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Feminist Feeling: A Literature and Sociology Research Project

Dr. Aletta Diefenbach; Dr. Gesa Jessen, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Sociology

In independently conducted group research, accompanied by us, we aim to explore feminist emotional worlds from a literary and sociological perspective. We seek to understand how feelings are expressed in feminist texts and movements, and what repressive or emancipatory roles are attributed to them. To achieve this, we develop an interdisciplinary perspective on emotions within feminism. Subsequently, we form groups to research affective politics and poetics of queer-feminist positions in selected cases. Students will learn to apply an interdisciplinary research design (interpreting literary texts, collecting and analyzing field data). Finally, a public workshop is planned. This seminar is intended for MA students in the humanities and social sciences who are interested in intensive and interdisciplinary group work and open to excursions.