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Weblog-Eintrag: 40 Vintage Offensive Ads Directed At Women – online!

August 20th, 2016

offending_dishpan5-2Gipsy Ninja (Weblog) by T.B.V. (Link)

The weblog Gipsy Ninja has published 40 vintage offensive ads directed at women that are certainly something that will never be possible again in future advertisements.

Starting from the late 20’s, the advertising industry started to boom. It created ads for basically everything you could invent and sell. Some products (most of them, actually) weren’t even tested before to analyze different side effects. They were directly placed on the market with a very catchy ad. Remember, during these decades catchy meant being offensive to women. See more … (Web)

CfP: Sexual(ities that) progress? (Event: 04/2017, Boston); DL: 01.10.2016

August 19th, 2016

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting (Web); Organised by Kath Browne, Joe Hall, Jason Lim and Nick Mcglynn

Venue: Boston
Time: April 5-9, 2017
Proposals by October 1, 2016

Liberal acceptance of diverse sexual practices and identities, particularly in the metropolitan Global North, has widely been framed in the discourse of ‚progress‘. Such progress is often measured in terms of shifting attitudes to sexual agency – especially women’s sexual agency – and increasing inclusivity and rights gains for LGBTQ people. This discourse has been critiqued, however, and many authors and activists argue that these trajectories of ‚progress‘ are spatially and temporally specific and question their applicability globally. Geographical imaginations of ‚progress‘ often rely on the construction of a homogeneous and antediluvian Global South – an imagination that erases both the ‚achievements‘ of activists therein and the continued injustice, violence and oppression in what are imagined as the heartlands of progress in the metropolitan Global North. Discourses of ‚progress‘ have also been challenged on the basis that they tend to normalize particular sexual identities and then to globalize them, for instance in the tying of development aid to recognition of LGBTQ identities. Read the rest of this entry »

CfP: Sirens and centaurs animal studies and gender studies, from antiquity to the renaissance (Event: 04/2017, NYC); DL: 04.11.2016

August 19th, 2016

Medieval and Renaissance Center of NYU in Kooperation mit der HU Berlin (Web)

Venue: NYU in New York
Time: April 14-15 2017
Proposals by: 04.11.2016

The sirens and centaurs of the Physiologus tradition make up an odd but notorious couple: they appear as monstrous, exaggerated incarnations of heteronormative notions of femininity and masculinity. This interdisciplinary conference will combine the theories and methods of gender studies and animal studies in order to examine how imaginary representations of nonhuman animals such as these were used to construct gender and sexuality in premodern times, and also how those constructions were subverted. To what extent did the bodies of animals – as imagined in premodern science, literature and art – serve as cultural signifiers of sex, gender and desire? In what ways did premodern mythology, theology and zoology contribute to the formation of gender stereotypes that corresponded (and often still correspond) to ideas of the “natural” or “unnatural”? How do perceived continuities or discontinuities between human and other animals support such notions as bestiality and miscegenation, and the taboos and fantasies surrounding them? In what ways are pleasure or disgust, attraction or loathing, desire or fear, conjured or manipulated in particular texts or images from this period? To what extent do the answers to these questions change over time? Read more and source … (Web)

Conference: Sex Still Sells. Paradoxical Right Wing Sexual Politics in Europe, 19.-20.10.2016, Frankfurt/Oder and Slubice

August 18th, 2016

Supported by the Centre Marc Bloch Berlin; European University Viadrina; German-Polish Literary and Cultural Relations and Gender Studies Frankfurt/Oder; Viadrina Center for Graduate Studies (VCGS) Frankfurt/Oder and the Researchgroup „Genre, Travail, Mobilités“ Paris (Web)

  • 19.10.2016: European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder
  • 20.10.2016: Collegium Polonicum, Slubice

In the past years right wing parties and organisations in most European countries managed to gain political weight. This conference examines their discourses, mobilisations and actors and inquires in which ways the sexual politics of the right have contributed to their success. Those politics appear paradoxical, because right wing actors organize campaigns against what they call „gender theory“ that they denounce for destroying “family values”. They stand up against gay marriage and the equality of non-heterosexual-people, yet at the same time, they are also presenting liberal sexual and gender politics as a European or Western value in their anti-immigration discourses. The conference also presents and examines counter-discourses and critical theoretical approaches in order to determine useful analytical frameworks for dismantling right wing politics. European-wide research results, but also single country studies and analysis will be presented from EU-member states like France, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Read more and source … (Web)

