Gender, Sexuality and Education

Carin Klein e Mirian Dazzi
09/09/2016 – 10h

The aims of the “Gender, sexuality and education” workshop are: to promote a dialogue according to some of Cultural and Gender Studies’ concepts, so as to indicate knowledge’s temporary and interested character; focus on cultural pedagogies and production processes of gender and sexuality representations; understand some social inclusion public policies, advertisement, toys and children’s games, as cultural artefacts, implicated in notions such as maternity and paternity, family, infancy, negligence and care; propose the analysis of school scenes, advertisement, toys, public policy document excerpts, considering them materials for reflection, as they establish forms of sociability, conflict resolution and production of that which we take as norm and/or deviation; problematize the manner in which public services and institutions act in the production of specific roles conforming their users and acting in the production of gender differences and inequalities; reflect on some of the effects of this learning.

The activities will be carried out as follows: introductions of Cultural and Gender Studies concepts, taken as “lenses” to analyze some materials produced in contemporary Brazilian culture; an examination of different cultural artefacts, such as: school scenes, social inclusion and health education public policies, school knowledge, advertisement, toys, children’s literature, as meaning and effect producers for social relations; as a form of intervention an exercise of “rewriting” of the artefacts, which institute and reinforce gender differences and inequalities, is proposed.


The workshops will be held in Portuguese only

Gender: an experience of deconstruction

Alexandra Santos
09/09/2016 – 10h

This workshop aims at becoming a space of experimentation and deconstruction. What is a man? What constitutes a woman? How is gender expression tied to gender identity? What gender features make us say a person is a man or a woman? What are the stereotypes linked to diferente genders? These are questions we will explore in this workshop through the use of clothing, props and other expression materials.

NÊGA FILMES and MIAU Produções: how and why to empower the black women through (self)representation imagery

Maíra Zenun e Luzia Gomes
09/09/2016 – 10h and 13h45

NÊGA FILMES arises as a collective mainly made of Brazilians residing in Lisbon-Portugal, which, together with MIAU PRODUÇÕES – a Brazilian cultural production company – in an effort to build different forms of self-representation imagery of African black women as well as those of diasporic origin. It is mainly about production in the field of photography and audio-visual production, bound to a direct discussion about the topics of blackness and female empowerment. We are, thus, men and women of African descent, collectivized and strengthened by the idea that the love between us, as people of African descent, by empowering black women of all oppressions of racism and sexism, also empowers the entire collective and decolonizes thought and individual action.

As such, the workshop we offer aims at providing, during the Fifth International Congress in Cultural Studies – Gender, Human Rights and Activisms, a moment of education based on the reading, problematization, analysis and production of new images which succeed at establishing and proposing other gazes and dialogues with and about the topics of race, ethnicity, blackness and cinema.
We will depart from the introduction of the last four artistic works produced by the collectives NÊGA FILMES and MIAU PRODUÇÕES, together with the reporting of those experiences as a form of direct activism for the right to self-representation of African black women and black women of African descent. It departs from a work methodology that appropriated art, and experiments in different languages to talk about the reality of the black woman.

Taking Care of Ourselves is a Political Act

Aida Suárez
09/09/2016 – 13h45

Nowadays, we are better acquainted with the laws that govern our bodymind. The cult of goddesses has been replaced by an enormous trust in medical knowledge and technological feats. But…, there is always a “but..” in stories and life, it is important to be sure that we do not move from one myth to another, and that we are allowed to exercise our right to control and full and conscious decision over our mindbodies. We have to be sure that we have the necessary information and rights about our mindbody. This workshop aims at opening a space of reflection about our cyclical and performative mindbodies. My proposal is to begin this journey of bodily, emotional and political empowerment through on of the most “tabooed” vital processes in women’s bodies: the menstrual cycle and menstruation.

Understanding what our body tells us through the menstrual cycle is self-knowledge, as Dr. Miriam Al Adib Mendiri explains “it is important to get to know and listen to our body, to understand what we need. This often implies a taking down of taboos and stereotypes which we have been forging regarding our sexuality and natural processes”.

We will get to know the language of our bodymind and face the challenges it poses us, recognize the opportunities it provides to us, and be alert to the risks that are posed to us in its name, and we shall not leave it to chance, destiny, luck or science to decide for us. It is possible to live with wholeness coordinating the 3 C’s:

C for body (corpo) with a strong will to vibrate;
C for head (cabeça) which wants to govern through self-knowledge;
C for heart (coração) desirous to palpitate with joy and pleasure.

Supporting Organizations

Coletiva Vulva da Vovó
GrETUA – Grupo Experimental de Teatro da Universidade de Aveiro
ILGA Portugal – Intervenção Lésbica, Gay, Bissexual e Transgénero
Movimento Democrático de Mulheres (MDM)
Escola de Teatro e Dança da UFPA
Universidade Federal do Pará - UFPA

Organising Institutions

Irenne - Associação de Investigação, Prevenção e Combate a Violência e Exclusão
CLLC - Centro de Línguas, Literaturas e Culturas
CECS - Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade
Programa Doutoral em Estudos Culturais

Official Carrier

TAP Portugal