Department of Informatics and Media

Seminar: Intersectionality – Experiences of inclusion and exclusion

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Organiser and date

The seminar is organised by the Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University, with the support of the Swedish Institute.

12 February 2018, 8:30-16:30, Ekonomikum, Uppsala

Seminar aim

This seminar will focus on intersectionality and how the different forms of discrimination and exclusion combine, overlap, or intersect by examining intersectionality in and beyond feminist studies as well as in political practices. Additionally the seminar is interested in contributions that expand the concept and praxis of intersectionality in media studies as a tool to analyse the complexity of multiple identities and their relations to power in a mediated social world.

The seminar on intersectionality invites contributions from a wide range of disciplines as well as from activists, civil society, media and public sector to share knowledge, practices, alternatives and ideas on issues related to contextual dynamics of power, inequalities and marginalised communities.

Why intersectionality

Intersectionality refers to the understanding of how an individual's overlapping identities – race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and more – impact the way one experiences oppression and discrimination. Even if intersectional analyses are older, Kimberlé Crenshaw (1989) used the term ‘intersectionality’ asserting that antidiscrimination law, feminist theory, and antiracist politics all fail to address the experiences of black women because of how they each focus on only a single factor. Though originally applied only to the ways that sexism and racism combine and overlap, intersectionality has come to include other forms of discrimination as well. Since its coinage it has been taken up by scholars and activists across the disciplines and in various contexts.

Although not an undisputed term, intersectionality as a way of thinking about multiple identities and relationship to power is important in that it brings to light the invisibility of many individuals or social groups and their multifaceted discrimination, oppression and experiences with exclusion. Thus intersectionality helps explore the interplay of a range of constructed social categories and identity markers.

As Lykke (2011) puts it:

intersectionality has, since the beginning, been posed more as a nodal point than as a closed system—a gathering place for open-ended investigations of the overlapping and conflicting dynamics of race, gender, class, sexuality, nation, and other inequalities.

Intersectionality draws attention to the complexity of social relations and to the specific concern that multiple power (in)equalities and (dis)advantages do not operate in isolation but interact and interlock in a complex manner.

Three sessions

This is a one-day seminar and presentation will be organised in three sessions:

Panel I: Intersectionality beyond feminist studies

Keynote speaker:

  • Nina Lykke, Professor of Gender Studies, Linköpings University, Sweden

Speakers:

  • Stefania Milan, Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Liza Mügge, Director of the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Kirill Filimonov, PhD student, Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University, Sweden

Panel II: Intersectionality in political practice

Keynote speaker:

  • Yasmin Jiwani, Research Chair on Intersectionality, Violence & Resistance, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Speakers:

  • Karen Celis, Research professor at the Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Irene Molina, Professor at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Siddharth Chadha, PhD student, Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University, Sweden

Panel III: Intersectionality in media studies

Keynote speaker:

  • Nico Carpentier, Professor at the Department of Informatics and Media and Media and Communication Chair, Uppsala University, Sweden

Speakers:

  • Arne Hintz, Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, UK
  • Blerjana Bino, visiting PhD student, Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala Univerisity, Sweden; European University of Tirana, Albania

Participants

The seminar is open to and welcomes representatives from diverse sectors in an attempt to bring together a variety of stakeholders in issues related to social inclusion such as, but not limited to:

  • The academia (PhD students, young researchers, postgraduate students, senior researchers);
  • The civil society (experts, NGOs/CSOs representatives, activists of social movements, communication networks and groups);
  • Public sector (policy makers, elected officials etc.);
  • Media (journalists, editors-in-chief, media professionals and practitioners);
  • Open to wider audience: students, public at large.
     

Registration and programme

The registration is closed. To sign up for the waiting list, please contact kirill.filimonov@im.uu.se (remember to write your name, organization, e-mail address and food allergies/preferences; seminar organizers will contact you via e-mail should there be any availability in the attendance list).

Programme for the seminar Intersectionality – Experiences of inclusion and exclusion.

Contact information

  • Blerjana Bino, guest PhD student at the Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University
  • Kirill Filimonov, PhD student at the Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University