"Bodies, Powers, Norms"

Interdisciplinary seminar series with international research alums. May to December 2021. Everyone is welcome.

Poster "Bodies, Power, Norms"

In cooperation with the University’s Center for Gender and Diversity Research (ZGD), the Tübingen Alumni Relations team is organising a virtual interdisciplinary seminar series on “Bodies, Power, Norms”.

The question of bodily norms and power has challenged and provoked intense debate amongst scholars, researchers and activists over the last few decades. The seminar series provides an opportunity to explore the complex politics of the body, and to think through the ways in which these intersect with race, class, age, gender, and sexuality. During the course of the seven seminar sessions, our international speakers will be taking a closer look at the norms that seek to determine the boundaries of the body and discuss the consequences of bodily transgressions in the context of pornography, art, music, dance and movement.

Bodies, Power, Norms” follows a two-fold aim: (i) to create a global forum for debate and exchange on how power and norms work on and via bodies, and (ii) to spark conversations between international Tübingen University research alums and scholars, students, and members of the general public.


Please see the attached poster for more information regarding the individual seminars.


10.06.2021, 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. CEST    
Reclaiming the Female Body in the Short Story ‘Remote Control’: Reading from an Unpublished Collection
Josiah Nyanda (University of the Witwatersrand)

17.06.2021, 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. CEST
The Pornographic Body and Non-Desire
Amir Taha (Independent Scholar)

15.07.2021, 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. CEST
Identity Negotiations and Body Politics: Contemporary Issues of Indonesian Women
Muthia Pramesti, Lisda Liyanti, Regina Widhiasti (University of Indonesia)

23.09.2012, time tba
Two Ghost Stories about Anxiety
Caio Yurgel (Duke Kunshan University)

14.10.2021, 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. CEST
Empowering Through Rhythm: The Impositions of Women’s Bodies and the Drum Kit
Beatriz Medeiros (Universidade Federal Fluminense Brazil)

18.11.2021, 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. CET
Embodiment, Erotic Dance Practices and Patterns of Evaluations: Notes on Historical and Contemporary Contexts in Popular Music
Ledson Chagas (Universidade Federal Fluminense Brazil)

09.12.2021, 12.00 – 2.00 p.m. CET
The Vulnerability of Rebels and Refugees: A Critical Study of Selected Literary Works
Fathima M (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

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