Monthly Archives: Dezember 2021

CfP: The Emergence of Gendered Power Structures since Early Modern Times: Practices, Norms, Media (Event, 11/2022, Marburg); by: 15.01.2022

Forschungsnetzwerk Geschlecht • Macht • Staat (Web)

Zeit: 23.-25.11.2022
Ort: Philipps-Universität Marburg
Einreichfrist: 15.01.2022

Since the late 15th century, discursive and social practices as well as media representations of power, sovereignty, and gender can be observed in relation to contemporary processes of early state formation, which aim at a specific consolidation and expansion of hierarchical gender orders. Throughout the centuries, strategies to legitimize specific power relations have employed above all historically grown traditions in their argumentation, the powerful impact of which allegedly shows in the longue durée. An analytical focus on continuities, however, threatens to obscure historical ruptures as well as reinterpretations and reframings of earlier media representations. Inconsistencies and conflicts between norms and social practices are also likely to fall from view.

Therefore, the interdisciplinary research network „Gender • Power Relations • State“ in cooperation with the Center for Gender Studies and Feminist Future Studies (UMR) and the Center for Media and Interactivity (JLU Gießen) will host an international and interdisciplinary 2-day conference, to examine the power relations at work in the construction, dissemination, and persistence of such narratives and to analyze their interrelations with social practices, processes of standardization, and media representations.

The conference aims to study the interdependent web of tensions between gender, power relations, and the state across centuries. Transformations, renegotiations, and revisionings in specific configurations of gendered power will be brought into focus. The intersection of institutionalizations of state power with naturalizing gender discourses specific to the respective epochs will be problematized from the angles of manifold disciplinary approaches to gender studies. In doing so, a progress- and modernization-oriented master narrative of increasing gender equality will be confronted with the limitations and closures of a scope of opportunities and possibilities to women through processes of formalization and legalization in the course of state formation until the 21th century.

Such an interdisciplinary and transepochal merging and further developing of existing analytical approaches and perspectives has not yet been attempted. The organizers assume that such an interdisciplinary and historically profound synopsis along the analytical levels of … read more and source (Web).

Klicktipp: Finding Women in the Sources: Women’s labour activism in Eastern Europe and transnationally (ZARAH-Weblog) – new postings online

ZARAH: Women’s labour activism in Eastern Europe and transnationally (Web)

In February 2020, the ZARAH project started. It is an ERC-advanced-grant-project on women’s labour activism in Eastern Europe and transnationally, from the age of empires to the late 20th century.

ZARAH explores the history of women’s labour activism and organizing to improve labour conditions and life circumstances of lower and working class women and their communities – moving these women from the margins of labour, gender, and European history to the centre of historical study. Read more … (Web).

ZARAH weblog

In September 2020, the ZARAH weblog started. The first blog series were „Finding Women in the Sources“ and „Putting Activists Centre Stage“. A few days ago, the 3rd series „Transnational Links“ was launched. More contributions will follow at regular intervals until spring 2022.

This ontributions have been published so far (Web):

Series III: Transnational Links and the History of Women’s Labour Activism

  • Alexandra Ghit, Olga Gnydiuk, and Eszter Varsar: An Introduction to the Blog Series III
  • Ivelina Masheva: Exchange and Cooperation between Bulgarian Communist Women and the International Women’s Secretariat of the Comintern in the early 1920s
  • Alexandra Ghit: Solidarity and Inequality: European Socialist Women’s International Organizing in the Interwar Period

Series II: Putting Activists Centre Stage

  • Zhanna Popova and Veronika Helfert: An Introduction to the Blog Series II
  • Alexandra Ghit: Tatiana Grigorovici: Ambiguities of a Social Democrat’s Career
  • Zhanna Popova: Halina Krahelska: Multifaceted Activist Legacy
  • Ivelina Masheva: Ana Maimunkova: Trials and Tribulations of a Communist Activist
  • Veronika Helfert: Gabriele Proft: A century of Labour Related and Political Activism Continue reading

