Knowledge: after following this course the student has an insight in:
- various theories on feminism
- historical and critical perspectives on issues related to feminism, gender, and diversity
- strategies of thinking within cultural studies
- the emergence of the digital public sphere(s)
Skills: after following this course the student is able to:
- articulate in the writing assignments their own thoughts in the context of contemporary debates on feminism
- analyze and interpret various showcases regarding feminist practices and strategies
- formulate clear and critical arguments about ethical and social issues
- share, understand and defend contrasting opinions in an partly structured and partly informal teaching atmosphere.
This course considers feminist theories, as well as performances and practices of feminist artists and public intellectuals.|
By examining the main institutions of the public sphere (traditional media, social media, critical art, and popular culture), we will discuss various theoretical perspectives and data regarding feminism as a political project exploring the diverse ways men and women are socially empowered and disempowered.
The main questions asked in the course are:
- what is feminism?
- how relevant is feminism for artists, intellectuals, politicians and their audiences today?
- how has feminism emerged into post-feminism and cyber-feminism?
- how can we analyze specific data in popular, canonical and digital culture with a feminist lens? We will explore the work and performance of – among others - MIA (British Rapper), Fiona Tan (visual artist), Michelle Obama (being the wife of), Souad Mekhennet (journalist), Arundhati Roy (writer & activist) and Naomi Klein (journalist & activist).