BSA Sociology and Feminism Event
Wednesday 16 December 2015 4pm – 6pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG (near Kings Cross)

Gender Struggles? Feminism? Sociology?

This event provides a brief introduction and update on how analysing gender inequality in sociology contributes to challenging everyday sexism and gender troubles. It also provides an opportunity for you to raise your own experience and views.

This is a chance to participate in a two hour engagement with feminism and Sociology introduced by leading feminist researchers within sociology and chaired by Lynn Jamieson the President of the British Sociological Association. The event is for all – with or without prior knowledge – from school-pupil to retired academic. All you need is some stake in, interest in or desire to know more about feminism or sociology or to do something about gender inequality. Come and hear some brief contributions offering informed views on sociologists´ and feminists´ analysis of gender inequality and take the opportunity to question, challenge or tell your own stories.

Stevi Jackson, University of York, is a sociologist who has written extensively about sexuality, gender and personal life.

Finn MacKay, University of the West of England, researches feminism as a social movement and works to combine feminism, activist and doing sociology in her own life.

Admission:
BSA members and students in full time education – FREE
Others – £5
To book, please visit our website:
http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=
EVT10477
Venue:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG Please direct
any enquires to: E: events@britsoc.org.uk

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Please see below and attached a call for papers for an edited book entitled ‘Feminist Beginnings: Being an Early Career Feminist Academic in a Changing Academy’, to be edited by Dr Rachel Thwaites and Dr Amy Godoy-Pressland. Please circulate around your networks.

In a fast-changing higher education academy, where marketisation is increasingly becoming the dominant model, the pressures on academics seem great, while the need to ‘play the game’ to succeed has never been more important.  Within this context, entering the academy as an early career academic presents many challenges, as well as possibilities.  Moving from the relative autonomy, and often bubble of safety, of the PhD into teaching or research contracts where there may be less flexibility and freedom within the institutional hierarchy, can be a real step change.  Early career academics also frequently face the prospect of working on fixed term contracts, with little security and no certain prospect of advancement, while constantly looking for the next contract.

Being a feminist early career academic adds a further layer; how does one maintain one’s feminist identity and politics within what has traditionally been a very male-dominated institution where few women reach the most senior positions? Moreover the ethos of the marketising university where students are sometimes viewed as ‘customers’, may sit uneasily with a politics of equality for all.  Feminist values and practice can provide a means of working through the challenges, but may also bring complications. As feminist researchers and teachers ourselves, we feel the impact of trying to live out a feminist politics provides another set of priorities which affect the way one thinks about the everyday and overarching experience of an academic career.  This political outlook can lead to transformative events, but can also raise difficulties when in a non-feminist department or a research climate which does not take gender seriously.

This edited volume will thus explore the early years of an academic career from a feminist perspective and should appeal to students and academics at all stages of their careers. We therefore welcome contributions which provide findings from research studies, theory pieces, and experiential/personal pieces.  The format of these is open to some interpretation and we will accept pieces of up to 3000 words for a personal piece and up to 8000 words for a theory/research paper on themes including, but not limited to:

  • Being a feminist in higher education
  • Moving from a women’s/gender studies centre into the wider academic community
  • Maintaining your feminist identity
  • Feminism in the curriculum and in the classroom
  • Negotiating the academic hierarchy as an early career feminist
  • Building a feminist support network
  • The academic ‘lifestyle’: how to be an ‘academic’

We define ‘early career’ as those within five years of having been awarded their PhD and ‘higher education’ as any university setting.  We are actively seeking contributions which will provide a wide international perspective, however they must be written in English.

To submit an abstract (300-400 words), or for any queries, please contact either

Dr Rachel Thwaites, r.thwaites@bham.ac.uk  or Dr Amy Godoy-Pressland, a.godoy-pressland@uea.ac.uk

Deadline for Abstracts: 5th December 2014 (decision to be made by 6th February 2015)

Provisional date for full article: 7th September 2015

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Call for Papers

If not now, when? Feminism in contemporary activist, social and educational contexts

Political and socio-economic developments in recent years have created new opportunities and new battlegrounds for feminism, with women taking to the streets and demonstrating against the status quo, corruption, sexism, austerity and capitalism. On February 13th2011,

demonstrations took place in various Italian cities, with over a million participants in total. They were coordinated by the feminist coalition Se Non Ora Quando? (If not now, when?). The demonstrations voiced the urgent need to reassert women’s dignity and renewed faith in the effectiveness of a popular feminist movement.

