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Feminist approaches to the analysis of visual cultures

November 14-16, 2006

Deadline for application:
September 23, 2006

Christina Institute for Women’s Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

Prof. Kirsi Saarikangas, University of Helsinki
Dr. Wencke Mühleisen, University of Oslo
Dr. Anu Koivunen, University of Stockholm and Univ. of Tampere

Prof. Kirsi Saarikangas - in collaboration with Research School Director, Prof. Nina Lykke

Course description:
The course will give an advanced introduction to feminist studies of visual culture with a focus on theoretical and methodological questions as well as on current discussions of feminist theories on visual environment and issues such as relations between gender, sexuality and lived space as well as sexualisation and emotionalization of the public sphere.
Course examines the formation of meanings of architectural space and everyday environment by focusing on relations and encounters between space and its users. Through that it raises questions on the material, corporeal and sensuous aspects of architecture and lived space and analyses gendered and gendering aspects of (modern) architecture. Besides raising issues of embodiment and the sensory, the course investigates how 'emotions' and 'affects' are constructed in cinema and television cultures, how notions of 'intimacy' relate to notions of 'public sphere' and how 'experiences' are thought in terms of 'politics'. It scrutinises the various concepts at hand, their uses and historical legacies, contextualising thus the contemporary rhetoric of "intimisation" and "emotionalisation".
The course also investigates in what ways the polarization between the repressive and the subversive does not manage to take into account the fact that elements in sexualization in culture and media could be regarded as forms of mainstream experimentation. In a Scandinavian context it is problematic to argue that sexualization is part of a general backlash for feminism, as maintained in Nordic discussions about this trend.
The interdisciplinary group of teachers will present analytical examples from different areas of the study of visual culture – with a focus on architecture, film and media.
The course will include two kinds of sessions:
1) lecture-discussion-sessions,
2) group sessions with presentations of students' papers, where
students will be given the opportunity to present their doctoral
research and receive comments from teachers and co-participants.

Arrival in Helsinki on Nov. 13; the course starts on Nov 14.

Day 1 (Nov. 14)

9.00: Registration (room 309)
9.15 -11.45: Welcome and Lecture session including discussion:
Kirsi Saarikangas:”Relations between gender, sexuality and architectural space. Theoretical and methodological questions.” (room 309)
12.00-13.30: Lunch break
13.30-15.30: Group sessions with presentation and discussion of students' papers. (rooms 401, 404, 405)
15.30-16.00: Coffee
16.00 – 17.00: Group sessions with presentation and discussion of students' papers. (rooms 401, 404, 405)
19.00 Dinner

Day 2 (Nov. 15)

9.00-9.15: Coffee
9.15-11.45: Lecture session including discussion:
Anu Koivunen:”When was emotionalization? Affects, visuality and the politics of public sphere”. (room 309)
12.00-13.30: Lunch break
13.30-15.30: Group sessions with presentation and discussion of students' papers. (rooms 309, 404, 405)
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00 – 17.00: Group sessions with presentation and discussion of students' papers. (rooms 309, 404, 405)
19.00 Dinner

Day 3 (Nov. 16)

9.00-9.15 Coffee
9.15-11.45: Lecture session including discussion:
Wencke Mühleisen:”Sexualization of culture and media: Back-lash and/or a new feminist potential?” (room 404)
11.45-13.15: Lunch
13.15-15.00: Group sessions with presentation and discussion of students' papers. (rooms 208, 404, 405)
15.00-16.00: Closing discussion and course evaluation. (room 404)


For Anu Koivunen:

1. Ahmed, Sara 2004. “In the Name of Love” and “Queer Feelings” in The Cultural Politics of Emotion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 122-167. (45 pages)
2. Ahmed, Sara 2004. ”Affective Economies”. Social Text 79, 22:2 Summer 2004, 117-139. (22 pages)
3. Berlant, Lauren 2000. “The Subject of True Feeling. Pain, Privacy, and Politics”. In: McNeil, Maureen et al (eds) Transformations. Thinking Through Feminism. London: Routledge, 33-47. (15 pages)
4. Bronfen, Elizabeth 2006. “Reality Check: Image Affects and Cultural Memory”. Differences 17:1 (November), 20-46. (26 pages)
5. Cvetkovich, Ann 2003. “The Everyday Life of Queer Trauma” and “Epilogue”. In: An Archive of Feelings. Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures. Durham: Duke University Press, 15-48, 272-286. (48 pages)
6. Harding, Jennifer & E. Deidre Pribram 2002. “The Power of Feeling. Locating Emotions in Culture”. European Journal of Cultural Studies 5:4 (2002), 407-426. (19 pages)
7. Hemmings, Clare 2005. ”Invoking Affect. Cultural theory and the ontological turn” Cultural Studies 19:5 (September 2005), 548-567. (19 pages)
8. Kaplan, E. Ann 2005. “Why Trauma Now? Freud and Trauma Studies”. In: Trauma Culture. The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 24-41. (18 pages)
9. Middleton, Peter 1992. ”The Lost Language of Emotion” in The Inward Gaze. Masculinity and subjectivity in modern culture. London: Routledge, 166-232. (66 pages)
10. Probyn, Elspeth 2004. "Teaching Bodies: Affects in the Classroom". Body & Society 10:4, 21-43. (22 pages)
11. Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky 2003. “Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading, or, You’re So Paranoid, You Probably Think This Essay is About You”. In: Touching Feeling. Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Durham: Duke University Press, 123-151. (28 pages)
12. Skeggs, Beverley 2004. ”Exchange, value and affect: Bourdieu and ’the self’”. The Sociological Review 52, supplement 75-95 (21 pages).

