Karmen Tornius
  • Universitetsvej 1, 14.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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I am interested in the formulation, dissemination and contestation of globally accepted normative ideas on gender equality. I am particularly focusing on the voices of African actors in normative ecosystems and centering my research around African Union's gender equality architecture. Thinking about global norms on gender equality, but particularly gender based violence, I am trying to make sense of the relationships between the UN declarations, AU frameworks and the various international, transnational and diplomatic actors, as they manifest in processes of interpretation and practice.


I have been giving lectures in the following courses

International Organisations and Global Politics: lobbying, diplomacy

Global Governanve and International Institutions: human rights regime, UN system

Ethnographic Fieldwork Methods and Interviews: observations and participant observation, elite interviews, manual coding


I am part of a Global Norms on Violence Against Women (GLOW) in Ethiopia project. The research programme is a collaboration between Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Peace and Development Center (PDC) in Ethiopia and the University of Addis Ababa (UAA).