Seminars

The inter-university Joint Commission for Women’s Studies, Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, Gender and Queer Studies offers seminars every semester to complement the regular teaching in the fields of gender and diversity offered by the various universities.

Click here to view the invitation to tender for the winter semester 22/23.

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Summer semester 2022

Diversity and intersectionality: theoretical perspectives and analytical concepts

with Robel Afeworki Abay

Robel Afeworki Abay describes himself as an Afro-German and queer-feminist activist. He is currently completing a doctorate at the center for inclusion research (Zentrum der Inklusionsforschung, ZfIB) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: https://zfib.org/de/beteiligte. His particular interest within his participatory dissertation project lies in increasing and furthering the theoretical and empirical participation discourses on BIPoC with disability experiences within gainful employment. He previously studied sociology and political science at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and Cardiff University in Wales in addition to social work at the University of Kassel in Germany. For some years now, his academic and political activist work has focused on the topics of intersectionality; racism and ableism; gender, queer, and disability studies; participatory research; postcolonial theories and decolonial approaches; climate justice; migration and diversity research.
Contact: robel.abay@hu-berlin.de

This seminar examines the hypothesis that a perspective based on intersectionality theory offers a particularly suitable basis for a fruitful discussion on how to deal with difference, inequality, and diversity in a society of dominance. A critical-reflexive and domination-critical thematization of discursively produced and institutionalized relations of difference and inequality, such as racism, ableism, (hetero)sexism and homonationalism, is of great relevance to self-positioning as well as to intersectionality and diversity research, especially against the backdrop of the current political shifts in discourse. This is because the altered sociopolitical conditions also have fatal influences on the practical work with those affected as well as on scientific research into social relations of inequality.

The discussions on selected literature will be based on the theoretical approaches of diversity and intersectionality, which grant access critical to domination and dominance to contexts and modalities for the production, updating, and reproduction of patriarchal heteronormative structures and social relations of inequality:

  1. Intersectionality: We’ll look at the multiple intersectional identities, affiliations, and realities of life as well as symbolic and political representations of marginalized groups. Based on this theoretical exploration of perspectives on society and institutions such as social work, school, or advisory services, we’ll then consider what challenges the prevailing heteronormative structures present for marginalized groups in particular, such as black, indigenous and people of color (BIPoC), disabled and queer communities, which are construed as “the others” through powerful attributions and excluded from or left out of equal participation in society.
  2. Diversity: We’ll critically examine the lack of recognition and appreciation of social diversity and the associated impeded political, social, and economic participation and realization opportunities of marginalized communities in a capitalistically organized society of dominance.

Seminar participants will thus be familiarized with fundamental aspects of intersectional inequality and diversity research and moreover learn how to meaningfully link theoretical considerations with practice.

Course times: 2–6 pm on occasional Thursdays: 07.04, 21.04, 12.05, 26.05, 09.06, 23.06, and 07.07

Intersectionality and diversity: positions and criticisms

with Agnes Böhmelt

Agnes Böhmelt pursued cultural studies and gender studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and also completed several semesters of a degree in theatre studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests lie in power relations, with a focus on post-structuralist and queer_feminist informed subject and category critique and intersectionality in addition to on Foucault. She’s currently revisiting the subject of cyborgs and their subversive potential.

Intersectionality is about the manifold entanglements of social power relations and multiple differences. It is assumed that sexualized/gendered and racialized positions, social class/status as well as empowerment, age or religious affiliation/order, etc. are interlinked, inherently plural even, and that this complexity must be analyzed accordingly. Diversity concepts strive to implement such approaches in practice, for example in anti-discrimination work and equality policies. While there has long been talk of a paradigm shift in gender studies, a depoliticization of intersectionality is lamented in light of its growing academic institutionalization, and diversity is criticized for having been absorbed into neoliberal market conformity. It must also be questioned whether intersectional or interdependent categories have also become rigid in grating identitarian definitions. The seminar aims to trace the course of intersectionality and diversity over time, critically question these, and determine alternative approaches.

Interested parties are asked to contact Agnes Böhmelt in advance via email: agnes_boehmelt@gmx.de

Gender, knowledge, and queer theory

with Clara Schwarz

Clara Schwarz completed her doctorate in sociology at the University of Freiburg where she researched the role and development of queer friendships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clara has a master’s degree in gender and sexuality studies as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She conducts research into and is interested in queer forms of (platonic) relationships, queer care work, femme studies, and queer literary history.