There seems to be a pervasive optimism that feminism is now entering a new era, as evidence from different countries seems to suggest. At the same time, it is said that the advance of neoliberalism and the indisputable gains of feminism in the last thirty years have resulted in de-politicisation and a decline of interest in feminism. The mainstreaming of feminism has also raised concerns about its independent and autonomous existence.

‘If not now, when?’ invites potential contributors to consider the present moment of feminism and the presence of feminism on the streets and in mainstream society. It is seeking both theoretically informed and more empirical contributions on feminist endeavours, the strategies they employ and the values they uphold, the lessons learnt, and the new or emerging debates and challenges. In the context of a broadly defined feminist education, ‘If not now, when?’ also wishes to explore the pedagogical aspect of contemporary feminism, as well as testimonies of politicisation and mobilisation relevant to the formation of a feminist consciousness, especially in higher education.

Further, and focusing on the present, it invites contributions on the theoretical ideas that are most relevant for feminism today. We are particularly interested in the notion of timeliness or kairos, the right time for something to happen as opposed to chronos or linear time. This temporal aspect of the contemporary feminism needs to be analysed and fully understood in the light of debates over the future of democracy, the welfare state, neoliberalism and globalisation. As evidence from the ‘periphery’ of Europe and the Mediterranean show that feminists decide to take to the streets again, we particularly welcome contributions that speak about the present and recent past of feminism in that part of the world, especially in the light of the significant political, social and economic changes in the region.

Contributions might address the following topics:

  • Feminist alternatives to patriarchy and neoliberalism: contemporary strategies, theoretical ideas and practices;
  • Feminism in the academia and beyond: reflections on the past, emerging issues in the present, pedagogical prospects;
  • Contemporary feminist activism in the South of Europe and beyond: what do know, what do we learn?
  • Feminism, ethical values and the role of the individual;
  • Feminism and the idea time and timeliness (Kairos);
  • Is feminism still transformative or has it become too mainstream and confluent with dominant politics?
  • How could the insight, issues and strategies of popular movements be transformed into permanent advantages for feminism?
  • How does academic feminism respond to ideological, political and cultural demands outside the academia?

350-500 word abstracts are due by 1st December 2014.

Proposals should be for original works not previously published (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration for another journal or edited collection. If your proposal is accepted for the special issue, a full draft (5000-7000 words) will be required by June 2015. Editors are happy to discuss ideas prior to the deadline.

Proposals should be sent to:

Olivia Guaraldo, University of Verona, Italy olivia.guaraldo@univr.it and

Angela Voela, University of East London, UK  a.voela@uel.ac.uk

How capitalism survives? A Marxist-Feminist perspective

Call for Papers within the framework of the 11th Historical Materialism Annual Conference ‘How Capitalism Survives’ – 6-9 November 2014 – Vernon Square, Central London

The Historical Materialism annual conference in London has emerged as a pivotal site for critical, engaged, constructive, and provocative scholarship and activism internationally. This is a fitting place for focusing the (re)emergence of Marxist-Feminist historical materialist analysis. Now in our third year at HM, the 2014 Marxist-Feminist stream of the conference is seeking contributions that continue in the tradition of dynamic and original reflections of previous years, and also those that press the boundaries and take on the bold challenges posed by debates old and new.
The question ‘how capitalism survives?’ resonates strongly with a range of feminist critiques on the Left. In the 21st century this question invites us to revisit of the history of capitalism and patriarchy in their myriad entanglements as well as to analyse the daily (re)construction of a globally dominant socio-economic model that thrives on gendered and racial asymmetries.
The Marxist-Feminist stream this year wishes to deepen our understanding of the mechanisms that make the reproduction of capitalism possible in the very sites that constitute an ‘everyday life’ where exploitation and struggle are actualised or forestalled. We are also interested in analysing the continuities, discontinuities and mutations of the capitalism & patriarchy nexus from the age of empire all the way to contemporary neo-colonialisms. Such colonial projects may involve anything from territorially-based extraction of surplus value to the production of individual and collective subjectivities. 
This year’s conference theme hopes to provide an opportunity to think in truly interdisciplinary fashion about how ‘we’ participate in sustaining capitalism as a reality of intersecting modalities of exploitation. To offer just one obvious example, today the exploitation of women by women has become indispensable to sustaining contemporary capitalism as a planetary biopolitics.

