Course detail

Feminist Seminar 2

FaVU-FEMS2Acad. year: 2019/2020

Lecture and seminar series Feminist seminar 2 follows the pluralist notion of feminism introduced in Feminist seminar 1 and presents further topics concerning the emancipation of women and social justice issues.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will further their acquaintance with feminism and expand their knowledge of feminist issues.

Prerequisites

A keen interest in feminism and social justice issues. Feminist seminar 1 participation or the knowledge of feminist theory covered by Feminist seminar 1 curriculum. Willingness to read in English.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

1. Intersectional Struggles Against Oppression
Alison M. JAGGAR, “Saving Amina: Global Justice for Women and Intercultural Dialogue,” Ethics and International Affairs, 19, 3, 2005, pp. 55—75.
Audre LORDE, “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference,” in: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Berkeley: Crossing Press 2007, pp. 114—123.
The Combahee River Collective: “The Combahee River Collective Statement” written in 1977, circuitous. http://circuitous.org/scraps/combahee.html
bell hooks, “Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theory,” in: Feminist Theory From Margin to Center, Boston: South End Press 1984, pp. 1—15. https://diyworkshop.noblogs.org/files/2015/10/Bell_Hooks_Feminist_Theory_from_Margin_to_CenteBookZZ.org_.pdf
Silvia FEDERICI, “On Elder Care,” The Commoner, Issue 15, Winter 2012, pp. 235—161. http://www.commoner.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/10-federici.pdf
Eli CLARE, “Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies: Disability and Queerness,” Public Culture, Vol. 13, Number 3, Fall 2001, pp. 359—365.
2. Health and Care, Illness and Disability
Boston Women`s Health Collective, Women and Their Bodies: A Course, 1970. https://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/cms/assets/uploads/2014/04/Women-and-Their-Bodies-1970.pdf
Michelle MURPHY, “Immodest Witnessing: The Epistemology of Vaginal Self-Examination in the U.S. Feminist Self-Help Movement,” Feminist Studies, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2004, pp. 115—147. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/52ee/21c21caa1b5e132368e86a86d04a3bacccc6.pdf
Ewen CHARDRONNET, “GynePunk, the Cyborg Witches of DIY Gynecology,” makery, 30 June 2015. http://www.makery.info/en/2015/06/30/gynepunk-les-sorcieres-cyborg-de-la-gynecologie-diy/
Helen HESTER—Caroline WALTERS, “Theorizing Fat Sex,” Sexualities, Vol. 19 (08), 2016, pp. 893—897.
Barbara EHRENREICH—Deirdre ENGLISH, Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness, 1973. https://edisciplinas.usp.br/pluginfile.php/969738/mod_resource/content/1/Complaints%20and%20Disorders%204.14%20%281%29.pdf
Susan SONTAG, Illness as Metaphor, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1978. https://monoskop.org/images/4/4a/Susan_Sontag_Illness_As_Metaphor_1978.pdf
Johanna HEDVA, “Sick Woman Theory,” Mask Magazine, January 19, 2016. http://www.maskmagazine.com/not-again/struggle/sick-woman-theory
Alyson PATSAVAS, “Recovering a Cripistemology of Pain: Leaky Bodies, Connective Tissue, and Feeling Discourse,” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 2014, pp. 203—218.
3. Prostitution and Pornography
Beatriz PRECIADO, “Pornpower,” in: Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era, New York: Feminist Press 2013.
Molly SMITH—Juno MAC, Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers` Rights, London and New York: Verso 2018.
Helen HESTER, “Pornographication and the Explosion of the Pornographic,” in: Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex, New York: SUNY Press 2014, pp. 181—190.
Lynn SEGAL, “Sexual Liberation and Feminist Politics,” in: Straight Sex: Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure, London and New York: Verso 2015.
4. Transfeminism and Gender Abolitionism
Emi KOYAMA, “The Transfeminist Manifesto,” eminism, 2001. http://eminism.org/readings/pdf-rdg/tfmanifesto.pdf
Krista SCOTT-DIXON, “Towards Transfeminisms,” in: SCOTT-DIXON, ed., Trans/Forming Feminisms: Trans/Feminist Voices Speak Out, Toronto: Sumach Press 2006.
Anne FAUSTO-STERLING, “The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough,” The Sciences, March/April 1993. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/239657377_The_Five_Sexes_Why_Male_and_Female_are_not_Enough/download
Beatriz PRECIADO, “The Micropolitics of Gender in the Pharmacopornographic Era: Experimentation, Voluntary Intoxication, Mutation,” in: Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era, New York: Feminist Press 2013.
Antonella CORSANI, “Beyond the Myth of Woman: The Becoming-Transfeminist of (Post-)Marxism,” SubStance, April 2007.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236714256_Beyond_the_Myth_of_Woman_The_Becoming-Transfeminist_of_Post-Marxism/download
Helen HESTER, “What is Xenofeminism?” in: Xenofeminism, Cambridge and Medford: Polity Press 2018, pp. 6—32.

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. One of the sessions will be covered by a presentation of a guest lecturer from the field of feminist studies.

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. Intersections of Struggles Against Oppression — gender, race and class inequality, heteronormativity, ableism, ageism, environmental violence, colonizing and extractivism, subjects of feminism/feminisms, forms of social relations hospitable to diversity and difference
2. Health and Care, Illness and Disability — self-help communities, production and circulation of knowledge about sexual and reproductive health technologies (DIY, DIWO and DITO, knowledge commons, open source, self-experimentation, biohacking), biopower and the production of health and disease, exposed bodies, disability and ableism, crip, epistemology of pain, leaky bodies, networks of support.
3. Prostitution and Pornography — sex as work and „pornification“ of work, sexuality and the politics of representation, obscenity and codes of visibility.
4. Transfeminism and Gender Abolitionism — cis/trans, expanding the definition of gender justice, proliferation of bodily/sexual difference, let a hundred sexes bloom, antinaturalism, technomaterialism and gender abolitionism in xenofeminism, xenohospitality, trans health.
5. Feminist Practice — feminist principles in individual, collective and institutional practice, feminism and academy, art world and feminism.

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

Compulsory attendance (80%).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme Bachelor's

    branch ZST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective

  • Programme VUM Master's

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

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

5 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

8 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

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