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Conference: "Gender in Practice"

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15-16 October 2010

Nijmegen University, The Netherlands


An interdisciplinary conference on the practical turn in gender and sexuality

The Institute for Gender Studies is pleased to announce an international conference in celebration of its 25th anniversary. This interdisciplinary event will bring together a wide range of scholars and researchers from Europe and North-America.

Thematic outline

In recent years there has been a remarkable tendency within gender and sexuality studies to move away from a primarily discursive analysis towards an analysis of the materialities, practicalities, routines and technicalities of gender and sexuality. Just to give a few examples, in history the materiality of objects, archives and memorial sites has become a new focus; in management theory the practices of networking attract attention; in medical science the actual enactment of (sexed and gendered) bodies offers intriguing perspectives; ritual objects have become a focus within religious studies.

This conference is meant to present some of the promising results of this new perspective in gender and sexuality studies. Starting from concrete examples we aim at thinking through the theoretical and methodological potential of this ‘practical turn', its relation to ‘discourse' and discursive analysis, as well as its methodological and theoretical challenges.

What are the main topics we want to address in this conference?

Exciting examples: First of all, we are interested in concrete and precisely located interesting, inspiring or exciting examples of research in which practices, routines, materialities and technicalities have been the focus of analysis. We welcome examples from all different disciplines. What new results - facts, stories, insights, images, and methods - have been attained by such a turn to practices in the field of gender and sexuality? We aim at using these examples for a further reflection on certain theoretical, methodological and practical questions.

Relation to discursive analysis: What make these examples different from earlier (discursive or other) forms of analysis? How can we study practicalities, technicalities, routines and materialities of gender and sexuality as distinct from a discursive analysis of gender? Where and how, exactly, do these forms of analysis diverge and where do they come together? Or, how do discursive - ideological, disciplinary, conceptual - functions of gender and sexuality interact with gender in practice and vice versa?

Challenges and potentialities: What challenges do we encounter in approaching and analyzing sources and data with regard to gender and sexuality in practice? Which methodological or theoretical aspects need our special attention? Which potentialities does a turn to practices entail?



Prof. dr. Rebecca M. Jordan-Young, Barnard College Columbia University: Hardwiring and Soft Science: Rethinking Sex in the Brain

Prof. dr. Annemarie Mol, University of Amsterdam: The Eating Body's Genders

Prof. dr. Susan Legêne, VU University Amsterdam: Time and again. Discussing circular time in material, visual and audio sources of empire

Dr. Waltraud Ernst, Universität Hildesheim: When epistemic limits meet. Sex, gender and sexuality as limited fields of knowledge production in biology and cultural studies

Dr. Louise Wolthers, University of Copenhagen / National Gallery of Denmark: Gender in the Art Historical Archive.

Prof. dr. Yvonne Benschop, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen: Gender, networking and social capital

Prof. dr. Willy Jansen, Radboud University Nijmegen: Blood, milk and gender in Christianity and Islam

Prof. dr. Mary Coble, (performance artist and photographer / Funen Academy of Art, Odense, Denmark)

and many more!

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