CfP: Transgressive Bodies. Grenzüberschreitende Körper und Soziale Ordnungen (Event, 06/2022, Bochum); bis: 31.01.2022

Forschungsgruppe: Transgressive Bodies; Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Web)

Zeit: 07.-09.06.2022
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Einreichfrist: 31.01.2022

Aktuelle gesellschaftliche und weltpolitische Herausforderungen, hervorgegangen aus technischen Innovationen, Globalisierung, Migration und Digitalisierung bringen neue Phänomene der Grenzüberschreitung hervor. Die Erschaffung und Perfektionierung virtueller Realitäten verschiebt z. B. gewohnte Betrachtungsweisen auf das Verhältnis von Mensch und (Um-)Welt zugunsten einer neuen Dimension des Erlebten. Dies stellt die Wissenschaften vor die Herausforderung, die Auswirkungen auf Selbst- und Weltdeutungen, soziale Hierarchisierungen und Verhandlung von Werten neu zu analysieren. Während auf der einen Seite die physischen Grenzen des Menschen durch neue Technologien (wie KI, Robotik, Prothetik) zunehmend überschritten werden, stellt sich auf der der anderen Seite die Frage, ob nationale, ethnische, geschlechtliche und kulturelle Grenzen demgegenüber fest verankert sind – ein Beleg für unterschiedliche Veränderungen von Ordnungen?

Die Tagung entsteht im Anschluss an eine interdisziplinäre Forschungsgruppe, die sich seit 2017 mit Fragen der Grenzziehungen und der Körperlichkeit auseinandersetzt und die enorme wissenschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Produktivität von transgressive bodies in den Blick nehmen will. Das transdisziplinäre Projekt verbindet unterschiedliche Fachrichtungen und schlägt eine Brücke zwischen Naturwissenschaften und Geisteswissenschaften. Beteiligt sind u. a. Geschichtswissenschaften, Medizin, Medienwissenschaft, Amerikanistik, Theologie und Religionswissenschaft.

Mit dieser Tagung verspricht sich das Projekt neue Impulse zu sammeln und sich neuen Diskursen zu stellen. Mögliche Fragen und Themenfelder sind u. a.: Technik und Körper, Virtual Reality, (De-)Konstruktion von Körpergrenzen, Körperliche Normierungen, Wissenschaftskritik, Leibphänomenologie / Körperwissen, Gender und Sexualität, Dis/ability.

Bitte senden Sie ein Abstract Ihres Vorschlags mit maximal 2000 Zeichen (inkl. Leerzeichen) sowie einer Kurzvita bis zum 31.01.2022 an Continue reading

CfP: 2022 Annual Conference of the Sexuality Studies Association (05/2022, virtual space); by: 15.01.2021

Sexuality Studies Association (SSA) (Web)

Time: 20.-22.05.2022
Venue: virtual space
Registration by: 15.01.2022

The SSA welcomes proposals for the 10th annual meeting. The conference will be hosted independently and will feature a blend of synchronous and asynchronous programming that includes paper presentations, a keynote lecture by Ann Cvetkovich, plenaries led by Ricky Varghese and others to be announced, and an Annual General Meeting.

Unlike previous years, in 2022 the organizers are going without a conference theme, dedicating this year’s meeting to reflecting on and celebrating ten years of our association. The Programming Committee encourages submissions from across disciplines and subject areas. The goal is to create a program that shares cutting edge sexuality studies research, demonstrating the diversity of the interdisciplinary field as it has grown over the last decade. This year’s conference, despite being virtual once again, is a milestone and celebration for the association!

The SSA is a scholarly association for scholars, artists, activists, and all community members who have an interest in the teaching and study of sex, sexuality, and gender diversity. The SSA provides opportunities to connect the broader research, artistic, and activist communities, and encourages us to listen deeply, mentor, and support each other in our work.

