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Memories and generations of feminism in Northern Europe

Dates: TUE 8–THU 17.8.2017
Organizer: University of Turku
Prices: The course is free of charge. Sponsored by Kone Foundation.
Credits: 5 ECTS
Class size: minimum 10–maximum 25
Responsible teacher: Olga Burmakova
Shared memories and generations of feminism

The course explores the history and contemporary forms of feminist struggles in Russia and the Nordic countries. It examines the narratives of feminism and the ways in which these narratives are shaped, preserved and passed on to the next generation through the voices of the storytellers and the media they use.

The course brings together scholars, artists and activists of different generations to share experiences, memories and interpretations of feminist politics in different historical, social and cultural contexts. It interrogates the intersections of personal embodied experiences and structural relationships of power by combining scientific and artistic methods.

The point of departure of the course is that while questions related to feminism and politics of gender and sexuality are differently structured in different societies, much is also shared. The course thus seeks to go beyond methodological nationalism and think through feminism and its conditions, manifestations and forms in a transnational and cross-cultural context.

Outcomes: After the course, students are able to

Recognize the diverse historical, cultural and political trajectories and forms of feminist politics

Discuss politics of gender, race, class and sexuality in a transnational and cross-cultural contexts

Unpack the ways in which political struggles are shaped by and shape relationships of power

Reflect on the limits of established and conventionalized ways of knowledge production within academia

Understand the role of art as a method to explore social reality

Gain practical and creative skills to produce diverse forms of knowledge (e.g. shooting and editing videos or making collages)

Methods: Contact teaching, group discussions, art-making workshops
Contents: The course consists of:
pre-readings, lectures, group discussions and joint practical art-making workshops. The students learn to make short videos and to edit them. The students do not have to have previous experience of making videos or practicing art.
Target audience: Students with at least two years of completed Bachelor’s studies in the social sciences or humanities.
Student work load: Before the course: a set of pre-readings and a reflective learning diary (app. 2000 words)

Active attendance at the course sessions and practical art-making

A finalized artwork (video) and a reflection paper (1-2 pages)

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