Online Summer Session: SINGLEHOOD & COMPANIONSHIP: Challenges and Opportunities for New Frameworks (July 27 – Aug 1, 2020)

The following online event ‘Singlehood & Companionship: Challenges and Opportunities for New Frameworks’ is organized in collaboration with The Research Network of Singlehood Studies.

NSU Summer Session ‘Singlehood & Companionship: Challenges and Opportunities for New Frameworks’ takes the form of a reading group with pre-assigned texts that discuss singlehood, held via Zoom during the week of July 27th and August 1st.  Academic readings will be shared upon registration.

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The increased number of singles has invoked public discussions worldwide. Geopolitical, economic, and socio-cultural contexts influence the ways singlehood is perceived and experienced. ‘Singlehood and Companionship: Challenges and Opportunities for New Frameworks’ brings participants from different backgrounds to engage in in-depth reflections and to share thoughts and explore the various positionalities and intersectional contributing factors that may render the experience of singlehood as an empowering or a discriminatory one.

The reading group also reflects on how a better understanding of singlehood opens up possibilities to new visions of companionship, solidarity and forms of sharing one’s life. Besides romantic and sexual partnerships, participants are encouraged to identify types of companionships that may be life-defining but remain invisible and widely unrecognised. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the existing literature and to encourage thought beyond normative structures of companionships, towards more equal and sustainable futures of social connections.


  1. Lahad, Kinneret (2017) A Table for One: A Critical Readings of Singlehood, Gender and time. Chapter 1. Introduction.
  2. Roseneil, Sasha (2005) Living and loving beyond the boundaries of the heteronorm: Personal relationships in the 21st century. Families in society: Boundaries and relationships. 241–258.
  3. Kok Wai Benny Lim, Sum-Sheung Samson Tang (2018) Queering singlehood in mainland China.
    (Relates to a documentary: Inside the Chinese Closet, 2015. Trailer: )

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Looking forward to having you onboard!

Coordinators: Roua Al Taweel & Tuuli Innola

The reading group is organised as a part of Nordic Summer University, Study Circle 3. Hospitality and Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action (read more about NSU: and in collaboration with The Research Network of Singlehood Studies (

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