Course Gender Theories – from Beauvoir to Barad


Course leader: Marianne Schleicher

Language: Danish

Graduate school: Faculty of Arts

Course fee: 0.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Fall 2023

Application deadline: 07/08/2023

Start date: 28/08/2023

Administrator: Henriette Jaquet


All students are placed on a waiting list until we reach application deadline.

The course will describe and discuss gender theories as well as invite reflections on their relevancy and applicability in the projects of the participants.


The aim of the course is to foster a consciousness about gender as a phenomenon and/or factor in academic research at multiple levels and to qualify the PhD-students through knowledge, understanding and skills to address it from various theoretical perspectives.

The course focuses on developments in theories about gender with the purpose of gaining an overview of:

  • Differences and similarities between:
    • egalité-feminism
    • différance-feminism
    • de-/constructivism
    • postcolonialism
    • masculinity studies
    • queer studies
    • posthumanist theory
    • new materialist theory
  • Seminal texts by some of the most influential thinkers in gender studies
  • Central concepts in gender studies, including:
    • alterity
    • immanence and transcendence
    • sex vs. gender
    • égalité
    • différance
    • fallogocentrism
    • jouissance
    • écriture féminine
    • semiotic og symbolic modalities
    • discourse and subjectification
    • sub-alterity
    • performativity
    • subversion
    • intersectionality
    • standpoint epistemology
    • posthumanism
    • diffraction
    • intra-action
    • process ontology



Target group:

The course is relevant to PhD-students in general when working with gender as a phenomenon in specific empirical fields and/or with epistemologies and methodologies where gender is a factor.


English if some participants do not speak Danish; - other wise Danish.


Introductions, close readings, discussions, walk&talks as well as project presentations and project developments.


Campus Aarhus, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, building 1453-415, 8000 Aarhus C.


Course dates:

  • 28 August 2023 11:00 - 18:00
  • 29 August 2023 10:00 - 17:00
  • 30 August 2023 10:00 - 17:00