Media and Gender
- Digital Book Launch of Greta Olson's „From Law and Literature to Legality and Affect“ 10 October, 2022
Digital Book Launch of Greta Olson's „From Law and Literature to Legality and Affect“ 10 October, 2022
On October 10, 2022, Prof. Greta Olson's most recent publication „“ is going to be presented in a digital Book Launch. The book deals with the notion of an anti-migration discourse and discusses methods for law-and-literature and cultural legal studies. It is available for pre-orders at Oxford University Press.
(Tillmann Schorstein, 06.07.2022)
- International Conference "The Emergence of Gendered Power Structures since Early Modern Times: Practices, Norms, Media"
International Conference "The Emergence of Gendered Power Structures since Early Modern Times: Practices, Norms, Media"
The Research Network „Gender • Power • State“ (Geschlecht - Macht - Staat) will host the International Conference „The Emergence of Gendered Power Structures since Early Modern Times: Practices, Norms, Media“, which will be concerned with analyzing the configurations of gendered power relations from the early modern era to the present from an interdisciplinary perspective.
After the conference’s opening on the first day with an evening lecture, the following two days will be concerned with three sessions of two panels each scheduled to respectively highlight the leading categories of gender, power relations, and state. Each session will open with one keynote. The second day will start with the keynote focused on Gender, leading to the panel discussions on „Medialization of Gendered Rule“ and „Imaginations of Female Presidency in TV Series“, which will then be followed by the keynote focused on Power with the attached panel discussions on „Entangling Conceptions of ‚Weak Rule‘ and ‚Femininity‘ from Shakespeare Plays to Presidential Representation“ and „Subalternity and Epistemic Violence“. The third day will open with the Keynote focused on the State and then proceed with the panel discussions on „Sexuality, Violence and the State: Norms and Regulations“ and „Women as newly emergent Political Actors.
The first keynote will be held on 23 November by Prof. Dr. Myra Marx Ferree. As keynote speakers have been confirmed Prof. Dr. Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly (Focus Gender), Prof. Dr. Claudia Ulbrich (Focus Power), Prof. Dr. Birgit Sauer (Focus State).
The conference will take place at the Herder-Institute Marburg from Wednesday, November 23, to Friday, November 25, 2022 and will be held in English.
(Tillmann Schorstein, 06.07.2022)
- Sexwork: Lecture and Performance
"Sexwork: Poetic Fragments" Lecture and Performance on June 13 2022
Lecture and Performance
June 13, 2022, 10-12 pm, Phil I, Hörsaal A 2
Andrea Zittlau und Katharina Schlegel
In 2020, when, due to the pandemic, sexwork – like many other businesses – was shut down momentarily, some sexworkers took their chance to learn German and I gladly taught them. As the encounters grew more private and intense, I turned our conversations into poetry; fragmented glimpses into the lives of women in the sexwork business. The poetic performance of one of their voices will frame this lecture. The lecture contextualizes the poetry project within the theory framework of gender and sexuality guided by the work of Gayle Rubin, Annamarie Jagose and Susanna Paarsonen.
Katharina Schlegel is a dancer, choreographer and drama teacher currently at the theater Plauen-Zwickau.
Andrea Zittlau teaches American Studies at the University of Rostock. Her community outreach projects involve poetry and performance art and tackle topics such as incarceration and sexwork.
This lecture and performance is part of Greta Olson`s lecture series “Gender, Sexuality, Diversity – History, Theory, Applications” during the summer term 2022 at JLU.
(Tillmann Schorstein, June 8 2022)
- Online-Event „En-Gendering Borders: Media and Migration Reframed“ is accessible online
Online-Event „En-Gendering Borders: Media and Migration Reframed“ is accessible online
Who gets to feel pain? Who gets to cross borders freely und whose movements are restrained and criminalized? Who is seen to have agency and who is – by default – viewed as either victim or perpetrator?
These and more questions were being discussed in the course of the Online-Event “En-Gendering Borders: Media an Migration Reframed” on April 29th, which was part of the Lecture Series “Transnational and Intersectional Critiques of Power”/ “Transnationale und Intersektionale Herrschaftskritik”.
Guest Speakers were Krista Lynes (Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies and Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montréal), Jennifer Kamau (International Women*Space Berlin) and Greta Olson (JLU Giessen). The event was moderated by Veronika Zablotsky (Freie Universität Berlin).
