Torstaina 23.11.2017
13.30-15:00, Päärakennus, C1-sali
Puheenjohtaja: Hannele Harjunen, Jyväskylän yliopisto

Intersectionality as Academic ‘Enterprise’: Unravelling a Case of Postracial Neoliberal Incorporation
Professori Sirma Bilge (Université de Montreal)

What does the academic incorporation of intersectionality, an initially insurgent knowledge project firmly rooted in black feminist thought and activism, tell us about neoliberal rationalities and techniques that govern today’s academy and transform our relationships, as “critical” knowledge producers, to our work and to ourselves? With a theoretical framework that brings together governmentality scholarship and work on racial capitalism/neoliberalism, this keynote paper addresses the broader academic entrepreneurial ecosystem within which intersectionality’s current depoliticizing and whitening unfolds. Seeking specifically to answer how race gets erased in much of the contemporary (feminist) intersectionality research and teaching, it unpacks our academic practices and their attendant subjectivities contributing to the hegemonic rearticulation of intersectionality, and discusses alternative practices and interstitial spaces to counter its governmentalizing and to reclaim its radical transformative potential for racial and social justice.

Kommenttipuheenvuoro: Professori Ann Phoenix (University of London)

Perjantaina 24.11.2017
12:00-13:30, , Päärakennus, C1-sali
Puheenjohtaja: Heli Valtonen, Jyväskylän yliopisto

The Dividend of History: Placing the “Crisis of Masculinity” in Time Perspective
Professori John Tosh (Roehampton University, London)

As an academic pursuit the history of masculinities in Britain dates back to the1980s.  Like other radical histories of the time it proposed to furnish useful knowledge for a critically engaged public. Little of that outward-looking mind-set remains today. Like the broader gender history of which it forms a constituent part, the history of masculinities has become fully accepted in academe, and its exponents are mostly concerned to establish or enhance their standing among their peers. This lecture aims to make the case for a more engaged and socially relevant history of gender. The lecture will consider the ways in which a historically grounded perspective can illumine the recent conviction that men are ‘in crisis’ by examining two earlier crises - the fin de siècle of the 1890s and the Depression of the 1930s. My intention is to test the limits of historical analogy, because it is through analogical thinking that the wider public is most aware of the past. The outcome of this comparison is a nuanced distinction between what is enduring or recurrent in our situation and what is distinctively new.

Kommenttipuheenvuoro: Ann-Catrin Östman (Åbo Akademi)