Panel Discussion: In_visibilities in the media’s gendered discourse on the war in Ukraine, 12.12.2022, Vienna

Forschungsplattform GAIN – Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities (Web)

Time: 12.12.2022, 18:00-20:00 Uhr
Venue: Campus of the University of Vienna, Aula, Spitalg. 2, 1090 Vienna

Schedule (PDF)

  • 18:00: Welcome by Elisabeth Holzleithner, Head of the Research Plattform GAIN, Prof. of Legal Philosophy and Legal Gender Studies, Univ. of Vienna
  • 18:10: Introductory remarks by Christa Hämmerle, Deputy-head of GAIN, Associate Prof. of Modern History, and Andrea Lehner-Hartmann, GAIN member, Prof. of Religious Education and Catechetics at the Department of Practical Theology, Univ. of Vienna

18:30: Input by panellists:

  • Birgit Sauer, GAIN member, Prof. Em. of Political Science, Univ. of Vienna
  • Kristina Stoeckl, Prof. of Sociology, Univ. of Innsbruck
  • Friedrich Chernyshov, LGBTQI+ activist, executive director of a Ukrainian NGO for trans*people – Trans*Generation NGO
  • Kateryna Busol, Ukrainian lawyer specialising in international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law, Univ. of Regensburg
  • Discussion chair: Sylvia Mieszkowski, Deputy-head of GAIN, Prof. of British Literature at the Department of English and American Studies, Univ. of Vienna

This event organised by the Research Plattform GAIN, a contribution to Campus Aktuell 2022, sets out to interrogate critically and from an intersectionally gendered perspective how the media have been and still are reporting on the Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Especially in times of war, media discourses tend to simplify matters. In the face of the complex political constellation, the historical entanglement of Ukraine and the Russian Federation as well as … read more (PDF).

CfP: Tracing Forms of De/Marginalization (Event, 06/2023, Dresden); by: 05.12.2022

European research network on discourses of marginality and de-marginalization (DeMarg) (PDF)

Zeit: 22.-24.06.2023
Ort: TU Dresden
Einreichfrist: 05.12.2022

DeMarg assumes that traditional juxtapositions of majorities and minorities are hardly adequate to describe heterogeneous societies. Instead of quantitative mappings of society, we pursue an interest in dynamic processes of (self)positioning and unfixed relations of centrali-ty and marginality. Not least against the background of intersectionality, matters of positioning are anything but free of contradictions, which underlines the need for complex scholarly reflection.
The organizers consider these dynamics in connection with a concept of diversity in scenarios of inequality, especially in the framework of Diversity Studies and Contradiction Studies. DeMarg 5 places particular focus on the means of formalization and the materialization of positioning practices. By tracing forms of de/marginalization, we mean analyzing various aspects of formal manifestations and materializations, such as images and symbols, narrative figures, genres and media, as well as institutional practices of de/marginalization. Questions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. How can dynamics of (self)positioning be understood as phenomena of form?
  2. How do specific uses of media, including new media, impact the strategies that subjects and groups use to position themselves?
  3. Which ways of formalizing social positioning appear in digital environments?
  4. With what purposes and effects are text types and cultural/literary genres, among other formalizing strategies of discourse, used as positioning instruments?
  5. What indexical weight does the reference to traditional genres, for instance, have in current debates? Weiterlesen … (PDF)

Keynote lectures: Silvia Adler and Galia Yanoshevsky (Bar-Illan) and Darieck Scott (Berkeley)

Organizers: Carsten Junker (Dresden), Hanna Acke (Åbo/Turku), Silvia Bonacchi (Warsaw), Charlotta Seiler Brylla (Stockholm), and Ingo H. Warnke (Bremen)

Workshop: When Dystopia Becomes Reality: Law, Literature and the post-Roe v. Wade World, 01.-02.12.2022, Vienna

Forschungsplattform GAIN – Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities (Web)

Time: 01.-02.12.2022
Venue: University of Vienna – Juridicum, 1010 Vienna

Full programme (Web)

  • With contributions from Elisabeth Holzleithner, Agata Ignaciuk, Sara Jiménez Fernandez, Tanya Lolonis, Sylvia Mieszkowski, Greta Olson, and Maria Sagmeister.

