Master Symposium: Women in the Arts and Leadership

1./3. Semester

09. - 11.10.2019

3 days

10:00-12:30 / 13:30 - 16:30


Application deadline until: 18.09.2019

Universität / Haute École
Chus Martinez and Quinn Latimer and Guests
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Women On Earth

A three day symposium + workshop moderated by Quinn Latimer and Chus Martinez with the participation of a number of guests

Following the sequel of Women in Space the second symposium of this year will be dictated to Earth. "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition." - Marilyn Monroe. This famous quote was paraphrased years later by feminist scholar Luce Irigaray in her famous critique to equality. But what do they mean? They simply mean that men are not and cannot continue being the measure of social justice. And following this complex argument we will be dedicating these coming symposium to understand the relation between feminism and species coexistence. The symposium will take a careful look into how the question of environmentalism was or was not represented in women's and gender studies curricula, and how many too often then the gap between the two areas is not only apparent but appears as if individuals could have a choice between the questions of gender and the issues related to the environment.

The question of nature is of particular importance to the issues of gender and so is science. And, as we know, science and a tecnical approach to climate emergency play a very big role in the media and social interest in climate questions. But: we should take a minute to ask ourselves which is the cultural transformation we may undergo in order to see gender and environmental questions blend into one another. We should also reflect on the very  values of science and see how these values may politically affect the undrstanding of gender.

Feminists and feminism(s) have always shared a critical concern for science, in so far as the inferiority of women has been extensively theorised and has been the object of intensive scientific discourses (in the West at least, certainly since the 16th and 17th century, and massively in modernity after that). The science question is in-built into feminism, so that by addressing the question of female nature, by addressing the question of human nature, by deconstructing both, of course we lay open the question of, not only the power of knowledge - who decides what in which situational contexts or in which discursive contexts - but also, epistemological questions: what to do with objectivity; what to do with certain notions of distance or neutrality; what to do with an increasing quatification of what we call scientific knowledge; what do we do with the regular and systematic recurrence of exclusion of always the same others; and this kind of persistence of the process of othering?

As in previous symposiums the sessions will be conducted by Quinn Latimer and Chus Martinez. Invited quests will be announced soon before the start of the symposium and we also highly recommend the Podcast series that it has been produced as a tool to get familiar with the questions and notions that relate to this subject matter.