School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Postgraduate
Course code: GCS-8 Semester: 1st
Course Title: Gender and material culture
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
3 10
Course type: Compulsory
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek (and english)
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes, with tutorials in english and written assignments
Course website (Url): 


    Learning outcomes: The aim of the course is to provide students with an extended understanding of the role of material culture in shaping gender. Based on knowledge acquired from a variety of cultures, the course takes a critical approach to a distinction between people and things and suggests new ways of relating gender to the material world.
    After successful completion of the course, students will be able:
    a) to see material culture as a field of production of gender relations and social values rather than simply their reflection.
    b) to approach gender through specific examples of material culture derived from fields such as consumption, clothing, technology and other.

    General Competences: 
    Production of creative thinking beyond cultural stereotypes.
    Understanding of the importance of material culture in the study of gender.
    Respect for multiculturalism.
    Experience in powerpoint presentations.
    Search for analysis and synthesis of data both in bibliography and in fieldwork.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course centers on the idea that the material world not only reflects gender but is dynamically involved in its production. The power of objects partly derives from the fact that that we often ignore them as inert mater of no consequence.
    The course starts with an introduction to material culture and the basic concepts upon which any discussion on materiality is based. It then proceeds with the most prevalent theoretical approaches to material culture with gender-related examples drawn for the fields of consumption, clothing, technology, food and toys.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Powerpoint presentations, use of electronic platform (eclass).
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures and presentations 26
    Discussion 13
    Preparation of presentations 65
    Written essay 80
    Autonomous study 100
    Course total: 284
    Student performance evaluation: Language of evaluation: Greek and English (in the case of non-Greek speaking students)

    Methods of evaluation:
    Oral participation.
    Powerpoint presentations.
    Written essay.


    Suggested bibliography:

    Γιαλούρη Ε. (επιμ.) (2012) Υλικός Πολιτισμός: η ανθρωπολογία στη χώρα των πραγμάτων, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια
    Οικονόμου Α. (2014) Υλικός Πολιτισμός: θεωρία, μεθοδολογία, αξιοποίηση Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης
    Tilley, C. (2001) ‘Ethnography and Material Culture’ στο P. Atkinson κ.α. (επιμ.) Handbook of Ethnography London: Sage, σελ. 258-271
    Miller, D. (2010) Stuff Cambridge: Polity
    Butler, J. (1993) Bodies that matter Routledge: London and New York
    Woodward, I. (2007) Understanding Material Culture London: Sage
    Tilley, C., W. Keane, S. Küchler, M. Rowlands, P. Spyer (επιμ.) (2006) Handbook of Material Culture London: Sage
    Miller D. (επιμ.) (2005) Materiality Duke UP
    Buchli, V. (επιμ.) (2002) The Material Culture Reader, Oxford, New York: Berg
    Gell, A. (1998) Art and Agency, Oxford: Clarendon Press
    Ingold, T. (2007) ‘Materials against materiality’ Archaeological Dialogues 14(1): 1-16
    Warnier, J.-P. (2001) ‘Α praxeological approach to subjectivation in a material world’ Journal of Material Culture 6(1): 5-24
    Entwistle, J. (2000) ‘Fashion and the fleshy body: dress as embodied practice’ Fashion Theory 4(3), σελ. 323-348
    de Grazia V. (επιμ.) The Sex of Things, University of California Press
    Ρεντετζή, Μ. (2012) Το φύλο της τεχνολογίας και η τεχνολογία του φύλου, Αθήνα: Εκκρεμές

    Related academic journals:

    Journal of Material Culture