Shame – Shaming – Shamelessness

International Conference by the Research Network “Gender and Agency”

Friday, 29 November/Saturday, 30 November 2019
Juridicum Wien, Top Floor, Schottenbastei 10 – 16, 1010 Vienna


An event organised by the Research Network “Gender and Agency” with support from the Faculty of Law; organised in cooperation with the professors for Gender Studies; Cultural History, History of Knowledge and Gender; British Literature; Cultural History of Audiovisual Media as well as the Department of Political Science and the Gender Equality and Diversity unit at the University of Vienna.




Friday, 29 November 2019


10:00 Welcome addresses

Paul Oberhammer, Dean of the Faculty of Law

Elisabeth Holzleithner, Speaker of the Gender and Agency Research Network


10:30 – 12:30 Panel I

Paula-Irene Villa, LMU Munich

Shaming and Blushing – An Affect between Domination and Somatic Stubbornness


Jo Littler, City University of London

From Shame to Subversion: Neoliberal Meritocracy and the Rebirth of Left Feminism


Jill Locke, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota

Call-Out Culture and the Feminist Politics of Shame


12:30 – 14:30 Lunch break


14:30 – 16:30 Panel II


Katrin Röder, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Shame as a Performative Affect in Automedial Practices by Women Authors and Artists with Disabilities


Christine Vogt-William, University of Bayreuth

Shame and Gendered Violence in Literary Representations of Poverty in Contemporary American Women’s Fiction


Iyiola Solanke, University of Leeds

Black Women, Stigma and Anti-Discrimination Law


16:30 – 17:00 Break


17:00 – 18:20 Panel III


Bettina Mathes, Granada, Andalusia

Shame and the Limits of Gender Studies


Greta Olson, Justus Liebig University Giessen

#MeToo, Shame and the Affective Politics of Fourth Wave Feminism

Saturday, 30 November 2019


10:00 – 12:00 Panel IV

Elissa Mailänder, Sciences Po, Paris

Performative Transgressions in Armed Conflict: Epistemological Challenges of Trophy Selfies


Andrea Petö, Central European University

Shame of Survivors: Holocaust Survivors, Gulag Survivors and Survivors of Rape during WWII


Suzana Milevska, Principal Investigator and curator of “Contentious Objects/Ashamed Subjects”, TRACES/Horizon 2020

Apology, Renaming and Other Strategies of “Productive Shame”


12:00 – 13:00 Lunch buffet


13:00 – 14:20 Panel V

Maki Kimura, University College London

Discourses on Shame in the Politics of Memorialisation: The Debate over Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery


Anna Reading, King’s College, London

Unashamed Memory: Women Remember Neurodiversity


14:20 – 14:40 Break


14:40 – 16:00 Panel VI

Stefan Machura, Bangor University, Wales

Guilt and Shame in Popular Legal Culture: the German TV Movie “Die Konferenz”


Ralph Poole, University of Salzburg

Home-Longing and Nature Porn: The Shamelessness of the Heimatfilm