Luca Tainio

Luca Tainio lives between Sweden and Finland and works as a doctoral researcher with the PhD Programme in Gender, Culture and Society at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and as the editorial secretary for NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies at Karlstad University, Sweden. His PhD thesis focuses on questions of transmasculine embodiment and vulnerability, especially in relation to cultural understandings of the penis and its connections to masculinity. Tainio is doing his PhD as part of two different research projects, “Trans*Creative: Health, Violence and Environment in Trans Cultural Production” (Kone Foundation) and “Affective Activism: Sites of Queer and Trans World-Making” (Academy of Finland).


An accomplished Finnish transwriter, Jiipu Uusitalo ponders on a range of their inspirations, from Nana the dog to feminist companionship.


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