The event was hosted by the ZMI Section “Media and Gender”, the Giessen Graduate Center for Social Science, Bussiness, Economics and Law (GGS) and The Chair of Gender Studies at the Institute of Political Science at JLU.
The Recording is accessible here.
(27.5.2022, Carina Müller)
- Workshop and Online Events: Feminist Politics in Neoliberal Times
Workshop and Online Event: Feminist Politics in Neoliberal Times
WORKSHOPS & ONLINE EVENT IN MARCH 2022
Feminist Politics in Neoliberal Times: A Public Dialogue
Verónica Gago in conversation with Zeynep Gambetti
Chair: Veronika Zablotsky (Gießen)
Friday, March 11, 2022, 4-6pm s.t. CET
Zeynep Gambetti and Verónica Gago, two foremost critical theorists of (post-)neoliberal transformations and collective acts of resistance today, will stage a much anticipated public dialogue on feminist politics in neoliberal times as part of the virtual lecture series Transnational and Intersectional Critiques of Power. Based in Turkey and Argentina, respectively, they will discuss how transnational feminist, queer and trans*, worker, landless, student, and activist mobilizations around the world are confronting “conditions where the popular fabric is confronted with increasingly fast-paced and violent dispossessive, extractive, and expulsive logics” (Gago). What new forms of organizing and political action have emerged from densely interconnected sites of struggle throughout the Americas, Europe, and the wider Middle East? What are the disruptive and constituent capacities of transnational feminism(s) today?
In preparation for a lively discussion with the audience, the GGS research section Transnational and Intersectional Critiques of Power will hold two open preparatory sessions (in English language) to “READ & DISCUSS” a selection of the speakers’ published works around our digital kitchen table. All are welcome.
READ & DISCUSS (WITH) ZEYNEP GAMBETTI (SESSION I)
February 28, 2022, 4-6pm s.t. CET
READ & DISCUSS (WITH) VERÓNICA GAGO (SESSION II)
March 7, 2022, 4-6pm s.t. CET
Readings and links will be made available upon prior registration via email at email@example.com
More information about the virtual lecture series Transnational & Intersectional Critiques of Power in Winter 2021/22
Organized by the JLU Chair in Gender Studies in the Department of Politics & the GGS Research Section Transnational & Intersectional Critiques of Power in cooperation with the Berlin University Alliance Exploration Project Transforming Solidarities: Praktiken und Infrastrukturen in der Migrationsgesellschaft.
(23.02.2022, Tillmann Schorstein)
- En-Gendering Borders: Media and Migration Reframed
"En-Gendering Borders: Media and Migration Reframed" - Panel Discussion on 29 April 2022
On Friday, 29 April 2022 from 4-6 PM, the ZMI Section "Media and Gender", the Giessen Graduate Center for Social Science, Business, Economics and Law (GGS) and the Chair of Gender Studies at the Institute of Political Science at JLU invite you to the digital panel discussion "En-Gendering Borders: Media and Migration Reframed". Guest Speakers will be Krista Lynes (Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies and Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montréal), Greta Olson (JLU Giessen) and International Women* Space (Berlin). The discussion will be moderated by Veronika Zablotsky (Freie Universität Berlin).
The discussion will take place as part of the virtual event series on the realignment of the GGS section "Transnationale und Intersektionale Herrschaftskritik" (TIHK), previously called "Soziale Ungleichheit und Geschlecht".
For further Information on the International Women* Space see the publications “In Our Own Words” (2015) and Jennifer Karmau's “We Are Here, We Exist”, as well as Denise Garcia Bergt’s Video on the occasion of Angela Y. Davis’ visit at the “Refugee Strike House Berlin” in 2015.
The link will be sent after registration from: carina.mueller.
(February 2, Tillmann Schorstein)
- "Exhibiting photographs and memory images of labor migration", Guest lecture by Dr. Ela Kaçel, 9 Febuary 2022
Exhibiting photographs and memory images of labor migration
Guest lecture: Wednesday, 9 Febuary 2022, 4-6 PM
Exhibiting photographs and memory images of labor migration // Dr. Ela Kaçel
"Vor Ort: Fotogeschichten zur Migration, presented at Museum Ludwig, Cologne (June 19 – October 3, 2021) has offered a new focus on the private photographs and their stories narrated by their makers and protagonists. Depending on the choice of setting and framing in public places of Cologne and other cities in the Rhineland, a series of visual narratives emerged from 1955 to 1989 among labor migrants who passionately photographed themselves, their families, and their living environments. Yet those narratives rather remained unknown and underrepresented in the postwar history of cities, even though the chosen sites were essential for the personal as well as collective memories, as such amateur photography also documented the urban and social transformations in cities."
