InterGender course “Queer Death Studies – Analyzing and Resisting Necropower”

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For this course PhD students, but also Master’s students are eligible to apply.
 
Title of the Course:
Queer Death Studies – Analyzing and Resisting Necropower
 
The recommended accreditation is: 7,5 + 7,5 credits
 
Time:
December 8, 2020
 
Location:
Online
 
Deadline for applications:
September 20, 2020
 
Applications should be sent to:
InterGender Consortium Coordinator Edyta Just (edyta.just[at]liu.se)
 
Maximum number of participants:
20 participants
 
Organized by:
InterGender, Consortium and Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
and Linköping University, Sweden
 
Course coordinator:
InterGender Consortium Coordinator Edyta Just (edyta.just[at]liu.se)
 
Teachers:
Professor Em Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden
Senior lecturer Tara Mehrabi, Karlstad University, Sweden
Postdoc Marietta Radomska, Linköping University, Sweden
 
* Course description:
The course gives an introduction to the emerging field of Queer Death Studies, its critiques of necropowers, and its framings of resistances to current necropolitics, moulded by neoliberal and extractivist capitalism and post/colonialism. It raises the question: What does it mean to bring the notion of queering to bear on the analysis of death, dying, mourning and afterlife in current political climates and contexts of crises? In response, the course takes a point of departure in a broad conceptualization of queering. This means that queer will be understood in its verbform, queering, which refers to processes of undoing and unmaking of norms and structurally oppressive societal normativities in a broad sense, which in the case of death, dying, mourning and afterlife is related to clusters of intersecting necropowers. But it will also be emphasized how such an understanding opens horizons towards politically much needed reflections on resistance and reontologizations, based on entanglements of queering methodologies with posthumanizing and decolonizing ones. The lectures will draw on different analytical examples, focusing 1) on the issue of killability and disposable bodies related to lab animals; 2) on bioart practices and the ways in which they call for reflections on the non/living; 3) on viral ontologies and necropowers, related to the CoVid19 pandemic.
 
* Online format:
The course will be organized as a one-day online event in real time (Dec 8, 10.00-12.30 + 13.00-17.45), see time schedule below.
 
Lectures by each of the three teachers will be prerecorded and made digitally accessible to registered participants 2 weeks before the online event in real time. Preparation for the online event will entail listening to the lectures, submitting a paper (2–5 pages describing research problem related to the participant’s PhD thesis project (or master thesis project)), and read the papers of 5-6 fellow participants. A reading list, also to be prepared before the online event, will be sent to participants when admitted to the course. (See also general remarks on course preparation below).
 
The one-day online event in real time will be divided into plenary and group sessions, shifting between discussions of lectures and readings, and students’ presentations. Body exercises and creative moments will be included – in order to make the online event more lively.
 
* Schedule:
Time schedule:
10.00-10.30 – Welcome and round of short presentations.
10.30-10.45 – Shared creative exercise
10.45-11.30 – Discussion of lecture 1 and related readings from the reading list.
11.30-11.45 – Shared creative exercise
11.45-12.30 – Discussion of lecture 2 and related readings from the reading list.
12.30-13.00 – Lunch break
13.00-13.45 – Discussion of lecture 3 and related readings from the reading list.
13.45-14.00 – Shared creative exercise
14.00-17.00 – Group work on students’ projects (3 groups, each chaired by one of the teachers – creative moments and breaks will be decided in the group)
17.00-17.45 – Wrap up, evaluations, and creative farewell moment.
 
* Preparation (after the acceptance to the course):
• Course readings: will be sent to participants, when admitted to the course.
• Paper (2–5 pages describing research problem related to the participant’s PhD thesis project (or master thesis project) to be sent to the Local InterGender Course and the InterGender Consortium Coordinator Edyta Just (edyta.just[at]liu.se) Remember to mark it with your name and the course name.
• All participants are expected to read the paper of their fellow group members before the course and be prepared to offer constructive comments in the group sessions and workshops. The papers will be made available online.
 
