De Wauwel Klup
“It is women who ‘gossip’, presumably having nothing better to do and having less access to real knowledge and information and a structural inability to construct factually based, rational discourses. Thus, gossip is an integral part of the devaluation of women’s personality and work, … “
Federici, S. Witches, Witch-hunting and Women. 2015. PM Press/Toronto: Canada.
“One of the main tenets of CR was that the “personal is political.” Not all feminists believed that CR groups were effective or useful, but for many women participation in such groups proved to be transformational.”
Women's Action Alliance, Sharpe, L., Ginsburg, J., Gordon, G., Kaba, M., Shine, J. Trying to Make the Personal Political: Feminism and Consciousness-Raising. 2017. Half Letter Press. Chicago, IL.
"So much difficulty, you would think feminist killjoys would give up. And yet, when I first began presenting and talking about the feminist killjoy, when I first began working with her as well as on her, picking her up, I noticed how energetic the room would be. Sometimes speaking of her, letting her into the room to do her thing, felt like an electric shock. And she finds herself quickly in a company of killjoys: trans feminist killjoys (Cowan 2014), ethnic killjoys (Khorana 2013), Crip killjoys (Mullow 2013), indigenous feminist killjoys (Barker 2015). There will be more of that I am sure."
Ahmed, S., Living a Feminist Life. 2017. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Kleinen, R., Rouschop, H. Podcast De Limburgse Taal & … 2020/2021
Janssen, M. Interview Joep Leerssen: Dutch literary scholar and historian, nationalism expert and professor of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. 2018. University of Amsterdam
Janssen, M. Interview Leonie Cornips: Researcher for Language Variation at the Meertens Institute, Specialized Professor of Language Culture in Limburg. 2018.
"In this paper we will argue that the idea and the expression of a regional identity, attached to the province, was produced by the progressive integration of Limburg into the Dutch nation state during the nineteenth and twentieth century."
Cornips, L. & Knotter, Ad. Inventing Limburg (The Netherlands): Territory, history, language, and identity. 2018. In: Christen, Helen / Gilles, Peter / Purschke, Christoph (eds.): Räume, Grenzen, Übergänge. Akten des 5. Kongresses der Internationalen Gesellschaft für Dialektologie des Deutschen (IGDD). Stuttgart: Steiner
De Wauwel Klup
Through legal measures, language policies, and public funding in education and media, the official language of a nation-state acquires its dominant position. This coincides with a decrease in the use of regional and minority languages and often to a stigma for their speakers.
Inspired by Silvia Federici's feminist notion of Gossip, Michelle Janssen brings people together and hosts conversations around their experiences with minority languages. The project De Wauwel Klup (Gossip Club), revives the practice of consciousness raising as a structure for exchanging experiences, personal ideas, and thought processes. It aims to facilitate a space to address current stereotyping in the Netherlands.