This course aims to take a genuinely intersectional approach to give an overview of the beginnings of queer theory and gender theory. Theories and texts will be reviewed and discussed, and the normative perceptions of gender, sexuality, power/dominance, and knowledge production questioned. The focus will be on texts by black, decolonial, queer, and transgender feminists. At the end of the course, students must prepare an essay (1,500 words) in English or German on a topic of their choice, applying at least two of the theories covered during the seminar. The seminar aims to convey the complexity of the concepts of “gender” and “queer” to students, and to address contextual, temporal, and geographical differences. To this end, students should question the structures in which they learn and produce knowledge, and break down normative expectations about gender and sexuality. The literature used in the seminar will mainly be in English; the seminar itself will be conducted in German and English and take a digital format. Students not enrolled at Universität Hamburg will need to contact Dr. Michaela Koch to request access to the online learning platform.

Cyborgs, microbes, and blackboxes: the histories of feminist science and technology studies

with Jannis Steinke

Jannis Steinke is a research associate at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He conducts ethnographic research into the practices of objectivization of AI-based diagnosis apps. Jannis Steinke is one of the three spokespersons for the DIG*IT*AL working group of the German expert association for gender studies (Fachgesellschaft für Geschlechterstudien). The working group takes a a diversity-critical and gender-theoretical perspective to discuss and intervene in digitalization technologies, and contributes its expertise in political voting processes to guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence.

Jannis Steinke researches and publishes articles on the subjects of new materialism, science and technology studies, French post-structuralism, and decolonial theory. He holds a number of teaching positions at different universities on these subjects.

With its approach of researching science and technology as an amalgamation of sociocultural factors (cf. Bauer et al 2020, p. 13), science and technology studies is a research field that abandons the paradigm of passive nature processed and transformed by technology. It is thus extremely compatible with (queer) feminist research approaches and gender and diversity studies in particular. Binary gender notions sedimented in the maxim of passive nature and active technology can thus be identified, dissected, and deconstructed in this field as well, through the shift from science as the objective production of knowledge to science as politics. The seminar will begin by briefly outlining the history of science and technology studies from the first to the third waves. The paradigm shift from an understanding of neutrality of technical sciences to the maxim of “Science is politics by other means” (Latour) towards participatory research will then be traced.

The specifics of feminist science and technology studies will be elaborated based on Donna Haraway’s seminal writings on situated knowledges and the cyborg manifesto. Susan Leigh Star’s approaches will subsequently be introduced as an important strand in science and technology studies that links Latour’s and Haraway’s approaches and renders them productive as a new research paradigm. The seminar will conclude by looking at examples of applications of feminist science and technology studies, with the reading and discussion of excerpts from Annemarie Mol’s recent work entitled ‘Eating in Theory’ (2021).

Pandemic permitting, the course will take the form of an in-person block seminar.

Preliminary meeting (online): 4–6 pm on 30.05

In-person attendance: 10 am–4 pm on 01.07 and 02.07

In-person attendance: 10 am–4 pm on 08.07 and 09.07

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Winter semester 2021/22

Gender in law: legally unresolvable?

with Laura Jacobs

Laura Jacobs is a lawyer and is writing her dissertation on civil disobedience. She’s a research associate within the Institute of Foundation Law at Bucerius Law School and a scholarship holder of the Hans Böckler Foundation. Her research interests include legal gender studies, materialistic legal theory, and legal didactics. She’s one of the co-founders of the blog staat-sex-amen.de.

Law is one of society’s fundamental structural features. It regulates almost all aspects of everyday life, including highly personal and sensitive matters such as gender, sexuality, love, family, career, and political participation. During this course, we’ll discuss what expectations the law has when it comes to physicality and desire. While the law is seen by some as a guarantee of equality, others consider it an instrument of patriarchy. Indeed, others still even deem it a battleground for social change. This course primarily focuses on the awareness of individual (subjective) rights and the ability to exercise these.

At the start of each session, we’ll establish a collective basis for discussion, whereby a text (excerpt), video (excerpt), or short presentation could form the starting point. The course draws on academic sources and court rulings as well as on references from pop culture. All sessions are structured to allow sufficient time for discussions and dialogue.

The course is open to all interested parties, both with and without prior legal knowledge.

Course times: 2–4 pm every Wednesday (digital from 13 October 2021)

Register for this event via ZGD’s events calendar:
https://zgd-hamburg.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungenskalender/

Find the according entry for 01.10.2021. Registration opens on 01.09.2021 (first come, first served).

Intersectionality in the shifting discourse on flight/migration

with Simone Borgstede, PhD.

