PhD Seminar Literary & Culture and Media Studies

Queer/Feminist Theories and Politics of In_Visibility

124200 SE 2024S

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Nächster Termin

Dienstag, 25.06.2024 16:15-17:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A


New schedule (from 22 March)
The course starts at SE room 6 and will move to Prof Mieszkowski's room after 17:45.

16.4. 16:15-19:30
30.4. 16:15-19:30
14.5. 16:15-19:30
28.5. 16:15-19:30
11.6. 16:15-19:30
18.6. 16:15-19:30


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Within gender and queer studies politics of in_visibility are an ongoing topic of engagement and discussion and hopefully compatible with many of the PhD projects that are currently being written at our faculty. We have decided to use the seminar to practice some skills that PhD candidates need in their career phase by pretending this seminar is a conference with the topic "Queer/Feminist Theories and Politics of In_Visibility". In a normal conference, you would have to apply by answering a call for papers (CfP: see below) by sending in an abstract, so this is the first genre we are going to practice. We would like to ask you, if you wish to participate in this seminar, to send us an abstract of 250-300 words that describes the presentation you propose. In our case, please send an abstract that describes the presentation you are going to give within our seminar. It should be i) based on your dissertation project, ii) have a clear connection to the topic of our 'conference'/course and ii) get as close to 15 min as possible. In this abstract, you need to explain: your object/s of analysis, your research question, your theory approach/method/core concept/key thinkers on whom you are proposing to draw, and your thesis statement. The talk itself, accompanied by a ppt presentation, will be the second task, and you will receive feedback for it on different levels: as a talk, but also in relation to your dissertation topic. Thirdly, each participant must act as a 'respondent' to one of the presentations. We will match presenters and respondents at the beginning of the course, and you will receive feedback on your responses as well. The last task is to produce a first draft for an article that is based on your presentation, i.e. we expect you to rewrite the piece from a form that works well in an oral genre into a form that fulfils the criteria of a piece of academic writing. We will discuss in class how, in real life, you would proceed to finding a suitable publication opportunity for your article. You will also receive feedback for the 'first draft'.

Call for Papers: "Queer/Feminist Theories and Politics of In_Visibility"
What it means to examine literature and audiovisual media as a form of making intersectional figurations of difference visible or invisible will be at the centre of this course/conference. How can 'politics of in_visibility' be identified in films, television, literature or social media? What aesthetics and discursive rules are used to 'design' differences of gender, sexuality, class, skin colour and other social positionings? And to what extent is their imaginary, aesthetic and political dimension based on these politics? Theoretical considerations and exemplary analyses go hand in hand in the course. Please send your abstract (250-300 words) to the course/conference organisers (andrea.seier@univie.ac.at and sylvia.mieszkowski@univie.ac.at) once you have been accepted into the course by central administration.


Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

- Regular attendance and preparation of weekly session material
- Active participation in class, including individual contributions, work with a partner as well as work in groups
- Presentation of a 15-min talk (accompanied by ppt presentation) on a topic that has strong connections to the course/conference topic "Queer/Feminist Theories and Politics of In_Visibility" as well as the respective PhD thesis.
- Oral response (5 min) to one of the presentations
- Written response based on the presentation MS
- Portfolio of two written tasks: an excerpt of a theory text of your choice that has a strong connection to our course/conference topic; 5,000 word 'first draft' based on your 'talk'

You are only allowed to use AI-support (Chat GPT; Research Rabbit etc.) in the research phase of your written tasks. If you choose to draw on it, you must disclose how and for what exactly you used it in your anti-plagiarism statement. If you opt against using any AI-tool, please declare this as well in your anti-plagiarism statement, so there cannot be any misunderstandings.



We consciously make only a few suggestions at this point, since we would like, ideally, to discuss theory texts that are pertinent to the topic but come directly out of our PhD candidate's dissertation topics.

Judith Butler. Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? London & New York: Verso, 2009.
Richard Dyer. White. Essays on Race and Culture. London/New York 1997.
Elahe Haschemi Yekani and Magdalena Nowicka. "Introduction: Revisualising Intersectionality" in: Magdalena Nowicka, and Tiara Roxanne (eds.). Revisualising Intersectionality. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2022, 1-9.
Elahe Haschemi Yekani. "The Ends of Visibility" in: Magdalena Nowicka, and Tiara Roxanne (eds.). Revisualising Intersectionality. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2022, 77-114.
Laurie Ouellette. "How the other Half Lives: The Will to Document from Poverty to Precarity", in: June Deery/Andrea Press (eds). Media and Class. TV, Film, and Digital Culture, New York/London 2017, 98-114.
Kaja Silverman. "The Gaze" in: Threshold of the Visible World. London & New York: Routledge: 1996, 125-161.
Kaja Silverman. "The Look" in: Threshold of the Visible World. London & New York: Routledge: 1996, 163-193.
Kath Woodward. The Politics of In/Visibility. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

All chosen articles or chapters from the respective books will be made available on Moodle. The seminar corpus is not fixed but very much open to suggestions by participants and material that is relevant in the context of individual projects.



There is no written exam. Input phases combined with group work and classroom discussion; student input from presentation and responses; students' written 'first drafts' and written form of response/peer-review.


Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Active participation in class: 10%
Project Presentation: 30%
Oral response to peer's presentations: 5%
Written feedback to peer's presentation: 5%
Theory text excerpt: 10%
Written 'first draft': 40%

The benchmark for passing the class is 60%.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 80-89%
3 (satisfactory): 70-79%
4 (pass): 60-69%
5 (fail): 0-59%