>Gender and property cultures in the 18th century
>Interdisciplinary workshop at the University of Jena
>January, 15th-17th 2004
>Ideas about property and possession have to be regarded as central
>elements of the European political culture during the early modern
>period. But if property cultures are set as the object of research,
>property turns out to become a complex system of social endowment, which
>not only illustrates the juridical dimension of the term. Furthermore,
>it focuses on crucial norms, institutions, values, states of knowledge,
>discourses, mentalities, symbols and social-cultural practices.
>Consequently, the workshop will not only discuss the relationship
>between gender and property cultures from a normative point of view.
>Moreover, gender is also related to mentalities, states of knowledge,
>and experiences with property, which can be taken, for instance, from
>juridical conflicts about property and possession. All these aspects
>should help studying the way, in which property establishes, strengthens
>or questions the hierarchy of gender.
>How did men and women - for example in the economic sphere, or while
>dealing with jurisdiction on marriage, movable and immovable goods, and
>inheritance - reflect on property or on its gendered notion? If property
>and gender were discussed in the same context, what tendencies could be
>figured out? Did specific values arise from these discussions, which
>could offer orientation in any sense - and were they put into practice?
>And, on a more general scale, what role did gender play in different
>national property cultures?
>All in all, property cultures should be understood as gendered systems
>which structured the social world and its relationships. This approach
>not only provides a new idea of property, but it also raises questions
>concerning constructing and deconstructing social systems. Papers may
>be given in English or German, discussions will be in both languages.
>Deadline for proposals: November, 15th 2003
>Please send abstracts (which should not exceed two pages) to Dr. Nicole
>Grochowina, FSU Jena
>Dr. Nicole Grochowina
>Friedrich Schiller Universitaet Jena
>07743 Jena - Germany
>mail: [log in to unmask]
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