GAIN Gender & Agency Lecture

Between 2014 and 2020, the Gender and Agency Research Network organised 10 Gender and Agency Lectures. The GAIN research platform is taking over this series of events.

More about the Gender and Agency Lectures from 2014 to 2020
(in german)

GAIN Gender & Agency Lecture by Dietlind Hüchtker: Gender Studies: Wissenschaft, Politik und die Unsichtbarkeit der Tradition

Thursday, 16. December 2021
6.00 pm
Online via Zoom 


Chair: Gabriella Hauch



Forschungen zur Geschichte von Frauenbewegungen und feministischer Politik betonen die Notwendigkeit der Traditionsbildung. Dies scheinen beispielsweise die Diskussionen der #metoo-Debatten bestätigt zu haben, die entgegen der langen Geschichte der Thematisierung sexueller Übergriffe zumindest im Feuilleton immer wieder als erstmaliger Tabubruch bezeichnet wurden. Ausgehend von diesen Beobachtungen werde ich in dem Vortrag über situiertes Wissen und Politik nachdenken. Inwieweit Vergessen eine bewegungspolitische Strategie oder eine wissenschaftspolitische Praxis ist, wird eine der behandelten Fragen sein. Dabei geht es nicht darum, Traditionsbildung als Lösung zu präsentieren, sondern darum, jene Wissenspraktiken zu analysieren, die zu einer solchen Beobachtung führen und die jeweiligen synchronen Kontexte aufzuzeigen, die divergieren.

GAIN Gender & Agency Lecture by Rosalind Gill: “Posting a perfect life: Affect, social media and fear of getting it wrong”

Rosalind Gill

15 April, 2021, 6:30pm
Online via Zoom

The lecture was part of the Conference Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities (15-16 April 2021)


Welcome and Introduction: Elisabeth Holzleithner



In this talk I share findings from a new research project I conducted in Spring and Summer 2020. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to survey and interview a diverse group of more than 200 young people about their lives and experiences. Topics ranged from experiences of ‘lockdown’ to #BlackLivesMatter, from camera culture to body positivity, and offer an extraordinarily rich insight into young people’s lives on and offline.

Here I discuss the pervasive pressures many young women experienced to present a ‘perfect life’, showing how these went beyond imperatives to post beautiful pictures, but also extended to appearing popular, interesting, successful and positive. Anxieties around posting pulsed through the interviews, and were experienced viscerally via racing hearts, sick feelings and inability to sleep. I analyse these fears of ‘getting it wrong’ and and how to understand these experiences of intense and ubiquitous judgment in young women’s lives.


Rosalind Gill is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at City, University of London, and has written extensively about media, work, and intimacy. She is known for her work exploring the relationship between culture and subjectivity, developing ideas about the psychological turn in neoliberalism. Her books include Gender and the Media (Polity, 2007); Aesthetic Labour: Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism (Palgrave, 2017 with Ana Sofia Elias and Christina Scharff); and Mediated Intimacy: Sex Advice in Media Culture (Polity, 2018, with Meg-John Barker and Laura Harvey). Her most recent book is The Confidence Cult(ure) (Duke University Press, with Shani Orgad).

GAIN Gender & Agency Lecture Mieke Verloo: Taking Radical Feminism Seriously: Learning about Bodies, Sex, Intimacy and Kinship from Second Wave Feminism

Thursday, 10 December 2020
6:00 pm
Online via Zoom


The legacy of radical feminism has much to offer for current times. I see at least three major reasons. A first one is that gender equality policymaking continues to show large absences when it comes to core feminist issues that were put on the agenda by radical feminists (think abortion, family law, sexuality). Another one is that many issues stemming from that legacy are at the heart of anti-feminist opposition (think abortion, family law, motherhood, feminist education). And a last one is that many of these issues are among the most contested within feminism (think prostitution, pornography, surrogacy, motherhood). In combination, taking radical feminism seriously means we can work towards improving gender equality policies, unpack and maybe overcome feminist contestations, and be better prepared to face anti-feminist opposition.


Moderation: Elisabeth Holzleithner



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