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[Online] GGS Teaching Assistantship Programme: Introduction to Feminism in Times of Crisis: Its History, Themes, and Power - Laura Popa

Wann 12.05.2021
von 14:00 bis 18:00
Wo Online: Cisco WebEx
Teilnehmer Feel free to join the lecture and workshop series of the Teaching Assistantship Programme 2021
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Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘prophetic’ words from 1949 still echo in 2021. The current COVID-19 crisis shows an increased return to inequality and the relegation of women to the private sphere. Women’s rights are at stake once again. Many women have quit their jobs to take care of children. Others face daily domestic and sexual violence because forced at home into prolonged lockdown with the aggressors, to name a few threats. In this context, rather than addressing questions such as who needs feminism, what to do seems more urgent. In order to provide tools to stop these negative shifts in women’s emancipation, this 4-hour workshop aims to address feminism both as a historical and as a daily-life practice. On one hand, the goal is to deliver basic knowledge about the history of feminism through feminist classics from politics, literature, and arts. On the other hand, its action-oriented aim is to raise awareness, discuss, and find solutions. In doing so, the workshop starts with the instructor’s input about the recommended readings written by feminists Olympe de Gouges (1791), Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott (1848), Sojourner Truth (1851), Simone de Beauvoir (1949), and Betty Friedan (1963). The instructor will circulate the readings in advance. Then, time will be allocated to the visualization of scenes from feminist movies Thelma and Louise (1991) and Mona Lisa Smile(2003). Discussions of both texts and films will take place through the first part of the workshop.  In the last part, the instructor will present the global experience of women during this pandemic as shown in statistics and articles, followed by discussions and the feminist practice of consciousness-raising.

Therefore, this workshop seeks to situate historically feminism in Western Europe and the United States. Starts with the French Revolution, passes through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to present times with the so-called first, second, and third wave-feminism. It discusses its major themes and explores its power to fight inequality in 2021. Thus, the seminar aspires to both scholarly and problem-solving reflection. At the end of this session, the participants will have gained historical knowledge about what feminism is, the types, the complexity of major themes, and why feminism is still relevant. Ideally, through the consciousness-raising tactic from second-wave feminism, they will witness empowerment and a sense of personal responsibility in solving inequality, personally, locally, and globally.

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