Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Heiskanen, Benita Anitta
Organisation University of Turku
Project title "Imposing Security: Gendered Gun Politics of ‘Campus Carry’”
Decision No. 310568
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 480 000
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
This project studies the implications of the Texas state “Campus Carry” gun legislation (SB 11) that came into effect on August 1, 2016. Through qualitative and quantitative research, the project focuses on changing gendered and spatial dynamics at The University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward’s University campuses. The project’s robust people-centered perspective provides significant empirical, theoretical, and epistemological contributions: 1) original data for understanding the ramifications of policy-making on the lives of people; 2) a link between policy-making, everyday experiences, and visual statements; 3) collaboration between participants and the research team as key to knowledge production processes; and 4) a reflection on research praxis, with a rethinking of the broader epistemological and ethical consequences. The research contributes to broader scholarly and public debates about the U.S. Second Amendment right to bear arms and its impact beyond academia.