Armed Neutrality in Dire Straits. A feminist analysis of the 1981 Swedish submarine crisis

We will discuss Emma Rosengren's chapter, "Armed Neutrality in Dire Straits. A feminist analysis of the 1981 Swedish submarine crisis."

In this seminar, Dr. Emma Rosengren (Stockholm University) discusses a chapter from her doctoral thesis focusing on the 1981 Swedish submarine crisis. Her chapter will be circulated prior to the seminar. To receive the chapter in advance, and a Zoom link, please RSVP here.


In 1981, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine – U137 – stranded in a restricted military naval base in southern Sweden. The stranded submarine incident evolved into what can fairly be described as a national crisis. In this seminar, satire and caricature sketches published in local and national newspapers during the submarine crisis are used to illustrate how a feminist perspective can contribute to the understanding of both identity and policymaking during and in relation to this event. The seminar will explore how this kind of material reflects and (re)makes societal stereotypes related to gender, nation and sexuality in order to make sense to its audiences.

Speaker Bio

Emma Rosengren is a researcher (PhD) in international relations at the Department of Economic History and International Relations, Stockholm University. She defended her dissertation Gendering Nuclear Disarmament. Identity and Disarmament in Sweden during the Cold War in September 2020. Her research addresses topics related to international security, historical perspectives in IR, and feminist theory. 

Published May 13, 2021 8:54 AM - Last modified May 13, 2021 9:00 AM