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»Manufacturing Collectivity. Exploring the Nexus of Gender, Collectivities, and Law«

2nd – 4th June 2021, 12 am – 4 pm CET (Berlin, Paris, Rome)

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In the beginning of this june, the DFG-funded research group “Law – Gender – Collectivity. Processes of standardization, categorization and generating solidarity” is inviting you to an interdisciplinary conference. Against the backdrop of law playing a pivotal role in current political conflicts of belonging and participation the conference will focus on the relationship between law, gender, and collectivity. The conference will discuss questions of the efficacy of gendered collectivity in a hegemonic male-oriented and hetero-normative tradition of civil law. Thereby we explore current social conflicts and how they manifest themselves by analysing them as legally shaped and, at the same time, gendered collectivization processes.

The conference will be opened by a keynote speech of

Emily Grabham (University of Kent)
»The Crafty Power of Text: A Feminist Ethnography of legislative Drafting«


You can download the conference program here: conference program


Prior to the conference, the DFG research group “Law – Gender – Collectivity” is offering a workshop for PhD students:

Pre-conference PhD digital workshop
»Exploring Collectivity. Interdisciplinary Methodologies«
2nd of June 2021, 9 am – 1.30 pm CET

In the half-day PhD workshop we explore the various ways of studying collectives, collectivity and processes of collectivization. In light of the international conference »Manufacturing Collectivity«, we understand processes of collectivisation to be gendered and shaped by legal norms. We analyse collectives as types of relationships that may be characterized by a shared sense of belonging and solidarity. Moreover, collectives are shaped by their ideas of collectivity as well as their different degrees of organization and juridification.
Recognizing particularities among disciplines and approaches, we are interested in how exploring collectivity plays out in distinct fields of research. With this workshop we aim at facilitating a conversation between different research settings exploring collectivity. We are interested in methodological specificities, commonalities and possibilities for mutual inspiration for interdisciplinary research.
In our conversation we address the following questions:

  1. What do we understand by the terms ‘collectives’, ‘processes of collectivization’ and/or ‘collectivity’?
  2. What are the connotations and implications these terms have in our respective fields of research and/or academic disciplines?
  3. How does interdisciplinarity play a role in studying collectivity?
  4. What are the challenges and/or surprises one encounters with regard to theory, methodology or ‘the field’ when exploring collectivity?

We are planning to include six short inputs of about 5 minutes each followed by a collective discussion. For this, we invited Martina Klausner and Sarah Elsuni as discussants to share their expertise in studying collectivity from social and/or legal perspectives.


For more information about our research group visit our main page:

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