Deadline: 28 January 2013
Open to: Postgraduate students from all over the world
Venue: Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, May 27 to May 31, 2013
Following challenging examples in feminism, including those of raising contentious issues, this seminar will ask some current questions that are significant for a wider international feminist community as well as for the Balkans. Namely, what are some of today’s feminist contentions?
In the 1980s and 1990s, feminists challenged essentialist and one-dimensional understandings of a “woman” and gender identity through the use of the concept of “intersectionality.” This concept highlighted the point that gender identity always intersects with other categories of social identity such as »race«, class, nationality, etc. Over the last ten years, feminists have pushed further, recognizing that categories of identity do not merely “intersect” but change meaning in relation to context and time and relate to the physicality of bodies and the gravitational pull of institutions and laws in complex ways. How does this insight shape our understandings, not only of the concept of gender identity, but also the notorious concept of the “identity politics”? “Who’s afraid of identity politics” today, to use Linda Alcoff’s words, and why? Does feminism have a politics of difference? What are feminist political positionings regarding this issue within, or between, or in opposition to the left or liberal standpoints? These questions cut not only into some of the burning issues in the Balkans today, but are undoubtedly as significant on a wider scale.
The annual course “Feminist Critical Analysis” will in 2013 examine these, more recent theoretical moves and consider their consequences for feminist scholarship and activism. The course is built on the intellectual dialogue among a diverse body of scholars from different geographical locations and the participating faculty is drawn from different universities.
IUC courses are conducted at a postgraduate level. All postgraduate students interested in the topic may apply for participation. All meetings are conducted in English. Course participants are eligible for ECTS credits, depending on decisions of their respective home institutions.
There is no course fee, but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs and should seek funds from their own institutions in order to cover these expenses. Limited financial support is available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe, who can apply for it according to instructions found here.
How to apply
A short narrative (up to 250 words) explaining your interest in the topic and your C.V. with your current complete contact information should be submitted by e-mail. Final deadline for applications is JANUARY 28, 2013. Please send your applications to the Center for Gender and Politics University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org with DUBROVNIK 2013 in the subject heading (attn: Nenad Knezevic and Milica Mirazic).