Course content

The course addresses the ways in which temporal processes are mirrored in different texts and materials; whose history is found in history books and whose history remains unwritten. A main theme is how cultural and social knowledge can be organized in epochs, events and turning points, and how this view can be analysed and problematized. The role of the archive in historical research will be highlighted. Students will be introduced to the feminist discussion of archives and the ways in which they are embedded in their historical, social and political context. During the course, the students will visit archives and work with contemporary and historical sources, printed and digital material, and do exercises in writing gender history. The course will problematize different types of source materials, how they are produced, by whom and for whom. The issue how quantitative and qualitative materials and methods can be combined is also addressed.

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • reflect critically upon sources and research design in gender studies.
  • independently apply and justify methodological standpoints in gender studies.
  • demonstrate in-depth insights regarding the dimension of time in various kinds of knowledge production.
  • conduct practical archive research, exercise source criticism and outline research design in gender studies.
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how methodological standpoints facilitate the establishing of certain interpretations of historical data as knowledge.

Practical information

The course comprises the following mandatory elements: the completion of all oral and written assignments for each seminar; a field study at an archive; participation in seminars.

The course is examined through written assignments for the seminars, oral discussions, and through a critical scrutiny of methods and sources in selected research literature from different disciplines, as well as by means of a reflective written assignment based on archival studies.

The course comprises four seminars/lectures with different themes. One of the occasions is an interdisciplinary workshop where teachers from different disciplines in Arts participate. Between the third and fourth seminar the students will conduct research exercises in an archive, preferable in one which has relevance for the topic of the student’s thesis. The results of the archival work will be presented at a concluding mini conference, which prepares the student for the final paper.
The instruction consists of lectures, seminars and participation in an archive exercise, and is concluded with a mini conference.

Instruction is given in Swedish (or in English if required).

Period: Autumn semester 2021

Course dates (preliminary): TBA

Language of instruction: Swedish or English

Course director and Examiner: TBA

Theme coordinator: Marja-Liisa Keinänen

Course title in Swedish: Genus och metod: historiografi

The course is offered by the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, in collaboration with the Department of History and the Department of Culture and Aesthetics.

The course is part of the theme Gender, Epistemology and Methodology