Identity and Gender

Typical man?  – Typical woman?

Role models such as the above, with their inherent role thinking, become obvious in everyday life. But how is this reflected in the perceptions of the self and the social, and in the construction of identities?

As gender differences and identities arise in a variety of social and everyday interactions, gender can be understood less as a fixed category, but more as a product of performative acts. They are neither innate nor immutable over time, but can be rather understood as subjective appropriations of, and adaptations to, gender-specific norms and models. Gender identities are thus historically changeable and individually marked.

In relation to these considerations, the workshop will discuss the connections between identity and gender. The aim is to clarify how gender identities are acquired, by which processes and normative discourses they are constructed, and how gender identities may change. To this end, we will examine how gender identities and perceptions interact along with individuals’ experiences and actions, and thereby improve our understanding of how gender identities and perceptions influence each other.

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