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Transnational feminism and local perspectives:
Theories, practices and analytical approaches.
 

Date:
September 14-16, 2006

Deadline for application:
July 1, 2006

Venue:
European University of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia

Teachers:
Dr. Kathy Davis, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dr. Anna Rotkirch, University of Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Anna Temkina, European University of St. Petersburg, Russia
Dr. Elena Zdravomyslova, European University of St. Petersburg, Russia
Prof. Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden

Coordinators:
Dr. Anna Temkina, European University of St. Petersburg, Russia, and
Research School Director, Prof. Nina Lykke, Linköping University,
Sweden.

Course description:
The course will give an introduction to current debates on
transnational feminism with a focus on theoretical, analytical and political frameworks. How to grasp processes of
transnationalization and globalization from feminist perspectives?
How to think, analyse and act across geopolitical borders
(national, regional, cultural), while keeping up a politics of
location? What are the problems and the potentials? How can
transnational feminist perspectives transform research designs? How
to balance between universalism and particularism? Key texts by
scholars such as Chandra Mohanty, Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan
will be introduced and discussed. Analytical examples will put
focus on the ways in which feminist ideas on bodies, subjectivities
and sexualities travel and, moreover, on approaches to regional
differences and similarites between the ways in which they are enacted in Russia and the Nordic countries.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.

Please notice that non-Russian participants will have to apply for visa at the Russian consulate in their home country.


Programme:

Arrival in St Petersburg on Wednesday Sept 13; dep. Sept. 17.

Thursday Sept. 14

8.45-9.15 Registration at Golden Hall, European University, 3, Gagarinskaya st.
9.15-9.30 Welcome
9.30-10.30
Lecture session including discussion:
Kathy Davis: Thinking across borders: an introduction to feminism in transnational perspective.
10.30-10.45 Coffee
10.45-12.00
Lecture session including discussion:
Kathy Davis: Feminism as traveling theory: the case of Our Bodies, Ourselves.

12-14 Lunch break (lunch 12.30 at hotel Neva, 17, Chaykovskogo str.)

14.00-18.00:
Group sessions with students' paper presentations:
Group I lead by Kathy Davis
Group II lead by Anna Rotkirch
Group III lead by Anna Temkina and Elena Zdravomyslova
Group IV lead by Nina Lykke

19.00 Dinner at hotel Neva

Friday Sept. 15

9.00-10.15
Lecture session including discussion:
Anna Rotkirch: "Never any cobweb on me": post-Soviet women's transnational migration

10.15-10.45 Coffee

10.45-12.00
Lecture session including discussion:
Elena Zdravomyslova: Women's Mobilization in the Course of Russian Transformation (NGOs and civic initiatives).


12-14 Lunch break (lunch at hotel Neva 12.30)

14.00-18.00:
Group sessions with students' paper presentations:
Group I lead by Kathy Davis
Group II lead by Anna Rotkirch
Group III lead by Anna Temkina and Elena Zdravomyslova
Group IV lead by Nina Lykke

19.00 Dinner at hotel Neva

Saturday Sept. 16

9.00-10.15
Lecture session including discussion:
Anna Temkina: Soviet and post-soviet gender transformations vs local context: between tradition and modernity (Cases of Armenia and Tajikistan).

10.15-10.45 Coffee

10.45-12.00
Lecture session including discussion:
Nina Lykke: Between particularism, universalism and transversalism. Reflections on the politics of location of European feminist research and education.

12-14 Lunch break (lunch at hotel Neva 12.30)

14.00-16.00:
Group sessions with students' paper presentations:
Group I lead by Kathy Davis
Group II lead by Anna Rotkirch
Group III lead by Anna Temkina and Elena Zdravomyslova
Group IV lead by Nina Lykke

16-17: Evaluations

19.00 Dinner.


Literature:

For Kathy Davis:

Davis, Kathy. “Feminist Body/Politics as World Traveller: Translating Our Bodies, Ourselves.” The European Journal of Women’s Studies 9, 3 (2002): 223-247.

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade Mohanty. “’Under Western Eyes” Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles.” Signs 28, 2 (2002):499-535.

