"Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme": http://www.leunig.com.au/
"Elizabeth Stephens is a performance artist, activist and educator whose art-work, performance art and writing have explored themes of queerness, feminism and environmentalism for over 25 years. Her current passion is SexEcology: the art of exploring the Earth as a lover. Stephens is creating this new field of research in collaboration with her partner Annie Sprinkle. Together they form the Love Art Laboratory where they are attempting to make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun and diverse. Stephens is a professor of art at University of California, Santa Cruz and is currently pursuing a PhD in Performance Studies at UC Davis": http://art.ucsc.edu/faculty/elizabeth-stephens The Love Art Laboratory site is here: http://anniesprinkle.org/projects/current-projects/love-art-laboratory/
Tuesday, 9 April – Who sees which kinds of stories and why?
• read Merrick 1, 2 (& 3 if you can)
Thursday, 11 April – KATIE AT UVA – When it Changed – Irene will facilitate
• read a Bateson metalogue (link online here: Why a Swan?) & When it Changed (link online here in pdf) & if not already, Merrick 3
Katie will be out of town at a Bateson event and you all will run the class yourselves with the help of Irene our TA!
REMEMBER!!! ALSO work on Whileaway!
Tuesday, 30 April – NO CLASS: WHILEAWAY PLANNING
Thursday, 2 May – NO CLASS: WHILEAWAY PLANNING
SATURDAY, 4 MAY -- WHIILEAWAY MEETS AT MULTIMEDIA STUDIO FROM 1-3PM! INVITE FRIENDS, AND THINK HOW TO ADD TO THE FESTIVITIES! TALK WITH MELISSA TOO!
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!
The Female Man: sex/gender? nature/nurture? how are these implicated?
Why and how has the Female Man been used for the last two decades in feminist theory?
How might we still use it, or how would we need to alter our appeal to it?
The Merrick book will help us think about these questions?
some resources to use to consider this question along with Merrick: CHECK OUT LINKS!
•EPIGENETICS: the epigenetic spin on nature vs. nurture from Science:
=What is epigenetics and how would knowledge of it have altered how Russ worked out her novel The Female Man?
=Or would it have made any difference at all? how might that work?
•IS NATURE ACTUALLY "VERSUS" NURTURE? WHY SHOULD WE REDO THAT?
=Evelyn Fox Keeler: who is she? how does she play a role in feminist theories of science?
=Her recent award winning book: 2010 The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture. Duke
=what can you grasp from descriptions of the book?
=How does it shift feminist science interests in making nature and nurture mutually exclusive, opposites, or some kind of scale or proportion? What would Merrick say about it all do you think?
===FROM MERRICK CHAPTER ONE:
Merrick: 1: "In other words, the secret feminist cabal is a joke. But a very serious joke. It is this particular understanding that makes the phrase so appropriate for my purposes. For, despite the seriousness of the issues at stake in this history, one of the most appealing yet overlooked aspects of sf feminisms is the humor and wit of its writers, critics, and fans. Science fiction may be a place where feminists go to dream of utopia or plot revolution, but it is also a source of pleasure -- of individual reading pleasure, of emotional connection with like-minded folk -- and at times a place to make life-long friends and allies."
Merrick: 10: "My reading of Joanna Russ's The Female Man in the 1990s, for example, provided a very different sense of the feminism of that time than did my readings of feminist history and theory, and brought the movement alive to me in a way no other text had done."
===FROM MERRICK CHAPTER TWO:
Merrick: 35: "Whilst some sources estimate that ment meade up to 90 percent of the audience or magazines such as Astounding SF, the continual (re)construction of sf as a masculine domain has concealed women's interaction with sf, as readers, as authors, and as subjects represented through female characters."
Merrick: 61-2: "Certainly // the letters in Vertex suggest that [Philip K.] Dick's and [Jeffrey] Anderson's perceptions of Russ's 'anger,' 'militancy,' and charges of 'sexism' are derived from more than just this one article; perhaps influenced by personal interactions with Russ, her reviews of their work, or awareness of her fictional texts, such as 'When it Changed' or The Female Man."
===FROM MERRICK CHAPTER THREE:
Merrick: 70: "As Haraway's quote suggest, imagination is a powerful element in collective political identity. In relation to sf there are resonances here with L. Timmel Duchamp's insight that entry into sf feminisms involves an imagining into community, even if only as an isolated reader in conversation with texts alone."
THINK WORLDING! THINK OF YOUR OWN ENTRY INTO SF FEMINISMS! THINK WHAT THE CON WHILEAWAY COULD BE FOR YOU, OUR CLASS, OUR FRIENDS!
Click this pic to find a talk Katie gave on Star Trek Media Art in 2000. See what you think thirteen years later....