Dr. Ela Kaçel is an architectural historian and co-curator of the exhibition "In Situ: Photo Stories on Migration," which features photos of so-called 'guest' workers of Cologne and other cities in the Rhineland. "In Situ" covers the period between 1955 and 1989 after the labor recruitment agreements between West Germany and mainly Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey. More information about Dr. Kaçel's work can be found here.
The lecture is part of the weekly seminar "Images of Migration", which covers the topics of flight, migration, human rights and critical media studies.
Join us here:
Meeting number: 2733 672 1271
(January 21, 2022)
- "Advocating for Queer Rights in Difficult Environments" guest lecture by Andy Halus
"Advocating for Queer Rights in Difficult Environments" guest lecture by Andy Halus
Guest lecture: Monday, 10 January 2022, 6-8 PM
Andy Halus is the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany. His talk will focus on his work advocating within the State Department’s bureaucracy and while assigned in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, and Morocco. The guest lecture will include time for Q and As from a German- and English-speaking audience.
This talk is part of the weekly lecture series "Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Diversity Studies", which covers topics of feminism(s), gender, queer and trans theory and rights, race, religion, migration, and ableism as well as historical and current forms of discrimination. The lecture series presents a kick-off to the Justus-Liebig-University’s new certificate in gender, sexuality, and diversity. For more information about obtaining the certificate, please visit https://www.uni-giessen.de/faculties/f05/certificates/certificate-in-gender-sexuality-and-diversity?set_language=en.
Meeting-ID: 2734 803 3262
(December 31, 2021, Tillmann Schorstein)
- 20 Years of the ZMI: Section „Media and Gender“
Guest Lecture: 1 November 2021, 6.15 PM
„Resisting Hypervisibility through Body Neutrality?“
Guest Speaker: Dr. Elisabeth Lechner
Moderation: Prof. Greta Olson
Panel: Dr. Danae Gallo González, Dr. Jutta Hergenhan, Oliver Klaassen, M.A. and Prof. Sigrid Ruby
Elisabeth Lechner is a feminist scholar and activist. Her research focusses, among others, on body politics, pop/celebrity feminism, Affect/Body Studies, and feminist activism. Currently, she works at the Austrian Chamber of Labour, Office for Digital Affairs. For more information on her and her upcoming book „Riot, don't diet! Aufstand der widerspenstigen Körper" (Kremayr & Scheriau, 2021), please see https://univie.academia.edu/ElisabethLechner.
The talk will be held in English.
(October 26, 2021, Anette Feller)
- Workshop Poster Design and Presentation of GRADE Gender
Workshop Poster Design and Presentation of GRADE Gender
We would like to inform you about an upcoming zoom workshop on Poster Design and Presentation with Dr. Imke Lode (ProSciencia, Lübeck) on October 14, 2021 from 9 am to 5 pm, organised by Gender section of GRADE - Graduiertenakademie of Goethe University Frankfurt. Please register for this Zoom workshop until October 8, 2021: https://uni-frankfurt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsdOGgpj8qGtI8uRKbEHJIBbdQpun32aq6
The workshop is open to students and researchers wanting to develop a new research poster from scratch, as well as those that are already working on a poster.
The final posters may be presented on December 2 and 3 during the Conference „Staying with the trouble“. 25 Jahre Forschungsschwerpunkt Geschlechterforschung in Hessen am 2. und 3. Dezember 2021 an der Goethe-Universität und der Universität of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt (submission deadline 5.11.2021. Submission and further information: Courbier[at]soz.uni-frankfurt.de).
The one-day, interactive online workshop on the design and presentation of scientific posters addresses GRADE Center Gender members, advanced Master students, doctoral students and post-docs from the social sciences and humanities and will focus on aspects of gender studies - including the choice of images for the resulting posters.
The workshop will take place via Zoom in German and English and will consist of input lessons/a video webinar as well as various application-oriented individual and group exercises with intensive peer and limited trainer feedback.