CfP: Imagination und Wirkungsmacht: Frauen.Männer.Westen.Osten (Event: 12/2016, Cluj); [REMINDER]; verlängerte DL: 30.08.2016

August 18th, 2016

Österreich Bibliothek Bernhard Stillfried Klausenburg / Cluj-Napoca; Babes-Bolyai-Universität Cluj-Napoca; Österreichisches Kulturforum Bukarest

Zeit: 08.-09.12.2016
Ort: Cluj-Napoca, Rumänien
Bewerbungsfrist: verlängert bis 30.08.2016, CfP als PDF

Wenn wir die Welt wahrnehmen, bewerten und über sie sprechen, bedienen wir uns verschiedener Ordnungskategorien – so teilen wir beispielsweise Menschen ein in ‹weiblich› oder ‹männlich›; Orte in ‹östlich› oder ‹westlich›. Diese Begriffe bezeichnen diskursive Konstruktionen, die auf verschiedenen Ebenen enorme Wirkungsmacht ausüben.

Die genannten Kategorien besitzen einige Gemeinsamkeiten: Beide strukturieren eine binäre, hierarchisierte Ordnung, wobei die Norm stets Zivilisation und Rationalität repräsentiert, das Andere hingegen das zu kultivierende Fremde – als dieses kann Weiblichkeit ebenso wie Nicht-Heterosexualität, Ungarn ebenso wie Syrien gesetzt werden. Theoretische Auseinandersetzungen wie politische Bewegungen haben diese Ordnung in Frage gestellt und angegriffen – aber je brüchiger sie wird, desto aggressiver wird sie auch verteidigt: Von erstarkenden anti-feministischen Bewegungen einerseits, von ebenso erstarkenden neofaschistischen, nationalistischen und rassistischen Bewegungen andererseits.

Während diese versuchen, eine vermeintlich essentialistische, ‹natürliche› Ordnung wiederherzustellen, kann eine historisch-kritische Perspektive aufzeigen, wie … weiterlesen (PDF).

CfP: Consuming Gender (Publication: ZS Assuming Gender); DL: 16.10.2016 [REMINDER]

August 18th, 2016

942923_541222972608247_2115060012_nSpecial Issue of Assuming Gender: ‚Consuming Gender‘ (Web)

Proposals by: 16 October, 2016

This special issue of Assuming Gender – an online, peer-reviewed academic journal from Cardiff University – seeks to explore the way gender is both presented and consumed through popular media and advertising. As Ann Herrmann points out in the article ‚Shopping for Identities‘, commodities ‚are characterised by their dual nature: material composition and symbolic meaning‘ (Herrmann 2002: 539). Consumer culture plays a significant role in constructing valid (and normative) identity categories with which consumers are encouraged to identify.

Scholars as diverse as Americus Reed, Laura C. Nelson, and Henry Jenkins have theorised the ways in which identity and consumer culture are intertwined. Reed, for example, claims in ‘Activating the Self-Importance of Consumer Selves’ that ‘[s]ocial identities are mental representations that can become a basic part of how consumers view themselves’ (Reed 2004: 286). In a later article on ‘Identity-Based Consumer Behaviour’, Reed and others use the example of athletics to illustrate their point: ‘if consumers view themselves as “athletes”, they are likely to behave in ways that are consistent with what it means to “be” an athlete’ (Reed, Forehand, Puntoni and Warlop 2002: 310). Consumption thus becomes defined by identity, and identity becomes defined by consumption. Read the rest of this entry »

CFP: Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships (Publication); DL: 30.09.2016 [REMINDER]

August 17th, 2016

Untitled-1Tuula Juvonen and Marjo Kolehmainen, Univ. of Tampere, Finland: Academy of Finland funded research project “Just the Two of Us? Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships” (Web)

Proposals by: 30.09.2016

The editors invite submissions to an edited book which focuses on the affective dynamics of intimate relationships, especially on the ways in which the social significance of affective inequalities expands our understanding about the operations of power.

Despite the shifts in the ways in which intimate lives are organized in late-modern Western societies, a couple relationship still has a high status and a robust allure. Also various forms of intimate relationships – be it dating, a marriage, a fling or an affair – are expected to offer personal and emotional fulfilment. Yet at the same time both normative and non-normative relationships are sites in which classifications, hierarchies and asymmetries related to gender and sexuality are renewed. It is crucial to notice how such inequalities are increasingly mediated affectively. By arguing that the effects of power relations are accumulated affectively in intimate relationships, this book aims to produce novel knowledge on the ways in which power relations operate in late-modern societies. Read more … (Web).