In late June 2022, the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade. The respective decision, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, though not entirely unexpected, thanks to a highly unusual leak of a draft opinion, sent a shockwave around the globe. For almost half a century, the US Constitution had provided a right that put women in the US – at least theoretically – in charge of reproductive decisions that would drastically affect their whole lives. This era has come to an end.
Yet there is hope. For one, the historic turn-out at the US midterm elections in November 2022 delivered at least the Senate to the Democrats, many of whose candidates had put reproductive policy front and centre of their campaigns. This may continue to inspire state legislatures – blue, purple and red – to pass laws that protect the very reproductive rights which Dobbs eviscerated. But there is also reason to hope that a new generation of feminist political activists and theorists will rise to the challenge, not least by providing some of the argumentative tools that will be needed in the imminent political debates.
The interdisciplinary and international workshop aims to bridge from law to cultural representation and back again. The organizers will discuss different national frameworks around reproductive rights that exist in the world post Roe v Wade, different forms of activism to which they have given and are giving rise, while also taking a look at dystopian narratives, on which reality seems to be gaining ever faster.

Klicktipp: Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies (Online Journal)

Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies (Web)

Feminist Critiqueis a peer-reviewed academic journal publishing papers in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. The first issue was publised in 2018. It is available full open-access.

The editors want to provide a platform for exchanging ideas in the sphere of critical knowledge and encourage debates on socially important issues related to the East European region among global scholarly and activist communities.
Feminist Critique publishes papers on a wide range of topics with strong feminist and/or queer-theoretical positionality. The editors consider feminism broader than merely debates on women’s rights and gender equality, and they see queer theory as more than LGBT studies. They take feminism and queer theory as a tool for critical analysis of the implications of power, knowledge, and politics through which various “others” are constructed and naturalized, and global and local regimes of inequalities are established and maintained.
The editors approach is based on multiple interdisciplinary perspectives, including – but not limited to decolonial, postcolonial and post-Soviet studies, critical race studies, transgender studies, crip studies, post-human studies, critical study of capitalism, nationalism, citizenship, migration, and militarization (Web).

Editors-in-chief: Maria Mayerchyk (Academy of Sciences of Ukraine/Univ. of Greifswald) (Web) and Olga Plakhotnik (Univ. of Greifswald) (Web); editor from the Krytyka side: Oleh Kotsyuba (Harvard Univ.) (Web)

CfP: Voices Heard and Unheard: Authority, Truth, and Silence in Historical Perspective (Event, 04/2023, Vienna); by: 17.01.2023

GRACEH (Graduate Conference in European History) (Web)

Time: 17.-19.04.2023
Venue: Vienna
Proposals by: 17.01.2023

The GRACEH  series was launched in Budapest in 2007 and is co-organized since 2010 by Central European Univ., the European Univ. Institute, Univ. of Vienna, and the Univ. of Oxford. 17th GRACEH will be hosted at Central European Univ. in Vienna.

The past—mediated through written, visual, or material sources—is filled with empty spaces. Incomplete versions of what happened have been taken at face value, passed through time as representing the “real,” and validating particular kinds of the historical understanding devoid of (un)documented actors, practices, and processes.
Over the past few decades, scholars have been increasingly interested in voices from “underneath”, lending their ear to, for example, oral histories, messages between the lines, hints, clues, symbols, humor, satires, gestures, or objects to unearth that which has been doomed to non-existence or silence. This approach to historical sources could be labeled as relying on “weak evidence,” for even though it breaks the silence, it escapes clear-cut explanations. How can we retrieve voices from the past? When is “weak evidence” evidence enough to challenge or even replace dominant and established historical interpretations and narratives? To what kind of evidence do we grant higher authority over the other and why? How is authority attached to a piece of evidence? What is the purpose of establishing authority? Is it to state that something actually happened? Or to create an authentic world that looks as veridic as possible? How can a source be used to represent or construct truth?
The organizers invite graduate students working on any topic or period in European history and/or Europe in global perspective to delve into these questions and consider the multiple layers conveyed by the notion of historical authority and its implicit elements in historical perspective. They welcome submissions dealing with oral history, popular history, history of science, material history, intellectual history, history of ideas, book history, literary history, art history, social history, political history, legal history, historical anthropology, history in public sphere, archeology, museum studies, media history, and gender history.
Topics may include but are not limited to: Continue reading

Web-Seminar series: Women in Intellectual History. The 18th century, 12/2022-01/2023, virtual space

The International Society for Intellectual History (ISIH)  (Web)

Time: 12/2022-01/2023, Thursdays, 4–6pm (CET)
Venue: Oxford and virtual space

Women thinkers and their writings are still underrepresented in the discipline of intellectual history. Despite decades-long efforts at canon-busting, research agendas and teaching curricula alike attest that much work remains to be done to counteract the bias of gendered historiographies. As a prominent meeting place for practitioners of the discipline in all stages of their careers and from various parts of the world, ISIH provides an ideal forum for the discussion of recent work in this crucial area of research.
This semester, the series focuses on the 18th century and early 19th century. Through the series of online meetings early career researchers present their projects:

