Course detail

Feminist Seminar 1

FaVU-FEMS1Acad. year: 2019/2020

Lecture and seminar series will introduce feminism as a plurality of views and matters related to issues of emancipation of women and social justice.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain elementary knowledge about issues concerning feminism and feminist thinking.

Prerequisites

A keen interest in feminism and social justice issues. Willingness and an ability to read more complex texts in English.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

1. Sociální konstrukce femininity
Simone de BEAUVOIR, Second Sex, New York: Vintage Books 2011, ss. 848—863. https://uberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/1949_simone-de-beauvoir-the-second-sex.pdf
Monique WITTIG, „One Is Not Born a Woman,“ in: Henry ABELOVE—Michèle Aina BARALE—David M. HALPERIN, eds., The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, New York and London: Routledge 1993, ss. 103—109.
Luce IRIGARAY, „This Sex Which Is Not One,“ in: This Sex Which Is Not One, New York: Cornell University Press 1985, ss. 23—33. http://kunsthallezurich.ch/sites/default/files/downloads/irigaray-this-sex-which-is-not-one.pdf
Hélène CIXOUS, „The Laugh of the Medusa,“ Signs, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1976, ss. 875—893. https://artandobjecthood.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/cixous_the_laugh_of_the_medusa.pdf
Judith BUTLER, „Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire,“ in: Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, New York and London: Routledge 1990, ss. 1—34. http://lauragonzalez.com/TC/BUTLER_gender_trouble.pdf
Teresa de LAURETIS, „Technology of Gender,“ in: Technologies of Gender, Bloomington: Indiana University Press 1987, ss. 1—30. http://artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty/gustafson/FILM%20165A.W11/film%20165A%5BW11%5D%20readings%20/delauretis.technology.pdf
Barbara CREED, The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, London and New York: Routledge 1993. http://ieas-szeged.hu/downtherabbithole/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Barbara-Creed-The-Monstrous-Feminine-2007.pdf
2. Sociální reprodukce a společenská dělba práce
Silvia FEDERICI, „Feminism and the Politics of the Commons,“ The Commoner, 2011. http://www.commoner.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/federici-feminism-and-the-politics-of-commons.pdf
Nina POWER, „Social Reproduction, Art, Labour, Emotion,“ YouTube, záznam přednášky v rámci cyklu „Double Bind,“ Vilnius Academy of Arts 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53nt1CgMtgo
Camille BARBAGALLO, „Seizing the Means of Reproduction,“ derelictspaces, 2015. http://www.derelictspaces.net/2015/05/06/seizing-the-means-of-reproduction/
Helen HESTER—Nick SRNICEK, „The Crisis of Social Reproduction and the End of Work,“ bvvaopenmind, 2018. https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BBVA-OpenMind-Helen-Hester-Nick-Srnicek-The-Crisis-of-Social-Reproduction-and-the-End-of-Work.pdf
Lee EDELMAN, „The Future Is Kid Stuff,“ in: No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive, Durham and London: Duke University Press 2004. https://bagelabyss.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/no_future__queer_theory_and_the_death_drive.pdf
Helen HESTER, „Xenofeminist Futurities,“ in: Xenofeminism, Cambridge and Medford: Polity Press 2018, ss. 33—69.
Donna HARAWAY, „Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin,“ Environmental Humanities, Vol. 6, 2015, ss. 159—165. http://environmentalhumanities.org/arch/vol6/6.7.pdf
3. Technoreprodukce
Mary SHELLEY, Frankenstein, verze z r. 1831. https://www.planetebook.com/free-ebooks/frankenstein.pdf
Shulamith FIRESTONE, „The Ultimate Revolution,“ in: The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, New York: Bantam Book 1972, ss. 205—245. https://teoriaevolutiva.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/firestone-shulamith-dialectic-sex-case-feminist-revolution.pdf
Victoria MARGREE, „IVF, Egg-Freezing, Surrogacy,“ in: Neglected or Misunderstood: The Radical Feminism of Shulamith Firestone, Winchester and Washington: Zero Books 2018, ss. 111—125.
Michelle MURPHY, „Feminism in/as Biopolitics,“ in: Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Health and Technoscience, Durham and London: Duke University Press 2012.
Sophie LEWIS, „Introduction,“ in: Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, Verso 2019.
Nadia MAHJOURI, „Techno-Maternity: Rethinking the Possibilities of Reproductive Technologies,“ third space: A Journal of Feminist Theory & Culture, Vol. 4, Issue 1, November 2004. http://journals.sfu.ca/thirdspace/index.php/journal/article/view/mahjouri/157
Lori B. ANDREWS—Nanette ELSTER, „Regulating Reproductive Technologies,“ The Journal of Legal Medicine, 21, 2000, ss. 35—65.
4. Věda, technologie a gender
Donna J. HARAWAY, „A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,“ in: Manifestly Haraway, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2016. https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/fictionnownarrativemediaandtheoryinthe21stcentury/manifestly_haraway_----_a_cyborg_manifesto_science_technology_and_socialist-feminism_in_the_....pdf
Judy WAJCMAN, „Feminist Utopia or Dystopia?“ in: TechnoFeminism, Cambridge and Malden: Polity 2004.
Faith WILDING, „Where Is Feminism in Cyberfeminism,“ 2006. http://faithwilding.refugia.net/wherefem.pdf
Sadie PLANT, „The Feminine Cyberspace,“ YouTube, záznam přednášky z ICA konference „Seduced and Abandoned: The Body in the Virtual World“ v březnu 1994. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doL9mRMEUGw
Evelyn Fox KELLER, „Gender and Science: An Update,“ in: Mary WYER—Mary BARBERCHECK—Donna GEISMAN—Hatice Örün ÖZTÜRK—Marta WAYNE, eds., Women, Science and Technology: A Reader in Feminist Science Studies, New York and London: Routledge 2001, ss. 132—142. https://epistemologiascriticas.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/fox-kelle-gender-and-science.pdf
Helen HESTER, „Technically Female: Women, Machines, and Hyperemployment,“ salvage , 8 August 2016. http://salvage.zone/in-print/technically-female-women-machines-and-hyperemployment/
Moira WEIGEL, „The Internet of Women,“ Logic, Issue 4: Scale, April 2018. https://logicmag.io/04-the-internet-of-women/
Aria DEAN, „Notes on Blacceleration,“ e-flux, Journal #87, December 2017. https://www.e-flux.com/journal/87/169402/notes-on-blacceleration/
Ruha BENJAMIN, „Discriminatory Design, Liberating Imagination,“ in: BENJAMIN, ed., Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life, Durham and London: Duke University Press 2019.
Daniela K. ROSNER, “Feminist Correctives in Design,” in: Critical Fabulations: Reworking Methods and Margins of Design, Cambridge and Massachusetts: The MIT Press 2018.
5. Příroda jako prostor feministické praxe
Carolyn MERCHANT, „The Scientific Revolution and The Death of Nature,“ Isis, 97, 2006, ss. 513—533. https://nature.berkeley.edu/departments/espm/env-hist/articles/84.pdf
Greta GAARD—Lori GRUEN, „Ecofeminism: Toward Global Justice and Planetary Health,“ Society and Nature, 2, 1993, ss. 1—35. http://www.academia.edu/32438639/Ecofeminism_Toward_Global_Justice_and_Planetary_Health
Maria MIES, „The Need for a New Vision: The Subsistence Perspective,“ in: Maria MIES—Vandana SHIVA, Ecofeminism, London and New York: Zed Books 2014, ss. 297—324.
Stacy ALAIMO, „Trans-Corporeal Feminisms and the Ethical Space of Nature,“ in: Stacy ALAIMO—Susan HEKMAN, eds., Material Feminisms, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press 2008, ss. 237—264. https://monoskop.org/images/5/56/Alaimo_Stacy_Heikman_Susan_eds_Material_Feminisms.pdf
6. Feminizmus pro 21. století
Donna HARAWAY, „Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene,“ e-flux, Journal #75, September 2016. https://www.e-flux.com/journal/75/67125/tentacular-thinking-anthropocene-capitalocene-chthulucene/
Karen BARAD, „Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes To Matter,“ in: ALAIMO—HEKMAN, eds., Material Feminisms, Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press 2008, ss. 120—154. https://monoskop.org/images/5/56/Alaimo_Stacy_Heikman_Susan_eds_Material_Feminisms.pdf
Stacy ALAIMO—Susan HEKMAN, „Emerging Models of Materiality in Feminist Theory,“ in: ALAIMO—HEKMAN, eds., Material Feminisms, Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press 2008, ss. 1—19. https://monoskop.org/images/5/56/Alaimo_Stacy_Heikman_Susan_eds_Material_Feminisms.pdf
Claire COLEBROOK, „We Have Always Been Post-Anthropocene: The Anthropocene Counterfactual,“ in: Richard GRUSIN, ed., Anthropocene Feminism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2017.
Katherine BEHAR, „An Introduction to OOF,“ in: BEHAR, ed., Object-Oriented Feminism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2016.
Rosi BRAIDOTTI, Posthuman Feminism, Cambridge: Polity Press 2019.
Rosi BRAIDOTTI, „Posthuman, All Too Human? A Cultural Political Cartography,“ YouTube, přednáška v rámci Inhuman Symposium, 25. 5. 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNJPR78DptA
Laboria Cuboniks, „The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation“, laboriacuboniks.net. http://www.laboriacuboniks.net/
Kathryn YUSOFF, „Epochal Aesthetics: Affectual Infrastructures of the Anthropocene,“ e-flux, Accumulation, March 2017. https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/accumulation/121847/epochal-aesthetics-affectual-infrastructures-of-the-anthropocene/

