Gender Courses
Faculty of Philosophy
2010-2011

WINTER SEMESTER

School of History and Archaeology

Social organization: Anthropology of gender and sexuality
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: A. Bakalaki
Course Code: LAK 312

The course begins with a review of the conditions that contributed to the emergence of the anthropological interest in women as social agents and, shortly thereafter, to the shift toward engagement with gender as a principle of social organization and also as a metaphor or symbol of various forms of social activity, relatedness and identity. Our survey of the major approaches and debates concerning gender is accompanied by the presentation of ethnographic examples illustrating the historicity and cross cultural variation of gender relations and identities. These examples contribute to the understanding that gender may not be reduced to sex and hence, to the critique of ideological constructs that represent femininity and masculinity as self evident manifestations of biological difference. Similarly, sexuality, to which we will pay special attention, may not be explained away by reference to biology, human nature or a universalistic heteronormativity. Ample bibliography on gender and sexuality in English is available at the Folklore and Social Anthropology Lab.

School of Philology

Linguistic sexism and the claiming of the symbolic
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: Th.-S. Pavlidou
Course Code: GLO 395

The aim of the course is to investigate the relationship between language and gender as a an instance of how language is related to society. Taking various sociolinguistic and feminist approaches to gender into account, the course will focus on the workings of language and linguistic interaction through which women (and more generally, the weaker social groups) are excluded from the symbolic domain and its construction or are presented from the point of view of the dominant social group. Ultimately, what is aimed at is the re-signification of the linguistic system and the changing of linguistic representations through linguistic interaction.
Assessment: group written assignments and oral examinations.

Gender studies and the humanities
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: Th.-S. Pavlidou
Course Code: GLO/GSG 400

The course aims at introducing basic issues with regard to the production and teaching of scientific knowledge that were raised by Gender Studies, as a consequence of the women’s movement in the late ’60s; for example, how do the socially constructed differences and inequalities between men and women inform the objects of inquiry, the scientific theories and methodologies, and so on. Part of the course will be conducted in the form of a Ringvorlesung with contributions by colleagues working in different fields of the humanities, e.g. Social Anthropology, History, Education, Philology, etc. The conceptualization of gender holds a pivotal position in the above investigations: gender as performance (Judith Butler) will be a basic tenet throughout the course, including the written assignment.
Assessment: a) written assignment, b) oral presentation or written examination.

School of Philosophy and Pedagogy

Life histories as a research method : women 's autobiographies and biographies
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: R. Ziogou-Karastergiou, E. Hontolidou
Course Code: P 1444

School of English Language and Literature

Gender and language
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: Μ. Μakri-Τsilipakou
Course Code: Ling4-440Ε

Language as a form of social behaviour both constructs and perpetuates deeply held cultural beliefs concerning the way women and men should view each other and themselves, and the symbolic positioning of women as inferior to men. Discrimination against women (sexism) is built into both language and social divisions and practices, which are, in turn, reinforced by language habits. By focussing on the language used for and by women and men in relation to gendered social practices, we hope to expose sexism and help change the androcentric construction of reality. Relevant topics include gender ingredients and stereotypes, language asymmetries, false ‘generics’, gendered talk, politeness, conversation management, non-verbal communication etc.
Note:  Ideally, this course should be taken after (or together with) Ling4-363 and before (or together with) Ling4-491, without being an official con-/pre-requisite for either.  

The politics of race and gender in American culture: African-American writers
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: D. Pastourmatzi
Course Code: Lit7-369Ε

The course aims at introducing students to the African-American literary tradition. It focuses on the works (essays, short stories, novels) of major black writers from various historical periods, and examines their works from different theoretical perspectives. It probes into the black experience in the United States as it is registered and represented in specific works of art. It clarifies the political awareness and strategies of black writers, as well as their concern with race, gender, class, sexuality and identity. Assessment: Final exam and/or research project(s).

 

SPRING SEMESTER

School of History and Archaeology

Cultural systems of classification: Anthropology of difference
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: E. Skouteri-Didaskalou
Course Code: LAK 404

Contemporary critical approach to anthropological theory and practice in the context of postmodern, deconstructive, postcolonial and reflexive problematics has open the field of analysis of the socially constructed systems of relations which organize, systematize and classify social life around some central though problematic concepts such as the nature, language, culture, time, space, body, name, person, disease, death, attire, food, kinship, family, totemic groups, castes, social classes, nations and ethnic groups, tribe(s), magic, fortune and misfortune, mythology, cosmology, religion. To classify things or people is to arrange them in group which are distinct from each other and are separated by more or less clearly determined lines of demarcation and rules which gives it meaning. As systems of social reference, the taxonomic practices of differentiated social groups and/or societies present structural similarities, but also important, even crucial dissimilarities, while as systems of relations they are culturally and socially defined and they refer to mechanisms and strategies of identification and differentiation according to which individuals and/or social groups/societies organize the ritual/official and the everyday/practical life of the people. The course, based on the presentation and analysis of characteristic examples drawn from ethnography and folklore research, is designed to introduce recent work in and around anthropology concerning the creation of meaning, the assignment of meaning and procedures of social interpretation. If a class of things, of words, of names, of concepts, of individuals, of groups a.s.o. consists of categories which resemble each other, or are brought together or, still, are enclosed by definite limits, then the shifts of the borders, the questioning of the boundaries of meanings, the practical breakings of the rules are of outmost interest. The aspects of culture considered involve systems of thought, cosmologies, and ideology as related to the organization of social life. The course organized in six parts: Language and Culture, Material and Symbolic classifications, The Cultural classification of Space and Time, Individual and Group, Systems of classification and identification of social groups, Man and Cosmos.

School of Philosophy and Pedagogy

Approaches to the history of women’s education in Greece
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: R. Ziogou-Karastergiou
Course Code: P 1501

The aim of the seminar is:
a) The familiarization of students to issues such as female nature, education, social role, that were raised historically by the European philosophers and Greek intellectuals during the 18th and up to the 20th century.
b) The study of the process of women's education in Greece and c) the awareness of the methodological issues involved in the study of the historical sources.                                     Contents (draft outline of the topics)
a) Philosophical and historical approaches:
·Womanhood and Enlightenment, Humanism, Social Darwinism, Political Philosophy of 19th century, New Education Movement of the 20th century
·Gender and History: Women's history, historical and contemporary gender dichotomies
b) Approaches to Women's education in Greece
·The process of getting access in education
·The process of women's primary, secondary and tertian education
·Women teachers in 19th century: social and cultural identity, social and educational role and identity
c) Methodology
Feminist Methodology in education: Autobiography and oral history - the oral history's importance for the study of women's issues. In-depth interview, discourse analysis.                                             
During the seminar students are required to study given historical sources (autobiographies, literature, educational bills, legislative acts) with certain research methods, to write their work in an essay and to present it in the classroom.

School of English Language and Literature

Contemporary cinema, gender and sexuality                                            
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: Ν. Rehling
Course Code: Lit8-359Ε

This course aims to introduce the basic tenets and problematics of feminist film theory. It covers both sociological and psychoanalytic approaches to contemporary cinema, representations of femininity and masculinity, the specificity of cinematic signification, psychoanalytic notions of cinematic discourse (such as the economy of the gaze, voyeurism, fetishism, fantasy, identification), the ethics of the gaze, the screening of the male and female body, the intersection of race, class and sexuality with sexual difference, and gender as performance. The course consists of a screening once a week followed by a discussion of the set film and relevant critical articles. Both Hollywood and independent films are included in the course.