Difference and Representation
In this seminar we ask about the connection between categories of difference and politics of representation. On the basis of some key texts from gender and queer studies, disability studies and critical race theory, we deal with the origin and effectiveness of stereotypes on the one hand, on the other hand, we discuss the self-empowering strategies in artistic works on the topics of gender and sexuality, disability, “race” and class. A second perspective is the ethical question of how to deal with potentially hurtful images and words and the limits of what can be shown. The online events in the context of the series differenz_Gestalten with Jens Kastner ("Class as a fighting term: To hide classes in the fine arts"), Jasco Viefhues (who will talk about his film Save the Fire about the photographer Jürgen Baldiga), Natascha Frankenberg ("Marriage, Death and Queer Cinema”) and Alexandra Hartmann ("Race, Representation and Pop Culture") are included in the content of the seminar. All texts are made accessible via Moodle at the beginning of the semester.