Simone Beate Borgstede is a sociologist and historian. She organizes seminars on feminism from a postcolonial perspective and on racism in the context of flight/migration. Her research focuses on racism and social movements. In particular, she’s interested in how we can overcome racism, sexism, and classism, and their points of overlap in everyday life.

Simone has lived on Hafenstraße in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district for 39 years. Together with other neighbors, she strives to combat the racist controls in her neighborhood and works with female refugees and migrants to achieve mutual respect and equal rights for all.

This seminar is about understanding intersectionality and diversity. Both concepts are indispensable in the discussion of feminist theory. Intersectionality is viewed more as an analytical concept of intertwined social inequalities that lead to various exclusion mechanisms, while diversity is seen to have a more practical orientation (e.g., in diversity management) and therefore criticized as perpetuating domination. By teaching and critically discussing the history behind the theory, the course aims to provide an introduction into ways of applying it to current developments and discourses.

As an example, intersectionality is discussed in the context of the shift in discourse surrounding flight/migration in the wake of the incidents in Cologne on new year’s eve in 2015/16. The discourse of welcoming was replaced by a discourse of criminalisation and deportation here—facilitated by a critique of sexism that attributes sexism to ‘the others’/Muslims/refugees and, at its core, perpetuates racist stereotypes such as that of the black rapist. The victims of sexual violence were consistently presented as white and German; sexual assaults on female refugees in collective accommdation were not addressed.

The poems of May Ayim and Semra Ertan provide good starting points for discussing the development of anti-racist initiatives, from Kanak Attack to the Black Lives Matter movement. Other recent developments are analyzed during the discussions of the texts according to students’ interests.

The seminar is designed as a reading course, whereby discussions are initiated through presentations by the participants, with additional input provided by the lecturer. In addition to the written theory, poem, and literature dealing with these concepts are explored. Images, short films, newspaper articles, and other materials are also incorporated into the discussions. The seminar encourages critical reading and an exploration of theoretical approaches in addition to the elaboration of theses for discussion in the course. Students have the opportunity to contribute their own experiences of sexism, racism, discrimination based on sexual orientation, class or age, for example, from their daily lives and to reflect and theorize on these together. They will also explore the concepts of intersectionality and diversity in terms of their suitability for the analysis.

Course times: 10 am–12 pm every Thursday (digital from 14 October 2021)

Register for this event via ZGD’s events calendar:
https://zgd-hamburg.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungenskalender/

Find the according entry for 01.10.2021. Registration opens on 01.09.2021 (first come, first served).

Gender and diversity in practice. Strategies and pitfalls in institutional and political approaches to gender and diversity

with Johanna Elle

Johanna Elle is a doctoral researcher working in the field of cultural anthropology and in higher education and political education for QueerSchool e. V. in Hamburg. The topics of her research and teaching range from gender, flight and immigration policies, feminism and pop culture to anti-discrimination and diversity. Most recently, she co-authored a shadow report on implementation of the Istanbul Convention in relation to refugee women and girls in Germany for Pro Asyl: www.proasyl.de/news/istanbul-konvention-umsetzen-schutz-vor-gewalt-auch-fuer-gefluechtete-frauen-und-maedchen (in German).

In the seminar, we’ll look at institutional and political approaches to gender and diversity and their pitfalls.

We’ll begin by familiarizing ourselves with the fundamental concepts of gender and diversity as well as intersectionality, participation, and empowerment as analytical tools. In the second part of the course, we’ll attempt to apply the knowledge gained and use current examples to explore how gender, sexuality, and diversity are dealt with in Germany. We’ll use concrete cases (for example, the debate on gender-appropriate language) to among others consider the following questions:

What do strategies for equal participation and a sensitive approach to diversity actually entail? What is their impact? What role do empowerment, participation, and power sharing play here? What difficulties and pitfalls can arise? What are femonationalism and pink washing (for example)? What role do intersectional perspectives and practices play? Who do specific measures target, who do they render visible, who do they help to gain access to social participation? Which everyday practices, which activist struggles are (not) included in institutional strategies?

Course times:
Preliminary discussion: 12–2 pm on 18.10, digital
Block seminars: 06.11(10 am–3 pm, VMP8 R05), 27.11 (10 am–3 pm, VMP8 R105), 11.12 (10 am–3 pm, VMP8 R05), 15.01 (9:15 am-5 pm, VMP08 R020)

Register for this event via ZGD’s events calendar:
https://zgd-hamburg.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungenskalender/

Search for the corresponding entry for 01.10.2021. Registration opens on 01.09.2021 (first come, first served).

