Course date

19 July - 30 July, 1999
Application deadline
15 February, 1999
Course Director(s): 

Miglena Nikolchina

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Kim Scheppele

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Marie-Luise Angerer

College of Art and Media Studies, Cologne, Germany

Orsi Drozdik

independent scholar and artist

Jack Goody

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Juliette Mitchel

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Irina Novikova

Culture and Literature, University of Latvia, Riga

Larissa Remennick

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Susan Suleiman

Harvard University, Cambridge, United States of America
In the gender studies summer university program, we hope to introduce participants to the latest scholarship in what might be thought of as “intimacy studies.” Questions of gender inevitably get personal, and in our summer course, we hope to explore the exploding literatures on the history and construction of subjectivity, intimacy and private life.   Throughout the social sciences and humanities, there has been a renewed interest in the way in which the very things about ourselves that we think of as most unique and personal are also shared and social.  It is this theme which we will explore in the summer school. 
Our course aims to introduce faculty in humanities and social science disciplines in the post-soviet world to new scholarship in this field by bringing a set of the crucial authors on these topics who have been defining the agendas on scholarship in Western Europe, North America, and the Post-Soviet World to teach together at the CEU.
Course Contents 
The summer university on the New Private Spheres will focus on four themes, each of which will be addressed in a series of seminars given by the leading international authorities on the subject.  The themes are:
Theme I:  The Construction of Subjectivities/The Deconstruction of Identities
Theme II:  Gender and Intimacy
Theme III:  The History of Private Life 
Theme IV:  Gender and Psychoanalysis
Participants are expected to attend all four courses over the two-week period.
Participants will be asked to write a short research proposal for a project that would grow out of the themes in the course.  The course director and resource persons will work with the participants to help them find a topic that would make sense for them to write about.  Of course, in just two weeks, participants will not be able to actually carry out the project.  We believe, however, that the process of writing a short research proposal will be helpful in getting the participants to think about the ways in which the summer university themes are connected to their own research agendas.