930001 Theories and History of Gender Relations

summer semester 2017 | Last update: 03.07.2017 Place course on memo list
Theories and History of Gender Relations
SE 2

This seminar intends to investigate women’s and gender history from a comparative international perspective. The essential goal is to learn to be able to better contextualize current debates and discussions about the “woman question.” How much does our thinking about the present shape how we read the past? Using and critically analyzing primary and secondary sources, we will examine male and female forerunners of feminist theory and of women’s movements (such as the querelle des femmes) and continue our exploration into the modern as well as present periods. We will be confronted by similarities in the theories and specific movements but also by differences and divisions.

We will first focus on a number of historical interpretations of certain terms (e.g. “sex”, “gender”, “masculinity”, “femininity”) and then direct our attention to a variety of feminist “turns” in the historical sciences (e.g. labor, Marxist, cultural/linguist, postcolonial, intersectional) and the varying relationships between feminist scholarship and social justice movements (e.g. for suffrage, citizenship, sexual freedom, LGBTQ). Historical gender terms such as “binary”, “norms”, “essentialism”, “patriarchy” and “agency” will also be introduced and discussed.

Initial lectures by the teacher, followed by group presentations by the student participants, including active discussions. 

Oral and written exams: Active discussion, presentation and written seminar paper.

 American Historical Review Forum: Revisiting Joan Scott’s “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis”, in: American Historical Review, 113/5 (December 2008), 1344-1429

Lee Downs, Laura. Writing Gender History. New York: Oxford University Press 2004

Offen, Karen (ed). Globalizing Feminisms, 1789-1945. Rewriting Histories. New York: Routledge 2010

Gender & History 28/2 (2016). Special volume: Losing their Edge: A Critical Evaluation of Key Analytic Concepts of Gender and History


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For more information please contact the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary studies program "Gender, Culture and Social Change" gender-studies@uibk.ac.at.


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Date Time Location
Sat 2017-03-18
09.00 - 18.00 SR VI (Theologie) SR VI (Theologie) Barrier-free
Sat 2017-04-29
09.00 - 18.30 SR VI (Theologie) SR VI (Theologie) Barrier-free
Thu 2017-05-18
12.30 - 18.30 50101/1 SR 50101/1 SR Barrier-free
Sat 2017-06-24
09.00 - 18.30 SR VI (Theologie) SR VI (Theologie) Barrier-free