The workshop covers the following topics:
- General aspects regarding purpose, audience, story of your poster.
- Poster content; planning your poster
- Poster layout and text; poster illustrations
- Oral presentation skills of your poster, e. g. body language, use of your voice
- Question & Answer session; "what if ..." and other challenges.
In the workshop, theoretical input will be intertwined with practice and the lessons learned will be put into practice immediately. For this purpose, participants should have a poster/ poster draft available, either digitally on their laptop so that they can continue working on the poster directly, or printouts of illustrations and texts for a poster, which they can integrate into a layout.
The workshop goal is to prepare participants for the creation of scientific posters for an exhibition.
In order to guarantee the interactive quality of the workshop the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15 participants.
Languages: English/German; workshop material in English
Target groups: M, E, A, P, HS.
Time: Thursday, 14.10.2021, 9-17:00h
Type of event: digital via Zoom.
More events by GRADE Center Gender can be found on our website.
(October 6 2021, Tillmann Schorstein)
- Published: conference volume „Trans* Time. Projecting Transness in European (TV) Series“, edited by Danae Gallo González
Published: conference volume „Trans* Time. Projecting Transness in European (TV) Series“, edited by Danae Gallo González
The content of the book is innovative in two ways: for the first time, the focus is on European series productions and, for the first time, a systematic and critical comparison of the respective countries takes place. The contributions do not only analyse selected series; they also place the media productions in the legal, social and historical context of the respective country with regard to the situation of trans* people.
The contributions are introduced by a foreword by Dr. Jutta Hergenhan, Scientific Director of the ZMI and spokesperson for the section “Media and Gender”. The volume closes with an afterword by Prof. Dr. Greta Olson, member of the section “Media and Gender”.
The volume was published in Campus Verlag and is now available as an e-book and in print format.
Gallo González, Danae (ed.): Trans* Time. Projecting Transness in European (TV) Series, Frankfurt a. M.: Campus 2021. Interaktiva-series. 212 p., print: 39.95 Euro
(July 07 2021, Tillmann Schorstein)
- Broadening the Score of Trans* Representation: Desire Communities in Spanish TV Series
Broadening the Score of Trans* Representation: Desire Communities in Spanish TV Series
On June 30 2021 at 16:15 member of the section Danae Gallo González will hold a presentation about "Broadening the Score of Trans* Representation: Desire Communities in Spanish TV Series" within Greta Olsons lecture "Trans Representations".
Danae Gallo González will speak about the importance of broadening trans* representations beyond US depictions. Using the concept of "desire communities" by Mauro Cabrals, she will analyse the representations of trans* persons in a case study of spanish TV series.
The lecture will be held in english.
Everyone interested is welcome to join the meeting via Mircosoft Teams.
(29.06.2021, Tillmann Schorstein)
- Resilience, Resistance, and Healing in Anti-Gender and Pandemic Times – A Dialogue between Prof. Dr. Greta Olson and Dr. Birte Christ
Resilience, Resistance, and Healing in Anti-Gender and Pandemic Times – A Dialogue between Prof. Dr. Greta Olson and Dr. Birte Christ
On June 30 2021, at 18:15 there will be a conversation between Greta Olson and Birte Christ about Resilience, Resistance, and Healing in Anti-Gender and Pandemic Times.
Everyone interested can join the meeting via zoom.
Meeting-ID: 948 9299 5414
(29.06.2021, Tillmann Schorstein)
- Screening of "LIVE" by Lisa Charlotte Friedrich
Screening of "LIVE" by Lisa Charlotte Friedrich
On July 6 2021 at 6:15 pm there will be an online screening of the movie "LIVE" by Lisa Charlotte Friedrich. After the screening Greta Olson will interview director and actress Lisa Friedrich about the movie. Lisa Friedrich is the new member of the section of Media and Gender.
Her film “Live” (2020) explores the emotional challenges of living in isolation. It imagines a future in which the constant threat of terrorism has forced people to lead solitary existences and discusses the significance of communal experiences during periods of confinement. “Live” was released in theaters on 10 December 2020.
Everyone interested can join the screening via webex.
