Universität Wien FIND

124220 SE Cultural and Media Studies Seminar (2019W)

Postfeminisms

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
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max. 18 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 10.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 17.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 24.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 31.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 07.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 21.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 28.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 05.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 12.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 09.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 16.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 23.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Donnerstag 30.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

It's one of these terms which can and often do mean very different things when different scholars use them…While 'feminism' can probably be broken down to the intrinsically political conviction that human beings of the female sex and/or feminine gender are fully valid and should have the same rights and duties as human beings of other genders, the 'post' in 'postfeminism' tends to be confusing. Sometimes it seems to imply 'after', as if feminism were 'over'; or it seems to refer to an ideological contrast that is being embraced - similar to the way in which 'postmodernism' distances itself from, while building on, 'modernism'; sometimes it sounds as if this 'post' means that there is a new kind of feminism that is primarily a reaction to the (often hostile) reaction to feminism rather than to patriarchal structures themselves. Sometimes, 'postfeminism' seems to be a name for what feminists practice, who have learned the lessons taught by theorists of intersectionality, namely that it makes little sense to look at gender, as an analytic category, in isolation. Then again, sometimes 'postfeminist' seems to designate a type of cultural object rather than the approach with which we replaced the 'feminist' one. As you can see: it's complicated, and thus we are going to spend a good chunk of time in this class on disentangling this terminological mess. Theory, however, is only one of this course's chief ingredients. Another is popular culture, and hopefully fed and fuelled by your input, we'll make sure that this class has a strong component of cultural analysis of audio/visual objects as well as social/political practices (e.g. debates about body shaming; employer-sponsored egg-freezing; the #me too-movement; the Handmaids' protests) from the late 20th and 21st century.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active participation in class; active in specialist team for one lesson per term; selection of short clip; excerpt of a theory text; active in peer-feedback loop; term paper.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Attendance:
No more than two lessons may be missed without certified medical reason. If a doctor's note is produced, a third lesson may be missed but is to be compensated for at the teacher's discretion. If more than three lessons are missed, this results in failing the course.

Active participation: 10%
Postfeminist clip: 5%
Excerpt: 5% (due either before the winter break or on 15th Feb; based on any theory text we read in class)
Specialist task: 30%
Term paper: 50%

Postfeminist clip:
When I refer to your input, this means that I want to dedicate 5 minutes of each lesson to discussing a short clip. Each of you should therefore start trawling the internet for such "postfeminist" clips. Could be an ad, could be a snippet from your favourite TV series, could be a short scene from a feature film, could be a bit of a documentary. Aim for a clip no longer than 5 mins and save the link. I'll ask for this URL to be emailed to me following the first lesson, that is, when you have presumably decided whether or not you’d like to be in this class. Apart from finding a suitable clip, you'll be expected to prepare one discussion question on it and one statement (to be delivered orally) why you think the clip you chose is postfeminist.

Excerpt:
5% of the course's grade ride on a well-structured excerpt (bullet points rather than complete paragraphs; including proper head, correct bibliographical info; a sentence-long summary and a clear structure with correct referencing) of one of the theory texts we discuss in class. The excerpt should be between 3 and 5 pages long.

There will be two deadlines, between which you get to choose: one before the winter break and the other on 15th Feb 2020. There is no correlation between the text you pick and by which deadline you have to hand in the excerpt.

Points must be collected in all of these areas to pass. The benchmark for passing this course is at 60%.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 81-89%
3 (satisfactory): 71-80%
4 (pass): 60-70%
5 (fail): 0-59%

The term paper/BA paper will be marked according to the following categories: form; content; methodology; quality of thesis; language; style.

The written work has to be accompanied by a signed and dated anti-plagiarism statement, sent by email as a .pdf file. The written work itself (6500-8000 words for a term paper; 8500-10000 words for a BA thesis) is to be handed in via Turnitin.

Prüfungsstoff

There will be no exam.

Literatur

All the theory texts that provide the basis for this class will be provided as pdf files on Moodle. There is no need to buy any books.

Background Reading (on Moodle; non-obligatory):
• Sarah Gamble, "Postfeminis", in: The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism (2001).
• Rosalind Gill, "Gender and the Media", in: Gender and the Media (2010).
• Rosalind Gill, "Postfeminist Media Culture?" in: Gender and the Media (2010)
• Angela McRobbie, "Post-feminism and Popular Culture" in: Feminist Media Studies 4.3 (2004).
• Yvonne Tasker/Diane Negra, "Introduction: Feminist Politics and Postfeminist Culture" in: Interrogating Postfeminism (2007)
• Shirley Budgeon, "The contradictions of successful femininity" in: Gill/Scharf, New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity (2011)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322; BA 09.2; MA6, MA7
Lehrinhalt: 12-0405

Letzte Änderung: Mo 28.10.2019 10:28