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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

 

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book cover ''Trans* Time in Series. Projecting Transness in European (TV) Series'' by Danae Gallo González (ed.)
On May 19, the conference volume „Trans* Time. Projecting Transness in European (TV) Series“ has been published in the Interaktiva series of the Center for Media and Interactivity. The volume was edited by Dr. Danae Gallo González (Romance Studies, University of Giessen). The volume is the first international comparative study of trans* representations in European television and streaming series. It ties in with the conference "Trans* Time in (TV) Series: (Inter) national Projections", which was organized in January 2020 by the ZMI section "Media and Gender" and the Institute for Romance Studies at JLU Giessen.

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.: Campu2021. Interaktiva-series. 212 p., print: 39.95 Euro

ISBN: 9783593513614

 

(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

 

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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.

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(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

code: 993822

 

 

(29.06.2021, Tillmann Schorstein)

Screening of "LIVE" by Lisa Charlotte Friedrich

Screening of "LIVE" by Lisa Charlotte Friedrich

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movie poster of LIVE

 

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

 

international women´s day March 8 in Giessen

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 

 

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Riot, Don´t Diet! Aufstand der widerspenstigen Körper by Elisabeth Lechner. Verlag Kremayr und Scheriau

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

 

https://uni-giessen.webex.com/uni-giessen/j.php?MTID=me0eee7ba98aa572e086550884ca2fd24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(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.

 

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International Conference on Digital Humanities and Gender History at University of Jena

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 pia.sybille.marzell@uni-jena.de

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 Konferenz

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In-Visibilities. Renegotiating Minoritarian In_Visibilities. Interdisziplinäre Konferenz
Paradoxical 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, 2019
 
For questions & registration, please contact in-visibility@gcsc.uni-giessen.de

 

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).

 

Conference format:

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 

Deadline for submission is April 10, 2019.

For questions, please contact 

 

Organisation:

  • 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)

 

 

Selective bibliography:

Amir, Fahim / Schaffer, Johanna (2012): Die Arbeit der Form/losigkeit. Ein ästhetischer Einwand gegen die Affirmation der ‚Unsichtbarkeit‘ oder ‚postrepräsentationaler Politiken‘. In: diskurs: Frankfurter Student_innen Zeitschrift, Heft Nr. 1.12, Dezember 2012 – 61. Jahrgang, 24-30.

Bhabha, Homi K. (1994): The Location of Culture. London.

Engel, Antke (2002): Wider die Eindeutigkeit. Sexualität und Geschlecht im Fokus queerer Politik der Repräsentation. Frankfurt/M.

Glissant, Édouard (2010): Poetics of Relation [1990]. Ann Arbor.

Krieger, Verena (Hg.) (2010): Ambiguität in der Kunst: Typen und Funktionen eines ästhetischen Paradigmas. Köln et al.

Lauretis, Teresa de (1999): Die andere Szene: Psychoanalyse und lesbische Sexualität. Frankfurt a. M.

Lorenz, Renate (2012): Queer Art. A Freaky Theory. Bielefeld.

  

Overview

Overview

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.

 

Upcoming meeting:


Thursday, October 14, 2021

9-10 am (s.t.)


 

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

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.