(26.06.2021, Tillmann Schorstein)
- City of Gießen program for International Women´s Day, March 8
Program of the city of Giessen for the international women´s day, March 8
March 8th is international Women´s Day. In this context we would like to draw your attention to the program of the City of Giessen and the Office for women and equal opportunities. Together with several cooperation partners they have worked out a diverse program. The campaign period began on February 23th and runs until March 25th, 2021.
A detailed program with all contributions can be found here (only available in german)
(06.03.2021, Tillmann Schorstein)
- Guestlecture: Postfeminism, Popular Feminism and Neoliberal Feminism - Teasing Out Differences and Similarities Using the Example of Body Positivity
Guestlecture: Postfeminism, Popular Feminism and Neoliberal Feminism - Teasing Out Differences and Similarities Using the Example of Body Positivity
We would like to draw your attention to the guest lecture on 8 February 2021, 6-8 PM, by Elisabeth Lechner, PhD Fellow. It is organised by Prof. Dr. Greta Olsen as part of her lecture "From Protofeminism to Queer and Trans Theory and Activism". All interested are kindly welcome!
Postfeminism, Popular Feminism and Neoliberal Feminism - Teasing Out Differences and Similarities Using the Example of Body Positivity
Elisabeth Lechner is a PhD Fellow at the University of Vienna (Austria). Her research focusses, among others, on body politics, pop/celebrity feminism, and feminist activism. Currently, she works at the Austrian Chamber of Labour, Office for Digital Affairs. For more information on her and her upcoming book "Riot, don't diet! Aufstand der widerspenstigen Körper" (Kremayr & Scheriau, forthcoming spring 2021), please see https://univie.academia.edu/ElisabethLechner
(02.02.2021, Tillmann Schorstein)
- International Conference on Digital Humanities and Gender History
International Conference on Digital Humanities and Gender History
The Chair of Gender History at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, together with the Arbeitskreis Historische Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung e.V. and the Digital German Women's Archive (Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv), is organising a virtual international conference on "Digital Humanities and Gender History" on four Friday afternoons of February 2021. The meetings will take place on 5.2., 12.2., 19.2. and 26.2.2021, 4 - 8 p.m. The ZMI member Prof. Dr. Thomas Gloning will be represented with a lecture together with Anna Pfund at the conference.
The conference aims to address gender-historical aspects of the history of the digital and the digital humanities as well as the application of digital methods and research workflows for gender-historical questions. The conference will examine the gender-historical implications of digital methods, tools and projects as well as the possibilities and limitations, added values and challenges that digital methods offer for the study of gender history.
The four conference afternoons in February form a unit, so participation in all four dates would be desirable. The conference languages are English and German. We are currently planning to provide automatic simultaneous English translation of the German contributions.
To receive access, please register for the event at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings will be held via Zoom.
For the conference programm see here
(27.01.2021, Tillmann Schorstein)
- Interdisciplinary Research Network GENDER, POWER RELATIONS, AND THE STATE
Interdisciplinary Research Network GENDER, POWER RELATIONS, AND THE STATE
This research network investigates the tensions between the guiding concepts of gender, power relations, and the state. These tensions are visible in the gendered dynamics of formal and informal practices of (state) power and domination. The projects cover interactions between medializations, social practices, and normative framings in the attribution and negotiation of gendered (state) power in the process of historical change from the early modern period to the present. This interdisciplinary network consists of scholars from the disciplines of literary and cultural studies, media studies, history, political science, art history, and psychology. It is located at the Center for Gender Studies and Feminist Futures at the University of Marburg, but also includes scholars from the Herder Institute for Historical Research on Eastern Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association, from the Justus Liebig University of Giessen, and from the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster. A Flexi Funds application will be submitted in March 2021. The long-term goal is to establish a DFG research group.
Prof. Sigrid Ruby and Dr. Jutta Hergenhan are involved in this research network on behalf of the Section “Media and Gender” of the Centre for Media and Interactivity (ZMI) at the University of Giessen.
