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Technology driven change in the understanding of intimacy on spatial media

Welcome to a CSS research seminar with Daniel Hedlund and Thomas Wimark!

Spatial media have contributed to a shift in the relationship between searching for and realizing intimacy, and they are thereby also influencing contemporary ideologies about race, as well as desirability and belonging (to a delineated ‘nation state’). In this presentation, we argue that dating applications has the contours of a new institution of the LGBTQ+ community. Drawing on interviews with men who desire men we show the implications of this new reality and we also show how racial formation takes place.

Daniel Hedlund is a senior lecturer and associate professor at Department of Social Work at Stockholm University. In his academic work, he explores credibility issues in the asylum procedure, custodianship concerning children and expressions of inequalities, including race and sexuality. Thomas Wimark is a senior lecturer and associate professor at the Department of Human Geography at Uppsala University. In his academic work, he mainly interrogates how normative views of sexuality, gender and race affects (queer) individuals that migrate within and between countries.

The seminar is arranged by Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies (CSS), Malmö University. To attend, please email