The Color of Sex

with Dr. Michaela Wünsch

Michaela Wünsch is a cultural scientist, psychoanalyst with her own practice, and publisher at b_books in Berlin. Her research focuses on critical race studies, queer theory, psychoanalysis, media philosophy, seriality, and television. Recent publications include ‘Differentielle Serialität’ [Differential Seriality], in Fernsehwissenschaft und Serienforschung. Theorie, Geschichte und Gegenwart (post-)televisueller Serialität, Dominik Maeder, Denis Newiak, Herbert Schwaab (eds.), Springer 2021; ‘Serialität und Intertextualität’ [Seriality and Intertextuality], in Handbuch Filmtheorie, Bernhard Groß, Thomas Morsch (eds.). Springer 2021; ‘Teleanalyse—Medien der Übertragung’ [Teleanalysis—Media of Transmission], in Übertragungen. Zur Politik der Beziehungen, Peter Lenhart, Harald Strauß, Gereon Wulftange, Manuel Zahn (eds.), Parodos Verlag 2021.

In the first block, we’ll explore the processes that allowed bodies and behaviors labeled as ‘racial’, gendered, and sexually deviant to become visually and epistemologically tangible. This will in turn enable us to address the scientific, cultural, and historical backdrop to the current discussions on race, sex, and gender. The second block will then focus on the medium of film. Taking the hashtags #oscarssowhite and #blacklivesmatter as the starting point, we’ll trace the ways in which US American films are steeped in racism. The example will be taken of the film ‘Birth of a Nation’ dating from 1915, which seeks to portray the emergence of the United States as a nation and, in doing so, privileges whiteness and racially devalues black people, as well as the film of the same name from 2016, which traces the history of slavery and resistance to this. Approaches from film studies such as the analysis of narration and aesthetics will be combined with a critique of racism. The next block will then look at queer counter-aesthetics that emphasize the fragility of the constructs outlined in the first part of the course. The constitutive nature of intersectionality will moreover be highlighted. The final block aims to explore the significance of social categories in the formation of our own identity on the one hand and the significance of identity in the development of theory on the other, taking psychoanalysis as an example. Contrary to the ever-common idea that psychoanalysis is male, European, and white-centered, queer, black, and Jewish perspectives will be presented that simultaneously deconstruct and depathologize the subject, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.

The seminar will employ a variety of interdisciplinary methods, including discourse analysis, science history, film analysis, art history, cultural studies, gender studies, critical race studies, and psychoanalysis. In addition to presenting theoretical developments, the interweaving of theory and practice will be demonstrated using examples from contemporary film and political debates. The first and last blocks will be taught online; in light of the visual materials, there will also be an intensive weekend phase. Students should have a good command of English.

Course times:
Preliminary discussion: 3–5 pm on 14.10
Block seminars: 30.10 (10 am–6 pm), 20.11 (12–6 pm, VMP8 R020), 18.12 (10 am–6 pm)

Register for this event via ZGD’s events calendar:
https://zgd-hamburg.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungenskalender/

Find the according entry for 01.10.2021. Registration opens on 01.09.2021 (first come, first served).

Current approaches and debates on gender research and intersectionality in the context of peacebuilding processes

with Dr. Rosario Figari Layús

This seminar is being offered in partnership with the Peace and Security Studies (MA) program offered by the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Universität Hamburg (IFSH).

This seminar will deal with current approaches to and debates on gender studies and intersectionality in the context of conflict dynamics and peacebuilding processes. To this end, it will present the basic concepts of gender and intersectionality from a social science perspective within the context of peace and conflict research. The seminar will also look at the most important international legal instruments for combating gender-based violence and for the inclusion of women in decision-making in peacebuilding. The seminar offers an analysis of gender-based violence in times of conflict from an intersectional perspective as well as the handling of its consequences and explanatory models in post-conflict contexts. This will become apparent that certain forms of gender-based violence are strongly criticized and brought into the public eye, while others remain invisible, naturalized, and even legitimized by large parts of the population. Throughout the course, students will analyze specific case studies to illustrate the range, divide, and contradictions between the struggle, achievements, and successes of the women’s movement with regard to international norms on the one hand and the challenges of implementing them effectively in times of peace and war on the other. This raises a number of questions: What role do gender and intersectionality play in the perpetration of violence in armed conflicts? How are this violence and its victims represented in social stereotypes of women and men in armed conflicts? What are the roles and participatory approaches of or for women in peacebuilding contexts? Which gender perspectives do transitional justice mechanisms use to address the consequences of gender-based violence in the wake of dictatorships and armed conflicts? Do the instruments of transitional justice include sufficient intersectional perspectives in their search for truth, justice, and reparation?

