swedish mainstream media debates. I locate my discussion at the interface between those debates, afro-​pessimist legacies and my position as a black film and media scholar before, during, and after the release of the animated children’s film Liten Skär och Alla Små Brokiga [Little Pink and The Motley Crew] (Stina Wirsén, Sweden, 2012). My aim is to examine the ways in which the film’s pickaninny figure, Little Heart, and the hurtfulness of this stereotype were discussed

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Lesbian citizenship and filmmaking in Sweden in the 1970s
Ingrid Ryberg

 195 11 ABORTION PREVENTION Lesbian citizenship and filmmaking in Sweden in the 1970s I ngr id  Ry be rg I n the late 1970s, in the midst of the so-​called gay liberation era, two pivotal lesbian films were shot in Sweden: the documentary short The Woman in Your Life Is You [Kvinnan i ditt liv är du] (1977), directed collectively by members of the organisation Lesbisk Front [Lesbian Front] in Stockholm, and the short educational fiction Eva and Maria [Eva och Maria] (Marie Falksten, Annalena Öhrström and Mary Eisikovits, 1983), directed by three women who ran

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Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves as a reparative fantasy
Anu Koivunen

 216 12 THE CARING NATION Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves as a reparative fantasy Anu Koi v unen I n February 2013, Swedish author and comedian Jonas Gardell was awarded the prize of ‘Homo of the Year’ by the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, who was the first ever member of the royal family to attend the annual QX gay gala. An enthusiastic gala audience welcomed her appearance on the stage with cheers and a standing ovation. In her short award speech, Crown Princess Victoria proclaimed a wish: ‘Your message is clear. Straighten your back. Reach out your

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The ambivalence of queer visibility in audio- visual archives
Dagmar Brunow

 175 10 NAMING, SHAMING, FRAMING? The ambivalence of queer visibility in audio-​visual archives* Dag m ar  Brunow T his chapter looks at the dynamics of visibility and vulnerability in audio-​ visual heritage. It analyses how film archives in Sweden and the UK, following their diversity policies, address and mobilise the notion of queer, recognising and making visible queer lives, history and cinema, and how they negotiate the risks of increased visibility. In this approach, the archive is positioned as an object of analysis, shifting the focus on the archive

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Mobilising affect in feminist, queer and anti-racist media cultures

The power of vulnerability interrogates the new language of vulnerability that has emerged in feminist, queer and anti-racist debates about the production, use and meanings of media. The book investigates the historical legacies and contemporary forms and effects of this language. In today’s media culture, traumatic first-person or group narratives have popular currency, mobilising affect from compassion to rage to gain cultural visibility and political advantage. In this context, vulnerability becomes a kind of capital, a resource or an asset that can and has been appropriated for various groups and purposes in public discourses, activism as well as cultural institutions. Thus, politics of representation translates into politics of affect, and the question about whose vulnerability counts as socially and culturally legible and acknowledged. The contributors of the book examine how vulnerability has become a battleground; how affect and vulnerability have turned into a politicised language for not only addressing but also obscuring asymmetries of power; and how media activism and state policies address so-called vulnerable groups. While the contributors investigate the political potential as well as the constraints of vulnerability for feminist, queer and antiracist criticism, they also focus on the forms of agency and participation vulnerability can offer.

Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä, and Ingrid Ryberg

relational, embodied subject and redefined autonomy as a critique of liberal individualism and modes of rationality (Anderson, 2003; Hutchings, 2013; Mackenzie, 2014; Nussbaum, 1986; Shildrick, 2002). Furthermore, links with paternalism and discourses of victimisation have been problematised by focusing on vulnerability and resistance as interlinked (Butler et al., 2016: 6), and by rethinking vulnerability as ‘productive’, as the Swedish research programme ‘Engaging Vulnerability’,3 funded by the Swedish Research Council for a full decade, suggests. Similarly

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Johanna Gondouin, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, and Ingrid Ryberg

adoption. The six episodes of approximately one hour each of China Girl were screened at the Cannes film festival in May 2017, and have since been shown on the BBC, Sundance TV, and Swedish national television (SVT),  117 The politics of reproduction 117 among others. The first season was a critical success, praised for its visual power, emotional depth, and outstanding acting. The second has also been well received, although slightly less enthusiastically. China Girl has been praised by feminist critics for its radical depiction of the experiences of women as well

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Precedents to sustainability in nineteenth-century literature and culture
John Parham

anxiety about whether we, humans, could sustain ourselves while the project of civilisation or modernity continued on its way and as an attempt to find practical solutions by which we might sustain human being. One of the particularly interesting aspects of Grober’s analysis is the revelation that, invariably, the philosophical speculations described above were underpinned by practical considerations. The cultural context underlying Linnaeus’ The Oeconomy of Nature was the defeat of Sweden in the Great Northern War in 1721. Rampant Swedish militarism in central Europe

in Literature and sustainability
Rachael Weaver

1847 he went to Sweden and Norway both to hunt and to pursue his interest in natural history. He emigrated to Australia, probably in 1852, trying to make his fortune on the Victorian goldfields, but without success. He then turned to professional hunting: the hunter, he wrote, ‘has the satisfaction of knowing that, should all other trades fail, he can at least get his living by his gun if he knows how to use it’. 49 Wheelwright’s Bush Wanderings of a Naturalist: Or, Notes on the Field Sports and Fauna of Australia Felix was published in London in 1861 and

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