- Konferenz: Renegotiating Minoritarian In_Visibilities – englischsprachige, interdisziplinäre Konferenz
Konferenz: Renegotiating Minoritarian In_Visibilities – englischsprachige, interdisziplinäre KonferenzParadoxical political developments in the ‘Global North’ – in particular the commercial, capitalist and legal embrace of sexual, gender and racial minorities and the rise of far-right nationalism, with its attendant visible and violent classism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and sexism – ask for an urgent renegotiation of minoritarian politics of in__visibilities. Against this backdrop, the international and interdisciplinary conference Renegotiating Minoritarian In__Visibilities will investigate how minoritarian strategies in art and visual culture can undermine hegemonic regimes of representation and challenge the dominant patterns of visibility, assimilation and intelligibility. Considering close connections between academia, art critique/practice and activism, the societal relevance of the conference is grounded in its exploration of aesthetic strategies that counteract processes of discrimination and stereotyping due to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age and further categories of difference.The three-day conference with its format variety (workshops, artist talk, lecture-performance, keynote lecture, short panel presentations, etc.) will take place on November 12-14, 2019 at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) and the Institute for Art Education at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany. In addition, a kick-off event in the form of a performative presentation including a film screening will be offered on November 11, 2019 in the Margarete-Bieber-Saal.The conference is organised by the Research Area Visual and Material Culture Studies (RA4) of the GCSC.Organisation: Oliver Klaassen (Queer Art Studies, PhD student at the GCSC; Lecturer at various German universities); Cathérine Ludwig-Ockenfels (Early Modern History, PhD student at the GCSC); Jana Tiborra (Art Pedagogy, Research Assistant at the Institute for Art Pedagogy, JLU; PhD student at the GCSC); Katharina Wolf (Contemporary History, PhD student and Research Assistant at the GCSC).Cooperation partners: Institut für Kunstpädagogik (IfK) / JLU Gießen; Sektion "Medien and Gender" des Zentrums für Medien und Interaktivität (ZMI) / JLU Gießen; Zentrale Frauen und Gleichtstellungsbeauftragte und Büro für Chancengleichheit / JLU Gießen Autonome AStA-Referate: Queer-Feministisches Frauenreferat und Bi*-Schwulen-Trans*-Queer-Referat / JLU Gießen; Gießener Hochschulgesellschaft: Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen; Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformation (QDFCT) / JLU Gießen; Büro für Frauen und Gleichberechtigung der Stadt Gießen; Aidshilfe Gießen e.V. im Hans Peter Hauschildhaus.Registration Deadline: November 1, 2019For questions & registration, please contact email@example.com
- CfP: "Renegotiating Minoritarian In_Visibilities"
CfP: "Renegotiating Minoritarian In_Visibilities"
Call for Papers für die englischsprachige, interdisziplinäre Konferenz "Renegotiating Minoritarian In_Visibilities" (12.-14. November 2019)
In recent years, the relation between visibility and invisibility of minoritarian subject positions has been renegotiated and led to a preliminary re-assessment of the political potential of the concept of visibility. Thereby, invisibility or imperceptibility are subject to significant revaluation. Especially from activist, cultural and political points of view and in the contexts of queer or non-racist politics of migration, attempts have been made to question the topos of visibility and its positive connotations. However, the debate about a possible end of the critique of representation often disregards that politics of becoming imperceptible or invisible can indeed develop new modes of presentation and perception and therefore cannot unfold beyond representation.
In an attempt to distance the renegotiation of minoritarian in_visibilities from post-representational arguments, this conference approaches visibility and invisibility as two mutually entangled and interdependent concepts. By using the underscore in the orthography (in_visibility), we want to highlight two approaches to these terms: On the one hand, the underscore indicates the processual continuum between the two concepts. On the other hand, we want to approach the conceptual gap between visibility and invisibility as a discursive space for the negotiation of ambiguity, vagueness and indeterminacy. The use of the term “minoritarian”, moreover, points towards context-specific processes and situations of structural discrimination due to categories of difference, thus, it highlights the process of becoming-minoritarian. However, without reducing subjects to this position, we ask how a seemingly minoritarian status can be transformed into political agency. Accordingly, our research interests focus on strategies of becoming in_visibile from a minoritarian point of view. The conference will investigate how minoritarian strategies in art and visual culture can undermine hegemonic regimes of representation and challenge the dominant patterns of visibility, assimilation and intelligibility. Recent political developments, be they the worldwide growth of repressive regimes or the neoliberal ideology of the so-called ‘Global North’, together with their accentuation of representation and enforced identity politics, underline the topicality and urgency of this approach.
Following a power-analytical as well as a critical stance toward domination and ideology, the conference will explore the connections between strategies of becoming in_visible in art and visual culture and their potential for developing individual or collective political agencies. The relations between implicit (closed, camouflaged, invisible, etc.) and explicit (blunt, open, visible, etc.) strategies of becoming in_visible and their specific, context-dependent potential for political agency shall be investigated in detailed analyses of case studies.