Block seminars: 30.10. (10 am–6 pm), 20.11. (2–6 pm), 21.11. (2–6 pm)

Register for this course via the IFSH portal:
https://webpss.ifsh.de/register/346587344

Use your username and password to register online. You’ll then be redirected to the “Edit personal details” page after logging in where you can select courses.

Registration phase: 14 September–5 October 2021

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Summer semester 2021

Resentment. Interdisciplinary social science research on anti-Semitism, racism, and authoritarian politics

with Florian Hessel

Florian Hessel is a Hamburg-based social scientist. His research, teaching, and publications focus on political psychology, the sociology of science, and critical social theory. He is a lecturer for social theory and social psychology, among others at Ruhr University Bochum, and also works as a freelance speaker and academic advisor in the fields of political education and anti-Semitism prevention. He is a founding member of Bagrut e. V., an association that strives to promote democratic consciousness.

For more information on his biography and publications, see:
www.sowi.rub.de/soztheo/team/hessel.html.de

This seminar will explore different forms of racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-feminist violence in addition to other types of legitimized violence.

Resentment and prejudice are fundamental elements of modern, diverse, and heterogeneous societies and count among their most current and pressing issues: they legitimize rejection, discrimination, exclusion, and violence in word and deed. Driven in particular by the violence emanating from racism, anti-Semitism, and authoritarian politics, social scientists have been using a wide range of empirical and theoretical approaches to achieve a differentiated understanding of these phenomena since the first half of the twentieth century. Is resentment primarily social or psychological? Does it relate mainly to specific groups or group conflicts, or is it cognitively structured?

This seminar will draw on key approaches and studies from sociology and social psychology, history, psychoanalysis, and empirical social research to introduce the origins, development, and entanglement, (political) function and possible forms of racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-feminism in particular as well as scientific research into these and how they can be prevented through education.

Course reading (further literature will be recommended during the seminar):
Institute for Social Research (1956/1974). Vorurteil. In Soziologische Exkurse. Nach Vorträgen und Diskussionen (3rd ed., p. 151–161). Frankfurt am Main/Cologne: Europäische Verlagsanstalt.

Preliminary discussion (online): 15.04. (4 pm c.t.)

Course times: 28.05, 29.05, 18.06, 19.06; 12–6 pm on the Fridays and 11 am–6 pm on the Saturdays.

Register for this event via ZGD’s events calendar:
https://zgd-hamburg.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungenskalender/

Find the according entry for 31.03.2021. The registration deadline is30.03.2021.

Intersectionality and diversity: anti-authoritarian concepts in the analysis of social inequalities

with Robel Afeworki Abay

Robel Afeworki Abay describes himself as an Afro-German and queer-feminist activist. He is currently completing a doctorate within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He previously studied sociology and political science at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and Cardiff University in Wales in addition to social work at the University of Kassel in Germany. For some years now, his academic and political activist work has focused on the critique of racism and authority; intersectionality and diversity research; postcolonial and decolonial perspectives; discrimination-sensitive educational work; participatory research as well as community, ableism, and disability studies.
Contact: robel.abay@hu-berlin.de, www.zfib.org/de/beteiligte

The hypothesis for this seminar is that a perspection based on intersectionality theory is particularly suitable to foster a fruitful discussion on how to deal with difference, inequality, and diversity in a society of dominance. The following topics will be addressed based on a critically reflective and anti-authoritarian thematization of differences and inequalities generated and institutionalized by discourse:

1. Diversity: The seminar critically questions the lack of recognition and appreciation of social diversity in a capitalistically organized society of dominance and the resulting barriers to the political, social, and economic participation and realization opportunities of black, indigenous and people of color (BIPoC), disabled, and queer communities.

2. Intersectionality: We’ll explore the many intersectional identities, affiliations, and realities of life as well as symbolic and political representations of marginalized groups. This theoretical examination of perspectives on society and institutions such as social work or schools will be taken as the basis for questioning what challenges the persisting heteronormative structures pose, especially for marginalized groups such as BIPoC with experiences of disability, who are construed as ‘migrant others’ as a result of racist attributions and as ‘disabled’ as a result of ableistically coded difference.

Course times: 1–5 pm on 08.04, 22.04, 13.05, 27.05, 10.06, 08.07, 15.07.

