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

June 18-20, 2007

Deadline for application:
April 25, 2007

University of Lódz, Poland

Prof. Elzbieta Oleksy, Poland
Dr. Kathy Davis, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Prof. Sissel Lie, Norway
Prof. Nina Lykke, Sweden.

Prof. Elzbieta Oleksy - in collaboration with Research School leader, Prof. Nina Lykke.
Organized in collaboration with Marie Curie funded project

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.

Arrival June 17 (evening).


Monday June 18:
* 8.30-9.00:
Registration and coffee
* 9.00-9.30:
Welcome and presentations
* 9.30-12.30 (incl. coffee break):
Plenary session
Lecture + discussion + workshop:
Kathy Davis: Bringing the “I” into Feminist Writing: Autobiography, Reflexivity, and the Politics of Location.
* 12.30-14.30: Lunch + free time
* 14.30-15.30: Workshop (plenary), continued, led by Kathy Davis
* 15.30-16.00: Coffee break
* 16.00-19.00:
Plenary session
Lecture + discussion + workshop:
Elzbieta Oleksy: Liberatory writing.

* 19.30 Dinner

Tuesday June 19:
* 9.00-12.00 (incl. coffee break):
Plenary session
Lecture + discussion + writing workshop:
Sissel Lie: Writing your body into the academic text: An impossible task?
* 12.00-14.00 Lunch + free time
* 14.00-14.45 Writing workshop (plenary), continued, led by Sissel Lie
* 14.45-15.15 Coffee break
* 15.15-19.00: 4 parallel workshops with oral presentations of students' papers and comments by teachers and co-participants.
Group 1, led by Kathy Davis
Group 2, led by Sissel Lie
Group 3, led by Elzbieta Oleksy
Group 4, led by Nina Lykke
List of groups/workshops will be sent out before the course.

* 19.30: Dinner

Wednesday June 20:
* 9.00-11.30 (incl. coffee break):
Plenary session
Lecture + discussion + writing workshop:
Nina Lykke: Feminist epistemologies and writing styles.
* 11.30-12.30 Lunch
* 12.30-14.00
4 parallel workshops with oral presentations of students' papers and
comments by teachers and co-participants.
Group 1, led by Kathy Davis
Group 2, led by Sissel Lie
Group 3, led by Elzbieta Oleksy
Group 4, led by Nina Lykke
* 14.00-15.00: Workshop, led by Kathy Davis: Getting Published: How to Get Your Article Accepted in a (Feminist) Academic Journal
* 15.00-15.15 Coffee break
* 15.15-16.00 Evaluation

Departure June 21, 2007, for participants in Marie Curie project
A special text seminar, taught by Nina Lykke and Elzbieta Oleksy, will
be held for Marie Curie GENDERGRADUATES participants 9.00-12.00 h, June 21.

Reading list:

For Kathy Davis’ lecture and plenary workshop:

* Liz Stanley, “On Auto/biography in Sociology,” Sociology 27, 1 (1993):41-52.
* Liz Stanley, “Is there a feminist auto/biography?” In: The auto/biographical I. The theory and practice of feminist auto/biography. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1992.. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1992, pp. 240-256.
* Marjorie Devault, “Personal Writing in Social Research. Issues of Production and Interpretation.” In: Reflexivity & Voice, ed. By Rosanna Hertz. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1997, p. 216-228.
* Donna Haraway, “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective,” In: Simians, Cyborgs, and Women. London: Free Association Books, 1991, pp. 183-202
* Adrienne Rich, “Notes toward a Politics of Location,” In Blood, Bread, and Poetry. New York: W.W. Norton, 1986, pp. 210-231.
* Ruth Frankenberg, “Introduction: Points of Origin, Points of Departure.” In White Women, Race Matters. TheSocial Construction of Whiteness.” New York: Routledge, 1993, pp. 1-22.
* Avtar Brah, “Introduction,” In Cartographies of Diaspora. London: Routledge, 1996, pp.1-16.
* Chandra Talpade Mohanty (and Biddy Martin), “What’s Home Got to Do With It?” In Feminism Without Borders. Durban, NC: Duke University Press, 2003, pp. 85-105.

