Doctoral Schools for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
1. Prof. Barbara Duden (Leibniz Universität Hannover) June 13- 14
General lecture (13th June, 18:00): Current concepts in feminism – LETT 08.16
Doctoral seminar (14th June, 10:00-13:00): The Appropriateness/Inappropriateness of our current concepts in feminism – SW 00.113
Barbara Duden, currently professor of at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Hannover, became one of the pioneers of the history of the body with the publication of her 1987 monograph Geschichte unter der Haut. Ein Eisenacher Arzt und seine Patientinnen um 1730 (The Woman Beneath the Skin. A Doctor's Patients in Eighteenth Century Germany, Harvard University Press 1998). In this study she convincingly demonstrated that the most basic biological and medical terms we use to describe our own bodies--male/female, healthy/sick--are in fact cultural constructions. Barbara Duden has since then written and edited numerous books on the history of scientific observation and intuition of the body and on the contingency of somatic experience: Body History, a Repertory. / Körpergeschichte, ein Repertorium. (Wolfenbüttel 1990), Disembodying Women. Perspectives on Pregnancy and the Unborn (Harvard 1993), Anatomie der guten Hoffnung. Bilder vom ungeborenen Menschen 1500-1800 (Stuttgart 1996), Die Gene im Kopf - der Fötus im Bauch. Historisches zum Frauenkörper (Hannover 2002).
- Lecture: Arts Faculty (room 08.16), Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 Leuven,
- Seminar: Faculty of Social Sciences (room SW00.113), Parkstraat 45, Leuven.
2. Prof. Cordelia Fine (University of Melbourne) September 19-20
General Lecture (19th September, 18:00): "Women and Men are from Earth: The real science of sex differences" – Aud. Michotte; PSI 91.93
Doctoral Seminar (20th September, 10:00-13:00): Is there ‘neurosexism’ in functional neuroimaging investigations of sex differences’? - tba
Cordelia Fine is a cognitive neuroscientist who is sceptical of neuropsychological theories that claim to prove that men's and women's brains are intrinsically different. She studied experimental psychology at Oxford University, criminology at Cambridge University and cognitive neuroscience in London and is currently ARC Future Fellow in Psychological Sciences and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. In her research she aims to lay bare the developmental path that is constructed, step by step, out of the continuous and dynamic interaction between brain, genes and environment. Among her numerous publications are: A Mind of its Own. How your Brain Distorts and Deceives (Norton 2008), Delusions of Gender. How our Mind, Society and Neurosexism Create Differences (Norton 2010), "From scanner to soundbite: Issues in interpreting and reporting sex differences in the brain", Current Directions in Psychological Science 19: 280-283 (2010); "Will working mothers' brains explode? The popular new genre of neurosexism", Neuroethics 1 (1): 69-72 (2008)
- Seminar: tb
3. Prof. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University) September 24-25
Doctoral seminar (24th September, 13:00-16:00): Ethics and Politics- STUK 02.C004
General lecture (25th September, 18:00): Postcolonialism Today – MSI 02.08
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor at the Institute for Comparative Literature of Columbia University,. Her areas of interest are 19th- and 20th-century literature, Marxism, feminism, globalization, deconstruction and poststructuralism, Her work offers a rigorous and unflinching scrutiny of the so-called truths of Western capitalist discourse and what it marginalises or leaves behind. Spivak is most of all associated with postcolonialism. Throughout her oeuvre she has dealt with cultural imperialism and its creation of the subaltern, something which she pursues with a rare consistency, a strong sense of critique for political or institutional appropriation and a keen eye for the irreducible hybridity of language. The fundamental undecidability of meaning already came to the fore in Spivak’s translation of and preface to Derrida’s seminal Of Grammatology in 1976. Among her best-known publications are: "Can the Subaltern Speak?" in Cary Nelson and Larry Grossberg, eds. Marxism and the interpretation of Culture. Chicago: University of Illinois Press (1988); In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987); Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993); Death of a Discipline (2003); An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization (2012). In 2012 she was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Thought and Ethics.
- Lecture: STUK, room 02.C004, Naamsestraat 96, Leuven
- Seminar: Arts Faculty, MSI 02.08, Erasmusplein 2, Leuven