How to study the complexity of femininities, masculinities and gender fluidity?
3 - 4 May 2018
University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room E.201 - Sint-Jacobstraat 2-4 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
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Jointly organised by the University of Antwerp, Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The 2018 Interuniversity Gender Research Seminar will focus on the complexity of femininities, masculinities and gender fluidity.
About the seminar
This year’s focal question is 'How to study the complexity of femininities, masculinities and gender fluidity?'
The previous years have witnessed a growing interest in men’s and masculinities’ studies and a renewed attention to femininity as a theoretical paradigm or concept. Building on this literature, the upcoming seminar will reflect upon what masculinities and femininities there are, how they emerge, get shaped, interact with each other, prevail or get marginalized.
In a similar vein, the concept of gender fluidity deconstructs or at least distinguishes more than the binary feminine-masculine construct, pointing at a broad range of sex or gender constructions that exist on a continuum between what tends to be labelled as men and women. It is thus not only interesting to look at these three concepts in themselves, but especially at their interplay and how they interact. Academic speakers, practitioners and PhD students are invited to inquire about the concepts of femininities, masculinities and gender fluidity and how to integrate them into research from a theoretical, empirical and a methodological point of view.
This year's seminar relates gender to broader issues of diversity, epistemology and questions of (in)equality in power in society, culture and politics from a critical research perspective:
Dr. Lucy Nicholas (Swinburne University, Australia) explores normative and theoretical arguments for overcoming, getting rid of or transcending gender.
Prof. Andrea Cornwall (University of Sussex) inquires about the consequences of changing our understandings of gender in social science.
Dr. Rory Magrath (Southampton Solent University) looks at how Western masculinities are and can be theorized in the 21st century.
Prof. Joz Motmans (Ghent University) focuses more specifically at how to measure gender identities.
Dr. Ov Cristian Norocel (ULB) takes up the question of how to understand analytically the paradoxes of right-wing populism and specifically discusses gender (masculinities); sexuality (heterosexuality); social class (elites); and race (whiteness).
Dr. Holly Porter (London School of Economics) will examine key areas of concern with regards to men and gender in war
Dr. Senthorun Raj (Keele University), drawing on Judith Butler, will go into the question why does emotion matter to queer activists and scholars
Finally, Brian Sheehan (Co-chair of ILGA-Europe, co-chair of the successful Irish equal marriage referendum campaign) and Daniela Pichler (Policy and Campaigns Director, European Women's Lobby) will discuss their experiences with activism and achieving political change.
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