The organizers invite proposals for presentations in English or French from any disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or transdisciplinary approach. Presentations will be in individual paper formats. Paper proposals in the form of 300-350 word abstracts can be submitted through our online conference site in either English or French. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the end of February, 2022. Accepted papers can be uploaded in the form of an extended abstract (1200 words, including bibliography) or a pre-recorded talk/video (7 mins) and will be due May 15, 2022.

Applicants are not required to be members of the association at time of submission. If selected for presentation as part of the conference, 2022 membership dues must be paid. To become a member of the SSA you can register through the website (Web).

At this time, the SSA is also inviting nominations for our two annual awards. To be considered for the SSA’s Emerging Scholar Award please review the Continue reading

Lecture: Shane Bobrycki: Plague, War, Migration, Climate Change, Sex, and the Demographic Riddle of the Early Middle Ages, 13.12.2021, virtual space

Ancient & Medieval Studies Colloquium
Time: Mo. 13.12.2021, 5:15pm (Eastern Time, US and Canada) | 23:15 (Europe)
Venue: virtual space, via Vienna
The medieval historian Marc Bloch wrote that the „fundamental characteristic“ of early medieval Europe (c. 500–1000 CE) was „the great and universal decline in population“ that opened the period. Many economic and social historians have agreed. Between the fifth and the seventh centuries, cities and towns diminished by orders of magnitude; some vanished entirely. Settlement density declined almost everywhere. Only gradually did cities and populations recover, a process that gained speed only after 1000.
Few question that this demographic pattern had profound economic, social, and political consequences for early medieval history. But historians are less sure why it happened in the first place. What caused populations to drop off in the post-Roman West? Why did they remain low for so long? Why did the demographic fate of the West differ from that of its „sibling cultures“ around the Mediterranean, the Byzantine and Islamic worlds? In this talk, Shane Bobrycki reassess the usual suspects for early medieval European demographic history: epidemic disease, endemic warfare, migration, climate change, and the reproductive choices of early medieval families. He will argue that in each case we need to spend more time thinking about the mechanics of causation.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CfP: Queer Pedagogies (Event, 05/2022, Florence); by: 10.01.2021

Queer and Feminist Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group (Web)

Time: 30.-31.05.2021
Venue: Firenze/Florenz/Florence
Proposals by: 10.01.2021

Promoting the acceptance of sexual and gender diversity in education is increasingly under attack across Europe and beyond. Queer-feminist activists, the proponents of gender studies as well as queer-friendly youth and educational organisations face fierce opposition from right-wing extremists, religious fundamentalists and other groups with conservative agendas. Given these challenging circumstances, the organizers want to create a space where practitioners, academics and activists gather to discuss, without too much clamour, various themes related to queer pedagogies.

By this the organizers mean in the broadest sense the queer transfer of knowledge and the transfer of queer knowledge, whether it occurs in formal educational settings, in subcultural spaces, in online environments or within families, chosen or otherwise. Questions that papers may engage with … read more (PDF).

Keynotes and invited speakers:

  • Michela Balocchi (Dep. of Culture, Politics and Society & Co-founder of Intersexioni, Italy)
  • Dominik Kuc (Ranking of LGBTQ-friendly Schools, Growspace Foundation, Poland)
  • Stephan Mills (Intersex youth group of Intersexioni, Italy)
  • Martin Lücke (History Dep., FU Berlin, Germany)
  • Gracia Trujillo (Sociology Dep., Univ. Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

The Queer and Feminist Studies working group at the European University Institute (EUI)

The working group provides an environment for various discussions on different issues related to queer and feminist theory. The working group organises discussions on papers written by EUI researchers, exchange of thoughts on feminism, gender, and queer movements and invitation of guest speakers. Researchers studying gender and sexuality from historical, political, sociological, legal, and economic perspectives … read more (Web).