The societal relevance of this conference is grounded in its investigation of aesthetic strategies that counteract processes of discrimination and stereotyping due to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age and further categories of difference. Considering close connections between academia, art critique/practice and activism, we want to examine the social productivity of images and develop new conceptual approaches for the comprehension of politics and emancipation in art and visual culture.
The conference will deal with the following questions and topics (amongst others):
- How do strategies of in_visibility in art and visual culture produce and reinforce political agency for minoritarian subject positions?
- Who is able to utilize in_visibility for political agency? Whom is this strategy denied?
- How can minoritarian subjects become visible in art and visual culture but avoid subsequent re-discrimination and stereotyping due to their recently acquired visibility?
- To what extent is it possible to evade intelligible and assimilationist patterns of comprehensibility by using minoritarian politics of in_visibility?
- Who is in charge of the global circulation and the directions, speed and properties of the dissemination and marketing of minoritarian forms of in_visibility in art and visual culture?
- How are forms of in_visibility modified by processes of imaging, image formation and mediality?
- How can we shed light on blind spots; in particular, how can we become aware of ‘our’ ignorance of forms of invisibilities?
- Is it possible to differentiate various forms and functions of in_visibility from a historical perspective? How and why do these forms change?
- Analyses of different visual-aesthetic strategies and case studies of in_visibility may refer to the following theories and concepts, without being limited to them: demoulding (= EntFormen) (Fahim Amir and Johanna Schaffer 2012), Mimicry and third space (Homi K. Bhabha (1994), un-disambiguation (= VerUneindeutigung) (Antke Engel 2002), opacity (Glissant 1990), aesthetical ambiguity (Verena Krieger 2010), space-off (Teresa de Lauretis 1999); abstract drag (Renate Lorenz 2014).
Connecting theory and practice, the conference will provide spaces for various artistic, scholarly and political forms of exchange. Therefore, we ask for submissions for various forms of contribution (papers for panel discussions, workshops and/or other experimental formats). Seeking trans- and interdisciplinary exchange, we invite proposals from the disciplines of cultural studies, visual communication, art history and theory, art education as well as art practice and aesthetic-political activism, photojournalism, cultural education, history and media studies (amongst others).
Abstracts for contributions should not exceed 400 words and should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of maximum three pages.
Panel presentations are scheduled for 20 minutes and subsequent discussion. Workshops and other experimental formats will take 90 minutes.
A subsequent publication of the contributions is intended.
The three-day conference will take place on November 12–14, 2019 at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) of the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany. The conference is organized by the Research Area Visual and Material Culture Studies of the GCSC. If you need childcare for the duration of or part of the conference, kindly let us know well in advance.
Please send your proposals to in-visibility
Deadline for submission is April 10, 2019.
For questions, please contact in-visibility
- Oliver Klaassen (Queer Art Studies, PhD student at the GCSC; Lecturer at various German universities)
- Jana Tiborra (Art Pedagogy, Research Assistant at the Institute for Art Pedagogy, JLU; PhD student at the GCSC)
- Katharina Wolf (Contemporary History, PhD student and Research Assistant at the GCSC)
- Cathérine Ludwig-Ockenfels (Early Modern History, PhD student at the GCSC)
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Spokesperson: Dr. Jutta Hergenhan
The section "Media and Gender" deals with current developments of the media landscape from a gender-sensitive perspective. Gender is seen as a category that structures society fundamentally (physically, linguistically, legally, socially). In addition, gender plays an important role in the analysis of other inequality phenomena (racism, classism, ableism) and their mutual dependency (intersectionality).
Media plays a central role for the construction of individual and collective gender identities. Gender attributions are made via the media and stereotypes are developed. At the same time, social media in particular is used to protest against stereotypical gender images, to deconstruct them, and to create new gender representations. In this context, an important field of research is the analysis of media production and the glorification of sexualised violence, as well as media protest against it (e.g. #metoo, #aufschrei).
Furthermore, the creation of media products and the use of media have a gender dimension insofar as men and women are involved differently in them. In this context, we would like to highlight the informal processes of inclusion and exclusion in regard to gender, particularly connected to phenomena of digitalisation. Last but not least, human-machine issues play a central role at the intersection of media and gender research.