Programme and Registration (Web)

8 December 2022

  • Hilary Ilkay (Univ. of King’s College): New Diotimas: Women and Wisdom in the Early Modern Period
  • Natalia L. Zorrilla (CONICET, Buenos Aires): The Mathemacic Émilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749) Against Fatalism
  • Respondent: Sarah Hutton (Univ. of York)

15 December 2022

  • Valentina Altopiedi (Univ. of Turin): Pioneering Women’s Rights During the French Revolution: The Philosopher Marie-Madeleine Jodin (1741-1790)
  • Cathleen Mair (Queen Mary Univ. of London): From Natural Sentiments to the Passions of the People: Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) and Germaine de Stael (1766-1817)during the Terror (1766-1817) Continue reading

Webinar: Poblaciones Emblemáticas in urban Chile: Marginality, gender, and the institutionalization of poverty, 24.11.2022, virtual space

Tübingen Science Bridge – Latin America (Web)

Time: 24.11.2022, 18.00 Uhr
Venue: virtual space via Tübingen

The webinar will focus on the area of Society and Urbanization. The lecture has the participation of Damián Omar Martínez (Univ. of Tübingen) and  Javier Ruiz-Tagle Venero (Catholic Univ. of Chile). They will put on the agenda the theme ‚Poblaciones Emblemáticas‘ in urban Chile: Marginality, gender and the institutionalization of poverty:
‘Poblaciones Emblemáticas’ (emblematic poor neighborhoods) are historical settlements of urban poverty in large Chilean cities, established during the second half of the 20th century, whose identity is marked by four key characteristics: (1) they were created through collective action and combining land squatters, self-construction, community organization and institutional struggle, (2) they were the territorial base of Movimiento de Pobladores (large urban social movement for housing), (3) they were subject of political violence and resistance during the Military Dictatorship, and (4) they maintain a communitarian narrative about their history, with a strong territorial identity.
In the talk, the participants will delve into some case studies to show how urban marginality in these neighborhoods has been reconfigured through the historical trajectories of the institutional framework of poverty, i.e. actions and inactions of the State, and gender roles at the domestic, organizational and labor sphere.

Register link (Web)

The „Tübingen Science Bridge – Latin America“
The Baden-Württemberg Center for Brazil and Latin America at the Univ. Tübingen is expanding the successful „Tübingen Science Bridge – Brazil“, which started in April 2022 in cooperation with partner universities in Brazil, to other countries in Latin America. The expansion initially includes Tübingen’s partner universities in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico. As of now, the program will Continue reading

CfP: Männlichkeiten als Lebensweisen in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Event, 06/2023, Stuttgart); bis: 01.02.2023

14. Tagung des Arbeitskreis für interdisziplinäre Männer- und Geschlechterforschung – Kultur-, Geschichts- und Sozialwissenschaften AIM GENDER (Web)

Zeit: 15.-17.06.2023
Ort: Stuttgart
Einreichfrist: 01.02.2023

Männlichkeit(en) werden erlernt, erlebt, erfahren, erlitten und performativ hergestellt. Die Tagung wendet sich vorrangig alltäglichen Praktiken zu und ist insbesondere interessiert an den Arten und Weisen, wie Männlichkeit(en) gelebt werden. Mannsein zu leben war nie ein einfaches Unterfangen, sondern gekennzeichnet von einer je historisch und soziokulturell spezifischen Verwobenheit von Privilegien, Abwertungen, Überlegenheiten und Unterdrückungen. Dabei geht es – oft nur unterschwellig oder unbewusst – auch um den Aufbau von Identitäten in Vergleich und Konkurrenz mit oder in Abgrenzung von anderen Männern, gegen Frauen, trans Personen, nicht-binäre Personen, inter Personen und andere Geschlechter.
Männlichkeit(en) werden immer auch konstruiert – vor dem Hintergrund gesellschaftlicher Vorstellungen, Normen und Kriterien – und performativ hergestellt, etwa in Texten, Bildern, Liedern oder Körpern. Für die Stabilisierung, aber auch für die Veränderung von Männlichkeit spielen Sozialisation und Subjektivierung im Lebenslauf eine zentrale Rolle. Der Erwerb von Risikokompetenz oder die Einübung von Kooperations- und Durchsetzungsfähigkeit werden nicht nur in Bildungsinstitutionen erlernt, sondern haben ihren Ort auch in privaten Beziehungen, im Spiel oder Wettkampf. Erlernt und im Lebenslauf immer wieder neu bestimmt wird das Verhältnis zum eigenen Körper – etwa in Sexualität, Arbeit, Sport und Körperpflege.
Ein spezifischer Umgang mit Schmerz und Krankheit sowie deren Verdrängung gehören ebenfalls zur erlernten Männlichkeit. Gewalt gegen sich selbst und andere kann dabei von einer alltäglichen Verhaltensweise zum Habitus gerinnen. Soldatische, durch koloniale Verhältnisse und innerfamiliale Gewalt hervorgebrachte Männlichkeiten zeugen davon. Erlernt wird auch, vor allem in Familie und Schule, das Praktizieren von Religion und religiöse Zugehörigkeit. Daraus kann ein dauerhaftes Verhältnis zu … weiterlesen … (PDF)