Essay:
• 10-15 pages to be handed in no later than 3 months after the course. One copy should be sent to the teacher, who chaired the group in which the student presented their paper at the course and who is going to evaluate it, and one to the InterGender Consortium Coordinator Edyta Just (edyta.just[at]liu.se). The teacher has 3 months to evaluate the essay.
• The essay should strike a balance between addressing a theme that has been part of course (lectures, discussions, reading material), and be relevant for participant’s own research.
• The essay should, moreover, be considered as an exercise in doing a written presentation aimed at an academic readership not familiar with the author’s PhD research. The essay should constitute a whole and explain relevant contexts.
 
Accreditation and examination:
1. 7,5 ECTS credits are recommended for active participation and a short paper, 2-5 pages describing research problem related to the participant’s PhD thesis project (or master thesis project).
2. 15 ECTS credits are recommended for active participation plus an essay (graded pass/fail).
3. The essay should be 10-15 pages. The selected topic shall be related to the course content and readings, and relate to the student’s own research area. The essay is to be sent to the teacher as well as to the InterGender Consortium Coordinator no later than 3 months after the final day of the course. The teacher has 3 months to evaluate the essay.
 
It is the students’ own responsibility to ask their institution about its accreditation rules and get the credit points registered at their respective higher education establishment.
 
Course Certificate:
In order to request the certificate, please send an e-mail to Edyta Just (edyta.just[at]liu.se).
 
The Consortium Coordinator issues, upon request, a certificate indicating to how many ECTS credits course participation is considered equal. It is the students’ own responsibility to ask their institution about its accreditation rules and get the credit points registered at their respective higher education establishment.
InterGender cannot issue a regular InterGender Certificate to MA students but a Certificate of Attendance. For MA students, the coordinator can state what the course was about content and format wise, what the requirements were for all in terms of readings and participation and the number of the credits it was equivalent to.
 
Applications should be written in English and include:
* name, affiliation, full address, e-mail, phone
* name and affiliation of PhD supervisor (MA supervisor)
* brief CV
* description of PhD project (MA project) (1-2 pages)
* motivation: why do you want to participate in the course (1-2 pages)
* please, indicate if you are in the first/middle/last phase of your PhD research or if you are a MA student
 
MA students will be selected on the basis of an evaluation of their CV, project description and a letter of motivation.
 
Information on Admission for PhD students:
1. Participants have to be registered as PhD students.
 
2. PhD students from all disciplines and countries are eligible.
 
3. Participants will be selected on the basis of an evaluation of their CV, project description and a letter of motivation.
 
4. If there are more applicants who qualify for participation, than there are places, the places will be distributed along the following criteria:
 
a) Students registered as PhD students at Partner Units will be prioritized for a maximum 80% of places. When the places are distributed among the Partner Unites, a good spread between these units will also be ensured.
b) Students registered as PhD students in other units at the Partner Higher Education Establishments will be prioritized for 20 % of the places. When the places are distributed among the Partner Higher Education Establishments, a good spread between these establishments will also be ensured. If places remain of the 80 % prioritized for PhD students registered at the Partner Units, these places will instead be prioritized for PhD students registered at the Partner Higher Education Establishments.
c) If the students according to a) and b) do not fill all the places, remaining places will be open for competition between all eligible and qualifying applicants from any higher education establishment.
 
5. If there are more eligible and qualified applicants for the a selection process will take place, which, in addition to academic quality and motivation/relevance, will use non-discriminatory selection criteria, which will ensure a spread of nationalities, regions, institutions and disciplines.
 
6. An additional lot drawing procedure will be used, if several eligible and in all respects equally qualified applicants are competing for the limited number of places in the different categories
 
7. In case of too many eligible and qualifying applicants, a waiting list will also be organized, and places will be offered to applicants on this list, should some of the selected participants have to cancel.
 
8. The consortium coordinator selects participants under the auspice of the board, and is required to report to the board how selection is distributed between the consortium partners. If the board finds that the distribution is uneven, the consortium coordinator shall compensate for this in future selections.
 
There is no tuition fee for the course.