The section does not explicitly focus on gender-related topics of the Global North, but rather has broad research interests in terms of content and methodology. We are particularly interested in media issues from the technical, medical, natural, and human sciences where a gender dimension may only become apparent upon a closer look.
Interdisciplinary Research Network
GENDER, POWER RELATIONS, AND THE STATE
This research network investigates the tensions between the guiding concepts of gender, power relations, and the state. These tensions are visible in the gendered dynamics of formal and informal practices of (state) power and domination. The projects cover interactions between medializations, social practices, and normative framings in the attribution and negotiation of gendered (state) power in the process of historical change from the early modern period to the present. This interdisciplinary network consists of scholars from the disciplines of literary and cultural studies, media studies, history, political science, art history, and psychology. It is located at the University of Marburg, but also includes scholars from the Herder Institute for Historical Research on Eastern Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association, from the Justus Liebig University of Giessen, and from the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster. A Flexi Funds application will be submitted in March 2021. The long-term goal is to establish a DFG research group.
Prof. Sigrid Ruby and Dr. Jutta Hergenhan are involved in this research network on behalf of the Section “Media and Gender” of the Centre for Media and Interactivity (ZMI) at the University of Giessen.
Thursday, June 30, 2022
8-9.30 am (s.t.)
- Recent Publications
Ruby, Sigrid/ Schmidt-Voges Inken eds. (2022, forthcoming). Haus - Geschlecht - Sicherheit. Diskursive Formierungen in der Frühen Neuzeit (= Politiken der Sicherheit / Politics of Security, Bd. xy), Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Olson, Greta (2022, forthcoming).. Oxford (UK): Oxford University Press.
Hergenhan, Jutta (2022, forthcoming). Migration und Geschlecht. In: Knipper, Michael/Krannich, Sascha/Wiezorek, Christine (ed.): Studienbuch Migration und Menschenrechte. Frankfurt a.M.: Wochenschau.
Leschzyk, Dinah K. (2022, forthcoming).. Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, series Interaktiva.
therein: Hergenhan, Jutta (2022). Vorwort.
Klaassen, Oliver (2022, in preparation). gender(ed) thoughts special issue zu Queering: Minoritarian In_Visibilities in Art & Visual Culture Renegotiated.
Hergenhan, Jutta (2021). Zur Anwendbarkeit bourdieuscher Konzepte auf die Erforschung sozialer Ungleichheit in der digitalen Welt. In: Langenohl, Andreas/Lehnen, Katrin/Zillien, Nicole (eds.): Digitaler Habitus. Zur Veränderung literaler Praktiken und Bildungskonzepte. Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, Reihe Interaktiva, p. 89-107.
Gallo González, Danae ed. (2021).. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus Verlag.
therein: Hergenhan, Jutta (2021). Vorwort. p. 7-9.
Klaassen, Oliver (2021).. In: InMedia. The French Journal of Media Studies [Online], 9.1 | 2021. InMedia [Online], 8.2. | 2020, Online since 22 October 2021, connection on 26 October 2021.
Gallo González, Danae ed. (2021). Trans* Time. Projecting Transness in European (TV) Series. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus Verlag.
Hergenhan, Jutta: Langage non sexiste et antiféminisme en Allemagne. In: Loison-Leruste, Marie/Perrier, Gwenaëlle/Noûs, Camille (eds.): Genre, langue et politique. Le langage non sexiste en débats, Les Cahiers du Genre, ed. 69, 2/2020, p. 85-107.
Hergenhan, Jutta: Gender. In: Achour, Sabine/Busch, Matthias/Massing, Peter/Meyer-Heidemann, Christian (eds.): Wörterbuch Politikunterricht. Frankfurt a.M.: Wochenschau Verlag, 2020, p. 88-90.
Hergenhan, Jutta. Rezension: Bargetz, Brigitte/Kreisky, Eva/Ludwig, Gundula (eds.): Dauerkämpfe. Feministische Zeitdiagnosen und Strategien (2017). In: Femina Politica, ed. 28, 1/2019, p. 148-150.
Greta Olson / Daniel Hartley / Mirjam Horn-Schott / Leonie Schmidt (eds.). (2018). Beyond Gender: Futures of Feminist and Sexuality Studies – An Advanced Introduction. Abingdon: Routledge.