349 pages

For Wencke Mühleisen:

Attwood, Feona (2006) ‘Sexed Up: Theorizing the Sexualization of Culture’ in Sexualities’, Sexualities 9(1): 77-95. http://sexualities.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/9/1/77

Braithwaite, Ann (2002) ‘The personal, the political, third-wave and postfeminisms’ in Feminist Theory, vol. 3(3):335-344, Sage Publications: http://fty.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/3/3/335

Arthurs, Jane (2004) Television and Sexuality. Maidenhaed: Open University Press.
Chapter 2 ‘Sexual Citizenship in the digital age’: 20-38.
Chapter 3 ‘Pornography and the regulation of taste’: 39-55.

Berlant, Lauren and Warner Michael (2002) [1998] ‘Sex in Public’, in Michael Warner Publics and Counterpublics. New York: Zone Books.
Chapter IV ‘The mass public and the mass subject: 159-187
Chapter V ‘Sex in public’: 187-209.

Gamson, Joshua (1998) Freaks Talk Back. Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press.
Chapter 1 ‘Why I love trash’: 2-28.
Chapter 7 ‘The tight rope of visibility’: 208-227.

McNair, Brian (2002) Striptease Culture: Sex, Media and the Democratisation of Desire. London: Routledge.
Chapter 4 ‘Porno-chic, or the pornographication of the mainstream’: 61-87.
Chapter 5 ‘Striptease culture: the sexualization of the public sphere’: 88-108.

For Kirsi Saarikangas:

Michel de Certeau (1980) The practice of the Everydaylife, chapters VII Walking in the City (91-110) and IX Spatial Stories (115-130).

Anne-Marie Fortier (2003) Making Home : Queer Migrations and Motions of Attachment. In: Uprootings/Regroundings. Oxford: Berg, 115-135.

Michel Foucault (1982) Space, Knowledge and Power. In: Paul Rabinow (ed). The Foucault Reader, 239-256.

Elizabeth Grosz (1995) Space, Time, and Bodies. In: Grosz, Space, Time, and perversion. London & New York: Routledge, 83-101.

Elizabeth Grosz (2001). Embodying Space. An Interview. In: Grosz, Architecture from the Outside. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 3-29.

bell hooks (1990), Homeplace – a site of resistance. In: hooks, Yearning. Race, Gender and Cultural Politics. Boston: South End Press, 41-49.

Lynda Johnston & Gill Valentine 1995. Wherever I lay my girlfriend, that’s my home. Teoksessa Mapping desire. Geographies of Sexualities. London & New York: Routledge, 99–113.

Susan R. Henderson 1996. A Revolution in the Woman’s Sphere: Grete Lihotzky and the Frankfurt Kitchen. In: Debra Coleman, Elizabeth Danze ja Carol Henderson (eds). Architecture and Feminism. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, Yale publications on architecture, 221-253.

Kirsi Saarikangas (2005). On the Edges of the Forest. Encounters and ambiguities between planning and habitation in Finnish suburbs during the 1950s and early 1960s. In: Costructed Happiness. Tallinn: Estonian Academy of Arts, 200-221.

Kirsi Saarikangas 2006. Displays of the Everyday. Relations between gender and the visibility of domestic work in the modern Finnish kitchen from the 1930s to the 1950s. Gender, Place and Culture, Vol 13, no 2, April 2006, 161–172.

Iris Marion Young (1997) House and Home. Feminist variations of a theme. Teoksessa Young, Intersecting voices. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 134-164.

(A reader will be sent out to the participants.)

17 applicants, 16 participants: Estonia 2, Finland 5, Iceland 1, Norway 1, Poland 1, Russia 3, Russia/Poland 1, Sweden 2.

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