Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities

Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities

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


15–16 April, 2021
Online via Zoom


The research platform „GAIN – Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities“ was established in January 2020 and aims at attending to the complex and ambivalent processes that give rise to intersectionally gendered
Originally, the kick-off conference had been scheduled for April 2020, but had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
Now GAIN is pleased to host its inaugural conference „Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities“ online via Zoom from 15-16 April 2021 in cooperation with colleagues from Hungary.
In addition to interdisciplinary panels, which will cover a broad range of topics, we are delighted for this year’s first GAIN Gender & Agency Lecture by Rosalind Gill on the topic of “Posting a perfect life: Affect, social media and fear of getting it wrong”.

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Thursday, 15 April

Zoom Room

10.00 – 10.30
Conference Opening

Elisabeth Holzleithner, Sylvia Mieszkowski, Birgit Sauer (Speakers)

10.30 – 12.15

Panel. Historical Perspectives

Moderator: Maria Sagmeister

Marlen Bidwell-Steiner: Blindfolded justitia and other female allegories in early modern Europe
Christa Hämmerle: In_visibility of a mass phenomenon: Nurses of the first world war – a paradigmatic story
Claudia Kraft: Brave new universalist world: On the in_visibilisation of gender in the former second world

12.15 – 13.45

Lunch Break

13.45 – 15.30

Panel. Paradoxes of Visibility and Voice

Moderator: Maria Sagmeister

Beáta Nagy: In_visibility of Women in Academia
Andrea Kriszan: Visibility/invisibility of gender in the politics of violence against women
Violetta Zentai: Voice and visibility in resisting disempowerment in authoritarian and anti-gender regimes

15.30 – 16.00
Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.45

Panel. Creating epistemic and ontological in_visibilities

Moderator: Giulia Andrighetto

Sabine Grenz:
Postsecularity and the Closet: interviewing persons with new-metaphysical, religious or spiritual interests
Brigitta Keintzel: “Images of Grief” – Fe/male War Reporting as an In/Visible Touchstone For Gender Issues
Patricia Zuckerhut: In_Visible ontological Difference: Gender and Sexuality in early colonial Mexico

18.00 – 18.30


18.30 – 20.00

GAIN Gender & Agency Lecture

Rosalind Gill: Posting a perfect life: Affect, social media and fear of getting it wrong

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.


Friday, 16 April

Zoom Room

9.00 – 10.45

Panel. Class, Gender and In_Visibilisation

Moderator: Giulia Andrighetto

Erzsébet Barát:
The in/visibility of class relations at the intersection of sexuality and gender
Angéla Kóczé: Gender, Race, Class: Invisible Labour in Academia
Birgit Sauer: Political Representation of women. Towards greater visibility of class and ‘race’ in feminist research

10.45 – 11.15
Coffee Break

11.15 – 13.15

Panel. Ambivalent In_visibilities in (popular) culture

Moderator: Susanne Hochreiter

Katharina Wiedlack: The comfort of in/visibility or rethinking the (post-soviet) ‘queer closet’
Eva Flicker: Ambivalent In_Visibilities: a Viscoursive Approach to Franca Settembrini’s Art Brut Painting  "Feminists"
Elisabeth Holzleithner: Injustice must be seen to be undone: The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in law and popular culture
Sylvia Mieszkowski: “Transparent” and the Optics of Identity

Closing Remarks


Rosalind Gill

Audience during the lecture