Workshop for Master’s and PhD students: Clare Hemmings: Feminist Archives, 15.05.2024, Vienna

In this interactive workshop, the participants will be introduced to the critical and creative interventions within feminist archiving practice. Why have feminists found existing archives to be insufficient for recording and generating feminist history? What archival developments have emerged over the last (at least) 50 years to record, store and share feminist knowledge?
The focus in the first part of the workshop will be on archival knowledge, methodology and practice, showcasing a range of different archives and asking how feminist archival forays have shaped recent understandings of the scope of archives themselves. In the second part, the participants will look at their own emerging projects from an archival perspective: how might they draw on and/or generate archives to enrich their own feminist research? Clare Hemmings will also introduce the participants to some of the archival work she has done over the last 30 years as part of demonstrating the different approaches that can be drawn on.

Referat Genderforschung an der Univ. Wien: Gender Talks Workshop (Web)

Time: 15.05.2024, 11.30-14.45 Uhr
Venue: Univ. Wien, HS 29, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien, Stiege 7, 1. Stock

The workshop will be held in English. Online registration is required for participation (Web)

Clare Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been working at the Dep. of Gender Studies (formerly Gender Institute) since 1999. She has two main areas of research focus – feminist and queer studies – and is particularly interested in thinking through the relationship between these, as well as the ways in which both fields have been institutionalized at national and international levels. She is currently working on two projects: 1) “Inheritance: A Memory Archive” engages questions of gender, sexuality, class-transition and nation through a series of short stories drawing on stories of family histories. 2) “Unnatural Feelings: Anti-Gender and the Right” intervenes in the narratives of ‘anti-gender’ mobilisations – with a specific focus on attacks on Gender Studies as a field of inquiry – to highlight the role of affect in their success.