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Women and their Body

17. März 2023, 10:00 - 18:00

Recent events have shown that it is urgent and fundamentally important to shed new light, through philosophical, linguistic, literary, scientific, medical and artistic perspectives, on the female body and the position of women in relation to their body. Too often it seems that women do not have the right to determine their own body, although men have never been deprived of this right. The question of power over the body is strongly linked to the distinction between men and women. It seems that men have more rights and power on their own body than women. But how is this possible? What is the status of the female body in culture and society? Why is the female body both, an object of desire and a battlefield for demonstrating male power? To what extent have medicine and technology interfered in recent years with the female body and with what consequences?

The conference Women and their body intends to enlarge the network by making it more interdisciplinary, starting with a multidisciplinary Talk Series and Conference. Early scholars as well as established researchers are invited to send abstracts covering different fields in the humanities, speaking about Women and their body. New Voices is a place to connect and to foster communication on our work.

In the Talk Series from Winter 2022/23, there are 6 meetings/dates (completely on Zoom) and on March, 15th, 16th and 17th 2023, an international, hybrid conference will take place, with a Masterworkshop on March 15th.

Registration is now open to everybody interested in the subject (no registration fees):

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Panel I

10.00 Olga Gomilko: Female Body and Freedom: Controversy of Life or Social Dilemman in Marko Vovchok’s Narrations

10.30 Shira Levy: Oral Storytelling, the Female Body and Counter-Hegemonic Narrative in Grace Paley’s “Goodbye and Good Luck”

11.00 Zsuzsanna Lénárt-Muszk: Resisting Reproductive Rights Abuses: Womanhood and Motherhood in Contemporary American Short Fiction

11.30 Coffee Break

11.45 S. Simone Spinelli: Arca as Demiurge: How she builds her own body

12.15 Noemi Fregara: Female body: a site of rebellion

12.45 Lunch

14.00 Tyler D. Farmer: The Progression of 20th Century Dance Norms as a Model of Feminist Sexual Liberation

14.30 Irene Breuer: The panoptic gaze: Female body and architectural space

15.00 Benedetta Milani: Divine and Demonic. A Matter of Power and Femininity

15.30 Coffee Break

15.45 Elżbieta Filipow: On being ‘indisposed’ to study and work or the discourse of the Victorian women’s menstruation

16.15 Carmen Guarino: Distractibility: gender perspectives on mental presence starting from Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen

16.45 Marie-Frédérique Pellegrin: “Do women think with their body?” Descartes, Malebranche, Poulain de la Barre

17.15 Coffee Break

17.30 Emanuele Costa: Anne Conway and the Feminine: Between Receptacle and Embodied Thought


Panel II

10.00 Nuria S. Miras Boronnat: Sexual violence and higher-educational institutions: a history of ambivalence

10.30 Sara Cohen Shabot: Keeping Birthing Bodies Grotesque – Or Resisting Obstretic Violence through Crip Phenomenology

11.00 Björn Freter: Epistemic anti-female* violence and its consequences for the female* body

11.30 Coffee Break

11.45 Evina Glantzi: Autonomy, Gender Violence and the Burdens of the Oppressed Body

12.15 Matthew Crippen and Xiaoyue Wei: Selective Permeability, Political Affordances and the Gendering of Cities

12.45 Lunch

14.00 Mariya Shcherbyna: Beauty practices and Ukrainian women refugees: another double bias

14.30 Anastasia Guidi Itokazu and Camila Ribeiro Andrade: No one releases anyone’s hand: attacks on Brazilian women reproductive rights during Jair Bolsonaro’s government

15.00 Madhavi Mohan: Abortion in the US and birthing people

15.30 Coffee Break

15.45 Aura-Elena Schussler: A Feminist Critique of the Objectification of the Female Body

16.15 Sandra Markewitz: The Virgin Thinker. On Women Denying the Sexual Marketplace

16.45 Hassan Ali: Dancing With Difference: Transsexual Sadomasochism as a General Economy

17.15 Coffee Break

17.30 Laura Martin: Surrogacy, Prostitution, and Women’s Autonomy