CfP: Exploring Conflict and Political Violence through the Woman’s Lens: Victims, Mediators, and Resisters (Publication); by: 31.01.2023

Acta Universitatis Carolinea – Studia Territorialia (Web)

Proposals by: 31.01.2023

Although both past and current armed conflicts have had deleterious consequences for women, this topic is still under-explored in academia. As Rehn and Johnson Sirleaf pointed out in 2002, “The situation of women in armed conflict has been systematically neglected.” This lacuna persists even though the experience of women during and after conflict is widespread. Russia’s war on Ukraine and the latest women-led uprising in Iran reinforce the urgency of engaging with women’s experiences during conflicts and post-conflict. The painful past of women affected by armed conflict and political violence is frequently overlooked in official memory and in the history of states for a variety of reasons.
Often, women’s voices and the memory of their ordeals during conflicts and in oppressive regimes are subsumed in a grand narrative of the suffering of the “whole nation,” which stifles the voices, testimonies, and claims of women victims, resisters, survivors, care givers, fighters, and mediators. Though men inarguably suffer greatly from the violence of political repression and armed conflict, women and girls are much more affected by sexual and psychological violence because they are regarded as repositories of ethnic and cultural identity. Moreover, women are exposed to manifold, intersecting forms of exclusion. Thus, women’s “aftermath” of conflict, as well as the burden of displacement, are experienced considerably differently than that of men. Although women are exposed to double or even triple jeopardy during and after conflicts and mass violence, their experiences nevertheless should not be exclusively viewed through a lens of victimhood. In that vein, the editors are looking for contributions that address all the dimensions of women’s victimhood but also their resistance to conflict and mass violence. Read more … (Web)

Vortrag: Gundula Ludwig: Krisenhafte Gegenwart und die In_Visibilität von Gewalt. Zeitdiagnosen aus der Perspektive feministischer Gesellschaftstheorie, 28.11.2022, Wien 

Forschungsplattform GAIN – Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities: GAIN Gender & Agency Lecture (Web)

Zeit: 28.11.2022, 18.00 Uhr
Ort: Dachgeschoss Juridicum, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien


  • Verleihung der GAIN Gender & Agency Forschungspreise 2022
  • GAIN Gender & Agency Lecture mit Gundula Ludwig

Bereits vor der COVID-19-Pandemie, der Gefahr eines atomaren Krieges und des ebenso realen Szenarios, dass einige Kipppunkte im Klimawandel überschritten werden, war die Gegenwart durch eine „multiple Krise“ gekennzeichnet. Zugleich verdichten sich aktuell in großer Geschwindigkeit die Krisen. Der Vortrag analysiert vier zentrale Krisendimensionen unserer Gegenwart aus der Perspektive feministischer Gesellschaftstheorie und interpretiert diese als Ausdruck einer in_visiblen Grundstruktur moderner Gesellschaften: der gewaltförmigen Strukturierung des Sozialen. Zugleich geht der Vortrag vergeschlechtlichten und rassifizierten Techniken der Invisibilisierung nach, die zur Verleugnung der grundlegenden Gewalt beitragen. Auf dieser Gegenwartsdiagnose aufbauend wird schließlich für eine Geschlechterforschung plädiert, die zur Überwindung der in_visibilisierten Gewaltstrukturen beitragen möchte.

Moderation: Birgit Sauer

Gundula Ludwig ist Professorin für Sozialwissenschaftliche Theorien der Geschlechterverhältnisse an der Universität Innsbruck und Leiterin der Forschungsplattform Center Interdisziplinäre Geschlechterforschung Innsbruck. Zudem ist sie Mitherausgeberin der Femina Politica. Zeitschrift für feministische Politikwissenschaft. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind queer-feministische Staats-, Macht- und Demokratietheorien.