Busheikin, Laura. “Is Sisterhood Really Global? Western Feminism in East Europe.” In Ana’s Land. Sisterhood in Eastern Europe, ed. Tanya Renne. 12-21. Boulder: Westview Press, 1997.

Friedman, Susan Stanford. “Locational Feminism: Gender, Cultural Geographies, and Geopolitical Literacy.” In Feminist Locations. Global and Local, Theory and Practice, edited by Marianne Dekoven, 13-36. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2001.

Grewal, Inderpal, and Caren Kaplan. “Introduction: Transnational Feminist Practices and Questions of Postmodernity.” Scattered Hegemonies. Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices, edited by Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan, 1-33. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.

Kaplan, Caren. “The Politics of Location as Transnational Feminist Critical Practice.” In Scattered Hegemonies. Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices, edited by Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan, 137-152. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.

Lugones, Maria. “Playfullness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception.” In Making Face, Making Soul. Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color, edited by Gloria Anzaldúa, 390-402. San Francisco: Aunt Lute books, 1990.

Narayan, Uma. "Essence of Culutre and a Sense of History: A Feminist
Critique of Cultural Essentialism," Hypatia 13, 2 (1998): 86-106.

Christine J. Walley, "Searching for 'Voices': Feminism, Anthropology, and the Global Debate over Female Genital Operations," In Stanlei M. James and Claire C. Robertson, eds., Genital Cutting and Transnational Sisterhood. 17-53, Urbana and Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Mendoza, Breny. “Transnational Feminisms in Question.” Feminist Theory 3, 3 (2002):295-314.


For Anna Rotkirch:

Heyman, Jodie (2006): Forgotten families. Ending the growing crisis confronting children and working parents in the global economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 5: Economic and gender inequalities (pp. 113-141);

Hochschild, Arlie Russell (2002): Love and Gold. In Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, eds, Global Woman. Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy, pp. 15-30. London: Granta Books.

Morokvasic, Mirjana (2004): "Settled in Mobility: Engendering post-wall migration in Europe". In: Feminist Review 77(1). S. 7–25.

Romero, Mary: Unraveling privilege. Worker’s children and the hidden costs of paid childcare http://www.public.asu.edu/~romerom/publications.articles.unravelingprivilege.html

Rotkirch, Anna (2004): ‘Coming to stand on firm ground’: the making of a Soviet working mother. In Daniel Bertaux, Paul Thompson & Anna Rotkirch (eds) On Living Through Soviet Russia, pp. 146-175. London. Routledge.

Sassen, Saskia (2000): "Women’s Burden: Counter-geographies of globalization and the feminization of survival". Journal of International Affairs, vol.53, no.2, p. 503-522.

Zimmerman, Mary K, Jacquelyn S. Litt & Christine E. Bose (eds) (2006) : Global Dimensions of Gender and Carework. Stanford, Stanford University Press. Chapter 6: Transnational migration: Influences on citizenship, social control, and carework (pp. 103-117); Chapter 15: Motherhood, Domestic work, and childcare in a global perspective (pp. 195-211).



For Elena Zdravomyslova:

Brygalina J, Temkina A. (2004) The Development of Feminist Organisations in St.Petersburg 1985-2003. In: Between Sociology and History. Essays on Microhistory, Collective Actions, and Nation-Building. Ed by A-M. Castren, M.Lonkilla and M. Peltonen. Kikimora. Helsinki PP. 207-226.

Hemment, J. (2004). “Global Civil Society and the Local Costs of Belonging: Defining Violence against Women in Russia,” Signs, 29:3, 815-840.

Howell, J. (2005/6) “Gender and Civil Society”/ Global Civil Society. Ed. By M.Glasius, M.Kaldor, H.Anheier. Sage. PP. 38-64.

Racioppi L. & O’Sullivan See. (1995) Organizing Women in before and After the Fall: Women’s Politics in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia// Signs, Vol. 20, Number 4, Summer, pp. 818-850.

