Why does par­ent­hood need a gen­der? Inter­dis­ci­plinary fem­i­nist per­spec­tives on the pri­vate as a pub­lic mat­ter

Innsbrucker Gender Lectures 2023/24

Children have long been dependent on the care and support of their elders. In all societies, parenthood and kinship were institutionalized in order to organize the responsibility of older people for younger people. In the course of history, these tasks have also been opened up to other and new institutions. Against this background, the Innsbruck Gender Lectures focus on the one hand on the questions of how and for what purpose parenthood is gendered in the transformation of modern, Western society, which and whose interests the allocation of gender-polarizing responsibilities serve decisively and sustainably, and which constellations of actors gain decisive power of definition over the meaning of gender-differentiated parenthood and dominate its invocation. On the other hand, these same questions are also posed with regard to the equalization of parenthood. The contributions to the lecture series will analyse gender-related differentiation and equalization strategies in the transformation process of modern parenthood from an interdisciplinary feminist perspective and discuss their omissions and idealizations.

Societies can only ensure that people become parents through generational succession. The institutionalization of parenthood thus follows an eminently public interest. Contrary to the modern socio-political demarcation between the public and private spheres, parenthood is a public matter that is assigned to the private sphere and goes hand in hand with a gender-typifying division of socially necessary work. A constant ordering of social processes and practices, social discourses and legal regulations as well as temporal and spatial structures leads to a relatively stable ordering of parenthood. This is constantly challenged by the different and contradictory expectations of other institutions, organizations and stakeholder groups with regard to child welfare. The resulting expectations of parenthood are in turn linked to social events, developments and dynamics, which are responded to by ongoing, sometimes simultaneous public interventions to legitimize and delegitimize parenthood. The Innsbruck Gender Lectures aim to question the gender concepts interwoven into these processes of order by making visible the constellations of actors, the interests and the historical circumstances of their production, interpretation and practical implementation.


84. Inns­bru­cker Gen­der Lec­ture mit Tat­jana Takševa (22. Mai 2024)

18:00 Uhr, Hörsaal 5, GEIWI, Innrain 52e
Tracing the Maternal through a Transnational Feminist Perspective - Tatjana Takševa, Saint Mary’s University, Canada
Kommentar: Sandra Tausel, PhD Candidate & University Assistant, Department of American Studies, University of Innsbruck
Moderation: Flavia Guerrini, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft, Universität Innsbruck

83. Inns­bru­cker Gen­der Lec­ture mit Mona Mota­kef (16. April 2024)

18:00 Uhr, Hörsaal 7, GEIWI, Innrain 52e
„Queering the family?“ Elternschaft und Familie jenseits von Heteronormativität und Zweigeschlechtlichkeit - Mona Motakef, TU Dortmund
Kommentar: Paul Scheibelhofer, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften, Universität Innsbruck
Moderation: Christine Baur LL.M, Stellvertretende Vorsitzende des Universitätsrats, Universität Innsbruck

79. Inns­bru­cker Gen­der Lec­ture mit Bet­tina Bock von Wül­fin­gen (24. Okto­ber 2023)

18:00 Uhr, Online Vortrag/Hybridveranstaltung, Hörsaal 1/ SOWI, Universitätsstraße 15
Zeugung unter dem Mikroskop 1850er bis 1900: Wie zwischen Biologie und Bürgerlichem Gesetzbuch die moderne Kleinfamilie entstand und das Problem der Erbschaft löste - Bettina Bock von Wülfingen, HU Berlin
Kommentar: Flavia Guerrini, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften, Universität Innsbruck
Moderation: Ina Friedmann, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Innsbruck

80. Inns­bru­cker Gen­der Lec­ture mit Susanne Schultz (28. Novem­ber 2023)

18:00 Uhr, Kleiner Hörsaal, Ágnes-Heller-Haus, Innrain 52a
Die Politik des Kinderkriegens. Feministische Perspektiven auf demografische Krisennarrative und dis/reproduktive Technologien - Susanne Schultz, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Kommentar: Gundula Ludwig, Center für Interdisziplinäre Geschlechterforschung Innsbruck (CGI), Universität Innsbruck
Moderation: Monika Schamschula, DK Geschlecht und Geschlechterverhältnisse in Transformation, Universität Innsbruck

81. Inns­bru­cker Gen­der Lec­ture mit Karin Neu­wirth (9. Januar 2024)

18:00 Uhr, Hörsaal 6, GEIWI, Innrain 52e
De- und Re-Institutionalisierung von Elternschaft im Recht im 20. /21. Jahrhundert in Österreich - Karin Neuwirth, Institut für Legal Gender Studies, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Kommentar: Caroline Voithofer, Institut für Theorie und Zukunft des Rechts, Universität Innsbruck
Moderation: Monika Niedermayr, Institut für Zivilrecht, Universität Innsbruck

82. Inns­bru­cker Gen­der Lec­ture mit Helga Krü­ger-Kirn (19. März 2024)

18:00 Uhr, Hörsaal 1/SOWI, Universitätsstraße 15
Mütterlichkeit braucht kein Geschlecht. Elternschaft und Gender Trouble - Helga Krüger-Kirn, Universität Marburg
Kommentar: Monika Schamschula, MA, Doktoratskolleg Geschlecht und Geschlechterverhältnisse in Transformation, Universität Innsbruck
Moderation: Marion Näser-Lather, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Innsbruck

Concept and Organisation
Maria Wolf, Flavia Guerrini, Mona Schamschula, Paul Scheibelhofer and Julia Tschuggnall

Julia Tschuggnall  julia.tschuggnall@uibk.ac.at +43 512 507-39862

Organised by
CGI - Center for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck

In Cooperation with
Radio Freirad

Archive of the Innsbrucker Gender Lectures

The Innsbruck Gender Lectures have been running since 2009 and most of them have been recorded. You can listen to them in the archive.

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