Gender Courses
Faculty of Philosophy
2012-2013

WINTER SEMESTER

School of History and Archaeology

Introduction to folkore and social anthropology
Instructor: E. Skouteri-Didaskalou
Course Code: FSA 101

Based on a range of examples, integrating knowledge produced from a variety of perspectives, placing Anthropology and Folklore in a wider context, highlighting their histories (Social/Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology/Vőlkerkunde, Folklore/Volkskunde/Laographia, Ethnography/fieldwork), exploring the cultural politics and implications of discriminating ideological practices (such as racism, nationalism, genocide, ethnic cleansing, fundamentalism, cultural imperialism, gender and other discrimination), examining analytical concepts and predicaments (such as race, ethnicity, society, culture, folk, tradition, and also multiculturalism, locality/globalization, identity/hetereogeneity), this course is an attempt to present a comprehensive introduction to a wider, more generalizing, critical and reflexive anthropological endeavour which in our times shares the same more or less problematics and studies the same social realities as History, Archaeology and other Social Sciences. The aim of the course is not only to present the basic definitions, concepts and theoretical and methodological tools of the discipline, but to also offer a distinctive anthropological perspective in matters of cultural identity and otherness as regards both past situations and present politics.

School of English Language and Literature

The politics of race and gender in American culture: African-American writers
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).

Stage representations of gender and sexuality
Instructor: E. Sakellaridou
Course Code: 8-429E

During the 1970s feminist theatre research, in conjunction with the feminist movement and the parallel development of feminist theory, introduced to the theatrical field the perspective of gender difference and sexual desire, thus complicating the problematics of representation and the identity of the gaze in the construction and reception of the spectacle. This quest led to specific aesthetic forms and strategies of representation, which are now widely used by diverse marginalized social groups for the deconstruction of gender stereotypes of the dominant culture. Their common target is to promote alternatives of multivalent representation that take into account such parameters as gender, race, ethnicity and sexual preference. The course will be taught through an analysis of representative theatrical scripts and a parallel discussion of relevant theoretical texts.

School of German Language and Literature

Literary theory: An introduction to gender studies and men’s studies: Gender and violence in twentieth-century literature
Instructor: S. Delianidou
Course Code: ΒΚ0120

 

SPRING SEMESTER

School of Philology

Gender studies and the humanities
Instructor: Th.-S. Pavlidou, M. Mike, K. Kitsi-Mytakou
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 History and Archaeology

Issues in symbolic thought and ideology: Anthropology of the body
Instructor: A. Bakalaki
Course Code: FSA 314

The course begins with a review of the major anthropological approaches to the relation between the biological constitution of humans and the cultural creativity that characterizes the species of Homo sapiens. These approaches provide a perspective from which the body, a constitutive element of subjectivity, emerges as both site of inscription and agent of cultural values and social practices, as criterion for hierarchical classifications or for social exclusion, and as small scale representation or symbol of the universe within which human sociality and interaction with supernatural entities and forces is situated. The ethnographic examples illustrating the cultural variation which attitudes and practices concerning the body constitutes focus on the negotiation of human mortality and on specific forms of care and ritual dedicated to the dead body. The rational behind this focus is the understanding that dealing with death provides a valuable vantage point from which to appreciate embodiment as an aspect of subjectivity in the context of different social and historical contexts. A bibliography in English is available.

School of Psychology

Feminist perspectives in psychology
Instructor: V. Deliyianni-Kouimtzi
Course Code: 856

This course belongs to the broaden are of Critical Psychology. It includes (a) an introductory lecture title ‘Feminist approaches of the science and the society’ and (b) a research and practice seminar titled ‘Gender identities in the family and the school context’. The aim of the course is (a) to introduce students to a critical approach of Psychology as a discipline, (b) to offer students the opportunity to understand how feminist theory and practice can influence the role of the psychologist in general and of school psychologist in particular.

School of German Language and Literature

Literature and 'masculinity'
Instructor: I. Pangalos