Rivkin-Fish, M. (2004) Change Yourself and the Whole world will become kinder: Russian Activists for Reproductive Health and Limits of Claims Making for Women // Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Vol.18, Is.3. Pp.281-304.

Salmenniemi, S. (2005) Civic Activity – Feminine Activity? Gender, Civil Society and Citizenship in post-Soviet Russia// Sociology. Vol 39 (4). Pp. 735-753.

Sundstrom, L. (2005) ‘Foreign Assistance, International Norms and NGO Development: Lessons from the Russian Campaign’ // International Organization, Vol. 59, Spring 2005: 419-449.

Zdravomyslova, E. (2004) ‘Self-identity Frames in the Soldiers' Mothers Movement in Russia’. In: R.Alapuro, I.Liikanen, M.Lonkila (eds) : Beyond Post-Soviet Transition. Helsinki, Kikimora Publications.



For Anna Temkina:

Akiner S. 1997. Between Tradition and Modernity: The Dilemma Facing Contemporary Central Asian Women // Post-Soviet Women: from the Baltic to Central Asia. Cambridge Univ.Press. Ed. By M. Buckley. Pp. 261- 304.

Harris C. 2004 Control and Subversion. Gender Relations in Tajikistan. Pluto Press. Сhapter 3,4, 6.

Kandiyoti D. Bargaining with Patriarchy // Gender and Society. 1988 V 2. N 3. – P. 274-290.

Megoran N. 1999 Theorizing gender, ethnicity and the nation-state in Central Asia // Central Asian Survey 18 (1) 99-110.

Dudwick N. Out of the kitchen into the crossfire: women in independent Armenis // Post-Soviet Women: from the Baltic to Central Asia. Cambridge Univ.Press. Ed. By M. Buckley. Pp. 235-249.


For Nina Lykke:

Bjerrum Nielsen, Harriet and Torill Steinfeld (1993): "Editorial", NORA, Nordic Journal of Women's Studies Vol 1, 1, 1-3.

Einhorn, Barbara and Jeanne Gregory (1998): The Idea of Europe. Special Issue, The European Journal of Women's Studies, Vol 5, 3-4.

European Journal of Women's Studies (1994): "Editorial", Vol 1, 1, 5-9.

Griffin, Gabriele, Rosemary Hennesy, Stevi Jackson, Sasha Roseneil (2000): "Editorial", Feminist Theory, Vol 1, 1: 5-9.

Nina Lykke: "Between Particularism, Universalism and Transversalism. Reflections on the Politics of Location of Three European Feminist Journals." NORA, Vol 12, No 2, 2004: 72-82.

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade (1988): "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses", Feminist Review, 30, 1988, pp. 49-74.

Petö, Andrea (2001): "An empress in a new-old dress", Feminist Theory, Vol 2, 1, 89-94.

Stacey, Judith (2001): "The empress of feminist Theory is overdressed", Feminist Theory, Vol 2, 1, 99-104.

Stanley, Liz and Sue Wise (2000): "But the empress has no clothes! Some awkward questions about the 'missing revolution' in feminist theory," Feminist Theory, Vol 1, 3, 261-289.

Nira Yuval-Davis: Gender & Nation, Sage, London 1997, 155 p.

Stoetzler, Marcel and Nira Yuval-Davis (2002a): "Standpoint theory, situated knowledge and the situated imagination", Feminist Theory, Vol 3, 3, 315-335.

Yuval-Davis, Nira and Marcel Stoetzler (2002b): "Imagined Boundaries and Borders: A Gendered Gaze", The European Journal of Women's Studies, Vol 9, 3, 329-345.


(A reader will be sent out. However, the participants must buy or borrow the book Gender & Nation by Nira Yuval-Davis (1997)and download Romero (see under Anna Rotkirch) from the web).




Applicants:
23 applicants, 21 participants: Bulgaria 1, Denmark 2 (1 self-paying), Finland 4, Finland/Poland 1, Germany 1, Netherlands/Slovenia 1 (self-paying), Norway 2 (co-funded by SKK, Oslo University), Sweden 3, Russia 5 (2 self-paying), Russia/Poland 1


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