Women's Movements and Internationalisation:
The "Third Wave"

Nordic & International Network for Research 1998-2001
Financed by the Nordic Academy for Advanced Study (NorFA)

Working Methods | Action Plan | Members


Aino Saarinen
Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education, Oulu University
P.O.Box 2000, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Tel.+ 358 - 8- 5566 092; Fax: + 358 - 8 - 5472 253; E-mail:

Hilda Rømer Christensen
Department of Sociology, Copenhagen University
Linnésgade 22, DK-1261 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Tel: + 45 - 3532 3501; Fax: + 45 - 3532 3940; E-mail:

Beatrice Halsaa
Centre for Feminist Research, Oslo University
P.O.Box 1040 Blindern, N-0315 Oslo
Tel: + 47 - 2285 8930; Fax: + 47 - 2295 8950; E-mail:


Ulla Sala
Dept. of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education, Oulu University, P.O.Box 2000, FIN-90014 University of Oulu
Tel: + 358 - 8 - 553 3450; Fax: + 358 - 8 - 553 3600; E-mail:
ulla.sala@oulu.fi and aino.saarinen@oulu.fi

The WMI network for 1998-2001 will concentrate on the civil society's rapid development in the context of increasingly multilevel and multicultural political orders. When we look beyond the horizons of the nation-state system, a whole spectrum of women's transnational organizations, networks and campaigns becomes visible. From this perspective, the debate on the "death" of women´s movements is put into question with a discussion on a new vital phase, the "Third Wave". Searching for the early traces of women's transnational contacts, even during the "silent" periods of women's movements, will also be an important issue on the agenda.

The 17 NorFA financed members of the network have a background in the social sciences, history and cultural studies, and work in the Nordic countries and in NW Russia.

The WMI also invites other researchers with an interest in the WMI themes to join the network. At present, there are forty "ad hoc" members from Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The WMI network will be arranging both work meetings for the NorFA members and open workshops at different conferences.

The aim of the WMI network is to: