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Academic and Creative Writing in Gender Studies:
Epistemologies, Methodologies, Writing Practices.
 


Date:
June 23-25, 2005

Deadline for application:
May 1, 2005

Venue:
University of Iceland.

Teachers:
Dr. Anne Brewster (Australia)
Prof. Sissel Lie (Norway)
Prof. Laurel Richardson (USA)
Prof. Nina Lykke (Sweden)

Coordinators:
Prof. Dagny Kristjansdóttir (Iceland)- in collaboration with Research School leader Prof. Nina Lykke.

Course description:
The course will put focus on multiple links between writing practices, epistemologies and methodologies, and in particular provide a forum for reflection and discussion of the ways in which such links can be seen as crucial for development of feminist theorizing and Gender Studies.
Experiments with writing styles, genres and practices abound in the landscape of feminist theorizing. Well known, though very different examples are the texts of Luce Irigaray, Hélène Cixous and Donna Haraway, who, writing in boundary spaces between theory and literature, effectively have deconstructed traditional borders between academic and creative writing. That it is important for feminist theorizing to transgress such borders have been discussed in several ways. The question has been raised on epistemological, methodological as well as didactic grounds. The course will provide an overview of some of these discussions and their genealogies in feminist theorizing, as well as encourage participants to reflect on their own writing practices in the context of presentations of the framework of their doctoral research.

The course will include three kinds of sessions:
1) lecture-discussion-sessions,
2) writing workshops,
3) group sessions with presentations of students' papers, where students will be given the opportunity to present their doctoral research, reflect on their writing practices and receive comments from teachers and co-participants.


Programme:

Thursday June 23:
* 8.30-9.00:
Registration and coffee
* 9.00-9.30:
Welcome and presentations
* 9.30-12.00:
Plenary session: lecture & discussion
Lecture: Laurel Richardson: Feminist Writing Practices
Discussion
* 12.00-13.00: Lunch
* 13.00-15.00:
Plenary session: lecture & discussion
Lecture: Sissel Lie: Writing your body into the academic text: An impossible task?
Discussion
* 15.00-15.30: Coffeee
* 15.30-18.30
Plenary session: writing workshop, led by Sissel Lie.
See outline below.
* 19.00: Dinner


Friday June 24:
* 9.00-12.00 (incl. coffee break):
Plenary session: writing workshop, led by Anne Brewster.
* 12.00-13.00: Lunch
* 13.00-15.00
Plenary session: lecture & discussion
Lecture: Anne Brewster: New Writing
Discussion
* 15.00-15.30: Coffee
* 15.30-18.30
3 parallel workshops with oral presentations of students' papers and comments by teachers and co-participants, 4 presentations in each group. Specified programme for presentations will be sent out in the beginning of June.
Group I, led by Sissel Lie
Group II, led by Anne Brewster
Group III, led by Nina Lykke
* 19.00: Dinner


Saturday June 25
* 9.00-12.30 (incl. coffee break):
Plenary session: lecture & textseminar (analysis of academic/creative texts).
Nina Lykke: Feminist epistemologies and writing styles
* 12.30-14.30: Lunch + free time
* 14.30-17.30 (incl. coffee break)
4 parallel workshops with oral presentations of students' papers and comments by teachers and co-participants, 3-4 presentations in each group. Specified programme for presentations will be sent out in the beginning of June.
Group I, led by Sissel Lie
Group II, led by Anne Brewster
Group III, led by Nina Lykke
* 17.30-18.30: Course evaluation
End of course

* 19.00: Dinner (for those staying over until Sunday)


Literature

Laurel Richardson:
* Laurel Richardson: “Writing: A Method of Inquiry” (Revised and Expanded.) 2000. Pp. 923-949. In. Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln (editors) Handbook of Qualitative Research (Second Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
* Laurel Richardson: Selections from: Fields of Play: Constructing an Academic Life. 1997. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2379 . Pp. 1-88, 131-188.
* Laurel Richardson: Selections from: Travels with Ernest: Crossing the sociological/literary divide. 2004. AltaMira Press (A Division of Rowan and Littlefield.) ISBN: 0-7591-0597-9. Pp. 75-91, 91-106.

Sissel Lie:
* Hélène Cixous, “Le rire de la Méduse”, L’Arc 61, 1975.
English Translation: "The Laugh of the Medusa", in: Elaine Marks and Isabelle de Courtivron (eds): New French Feminisms, Harvester Press 1980, pp. 245-265.
* Hélène Cixous, ”La venue à l’écriture” (1976), Entre l’écriture, Des Femmes, Paris 1986.
English Translation: "Coming to Writing", in Deborah Jenson: Coming to Writing and Other Essays, Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England 1991, pp. 1-59.
* Hélène Cixous, Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, Columbia University Press, New York 1993.
* Sissel Lie, "Life Makes Text from my Body. A Reading of Hélène Cixous' La Venue à l'Ecriture”, LIT, University of Connecticut, USA, 1998
* Sissel Lie, Lion’s Heart, transl. By Ann Born, Orkney Press 1990. (Løvens hjerte, Gyldendal, Oslo 1988.)
* Sissel Lie, ”Louise Labé – dialogue with the past”, Innovation and Tradition. Essays on Renaissance Art and Culture, Roma 2000.
* Sissel Lie,” “Without your breath on my words, there will not be any mimosa”. Reflections on Translation”, Joyful Babel. Translating Hélène Cixous, Rodopi, Amsterdam – New York 2004.

