Multidisciplinary symposium: Future Positive – Gender and Safety in Change

June 16th, 2016, University of Oulu, Oulu Finland

Recent cases of sexual harassment and other forms of behavior considered as sexist in relation to the asylum seekers in Europe have prompted discussions around gendered challenges of migration, and the security of individuals and societies at large. At the same time it is also crucial to remember that Finland has a long history of interaction-level violence, including sexualized violence. It is very important to arouse scholarly discussion on these issues and to set out measures that increase human safety.

The Future Positive Symposium is inspired by Martha Nussbaum’s ideas of human capabilities, and focuses, in particular, on bodily integrity. Nussbaum has listed ten fundamental human capabilities that should be guaranteed for every human being. Among these, bodily integrity, practical reason and affiliation, will be discussed in the symposium, with Martha Nussbaum herself.


Professor Martha Nussbaum

Professor Nussbaum will give a keynote titled ‘Ethics and Justice – Defining the Principles in Promoting Equality and Non-Violence in a Globalized World’.

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in Law, Philosophy, and Divinity. She is the author of, among other, Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010), Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011),  The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (2012), Philosophical Interventions: Book Reviews 1985-2011 (2012) and Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice  (2013).