On the basis of the above, we invite papers that may address (but are not limited to) the following themes and/or questions, here presented in random order:

•    Critical descriptions of capitalism across Marxism and feminism from feminism’s ‘first wave’ to the present
•    Social reproduction and capitalist transformation: micro and macro-analyses
•    Instances of success and failure in Marxist-Feminist struggles from the 19th to the 21st centuries
•    In what particular ways does the ‘feminisation’ of labour help capitalism survive?
•    Are new concepts and methodologies needed to understand women’s roles in capitalism’s ways of overcoming the recent crisis?
•    How do the crises of capitalism help generate or overcome otherness (understood in gendered and/or racial terms)?
•    Women and queer subjects’ roles in the rise of new capitalist economies and in the assumed decline of Western capitalism
•    Homophobia and homonationalism before and after 9/11
•    Moving borders, regenerating boundaries: states, bodies, temporality
•    Ecosocialism, ecofeminism, ecology: narratives of change or scripts of subjugation? 
•    Revolution and reform in the theories of Marxist-feminism
•    Racism, femonationalism, Islamophobia: the bigger picture
•    Intersections of Marxism, feminism, critical race and postcolonial theories
•    Sexual assault, rape and resistance 
•    Women in contemporary liberation struggles
•    Marxist feminism and intersectionality theories
•    Women’s art, film, music literature: subversion or reproduction of capitalist relations of production? 
•    Feminism and the reproduction of the capitalist art world
•    Women in the communist/socialist tradition: Luxemburg, Zetkin, Kollontai, and others
•    Welfare and the political economy of care
•    Contemporary sexual politics: resistance to or empowerment of capitalism?
•    Violence, fascism, Marxism and Feminism
•    Separatism or participation? The case for the 21st century
•    Feminism and the institutions of capitalism
•    Gender, race and international migration
•    Uniting forces: what does an interdisciplinary Marxist feminist theory would look like?


Paper proposals should be max 200 words. When submitting your proposal, please indicate the theme to which your paper could contribute. 

Please note that we welcome panel proposals. When you submit a panel proposal, please send an abstract of the general theme of the panel (max 300 words) together with the abstracts of the individual papers in the panel. For individual paper proposals, it is helpful to indicate the theme (above) to which your paper could contribute. This will help us to compose the panels. Panels and individual papers should be submitted by June 1st to: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual11/submit 

Please be aware that the conference is self-funded; therefore we are unable to help with travel and accommodation costs.

The stream is organised by: Abigail Bakan, Angela Dimitrikaki, Sue Ferguson, Sara Farris, Genevieve LeBaron and Nina Power.

The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender of the University of Warwick is delighted to invite you to its 2014 Annual Lecture.

The lecture is free to attend (no registration required) and open to all.

Monday, May 12th, 2014, from 5.00 to 7.00

Ramphal Building, room 1.13

PROFESSOR GRISELDA POLLOCK (University of Leeds)

Is Feminism a Bad Memory or a Virtual Future?

Abstract: What is the nature of feminist memory in contesting the impoverished memory being produced for feminism, within and without the ‘feminist’ communities?  Why are certain stories, tropes, and habits in representation of feminism of the later twentieth century so tenacious despite critical resistance and despite the hard evidence that things were not like that? Has feminism become, or produced for itself, a ‘bad memory’? How much is this the problem of the institutionalization of any radical ‘event’ and the structural issues of transmission? If the temporality of our current situation is the contemporary, how is this impacting on the capacity to imagine feminism as more than a historical event receding into the past, losing its relevance before ever new challenges? How can the different moments of its emergence, elaboration, retreat and reinvention over many centuries and in different sites worldwide engender different ways of understanding the point at which we find ourselves now in the becoming of feminism?

