10 / PRISCA - Patriarchalism Scaning in Contemporary Europe

6 – 11 September 2010   print this page

Course directors:

Irina Novikova, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia
Valentine Moghadam, Purdue University, United States
Silva Mežnarić, University of Split, Croatia
Luisa Passerini, European University Institute, Torino, Italy
Svetlana Slapšak, ISH - Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mirjana Morokvašić - Müller, The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France

Course description:

Aristotle: 1252 a-b

The first coupling together of persons then to which necessity gives rise is that between those who are unable to exist without one another: for instance the union of female and male for the continuance of the species... and the union of natural ruler and natural subject for the sake of security. For he that can foresee with his mind is naturally ruler and naturally master, and he that can do these things with his body is subject and naturally a slave; so that master and slave have the same interest.

Thus the female and the slave are by nature distinct ...Yet among barbarians the female and the slave have the same rank; and the cause of this is that barbarians have no class of natural rulers, but with them the conjugal partnership is a partnership of female slave and male slave.

Patriarchy will be subject to a thorough examination as a bricolage-system in contemporary Europe, adaptable to a wide range of social changes. Planned as advanced studies of a variety of facets of patriarchy in contemporary life in policies, legislature, religion, community and polity building. Interdisciplinary approach, based on humanities, Ancient oikos/polis (Aristotle, Plato, Socrates) philosophy and its subversion (Aristophanes), European gender relations as a continuity from Antiquity, pre-modernity and enlightenment. Professors and experts in respective fields of inquiry will lead five workshops. Particular area studies (the Balkans, Russia, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Turkey), cultures (Hellenistic heritage, Christianity, Islam, Jewish heritage, Hindu culture), in a time line (Ancient to New Age) will be covered in five consecutive academic cycles (2010-2015).

All profiles of students welcome.

Course comprises full participation, 5 days x 6 hours=30 hours; 3 ECTS

Seminar paper, exposed and discussed, in English, 90 minutes per paper; 8 ECTS

IUC course certificate is signed by Course Directors. Certificate follows ECTS rules settled by students’ home university or department.