• Cult-C. Because Bodies still Matter and Gender still Troubles or Why we need intersectional Gender Studies in 2020

    (Masha Godovannaya, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna & Katharina Wiedlack, University of Vienna)

    This Seminar is available to all students. No background required. Recommended for students interested in women’s and gender studies, sexuality studies and feminism.  

    What does it mean to understand our bodies and identities as structured through the categories sex, gender, race, class, dis/ability and sexuality? How can a consideration of these categories in their intersection help us to understand our social, physical, and intellectual lives? What does it mean to embody a female, male, trans*gendered, heterosexual, homosexual identity? How do our gendered, sexed, racialized, classed and sexualized representations structure our access to wealth, rights, resources, and power? This seminar introduces some key concepts in women, gender and queer studies. We will learn concepts like gender performativity, female masculinity, drag, deconstruction, etc. and engage with different schools of thought, including black feminist, post- and decolonial, deconstructivist, queer and other perspectives. Of special interest will be gender and queer studies approaches in and on popular culture.
           Through our inter-disciplinary pedagogical methodology, we will engage with works from the field of different social sciences, cultural studies, literature studies, disability studies, postcolonial studies etc. Our study-method will be close reading of different short academic texts, watching and discussing movies. Additionally, we will learn through collective performative acts: role-play, silent discussion, collective writing and crafting. Through these performances and art practices we will learn from our personal stories, songs, newspaper articles, gossips and works of fiction as well as scholarly texts. The emphasis will lie on the participation in the discussions and collaborative learning. We are aiming to create an environment where queer-feminist theory is not only discussed but also practiced and lived through.