* Patricia J. Williams, “On Being the Object of Property,” In The Alchemy of Race and Rights. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991, pp. 216-236.
* Jackie Stacey, “Heroes.” In Teratologies. A Cultural Study of Cancer. London: Routledge, 1997, pp. 1-29.
* Kathy Davis, “Choice and Informed Consent Revisited.” In Reshaping the Female Body. The Dilemma of Cosmetic Surgery. New York: Routledge, 1995, pp. 137-158 (plus notes).
* Kamala Visweswaren, “Betrayal: An Analysis in Three Acts,” In Fictions of Feminist Ethnography. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994, pp. 40-59.
* Elena T. Creef, “Discovering My Mother as the Other in the Saturday Evening Post,” Qualitative Inquiry 6, 4 (2000): 443-457.
* Fatema Mernissi, “The Tale of the Lady with the Feather Dress.” In Scheherazade Goes West. Different Cultures, Different Harems. New York: Washington Square Press, 2001, pp.1-10.
* Ien Ang, On Not Speaking Chinese. Living Between Asian and the West. London: Routledge, 2001, pp. 21-36.
* Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, “Returning(s): Relocating the Critical Feminist Auto-ethnographer.” In Scattered Belongings. London: Routledge, 1999, pp. 29-49.

For Kathy Davis’ plenary workshop ”Getting Published”:

* Kathy Davis: Editorial. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 11, 1, 2004: 5-7

For Elzbieta Oleksy’s lecture and plenary workshop:

hooks, bell. “The Oppositional Gaze. Black Female Spectators.” In: Black Looks. Race and Representation. Boston: South End Press, 1992, pp. 115-131.

Kaplan, E. Ann. “The Maternal Melodrama: The ‘Phallic’ Mother Paradigm. New Voyager (1942) and Marnie (1964)” In: Motherhood and Representation. The Mother in Popular Culture and Melodrama. New York: Routledge, 1992, pp. 107-123.

______ “The ‘Resisting’ Maternal Woman’s Film 1930-60. Arzner’s Christopher Strong and Craig’s Wife; Imitation of Life (1934 and 1959); Stella Dallas (1937); select Sirk films.” In: Motherhood and Representation. The Mother in Popular Culture and Melodrama. New York: Routledge, 1992, pp. 149-179.

Lather, Patti. “Feminist Perspectives on Empowering Research Methodologies” ; “Deconstructing /Deconstructive Inquiry: The Politics of Knowing and Being Known.” In: Getting Smart. Feminist Research and Pedagogy with/in the Postmodern. New York: Routledge 1991, pp. 70-85, 86-101.

Oleksy, Elżbieta H. “Women, don’t interfere with us, we are fighting for Poland! Polish Mothers and Transgressive Others.” In: Women, Activism and Social Change, Maja Mikula, New York: Routledge 2005, pp. 179-197.

Winnett, Susan. “Coming Unstrung: Women, Men, Narrative, and Principles of Pleasure.” Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 3 (May 1990), pp. 505-518.


Marnie, dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1964)
Imitation of Life, dir. Douglas Sirk (1959)
Man of Marble, dir. Andrzej Wajda (1976)
Man of Iron, dir. Andrzej Wajda (1981)
Daughters of the Dust, dir. Julie Dash (1991)
Antonia’s Line, dir. Marleen Gorris (1995)


Thelma and Louise, dir. Ridley Scott (1991)
Erin Brockovich, dir. Steven Soderbergh (2000)

For Sissel Lie’s lecture and plenary workshop:

* 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.

For Nina Lykke’s lecture and plenary workshop

* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.

(A reader will be sent out; however, the participants must borrow or purchase the books -eg. Hélène Cixous, Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, Columbia University Press, New York 1993.)

32 applicants, 26 participants: Denmark 1, Finland 4, Iceland 1, Norway 3, Italy 1 (self-paying), Russia 2, Poland 6 (4 self-paying), Slovenia 3 (3 self-paying), Sweden 5.

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