Between Invisibility and Autonomy
Women’s contributions to the production and use of written artefacts have been neglected or even made invisible in many manuscript cultures. Their agency being written out is only one of the numerous blind spots when pursuing a gender perspective in the study of manuscript cultures.
The aim of this lecture series is to explore precisely these blind spots by raising questions which enable us to grasp the multiple roles women have in manuscript cultures. At the center of each lecture lies the question of how women contribute to the production, circulation, and dissemination of manuscripts, inscriptions, graffiti, and other written artefacts. Did they function as patrons or scribes? If they were allowed to write in the first place, what kind of artefacts were they expected to produce? In which ways did female production of written artefacts subvert the existing order and modes of gendered dominance? Or did their actions possibly contribute to supporting, stabilizing, and perpetuating their own disadvantage? How was their exclusion then rationalized and explained in cases where they were denied active (and passive) participation in manuscript cultures?
It is through perspectives such as these that women’s roles in historic and contemporary manuscript cultures become visible. Exploring a range of materials— liturgic, devotional, biographic, among many others, from ancient Assyria and Egypt to medieval Japan and Central Europe and on to today’s Thailand and Northern Africa—the speakers shed light on new findings, give unique insights into their fields, and discuss methodological considerations.
- Senioren/-innen (Teilnehmende)
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