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Atria presents: Book presentation Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives: The Power of Information

Woensdag 29 januari 2014 17:00-18:30 | Auditorium of Atria, on the second floor of the building - Vijzelstraat 20 Amsterdam Nederland
Atria presents: Book presentation Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives: The Power of Information

Atria, institute on gender equality and women’s history, organizes a presentation of the book Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives: The Power of Information (eds. Sara de Jong and Sanne Koevoets), CEU Press, 2013.

Co-editor and contributor Sara de Jong (Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden) is affiliated researcher at Atria; contributor Saskia Wieringa (University of Amsterdam) is affiliated professor at Atria, and contributors Tilly Vriend and Gé Meulmeester work at Atria. Besides this, one of the chapters discusses the role of the library as knowledge broker by drawing on the institutional history of Atria.

About the presentation
You can expect a lively presentation about current, diverse and original connections between the world of gender and the world of libraries/archives. This book presentation will be of special interest for gender studies teachers and students, information professionals, librarians and archivists, and everybody who’s interested in the topic. Sara de Jong) will introduce the book. Sanne Koevoets (University of Leiden) will present her chapter ‘Beyond the bun lady’ about stereotypes of the female librarian. Silvia Radicioni and Virginia Virtu will discuss dilemmas of institutionalization through the histories of a feminist and a gay library in Italy.

About the book
Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives: The Power of Information is published as part of the Teaching with Gender book series, published by ATGENDER and CEU press. Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives serves as a pedagogical tool, aimed at stimulating academics and students to reflect critically on libraries and archives as profoundly gendered knowledge spaces. The authors address questions such as how to research gender in a library that only holds one copy of The Second Sex or how a critique of library classification systems may strengthen feminist claims to knowledge. They also explore ways in which the histories of women’s and gender studies and women’s and gender libraries are intertwined, what postmodern perspectives on knowledge may add to library and archive practices. Finally, the authors reflect on the absence of women’s documents from official archives and on the stereotype of the female librarian that should be challenged by re-evaluating the political relevance of library and archival practices. Each chapter offers suggestions for activities and discussions that can be used in or adapted to teaching settings.

Time and location
The book presentation will be held at the Auditorium of Atria, on the second floor of the building at Vijzelstraat 20 in Amsterdam. The presentation takes place on Wednesday the 29th of January from 17:00 till 18:30h. There will be drinks afterwards.

Please register in advance, by sending an e-mail to PR@atria-kennisinstituut.nl


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