The project is designed to meet Lithuania’s need to advance democracy in terms of gender equality politics. In response to Lithuania’s Reports, United Nations Committee for Eradication of Discrimination against Women expressed concern regarding the very low representation of women in national political institutions. There is a dramatic lack of qualified and gender-sensitive specialists in the social services sphere, and the general understanding of women rights in the society is rather poor.
Project (RE)MARKING GENDER includes a series of international multidisciplinary seminars and is accompanied by series of publications and art actions. Its aims is to promote inquiry into the whole variety of cultural representations of gender, femininity and masculinity, and sexual relationships as well as encouraging exploration of gender dimensions of a wide range of socio-political phenomena, by attracting different disciplinary approaches and giving preference to the “undisciplined”, experimental, politically-engaged view of the problematic. The project includes three international interdisciplinary seminars:
· Gender and Cinema: Images, Outlooks, Audiences. Was held from 4 to 6 December, 2003 in Vilnius (organised in collaboration with the Equal Opportunities Ombudsmen Office, Cinema Centre Skalvija, Goethe Institute in Vilnius, Vilnius Academy of Art. (See programme of the seminar as attachment).
Gender and Popular Culture. Was held in autumn 2004. Aimed at exploring the representations of gender/the sexes in popular cultural forms (“feminine” genres and the [hypothesis of] female spectatorship/readership, the sexual/gender aspects of “reality show” genre, inter alia), along with the movies programme, analytical articles, radio broadcasting debates, on-web contest, and the art action/production which is going to be presented as part of the programme.
· Gender(ed) Politics. To be held in 2005. Discussed subjects will cover: the quotas controversy and the political meaning(s) of women “representation”; human rights situation in gendered/feminist terms; the economic relationships of the sexes and the feminisation of poverty; equality advancement and the new faces of sexism; the coming-out of “private” violence (domestic violence and its public reception; victimisation and testimony). The seminar will be accompanied by documentary movies programme, analytical articles, radio broadcasting debates, and posters/post cards contest.
In the seminars under the Project, the role of mass-media in presenting images of female leadership will be discussed, and the strategies of the promotion of women influence ill be formulated. The activities under the Project will inquire what is at stake in the ongoing efforts on the part of the state to legislate the conduct of bodies and their representations in public culture. The project seeks to understand mass culture or electronic culture as a culture enmeshed in systems of mass production and consumption, multinational corporations and systems of international capital.
The Project is designed in a hope to contribute to concerted efforts by progressive social groups of improving Lithuania’s democracy in terms of men’s and women’s equal opportunities