[H-verkko] CFP: Gender and Politics: An HCAS seminar with Joan Scott, 26 May 2016 at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

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Gender and Politics: An HCAS seminar with Joan Scott, 26 May 2016 at Helsinki
Collegium for Advanced Studies
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Gender and Politics: An HCAS seminar with Joan Scott, 26 May 2016 at Helsinki
Collegium for Advanced Studies

Thirty years ago, in the winter of 1986, Joan W. Scott’s pioneering article
“Gender: a useful category of historical analysis” was published in the
American Historical Review. Scott’s ‘grammatical’ conceptualization of
gender and (historical) change proved to be a game-changer. The text is one of
the most widely read and cited articles to appear in AHR, its influence
extending far beyond its disciplinary boundaries. It has allowed scholars
throughout the humanities to think about sex and sexuality, about feminist
theory, and about the politics of scholarship in entirely new ways, and
continues to do so even now, three decades after its first appearance. More
recently, Scott’s nuanced reflections on the gendered politics of the veil and
the place of religion and its symbols in the secular state have shown how
research in the humanities and social sciences continues to be of social and
political significance. Rather than merely introducing ‘categories’, her
work has changed the way many scholars approach their own discipline, and its
intersection with their own politics or activism.

In the context of the 2016 Collegium Lecture, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced
Studies is inviting junior researchers (doctoral students and early career
scholars in Finland) to reflect on the interaction of their writing with Joan W.
Scott’s work (including, but not limited to, theories of gender). We invite
proposals to take part in a workshop with the author on 26 May 2016.
Participants will be able to get feedback from Joan Scott and present and
discuss their research on topics including or related to

-        feminist theories of the political

-        languages and experiences of gender

-        the politics of history

-        scholarship and activism

-        the problems and paradoxes of women’s studies

-        gendered politics in the post-colonial state

-        secularism and the politics of religion

Researchers wishing to participate in the workshop are requested to submit by 15
February a short abstract (max 500 words) related to their research project,
where they contemplate the role of these topics and of the central ‘categories
of analysis’ in their project. Accepted participants should submit writing
samples (of min. 4000 - max 6000 words) by 15 April and be prepared to discuss
and comment on the papers of others by reading them in advance. These papers may
be either article manuscripts or dissertation chapters, as long as they can be
read independently from other materials. There are a small amount of travel
bursaries to attend the seminar.

The abstracts with a short application letter and CV should be sent to
organizers Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg (eva.holmberg AT helsinki.fi) and Dr
Josephine Hoegarts (josephine.hoegarts AT helsinki.fi) by 15 February 4pm.
Further inquiries can be directed at Eva Johanna and Josephine.

Joan Wallach Scott (b. 1941) is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the School of
Social Science in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Originally
a historian of France, her most well known work is in the area of gender and
intellectual history. He publications include The Glassworkers of Carmaux:
French Craftsmen and Political Action in a Nineteenth Century City (Harvard
University Press, 1974); Women, Work and Family (coauthored with Louise Tilly)
(Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978);Gender and the Politics of History (Columbia
University Press, 1988); Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the
Rights of Man (Harvard University Press, 1996); Parité: Sexual Difference and
the Crisis of French Universalism (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and "The
Politics of the Veil" (Princeton University Press, 2007). 

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Eva Johanna Holmberg <eva.holmberg at helsinki.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 16.2.2016