Masterclass on Feminist Theory - Ethics in the Anthropocene

Publié le 3 mai 2017 par Institut du Genre

June 13-14, 2017 at Leiden University and Utrecht University, Deadline for registration and presentation abstract is May 24, 2017.

*Location : Leiden University and Utrecht University*
*Organisers : *dr. Kathrin Thiele (Utrecht University) dr. Annemie Halsema
(VU Amsterdam) and Nathanja van den Heuvel (phd candidate Leiden University)

The masterclass is a high-level course aimed at advanced Research MA and
PhD students whose research relates to themes such as ethics in the
Anthropocene, (feminist) posthumanisms, Foucauldian feminisms, feminist
(new) materialism, French feminism, queer theory, feminist epistemology and
poststructuralist philosophy. The masterclass consists of a lecture by
Prof. Lynne Huffer (DOING GENDER Lecture Series at Utrecht University) and
a research seminar at Leiden University, in which Research MA and PhD
students will have the opportunity to present their research and receive
feedback from Prof. Lynne Huffer and other participating faculty of NOG and
OZSW. The aim of the masterclass is twofold : First, this course will
provide insights into state of the art research in the broader field of
feminist philosophy and gender studies, with specific focus on questions
of ethics in the Anthropocene. Second, the masterclass will also contribute
to the participants ? academic and professional development by giving OZSW
ad NOG students the opportunity to engage with each other ?s work.

*Registration* *for the masterclass*

Both OZSW and NOG students, as well as other interested parties
register via the OZSW for the masterclass.

All students and PhD candidates interested in participating in this
masterclass apply with a short statement of interest (200-300 words) and
participants willing to present on their research can submit an abstract of
300 words via the online registration form. *Deadline for registration and
presentation abstract is May 24, 2017*.

The selection of presenters will be made on a first come first serve basis,
provided that this will lead to equal representation of both OZSW and NOG
students. In the occasion the number of students willing to present on
their research exceeds the available time in the masterclass students will
be offered the opportunity to submit an essay.

*Costs* : Participation is *free* for OZSW and NOG candidates, all others
are required to pay a fee of 50 euros, which includes lunch and drinks.

*Additional Readings : *All enrolled participants will receive additional
reading in preparation for Prof. Lynne Huffer’s visit.

*Credits* : for successfully completed studies (paper presentation and/or
written paper), a certificate for 2 ECTS credits will be awarded by

*For questions please contact the organiser* : Nathanja van den Heuvel (

*Programme for visit of Prof. dr. Lynne Huffer at Leiden and Utrecht

*Doing Gender Lecture ?Wanton Extinction : Queer Feminist Ethics in the
Anthropocene ?*

*(open to all and free attendance, but compulsory to register via
) *

*Date *June 13, 2017

*Time *15:30- 17:00

*Location *Drift 25, room 1.02, Utrecht University

Prof. Lynne Huffer’s lecture is part of the DOING GENDER Lecture Series
which the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) organizes
regularly at Utrecht University. This series of lectures stresses the
importance of doing gender work combined with an active involvement in the
practice of gender theory and research. The concept of ’doing gender’
supports a hands-on approach to gender issues in the sense of social and
political engagement with the new forms of gender inequalities that are
taking shape in the world today. Prof. Huffer’s lecture is coorganized by
the NOG and the OZSW (Research School of Philosophy)

*Abstract *

*Prof dr. Lynne Huffer : Wanton Extinction : Queer Feminist Ethics in the

This talk seeks to engage and unsettle some of the assumptions that undergird contemporary new materialisms and the ecological thinking to which much of that work is bound. Drawing on the method of Foucauldian genealogy, the paper asks about ethics in the context of the Anthropocene and contemporary discourses of mass extinction. If the Anthropocene is a problem of our time, how do we engage in ethics talk within a frame that paradoxically both recenters and exceeds the human ? The paper argues that Foucault’s archival method offers a way to approach this question through a focus on earth archives as historical traces of other-than-human beings. Engaging specifically the long debated question of when the Anthropocene started, I offer a decolonial queer feminist perspective on these origin stories as bound to the epistemic and moral foundations of a modern Western anthropos that masks his own emergence through genocidal violence. The earth archive as ice core offers an alternative story to this usual humanist narrative. Drawing on the speech we might hear in the ice, I ultimately argue for a queer feminist mode of ethical questioning as a limit-attitude that temporarily suspends the modes of intelligibility of our present. In this way I hope to reopen the question of Anthropocene ethics as a simultaneously human and posthuman endeavor.

*PhD/Research MA masterclass*

*Date* June 14, 2017

*Time* 12:00- 1700 (lunch from 12:00- 1300)

*Location* Lipsius Building, Room 148, Cleveringaplaats 1,
2311 BD Leiden

The research seminar will provide the participants with the opportunity to
present on their research in 15 minutes, followed by feedback given by
Prof. dr. Lynne Huffer and other participating faculty, as well as a
general discussion. There will be room for 8 presentations. In the occasion
the number of students presenting on their research exceeds the available
time, students will be offered the opportunity to submit an essay. The
essays will be evaluated by the participating faculty/organisers of the

*About Lynne Huffer *

Lynne Huffer is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Women’s, Gender, and
Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She holds a PhD in French Literature
from the University of Michigan (1989) and has taught at Yale (1989-1998)
and Rice (1998-2005) Universities. Her fields of study include feminist
theory ; queer theory ; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies ;
modern French and francophone literature ; literary theory ; and ethics. Her
published work is widely cited and reviewed, and she is frequently invited
to speak at both academic and non-academic venues. She has won numerous
awards, including two major teaching prizes at Rice University and, most
recently, the Modern Languages Association Florence Howe Award for feminist
scholarship in English (2011). She is the author of the books : *Are the
Lips a Grave ?* (2013) ; *Mad for Foucault* (2010) ; *Maternal Pasts, Feminist
Futures *(1998) ; and *Another Colette* (1992) ; and numerous articles on
feminist theory, queer theory, French literature, and ethics.