Writing history from the perspectives of gender and the body

Publié le 11 juillet 2017 par Institut du Genre

Doctoral Course organised by SKY, open for everyone, Nov 21st-23rd 2017, with Professor Suzanne Cusick, New York University and Professor Pirkko Moisala, Helsinki University, at Helsinki University, Finland (7,5 ECT).

Find out more about SKY, the doctoral programme "Gender, Culture and Society" here

The workshop examines feminist and queer approaches to the historiography, especially that of the arts and music. The aim of the workshop is to help individual students form their research questions and arguments, using methods and theoretical models drawn from recent "intersectional" scholarship on the interaction of gendered and raced alterities, as well as from history, historical studies of the arts, musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology and sound studies. Special emphasis will be on the interpretation of historical data as articulations of or evidence about gendered and raced distributions of power in the past.

Enrollment :

In order to book a place in the workshop, please, send a note to pirkko.moisala@helsinki.fi

Requirements :

Before the course the students should submit a paper contributing to her/his PhD project (4000-5000 words based on appr. 300 pp. of literature) and a 1-3 page description of the PhD project. These should be sent to the responsible tutor (pirkko.moisala@helsinki.fi) by Oct 31st. Before the workshop, the students should read carefully the prescribed course literature (appr. 300 pp), as well as other participant’s papers. They are required to take actively part in discussions after the public talk, on course literature and to give generous support to other Ph.D. students’ papers. All the course requirements need to be completed in order to attain the credits (7,5 ECTs).

Teachers :


Suzanne G. Cusick, Professor of Music on the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University has published extensively on gender and sexuality in relation to the musical cultures of early modern Italy and of contemporary North America, including in the collections Musicology and Difference, Queering the Pitch, and Audible Traces. Her feminist readings of early modern music and musical culture have appeared in JAMS, Early Music, The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi, and the Brazilian journal Per Musi. Revista Academica de Musica. Cusick’s book, Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court : Music and the Circulation of Power (Chicago, 2009), received the 2010 book prize of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. In 2003-2012 she was the main editor of Women and Music. A Journal of Gender of Culture, the first journal focused on the relationship of gender and sexuality to musical culture. She currently studies the use of noise, music and "gender coercion" in the detention and interrogation of prisoners held during the 21st-century’s "war on terror," work for which she received the Philip Brett Award given by the LGBTQ Study Group of the American Musicological Society in 2007.

Pirkko Moisala works as the professor of musicology and ethnomusicology at the University of Helsinki. Her recently concluded project aimed at renewing methods and approaches of music research with the help of the radical process philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and her collaborator Felix Guattari (see http://www.helsinki.fi/deleuzian/ and Musical Encounters with Deleuze and Guattari). Moisala’s areas of expertise are music anthropology (ethnomusicology) as well as gender and cultural studies of music. Her publications within gender studies include Kaija Saariaho, Music and Gender, Gender and Qualitative Methods, and Musiikin toinen sukupuoli (The Other Sex of Music).

Preliminary workshop schedule :

Tuesday Nov 21st

2-4 p.m. Public lecture : Prof. Suzanne Cusick

Wednesday Nov 22nd

10 a.m. - noon Workshop : 2 papers

noon -1 p.m. Lunch

1-3 p.m. Workshop : 2 papers

3-3.30 p.m. Coffee

3.30-5.30 Workshop : 2 papers

Thursday Nov 23rd

10 a.m.-noon Workshop : 3 papers

noon- 1 p.m. Lunch

1-4 p.m. Workshop : 3 papers (with a short coffee break)

4-5 p.m. Closing discussion

Target Group :
Ph.D. students of gender, history, historiography of the arts, musicology, cultural studies and anthropology. SKY PhD students privileged, but the course is also open for other PhD Students from HU and other Finnish and international universities.