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Einladung – Konferenz: Transferring Gender: Contested Gender Cultures Across the European Union, 21./22.07.2007, Erfurt

Lehrstuhl für Geschlechtersoziologie und Professur für Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas an der Universität Erfurt

Datum: 20.-21.07.2007
Ort: Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Universität Erfurt, Michaelisstrasse 38
Deadline for Contribution: 19.07.2007

The workshop addresses the complex field of European gender cultures and politics from diverse disciplinary perspectives, in particular gender sociology, studies of European integration, history of Central and Eastern Europe, and religious studies. In the past, these threads have often been studied separately. This workshop will relate them to the topic of the contested gender cultures in the European Union.
Our starting point is the enlargement of the European Union since 1989, which has raised questions about the potential and limitations of cultural diversity within Europe. With regards to gender-relations, the ‘return’ to Europe has generated a reflection on a shared history which has been experienced differently. The European Union’s machinery of Gender Mainstreaming reveals for instance different memories and visions of gender cultures that generate multiple points of controversies between Eastern and Western Europe. Against this background the workshop is concerned with transferring gender in socialist and post-socialist countries.
The east-west-coordinates of an enlarging Europe intersect with those of globalization and the influx of Muslim migration to Europe. The increasing visibility of migrated religions contributes to controversies on the religious and the secular. Gender, gender representation, and the modernity of gender are at the centre of this hot debate on “overt” or “discrete” religiosity. Accordingly, the workshop addresses threads of mobilizing gender and religion on the European screen.
The workshop will take place on July 20th and July 21st in the International Meeting Center (IBZ) of Erfurt University which is located in the old city of Erfurt (Michaelisstraße 38). The workshop language is English. Interested scholars are welcome to join the discussion. Due to the small room capacities we ask to inform us of your attendance at alexander.knoth[at]uni-erfurt.de or kristin.reichel[at]stud.uni-erfurt.de.

Programm

20.07.2007

2.00 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Claudia Kraft/Theresa Wobbe (Erfurt): “Transferring Gender across a multi-dimensional European field.”

2.30 p.m.
I. Transferring gender in socialist and post-socialist countries Concepts of the private and the public across socialist countries Chair: Claudia Kraft (Erfurt)

Hana Havelková (Prag): “The public-private dichotomy in socialist and post-socialist context.”

Andrea Petö (Budapest): “Contested transfers: norms of gender equality in contemporary Central and East Central Europe.”

4.30 p.m.
Mobilising gender in the transformation process
Chair: Dietlind Hüchtker (Leipzig)

Peggy Watson (Cambridge): “Emerging Masculinities in post-communist countries.”

Gesine Fuchs (Basel): “Gender Relations and the Discourse of Law in Post-Socialist Societies.”

21.07. 2007

9.00 a.m.
II. Transferring Gender across the European Field
Chair: Heike Karge (Wien)

Claudia Kraft (Erfurt): “Concepts of transferring gender and entangled histories.”

Barbara Einhorn (Sussex): “The Contest between Nationalism and EU Enlargement in Post-socialist Citizenship Culture.”

12.00-1.30 p.m.
Lunch

1.30 p.m.
III. Mobilising gender and religion
Chair: Gerdien Jonker (Braunschweig)

Gökçe Yurkdakul (Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada): “Muslim Women against Islam: A Comparison of Necla Kelek in Germany and Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the Netherlands.”

Theresa Wobbe (Universität Erfurt): “From Rome to Amsterdam: The shifting meaning of Gender and Religious Norms in the European Union.”

4.30 p.m.
Discussion: “Transferring gender expertise across the European Union: future research projects and networking.”

alexander.knoth[at]uni-erfurt.de
kristin.reichel[at]stud.uni-erfurt.de

Professur für Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas
Universität Erfurt
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt
Tel. 0361/7374081
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