Anne Brewster:
Everyday Life
* Code, Lorraine, “Introduction”, Rhetorical Spaces: Essays on Gendered Locations, New York & London: Routledge, 1995, pp ix- xvii
* Colebrook, Claire, “The Politics and Potential of Everyday Life”, New Literary History, 2002, 33, pp. 687-706
* O’Neill, Maggie, “Conclusion: Towards a Politics of Feeling”, Prostitution and Feminism: Towards a Politics of Feeling, Polity, pp 183-190

The Body
* Grosz, Elizabeth, “Bodies-Cities”, Places Through the Body ed. Heidi J. Nast and Steve Pile, London: Routledge, 1998, pp 42-51
* Weiss, Gail, “Bodily Imperatives”, body images: embodiment as intercorporeality , London: Routledge, 1999, pp 129-163

Discussions of new writing methodologies
* Armstrong, Isobel, “Writing from the Broken Middle: The Post-Aesthetic”, Women: a cultural review, 9 (1), 1998, pp 62-96
* Brewster, Anne, “Fictocriticism: Undisciplined Writing”, First Conference of the Association of University Writing Programs Proceedings, ed. Jan Hutchinson and Graham Williams, Sydney: University of Technology Sydney, 1996, pp 29-32
* Brewster, Anne, “The Poetics of Memory”, Continuum, 19 (3), 2005
* Hejinian, Lyn, “The Rejection of Closure”, Writing/ Talks ed. Bob Perelman, Edwardsville: Southern Illinois Uni Press, 1985, pp 270-291
* Kerr, Heather, “Fictocritical Empathy and the Work of Mourning”, Cultural Studies Review, 9 (1). May 2003, pp 180-200
* Miller, Richard E., “The Nervous System”, College English, 58, (3), March 1996, pp. 265-286
* Ulmer, Gregory L., “The Object of Post-Criticism”, Postmodern Culture ed. Hal Foster, London: Pluto, 1985, 83-97
* Ulmer, Gregory L., “Mystory: The Law of Idiom in Applied Grammatology”, The Future of Literary Theory ed. Ralph Cohen, London: Routledge, 1989, pp 304-323

Discussions of anecdotal and first-person methodologies
* Gregg, Melissa, “A Mundane Voice”, Cultural Studies, 18 (2/3), March/May 2004, pp 363-383
* Palumbo-Liu, David, “Historical Permutations of the Place of Race”, PMLA, 111 (5), October 1996, pp. 1075-1079

Creative Writing
* Brewster, Anne, “Strangeness, Magic, Writing”, Cultural Studies Review, 9 (2), November 2003, pp 157-163
* Hosie, Sari, “Red Boots”, No Substitute eds. T. A. White et al, Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1990, pp 88-92
* Levy, Aaron, “If It Cannot Look at Itself”, Chain, 7, Summer 2000, pp 114-119
* Smith, Hazel, “The City and the Body”, Meanjin, 1.2001, pp 170-175
* Julia Kristeva: Strangers to Ourselves. New York, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991, 7 page extract.

Nina Lykke:
* Sandra Harding: Is Science Multicultural. Postcolonialisms, Feminisms and Epistemologies. Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis 1998. Preface and Chapter 1. pp. vii-x + 1-23.
* Charis Thompson Cussins: "Confessions of a Bioterrorist: Subject Position and Reproductive Technologies”. In Ann Kaplan and Susan Squier (eds): Playing Dolly. Technocultural formations, fantasies & fictions of assisted reproduction. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersery and London, pp. 189-220.
* Mette Bryld and Nina Lykke: Cosmodolphins. Feminist Cultural Studies of Technology, Animals and the Sacred. ZED Books , London 2000, pp. 1-71.
* Donna Haraway: Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.
FemaleMan©_Meets_Oncomouse™. Feminism and Technoscience, Routledge, London, New York, 1997, pp. xii-xiv + 1-16 + 79-80.
* Donna Haraway: "The promises of monsters: a regenerative politics for inappropriate/d others", in D. Haraway: The Haraway Reader. Routledge, New York , London, 2004, pp.63-125.
* Donna Haraway: Primate Visions. Gender, Race and Nature in the World of Modern Science. Routledge, New York, London 1989, pp. 1-15.
* Patti Lather and Chris Smithies: Troubling the Angels. Women Living with HIV/AIDS. Westview Press 1997, pp. xiii-xix + 3-13 + 47-60.
* Nina Lykke: "The Story of OncoMouse™", in N. Lykke: "To be a Cyborg or a Goddess?", Gender Technology and Development 1, 1, 1997, pp 12-15.

Applicants:
44 applicants, 23 participants: Denmark 1, Finland 5, Finland/Switzerland 1 (self-paying), Iceland 4 (self-paying), Norway 3, Sweden 9 (4 self-paying).


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