Workshop in Political philosophy and sexuality (2018/2019)

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Lorenzo Bernini
Lorenzo Bernini
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 18, 2019 al Mar 30, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The workshop aims to provide students, through an intense participation, a deep knowledge of the contemporary debate that involve a relationship between political philosophy and sexuality, especially from the point of view of the so-called "sexual minorities".


What is the concept of "gender"? To what extent gender and sexuality are "useful categories of analysis"? What does it mean that gender and sexuality are "social constructions"? Reconstructing the genealogy that affirmed the paradigm of "social construction" and criticized the "naturalistic" models, some fundamental, philosophical, historical, sociological, political and anthropological contributions will be discussed, in the field of feminist studies, gender and sexuality studies, lesbian, gay and queer theories. Through the study of authors such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Simone de Beauvoir, Monique Wittig, Christine Delphy, Thomas Laqueur, Mario Mieli, Adrienne Rich, etc., and also regarding to the conflicts related to the challenges that the concept of gender has generated in the public space, the workshop proposes a reflection on gender and sexuality as categories of analysis and criticism of reality, of the logic of domination and of power relations.

Studied works will be made available on the moodle platform. Other complementary works will be indicated during the workshop.

Teaching methods:
The discussion, supported by the reading of the texts, videos and the commentary of political and social news will be privileged.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Simone de Beauvoir Il secondo sesso Il Saggiatore 2016 Unicamente la prima parte del capitolo "Infanzia" (pp. 271-281)
Michel Foucault La volontà di sapere: Storia della sessualità 1 Feltrinelli 2013 Unicamente i capitoli I e II
R. W. Connell Maschilità Feltrinelli 1996 pp. 43-77
Monique Wittig Non si nasce donna Alegre 2013 Tratto dal volume "Non si nasce donna. Percorsi, testi e contesti del femminismo materialista in Francia", a cura di Sara Garbagnoli e Vincenza Perilli (pp. 152-157)

Assessment methods and criteria

Exam: To receive the 3 credits (F) it is necessary to attend at least 9 of the 12 lessons.