femphil reading circle
The Feminist Philosophy Reading Circle started as a student initiative in WS 2017/18 at the University of Bayreuth. It aims at creating a welcoming space for students to engage with gender-related issues, with different pieces of academic work and material being discussed each time (mostly authored by women).
reading circle 2021
Feminism and a new era of masculinity, 20.04.21 – 06.07.21 / held by Paula Hüttisch & Meike Schneiders
What does it mean to be a man in society? What is patriarchy? What is toxic masculinity and how is it hurting men and women all around the world? How can we move past a binary system of gender? To analyze these questions we will read various authors including Michael S. Kimmel, Raewyn Connell, JJ Bola, Kate Manne among others.
As of right now we are planning to do the reading group via Zoom. (Maybe we will be able to switch to in person meetings, but we’ll discuss that in the group.)
Last but not least we are going to provide you with the reading materials.
Meike and Paula
We both study Philosophy and Economics Bachelor in the final stages. What originated from the simple desire to learn more about the origins of modern feminism through reading Simone de Beauvoir, developed into wonderful semesters full of enlightening discussions with wonderful people. Still, we see the reading circle as an open format and discussion group to exchange one’s thoughts and ideas. We are looking forward to meeting you all and discussing these important topics.
April 20, 2021
April 27, 2021
May 4, 2021
May 11, 2021
May 18, 2021
June 1, 2021
June 8, 2021
June 15, 2021
June 22, 2021
June 29, 2021
July 6, 2021
Male Privilege and feminism in 2020, 10.11.20 – 09.02.21
Held by Paula Hüttisch & Meike Schneiders
To analyze these questions we will read excerpts of Kate Mannes newest book “Entitled – how mens privilege hurts women” enriched by other authors and perspectives.
Das andere Geschlecht / 28.04 – 04.08.2020
Held by Paula Hüttisch & Meike Schneiders
Was bedeutet es eine Frau zu sein? Dieses Semester werden wir im Rahmen der Feminist Philosophy Reading Group gemeinsam Ausschnitte Beauvoirs Werk lesen und diskutieren. Aufgrund der aktuellen Lage wird die Lesegruppe bis auf Weiteres online stattfinden. Deshalb ist eine kurze formlose Anmeldung per Mail für das erste Treffen sehr wichtig.,
Das andere Geschlecht, Simone de Beauvoir
Für die erste Sitzung stellen wir euch die Einleitung gerne per Mail zur Verfügung. Wer dauerhaft dabei sein will sollte die oben genannte Ausgabe des Buches erwerben.
Treffen am 28. April: Organisatorisches und Einleitung
Treffen am 5. Mai: Erster Teil: Schicksal (III, Seite 77-86), Mythos (III, Seite 318-329)
Treffen am 12. Mai: Junges Mädchen
Treffen am 19. Mai: Sexualität
Treffen am 26. Mai: Situation (VII Seite 667-670) & (X Seite 747-55 und Seite 780-81)
Treffen am 9. Juni: Rechtfertigungen (XII Seite 799-815 und Seite 830-31)
Treffen am 23. Juni: Die unabhängige Frau
Treffen am 7. Juli: Schluss
Treffen am 21. Juli: Freiraum und Diskussion
Treffen am 4. August: Sekundärliteratur und Abschluss
Women and Knowledge / 05.12.2018
“I, for one, feel lucky to be living at this exciting, if problematic, moment in the history of women and the history of science. The intersection of these two histories will have immense consequences for women. It is also possible that it will have have equally immense consequences for science. A science that is to be “for humanity” will have to be for women as well as for men; it will have to be a science directed by feminists – males as well as females. Since women are to be found in every class, race and culture, it will have to be directed by a global feminism, not by a movement that seeks merely to add women to the group of men in the West who are overadvantaged.” (Harding 1989)
“Within the western philosophical tradition, emotions have been considered as potentially or actually subversive of knowledge. […] Reason rather than emotion has been regarded as the indispensable faculty for acquiring knowledge. Emotions are neither more basic than observation, reason, or action in building theory, nor secondary to them. Each of these human faculties reflects an aspect of human knowing inseparable from the other aspects.” (Jaggar 1996)
In our discussion, we will look at the relation between women and knowledge, both by revising past and present history of women in sciences to inquire upon the future of the field and through a critical assessment of the traditional epistemological model underlying the production of knowledge in the Western world.
Pornography, sex and consent / 07.06.2018
Romantic love and relationships / 24.05.2018
“What we call romantic is a philosophical issue that touches on the core of who we are, and what we value […] We collectively write the script that determines the shape of the privileged relationship style. This script has changed, and will continue to change. But currently that process goes on largely below the radar: we aren’t supposed to see it happening, or realise that we can control it. Romantic love maintains a wholly ‘natural’ image, evading challenge or critical scrutiny by seeming inevitable, incomprehensible and wonderful. We must get beyond this.
(Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins)
Masculinity as Homophobia /03.05.2018
Is masculinity a natural trait or a performed act? What implications does homophobia – men’s fear of other men and the necessity to prove their virility in front of them – have for the way men conceive of and treat women? Why are almost all violent extremists men? What are the consequences of the #MeToo movement for the dominant narrative of masculinity? …What do YOU think?
If you want to share your thoughts with fellow students, come and engage in some grassroots philosophy at our next Feminist Philosophy Reading Club session this coming Thursday! This summer’s very first meeting will be devoted to a discussion of the concept of masculinity and build on a key reading by sociologist M. Kimmel: “Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity”.