Center for Gender and Diversity Research

Categories in Flux: Continuity and/or Change

"Categories in Flux" is an international conference hosted by the interdisciplinary research training group "The Persistence of Gender Binaries" at the Centre for Gender and Diversity Research, University of Tübingen from 9 until 11 October 2019. We invite junior scholars of all social sciences, philosophy, political, cultural and literary studies, as well as any other scholar who engages with ideas on categories and continuity and/or change. The conference will be held in English and German. The conference will bring together distinguished keynote speakers and researchers presenting research papers. At the same time, there will be room to present ‘work in progress’ for PhD students wishing to discuss their thesis projects in the form or poster presentations.

People who are interested in participating in the conference can register here.

Contact: categoriesinfluxspam prevention@mail.de (Patrick Bresemann and Hanne Roth)


Concept

“The sheer ability and staying power of the idea that male and female psychologies are inherently different can’t help but impress”, observes Cordelia Fine with regard to the current trend of a certain kind of neuroscientific research that legitimises a binary gender order. While the 1990s and early 2000s saw a wave of publications challenging the assumption that men and women are fundamentally different creatures, and despite efforts to include marginalised sexualities and forms of partnership and parenting arrangements into the fold of a pluralistic society, we now seem to be witnessing the reemergence of ‘traditional’ gender roles. But are we? Other voices would say that things have changed for the better in recent years. Margarete Stokowski speaks of the “final days of patriarchy”, while Jonas Schaible is of the opinion that the ostensible political shift to the right in recent years represents nothing more than a vocal minority, with the majority of the population actually having become “more pluralistic, liberal and more diverse”.


Opinions are evidently divided as to whether we are living in times of “Continuity or Change”. This takes us back to the question of the making and unmaking of categories. Most social orders are grounded in categorical frameworks that make clear, though contingent, distinctions between people focused around such concepts as gender, class and ethnicity. In the conference “Categories in Flux”, we will focus on how societal change is connected to change in categories. Can fairly recent changes in society topple old categories, or can an old social order be subverted by new categories? Do new terms have the power to bring about equality, or do they merely disguise continuing inequalities? While others have previously attempted to explain these phenomena in terms of either continuity or change, we do not see such explanations as mutually exclusive. We take our lead from Raymond Williams, whose concept of the simultaneity of emergent, residual and hegemonic categories paints a picture of a far more complex state of affairs than the simple question “Continuity or Change?”. Are we witness to the emergence of something genuinely new? Or how do we know that these final days of patriarchy are not simply a stage in the history of an immensely durable social order?

In this conference, we wish to bring together a variety of disciplinary perspectives to discuss current events and the phenomena of “Categories in Flux” in order to explore questions of continuity and/or change.

Programme

WEDNESDAY, 09 OCTOBER 2019

 

13:30-14:30

14:30-14:45

14:45-15:15

 

 

 

15:30-17:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18:00-19:00

 

 

 

19:00

REGISTRATION

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

OPENING SPEECH

Prof. Dr. Marion Müller (Tübingen)
Categories in Flux: Some Considerations About Categorizing People

 

PANEL I – MASCULINITIES
Teresa Streiß (Gießen)
“Boys Will Be Boys” – Boys’ Education Between Continuity and Change


Anne Burkhardt (Tübingen)
Masculinity and Diesel: About the Fight of the Right to Remain ‘Real’ Men


Grzegorz Kubiński (Kraków)
Hegemonic or Weak Masculinity? Fluctuating Patterns of Masculinity on the Example of Socio-Political Events

 

KEYNOTE
Prof. Dr. Heike Kahlert (Bochum)
Interrogating Domination in Gender Relations: A Critical Examination of Selected Sociological Concepts

 

WINE RECEPTION


THURSDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2019

08:00-09:00

09:00-12:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:00-13:00

 

13:00-14:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

14:00-17:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17:30-18:30

 

 

 

 

 

19:30

COFFEE

PANEL II – IDENTITY
Oleksandra Tarkhanova (Bielefeld)
Gender Equality and 'Protection of Women': Continuity and Change in Ukrainian Gender Politics


Svenja Spyra (Munich)
Die Figur der (queeren) Femme im lesbisch_queeren und feministischen Aktivismus in

Deutschland. Eine soziologische Betrachtung des zeitlichen Wandels einer Kategorie


Friedrich Gabel (Tübingen)
Between Special Needs and Social Diversity: On Approaches of Operationalizing Needs and

Capacities in the Contexts of Disaster Management


Hannah Bennani (Tübingen)
Die Diversifizierung der Weltgesellschaft – Kategoriale Globalisierungsdynamiken am Beispiel

„indigene Völker“

 

LUNCH AND COFFEE BREAK

 

POSTER SESSION
Bernhard Frühwirth (Regensburg)
Louka Goetzke (Berlin)
Mila de Graaf (Amsterdam)
Patrick Bresemann (Tübingen)
Miriam Brunnengräber (Mainz)

 

PANEL III – PERSISTENCE
Roland Bolz (Berlin)
Conceptual Change Between Structuralism and Cognitive Psychology


Renate Baumgartner (Tübingen)
„Gender war für mich ein Thema…“ Persistenz von Kategorien in Veranstaltungen zu

künstlicher Intelligenz


Daniel Lehnert (Tübingen)
Traditional Family Values and Exclusive Solidarity. The Transformation of Care-Networks

and the German Welfare State


Susanne Richter (Bielefeld)
'Sei was du willst, aber sei es richtig' – Anforderungen zur Authentizität in Beauty Videos

als Strategie flexibler Essentialisierung

 

KEYNOTE
Dr. Paul Kelleher (Atlanta)
Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) and the Human Animal: Where are We,

Three Centuries Later?

 

 

CONFERENCE DINNER
Bootshaus am Neckar
Wöhrdstraße 25, 72072 Tübingen


Friday, 11 October 2019

09:00-10:00

10:00-12:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:00-12:30

 

12:30-13:30

 

 

 

13:30-14:00

COFFEE

PANEL IV – ALTERNATIVES
Anna Berger (Tübingen)
Resisting Patriarchy: Alternatives to Heteronormativity in Elizabeth Gaskell’s “The Grey Woman”

and Charlotte Riddell’s “Nutbush Farm”


Dominika Lisy (Gothenburg)
Let’s Talk About (Binaries in) Sex! A Diffractional Analysis of the Sexual Continuum and Our

Apparatuses of Investigation


Paul Helfritzsch (Jena)
Brechen, zerfließen, versiegen: Versuche zu Unbestimmtheiten im Umgang miteinander

 

LUNCH SNACK AND COFFEE

 

KEYNOTE
Dr. Sarah J. Mahler (Miami)
Social Categories: They Don’t Have to Be Either/Or; They Can Actually Be Both and More

 

CONCLUDING REMARKS