Body, Culture, Materiality : Feminist Studies of Culture

Publié le 20 juin 2017 par Institut du Genre

PhD course in Gender Studies co-organised by Södertörn University and Uppsala University Fall semester 2017

Feminist cultural studies bring feminist sensibilities and critiques to a wide range of cultural phenomena or practices. This course builds on a broad understanding of feminist studies of culture, and is organized around three central themes : “body”, “culture”, and “materiality”. The course takes as its point of departure the body, forms of embodiment, and ways of moving and sensing as something always already intersectional. It then focuses on ways of doing feminist studies of culture, by engaging with questions of sexual difference, feminist readings, and feminist ethnography. Based on these discussions of bodies and ways of studying culture, the course also includes how posthumanist theory and new materialism have come to challenge feminist understandings of culture. If bodies within cultural studies and cultural theory have often been understood in terms of text, discourse, or language, posthumanist feminist theory approaches questions of bodies and materiality differently (by challenging dualisms such as culture/nature and human/machine). The course shuttles between affirmative and critical readings of the literature, working through questions like : what can feminist cultural analysis look like ? What does the material turn mean for feminist cultural studies ? What’s “new” in new materialism ? And does something important disappear from feminist studies of culture in a shift from culture to nature ?

Place : Centre for Gender Studies at Uppsala University and Gender Studies at Södertörn University

Schedule :

October 30, 1-4 pm, Uppsala University : ”Introduction to Body, Culture, Materiality” (Jenny Björklund & Ulrika Dahl)

November 13, 1-4 pm, Uppsala University : ”Body, materiality, literature’ (Jenny Björklund)

November 20, 1 4 pm, Uppsala University : “Body, sexuality, femininity” (Ulrika Dahl)

November 27, 1-4 pm, Södertörn University : ”Readings, ethnography, hardware” (Ann Werner) December 4, 1-4 pm, Södertörn University : ”Nature, disobedience, materiality” (Jenny Sundén) December 11, 1-4 pm, Södertörn University : ”The politics and aliveness of things” (Jenny Sundén) January 12, 2018 : 10 am-12 noon, and 1 pm-4 pm (mini conference ; Ulrika Dahl, Jenny Sundén)

Deadline for the final version of course papers : 16/1, 2018

Examination : The course requires a) active seminar participation and verbal presentations b) a written course paper. Language : The course will be taught in English. The written paper can be in either English or Swedish (or another Scandinavian language).

Eligibility : The course is for Ph.D. students. Priority is given to Ph.D. students in gender studies at the hosting universities. Basic familiarity with feminist theory and theories of culture is expected. For additional readings, see syllabus.

Course coordinators : Jenny Sundén and Ulrika Dahl

Teachers : Jenny Björklund, Ulrika Dahl, Jenny Sundén, and Ann Werner

Sign up for this course by email to no later than September 15, 2017.

For further information about this course, please contact the course coordinators :