Gender Studies

Feminist and Social Theories; Gender Dimensions of Post-State Socialism; Nationalism, the State, Citizenship and Imperialism; Political and Economic Transnational Processes; Intersections of Identities (e.g. race, class, sexuality); Feminist Knowledge Production; Sexuality and Queer Theory; Politics of Memory; Women's and Social Movements; Literary and Cultural Studies; Women's History.

Politics of Gendered Remembering

Pető, A., and Lykke N. "Politics of Gendered Remembering." In Writing Academic Texts Differently, 161-172. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2014.

This course is devoted to the work of Michel Foucault and in particular his innovative notion of “biopower.” Primarily developed during the 1970s, biopower names the “numerous and diverse techniques for achieving the subjugation of bodies and the control of populations.” This entails an investigation of matters of embodiment, racism, society, subjectivity, the political, lived experience, methods of discipline, techniques of governance, and practices of freedom.

The aim of this seminar is to help students with the writing of their dissertation. Each student presents at least one (draft) chapter, together with a (draft) table of contents, which will help clarify the function of the chapter in the thesis, and the chapter’s and thesis’s overall arguments.
The seminar’s core requirement, to circulate a substantive dissertation chapter in progress (between 20 and 40 pages), is designed to give students a deadline and community to support their independent dissertation writing. The draft chapter and table of contents are to be distributed 4 days before the session.

Academic rank: 
Visiting Professor

I am a historian of science, medicine and technology, currently offering courses on various topics at the intersection of science, race, and gender at CEU as a Visiting Professor. In the past decade before coming to Budapest I taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh in the UK and held prestigious research fellowships at various European and North American academic institutions (Wellcome Trust, Marie Curie, Fulbright, Carnegie Trust).

My general research interests include: the history of life sciences, psychiatry, eugenics, racial thinking, evolutionary theories, hereditary theories, physical anthropology and ethnography; the history of science, empire, and nationalism; the history and sociology of medicine. More specifically, I am currently exploring the idiosyncratic features of medical and scientific traditions in non-Western multi-national empires – such as Austria-Hungary, Russia, the Ottoman Empire – in the 19th and 20th centuries, placed in a comparative, wider European/global framework. In this context, I organized an international workshop entitled “The History of Science, Race and Empire in Central and Eastern Europe” at CEU (21-22 February, 2014) (See the workshop programme and abstracts in separate documents on my website!) The publication of an edited volume building on the workshop talks is planned for the near future. Employing the same comparative perspective, my current book project focuses on the history of racial thinking and the related biological, human and social sciences in the Hungarian Kingdom between 1867-1918 and beyond.

My teaching experience encompasses: aspects of the history of science; the comprehensive history of medicine in Western society from the ancient Greeks to the present day; the history of psychiatry; gender, science and technology; medical sociology; the history of the body. Currently I offer courses cross-listed at the History and Gender Studies departments. These are: Race and Science (a critical approach to the history of the involvement of different natural and social sciences in the construction of racial categories and theories); Making of the Modern Body (exploring how the making of the modern world transformed the everyday experience of our bodily existence, and concepts and images of the body); Women, Medicine, and Science (exploring the intersection of these areas from historical and sociological perspectives). Crucial to my research and teaching projects are: the application of modern analytical methodologies employed in recent history of science, the placement of the observed sciences into their wider social, political and cultural contexts, and the employment of a comparative perspective in the study.

Academic rank: 
Visiting Lecturer
Visiting faculty
Department of Gender Studies

Věra Eliášová is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. She gained her doctoral degree from Rutgers University, USA. Her dissertation, Women in the City: Female Flânerie and the Modern Urban Imagination, traces the development of the figure of the flâneuse, the female urban peripatetic, in English literature from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. Her current research on mobility in the writing by women encompasses the intersection of Anglophone and Central and South-East European literatures. Her articles include “A Cab of Her Own: Immigration and Mobility in Iva Pekárková’s Gimme the Money,” Contemporary Literature, 2006 (Special Issue: Immigrant Fictions: Contemporary Literature in an Age of Globalization, edited by Rebecca L. Walkowitz), “Constructing Continuities: Narratives of Migration by Iva Pekárková and Dubravka Ugrešić” in Between History and Personal Narrative: East-European Women’s Stories of Migration in the New Millennium, edited by Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, Madalina Nicolaescu, Helen Smith, 2013, and “The New Europe’s Brave New World: Writing Migration in Zuska Kepplová’s’ Sweet Rolls in a Tattoo,” European Journal of Women’s Studies, 2014 (Special Issue: 25 Years Later: The New Europe, edited by Kornelia Slavova and Barbara Einhorn).

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