Register for this event via ZGD’s events calendar:
https://zgd-hamburg.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungenskalender/

Find the according entry for 31.03.2021. The registration deadline is 30.03.2021.

Whiteness in focus. The power of white (women)

with Dagmar Weber

What role do white people play individually and structurally in our racially structured society? In what ways do white women struggle to be perceived as individuals? What are the characteristics of the privileged ‘typical Karen’ trope? How can situations in which different forms of discrimination combine be addressed from an intersectional perspective? How can solidarity in the struggle against oppression be shaped in an intersectional manner? These and other questions will be addressed.

This seminar aims to provide insights into the effects, privileges, and functions of whiteness. Whiteness and white privilege are increasingly being addressed in racism research, political education, and the debate on racist attitudes in society. The social and political discourse as well as the discussion on white feminism make clear that whiteness requires differentiating attention, especially from an intersectional feminist perspective.

In the seminar, we’ll change our perspective and focus not on racism and the construction of the so-called ‘other’, but rather on whiteness as a structure of perpetration and the white individual as (subconsciously) acting in a racist manner. We’ll also analyze the functions of control and domination engendered in whiteness. This focuses on whiteness as a racist and powerful structure. Furthermore, based on a postcolonial, intersectional perspective, we’ll discuss concrete case studies, current discourse, and thematic issues in which different forms of discrimination come together. In addition, questions regarding successful solidarity will be considered.

The aim of the seminar is to stimulate (self-)reflection and an interactive exchange in the context of feminist debates and to encourage a critical questioning of social power structures, privileges, and current debates as well as narratives in mainstream society.

Course times: 10 am–12 pm every Friday from 09.04.

Register for this event via ZGD’s events calendar:
https://zgd-hamburg.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungenskalender/

Find the according entry for 31.03.2021. The registration deadline is 30.03.2021.

Deconstructive body practices in contemporary art

with Tonia Andresen and Marlene Mannsfeld

Art historian Tonia Andresen is writing her dissertation on global work in contemporary art. She’s currently a research associate within the ‘SVAC—Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict’ international research group at the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Culture. Her areas of expertise include contemporary artistic practices that address global inequalities and working conditions as well as gender and the associated attributions. In 2018, she teamed up with Marlene Mannsfeld to organize the ‘Inter_Sections: Mapping queer*feminist art practices’ event series for which an anthology has also since been published (2019). In 2019, she teamed up with Marlene Mannsfeld again to curate the ‘PAT PAT PAT finding comfort in materiality’ exhibition at the University of Fine Arts (HFBK) in Hamburg.

Marlene Mannsfeld is an art historian whose research focuses on contemporary art in connection with feminist, queer, and postcolonial theories. Within the scope of her master’s dissertation for her degree in art history at Universität Hamburg, she’s analyzing prostheses and bodily norms in contemporary art, drawing on disability studies in the process. She organizes art projects, including the Inter_Sections. Mapping queer*feminist art practices series and the PAT PAT PAT. finding comfort in materiality exhibition in collaboration with Tonia Andresen. She previously studied art history and Islamic studies in Kiel/Germany and Graz/Austria, and worked in marketing, public relations, and administration in tourism companies and the cultural sector.

The seminar will draw on different theories (queer theory, disability studies) to demonstrate that the body is a social/cultural phenomenon in which power structures materialize in specific ways. Disciplining associated with subjectification processes always takes place in and through the body. Suggestions will be made on how to break up these hegemonic power mechanisms and offer ways out of processes of exclusion. The artistic examples deal with how notions of normality and ways of standardizing the body can be aesthetically broken, appropriated in a resistant way and rendered productive. Drawing on works of art enables a discussion of the theories using concrete examples. What is the relationship between the text and the art scene being analyzed? To what extent does artistic production alter and/or expand theoretical approaches? Which bodily narratives are discussed and which perhaps remain invisible? [How] Can a body be imagined away from all attributions and ascriptions? The seminar spans an arc from feminist debates since the 1960s to queer, cyberfeminist, post-pornographic, and crip activist practices. The aim is to give course participants an overview of the debates and to present concrete approaches and subversive counter-strategies for discussion by supplementing them with artistic examples.

Conditions for participation: No prior knowledge required; willingness to complete a presentation and read literature that is in part also in English.

Course times: 2–4 pm every Thursday from 08.04.

Register for this event via ZGD’s events calendar:
https://zgd-hamburg.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungenskalender/

Find the according entry for 31.03.2021. The registration deadline is 30.03.2021.