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Doing Gender - Lecture by Kate Eichhorn

  • Utrecht University 29 Domplein Utrecht, UT, 3512 Netherlands (map)

In the autumn of 2015 the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies in cooperation with the Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP) at Utrecht University organises the fifteenth round of the DOING GENDER Lecture Series. These lectures stress the importance of doing gender work combined with an active involvement in the practice of gender theory and research. The concept of DOING GENDER supports a hands-on approach to gender issues in the sense of social and political engagement with the new forms of gender inequalities that are taking shape in the world today. The lecture series wants to give space to the new generations of gender theorists and practitioners and to perspectives that innovate the field and do gender in new ways. Key is the notion of doing gender: what is the state of the art definition of gender? How do contemporary scholars and activists utilise this definition? Media archaeology is often described as an approach to media studies that goes “under the hood.” Although media archaeology, with its focus on hardware and formats, has often been viewed as a branch of media studies that leaves little room to account for questions of gender, in this talk, Kate Eichhorn argues that gender is part of media archaeology’s broader project. With specific reference to her research on the history of xerography, she demonstrates gender’s place in media archaeological investigations while making a case for media archaeology as a methodology that might help move discourses on gender and technology beyond the uses and counter-narratives approach that has long structured such discussions.

Registration is not compulsory, but highly appreciated.

Earlier Event: November 28
I am closer to you than your very self
Later Event: December 3
Reading Room 4: Feeling and Form