Cornelia Goethe Centrum

GRADE Center Gender: Workshop „Domestic Ethics“ on 3.6.22

GRADE Center Gender Workshop “Domestic Ethicson 03.06.2022 at 13-16 o´clock.

Abstract:
The workshop adressess the contradictions that arise from our social organization of care work and the outsourcing of specific labours. Laura Schwartz has studied the relation between activists of the first women’s movement in Britain and their servants; she shows how militant maids and their mistresses allied in the feminist struggle, but also clashed over competing class interests. Dinah Hannaford’s ethnographic analysis examines the relation of expatriate aid workers in the so-called developing world to their maids, nannies, guards, gardeners, and chauffeurs, showing that the seemingly “giving” development industry can also be an extractive industry. Based on these compelling investigations, the workshop aims to discuss, from the transdisciplinary perspective of gender studies, contradictions of self-image(s) and practices, ambivalent feelings and interaction strategies, and feminist politics with regard to different social positionings in our reproductive order.

The workshop will take place on June 3rd at 13-16h at Campus Westend, Seminarhaus 5.107.

If you are interested in participating, please contact n.lorenz@em.uni-frankfurt.de by 30.05.2022.

Dr. Laura Schwartz (Department of History at The University of Warwick) is a historian of feminism and labour movements in Britain, across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has examined the intellectual and political formations that drove successive feminist movements, but also how these ideas are ‘lived’ and taken up by women more widely. Laura Schwartz explores the political limitations and contradictions of British feminism, especially with regards to class and imperialism, as well as its achievements, and in considering these legacies for feminism today. She is the author of 3 mongraphs, the most recent of which is Feminism and the Servant Problem: Class and Domestic Labour in the British Women’s Suffrage Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2019). She has recently established a network entitled ‘Writing Labour History in Brexit Britain’ which brings together scholars whose work challenges contemporary invocations of ‘the British working class’ as white, male and socially conservative.

Dr. Dinah Hannaford (Department of International Studies at the Texas A&M University) is a cultural anthropologist specializing in transnational migration, international development, and the political economy of intimate life. She is the author of Marriage Without Borders: Transnational Spouses in Neoliberal Senegal (Penn Press, 2017), and the co-editor of Opting Out: Women Messing with Marriage Around the World (forthcoming, Rutgers University Press). Her research examines the nexus between the international development industry, care work and migration through an ethnographic study on expat aid workers and their domestic workers. In this summer semester she is a Research Fellow of the Alexander Humboldt Foundation at the Goethe University.

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