The lectures are open to the public.
Venue: Campus Boekentoren, Building Blandijn, Auditorium Jaap Kruithof, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Time: 10:00-12:00

Lecture 1: Monday 9 September 2019

Shelley Budgeon (University of Birmingham)

Shelley Budgeon is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology who specializes in gender and feminist theory. Her research concentrates on how various forces of social change impact on the constitution of gender relations and the performance of gendered identities. Her expertise encompasses theories of gendered subjectivity; embodiment; feminist politics; theories of new materialism; gender, postfeminism and neoliberalism; sexuality and personal life; and gendered organizations. Her books include Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Gender in Late Modernity(Palgrave, 2011) and Choosing a Self: Young Women and the Individualization of Identity(Praegar, 2003). She has co-edited a special issue of Current Sociology on “Cultures of Intimacy and Care Beyond ‘The Family’ and has published in a wide range of journals including Sociology; Gender, Work and Organisation; Sexualities; Body & Society; European Journal of Women’s Studies; Sociological Research Online; and Women’s Studies International Forum. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia Institute for Gender, ‘Race’, Sexuality and Social Justice and at the Monash University Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

Title of lecture: Embodying Neoliberal Femininity

This lecture will provide an introduction to recent feminist scholarship which seeks to theorise and critically evaluate the complex relationship between neoliberalism and feminism. We will consider how this relationship has produced expectations for the performance of gendered selfhood in accordance with qualities of individuality, autonomy, confidence and freedom. Key characteristics of ‘neoliberal femininity’ and its normative functioning across a range of substantive areas will be analysed including beauty and body practices; consumerism and consumption; and work and organizational cultures. We will further analyse this production of selfhood through the lens of intersectionality and transnationalism to critically evaluate the role it plays in the reproduction of inequality. 


Paul Boyce (University of Sussex)

Paul Boyce is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development at the University of Sussex. His forthcoming edited book is entitled "Queering Knowledge: Analytics, Devices and Investments after Marilyn Strathern'" He is currently preparing a monograph entitled "Sexualities, HIV and Ethnography: Sexual Worldings and Queer Misrecognitions in India". 


Title of lecture: Sexual Worldings

This talk considers ways in which global health rubrics employed for the creation of evidence about sexual subjects in international HIV prevention research and programming may comprise an affective component of ‘sexual worldings.’ By this I mean to evoke a recursive, connected relationship between data production about sexualities and everyday sexual experiencing. I explore such actions as indicative of ways in which (queer) life-worlds may be typified by concealment even at the point at which they might be bound up in knowledge making activities. I connect such perspectives to Heidegger's concept of Dasein as bearing qualities that are hidden. I explore such ideas in reference to life-contexts in and around HIV prevention community-projects in India as an example. In doing so I consider how terms such as ‘MSM’ (and other public health designations) might ‘think’ their subjects – as categories in varied orientations toward sexual being-in-the-world.

LECTURE 3: Wednesday 11 SEPTEMBER 2019

Anna Andreeva (University of Heidelberg)

Anna Andreeva specialises in the religious and cultural history of pre-modern Japan and is especially interested in esoteric Buddhism as well as East Asian histories of gender and medicine. She earned her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2007, and since then worked as a postdoctoral or research fellow at Harvard, Cambridge, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) in Kyoto, and Heidelberg. In 2016–2017, she was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and International Consortium for the Study of the Humanities at Erlangen, and a visiting professor and chair of Japanese History at Bochum. Anna Andreeva is a co-editor of Transforming the Void: Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions (with Dominic Steavu, Leiden: Brill, 2016). Her first monograph, Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japanwas published by Harvard Asia Center in 2017. She is the author of many articles on medieval Japanese religions and is currently working on her second monograph on the cultural history of childbirth in medieval Japan.


Title of lecture: The Women’s Arts Only? Managing Childbirth in Medieval Japan 

The organization of childbirth in elite households of medieval Japan required serious planning and swift orchestration. Although the initial preparations for it could take several months, the labour could easily escalate into both medical and ritual emergency and necessitate an urgent response from the female and male relatives, ritual specialists, physicians, and midwives. Based on recently discovered medico-religious manuscripts and court protocols dating between 1118 and 1337, this lecture will focus on the “gendered choreographies” of childbirth taking place inside and outside of the secluded birth chamber, that is, the actions of people who inhabited such spaces during the tense moments of royal consort’s labour. Closed to male physicians, relatives, and ritual specialists and accessible only to female assistants and ladies-in-waiting, the birth chamber and its immediate surroundings will thus serve as a stage for practicing the various “arts of judgment” and gendered knowledge by both women and men, who specialized in midwifery, Buddhist rituals, Chinese traditional healing or administration of drugs, exorcism, and calculative divination.