Workshop « Genre et Empire. Perspectives comparatistes »/ »Gender and Empire. Comparative Perspectives », University of North Carolina, march 26-27, 2010

UNC Workshop Series "GENDER, POLITICS AND CULTURE IN EUROPE AND BEYOND" and
THE INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill

WORKSHOP: GENDER AND EMPIRE - COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 26 - 27, 2010
A the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall

Literature, art and movies often represent colonization and the formation
of empires as male adventure stories. Maleness certainly was constitutive
of the imperial enterprise, but as gender historians have long emphasized,
imperial maleness needed constant confirmation and substantiation.
Historians of empire have observed the same characteristics for colonial
rule, which too constantly needed to be confirmed and legitimated, because
of the permanent fear that colonial and racial prestige-and power-might be
undermined. Colonial discourses on gender seems to be one of the spaces
were the instability of the empires and its power structures is most
visible. Competing concepts of masculinity and femininity were central to
colonial order, but they cannot be understood in isolation. Rather, they
need to be historicized and contextualized. They were constructed in close
interplay with other categories of difference like race, ethnicity, class,
sexuality and religion and created sexual, racial, and national
hierarchies, which challenged or stabilized imperial rule during the
nineteenth and twentieth century. They also challenge historians to think
comparatively about empires and to ask what constitutes an empire.

In the workshop we will explore the complex connections between gender and
empire in a comparative perspective. We will contrast British colonial
rule in North America, the Caribbean and India; French rule in the
Caribbean and Africa; Habsburg rule in Central-Eastern Europe; the Spanish
Empire and its rule in Latin America; and the rule of the Ottoman Empire
in the Middle East during the long nineteenth century. In our comparison
we want to study the specific characteristics of the different empires and
the function of the gender order for their rule in the colonies. We will
discuss the deployment of femininities and masculinities that justified
imperial rule and attempted to establish clear lines of demarcation
between ruler and ruled. We will analyze the ambiguities and
contradictions of colonial relationships across genders and look at
colonial policies that regulated these gender relations and how they
transformed over time. Finally, we will analyze the ways in which
processes of decolonization and nation-building were influenced by the
gendered legacies of imperialism.

REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY. THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS: MARCH 15, 2010.
PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO: Sarah Summers: ses278@email.unc.edu
REGISTRATION FEE: Faculty: $25.00 and Grad. Students: $15.00 (to be paid
by check with the registration) (for coffee breaks, reception and lunch)

PROGRAM:

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

1:00 P.M.: Registration and Welcome Coffee
2:00 P.M.: Welcome: KAREN HAGEMANN (UNC Chapel Hill)

2:15 - 3:30 P.M.: CATHERINE HALL (University College London):
COMPLICATING EMPIRE: SIERRA LEONE, JAMAICA, INDIA

Chair: KAREN HAGEMANN (UNC Chapel Hill)

Coffee Break

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.: ADELE PERRY (University of Manitoba):
INTIMACIES AND NORTH AMERICAN EMPIRES:  RE-READING GENDER AND EMPIRE
THROUGH THE CONNOLLY-DOUGLAS FAMILY

Chair: SUSAN THORNE (Duke University)

Coffee Break

5:30 - 6:30 P.M.: ASUNCIÓN LAVRIN (Arizona State University):
GENDER IN SPANISH COLONIAL AMERICA

Chair: CYNTHIA RADDING (UNC Chapel Hill)

Reception
SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010

9:30 - 10:30 A.M.: LAURENT DUBOIS (Duke University):
CULTURE, EMPIRE AND GENDER IN THE FRENCH ANTILLES
Chair: LLOYD KRAMER (UNC Chapel Hill)

Coffee Break

11:00 A.M.: - 12:00 P.M.: EMILY BURRILL (UNC Chapel Hill):
GENDER AND EMPIRE IN FRENCH COLONIAL AFRICA: THE VIEW FROM MALI

Chair: LISA LINDSAY (UNC Chapel Hill)

Lunch

1:00- 2:00 P.M.: MAUREEN HEALY (Lewis & Clark University):
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IN THE BALKANS: HABSBURG IMPERIAL AMBITIONS IN BOSNIA

Chair: CLAUDIA KOONZ (Duke University)

Coffee Break

2:30 - 3:30 P.M.: BETH BARON (CUNY Graduate School, Center for Middle East
Studies):
REPRODUCING THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE: THE VICE REGAL HAREM OF EGYPT
Chair: AKRAM KHATER (NC State University)

Coffee Break

4:00 - 5:30 P.M.:

FINAL ROUNDTABLE: COMPARING EMPIRES IN A GENDERED PERSPECTIVE

Chairs: CHAD BRYANT (UNC Chapel Hill) and RANJANA KHANNA (Duke University)
Please find a program with the abstracts in the attachment. For more
information see: HTTP://WWW.UNC.EDU/GPC/

CO-CONVENERS:  UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL (Center for
European Studies, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies;
Department of Women's Studies; History Department; Initiative for
Transoceanic 18th and 19th-Century Studies (TOS); Institute for the
Studies of the Americas) and DUKE UNIVERSITY (Women's Studies Program,
Department of History)

ORGANIZERS: Karen Hagemann and Chad Bryant (UNC, Department of History),
Emily Burrill (UNC, Department of Women's Studies), and the UNC Graduate
Working Group on Gender History.

Contact: Karen Hagemann: hagemann@unc.edu
Source: h-women Discussion logs

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