Book chapter in "Psychoanalysis and the GlObal"
Our colleague Chizu Sato published a chapter titled “Empowering Women: A Symptom of Development?” in this new book “Psychoanalysis and the GlObal”, edited by Ilan Kapoor.
Abstract: Over the last two decades, empowering women has become a popular scenario in the social fantasy of development. While technologies for empowerment shift, today’s “smart economics” continues to see women as potentially rational entrepreneurs able to multiply investments through their contributions to their own familial, communal, and national well-being. Mirroring the evolving technologies used for women’s empowerment, critical feminist academics elaborate analytic tools that capture these technologies’ nature. Yet, the tendency of their analyses to remain at the level of unthreatening critique bears investigation. This chapter draws on Lacanian psychoanalytic insights to extend transnational feminist critiques of women’s empowerment in development. It sees the constantly evolving invention of new technologies of women’s empowerment, as well as concomitant critiques, as a symptom of development, that is, as an effect of an intersubjective dialectics of desire constituting women as subjects/objects of empowerment. Through practicing transnational feminist literacy that attends to the dynamics of negativity, I try to expose our relationships with such changing technologies and their critiques and offer a possibility for a different articulation of women’s empowerment, attempting to move beyond the mutually constitutive practices of those who empower, those who are (to be) empowered and those who critique.
Sociology of Consumption and Households joins CSPS
Together with the chair group Health and Society we are now members of the Centre for Space, Place and Society. The centre will as of now consist of five chair groups GEO, RSO, SDC, HSO and SCH. We look forward to fruitful discussions and collaborations.
The Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS) brings together researchers from three chair groups within Wageningen University (WUR) – Cultural Geography (GEO), Rural Sociology (RSO) and Sociology of Development Change (SDC) – and beyond to advance critical-constructive scholarship within the social sciences. Our particular focus is on issues of socio-spatial and environmental justice. In investigating dynamics of spatial and social rootedness, connections, and circulations, with special attention to questions of inequality, exclusion, difference and plurality, CSPS seeks to translate knowledge into practical action in pursuit of a more just and equitable world.
Green teacher award
Our colleague Chizu Sato received the Green Teacher Award today. With this reward Green Office Wageningen honors teaching staff who can distinguish themselves as ‘Green Teachers’.
More information: http://www.greenofficewageningen.nl/green-teachers-award/
Here you can find the booklet with the interview excerpts of all award winners: http://www.greenofficewageningen.nl/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Green-Teacher-Award-booklet-2018.pdf
Jozelin Soto Alacron successfully defended her PhD.
Jozelin Soto Alarcon, who visited SCH as a guest PhD last year, just defended her PhD in rural sociology at the Metropolitan Autonomous University. Congratulations, Jozelin.
Dr Y. Hilevych awarded with a Rubicon grant.
Dr Y. Hilevych, who graduated for her PhD at the SCH group, was awarded a Rubicon grant for her project “The art of conception? Infertility identities in Britain before IVF (1945-1980)”. With this grant she will study the identity forming that was associated with infertility before in vitro fertilisation (IVF) was discovered in the United Kingdom, (1945-1980).
More information: https://www.nwo.nl/en/research-and-results/prog