Cornelia Goethe Centrum

Myra Marx Ferree: “The Crisis of Masculinity…” on June 28 – GRADE Center Gender Workshop

We cordially invite you to take part in our upcoming workshop with Myra Marx Ferree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on “The crisis of masculinity and the rise of anti-liberal politics in the US and EU” on Friday, June 28 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Friday, June 28, 2019 Myra Marx Ferree (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The crisis of masculinity and the rise of anti-liberal politics in the US and EU

Many see current politics of masculinity as fueled by a neoliberal order that steals men’s jobs, allies itself with feminism to demand a more malleable masculinity, and presents society as threatened by feminist efforts to destabilize ‘us’-‘them’ binaries of national, sectarian, sexual, and gender identities. Indeed, ever since Engels predicted that capitalism would destroy “the” family in its pre-industrial patriarchal form, there have been struggles over family ties and progressive victories in new forms of power and partnership. I suggest a deeper connection between the remaking of families and the reconstruction of political relationships, one that addresses family-work systems and demographic change in intersectionally gendered terms.

The workshop will consist of three parts: (1) A short lecture by Prof Marx Ferree, (2) a subsequent discussion on the basis of the lecture and the readings and (3)  concluding, making connections between the discussions and the readings and the projects of the participants.

Mandatory Readings

  • Collins, Patricia Hill (2001): Like one of the family: race, ethnicity, and the paradox of US national identity. In: Ethnic and Racial Studies. 24:1. 3-28.
  • Craig, Maureen A. / Rucker, Julian M. / Richeson, Jennifer A. (2018) : Racial and Political Dynamics of an Approaching “MajorityMinority” United States. In: ANNALS, American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. 677:May. 204-214.
  • Datta, Neil (2018): Restoring the Natural Order. The religious extremists’ vision to mobilize European societies against human rights on sexuality and reproduction. In: European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development.
  • Kováts, Eszeter (2017): The Emergence of Powerful Anti-Gender Movements in Europe and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy. In: Köttig, M., et al. (eds): Gender and Far Right Politics in Europe. 175-189.

Professor Myra Marx Ferree is the Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology (emerita) and also a member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Varieties of Feminism: German Gender Politics In Global Perspective (2012), which was translated as Feminismen and co-published by Campus and the Bundeszentral fuer politische Bildung. She is the co-author with Lisa Wade of Gender: Ideas, interactions, Institutions (second edition, 2018). She has written numerous articles about feminist organizations and politics in the US, Germany and internationally, as well as about gender inequality in families, the inclusion of gender in sociological theory and practice, and the intersections of gender with race and class. She received the 2004 Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association and the 2013 Victoria Schuck Award from the American Political Science Association. She has served as vice-president of the American Sociological Association and deputy editor of its leading journal, American Sociological Review, and as President of Sociologists for Women in Society.

You are also invited to hand in abstracts of your current qualification projects beforehand, if you want to discuss and/or present the projects in more detail during the session.

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Language: English.
Target Groups: M, E, A, P, HS.
Date: Freitag, 28.06.2019, 10am-2pm
Location: Campus Westend, Seminarhouse, Room SH 0.106.