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures and seminar sessions. Each lecture will introduce one feminist issue via engagement with related texts, the subsequent seminar will facilitate discussion about thoughts introduced in the lecture. In preparation for the lecture students will be required to read one of recommended texts.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Credits awarded on the basis of home preparation (reading of recommended texts) and lecture and seminar participation. In case of a number of absences: writing a paper on one of the feminist issues discussed in seminars.

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Social Construction of Femininity — natural/cultural origin of sex inequality, language heteronormativity and the construction of difference in psychoanalysis, straight mind, sex/gender distinction, one is not born a woman, gender performativity, technologies of gender.

2. Social Reproduction and the Sexual Division of Labour — reproduction of everyday life, emotional labour, reproduction of social system, birth strike, production and reproduction, “feminization” of labour, commons, communities of care, making kin.

3. Technoreproduction — feminism and biopolitics, reproductive justice, assisted reproduction, ectogenesis, seizing the means of reproduction.

4. Nature as Feminist Space — entanglements of environmental and gender justice, mobilization of “nature” in ecofeminism, subsistence.

5. Science, Technology and Gender — science, rationality and technology as the means of feminist thought and practice, the figure of a cyborg, cyberspace and gender, afrofuturism and the subversive potential of technoaesthetics.

6. Feminisms for the 21st Century — material feminisms, posthuman feminisms, anthropocene feminisms, xenofeminism.

Aims

The course aspires to initiate a debate about social justice issues and the ways of their addressing in art, theory and activism.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance compulsory (80%).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme Bachelor's

    branch ZST , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

5 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

8 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

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