My paper will explore the potential of the feminist philosophical discourse on virtuality and hence of open futures in relation of another posture of political fidelity to the core project of thinking difference. How might we move beyond the ‘bad’ memory and enliven a sense of feminist continuities that are neither nostalgic nor disappointed, metaphorized neither by generation nor waves? Can we think the times of feminism and its commitment to the as yet unimagined beyond the limitations of such metaphors and outside the compulsive search for new fashions typical of liquid modernity? To what extent can the resources of feminist cultural thinking in and through art up to this point cease to be the historical archive deadened by our limited stories and become the resource for feminism’s lively virtuality and enabling relevance to the challenges of the unstable present?

GRISELDA POLLOCK is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CENTRECATH) at the University of Leeds. Committed to developing an international, postcolonial, queer feminist analysis of the visual arts and cultures, she is currently researching issues of trauma and the aesthetic, Aby Warburg’s legacies, and concentrationary memory. Her most recent publications include After-affects I After-images: Trauma and Aesthetic Transformation(Manchester, 2013); Bracha Ettinger: Art as Compassion (with Catherine de Zegher, ASA 2011);Concentrationary Memories: Totalitarian Terror and Cultural Resistance (with Max Silverman, I B Tauris, 2013); Art in the Time-Space of Memory and Migration  (Freud Museum and Wild Pansy Press, 2013) and the edited collection  Visual Politics of Psychoanalysis: Art & the Image in Post-traumatic Cultures (I B Tauris, 2013). Her forthcoming books include The Nameless Artist: Charlotte Salomon’s Life? or Theatre? as Theatre of Memory (Yale), and  From Trauma to Cultural : Representation and the Shoah / Holocaust.

For the full event webpage, see

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/rsw/research_centres/gender/forthcomingevents/annuallecture2014

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Workshop

ORIENTATING FEMINISM(S): FEMINIST ‘TURNS’ AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION

The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick

Friday 28th February 28th, 2014, 2.00pm  – 4.00pm

Social Sciences Building, Room A0.23

Speakers:

  • ·         Prof. Clare Hemmings (LSE)
  • ·         Dr. Carolyn Pedwell (Newcastle)
  • ·         Dr. Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths)
  • ·         Prof. Valerie Hey (Sussex)
  • ·         Prof. Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths)

(More speakers may be announced – please check the event website for the most recent list: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/rsw/research_centres/gender/forthcomingevents/feministturns)

Chairs:

Dr. Maria do Mar Pereira and Kathryn Medien (University of Warwick)

This workshop seeks to interrogate the nature and impacts of claims that feminist scholarship is, or ought to be, undergoing a ‘turn’, i.e. a change in direction, aim or focus. The notion of ‘turn’ has long played an important role in oral and written narrations of the development of social and political theory. In those narrations, the declaration of a ‘turn’ functions not just as a categorising device making it possible to identify patterns and pinpoint transformations in knowledge production, but also as a touchstone of sometimes fierce debates about the relative epistemic value and political utility of different forms of scholarship.

In recent years, it appears that invocations of, and exhortations to, a ‘turn’ have become especially frequent in feminist scholarship, particularly within conversations about theoretical and empirical work often clustered around the terms ‘the affective turn’ and ‘the (new) materialist turn’. These ‘turns’ have been the object of much attention in conferences and publications, but this workshop invites colleagues to think about them differently.

  • ·         Rather than evaluating the key principles, theoretical merits and analytical potential of such feminist ‘turns’, we want to discuss what happens when we think and speak of these (and other) scholarly developments as a ‘turn’, and how they come to be positioned and function within feminist scholarship.
  • ·         Rather than just conceptualise ‘turns’ as epistemic processes (where what is at stake is theories, concepts and findings), we also want to situate the declaration of ‘turns’ within the broader political economy of contemporary academic practice and ask, for example, how these declarations might relate to ongoing processes of transformation and competitive commodification of academic knowledge.

This event will take the format of an open roundtable discussion where speakers and participants will debate the current political-theoretical feminist landscape, asking how feminist ‘turns’ operate within and against a changing academic environment, at a time of political and economic ‘crisis’ and strengthening of social inequalities. We will consider questions of institutionalisation, temporality, the stories we tell about feminist scholarship, geo-politics, feminist pedagogies, citational practices and the relation between feminism and the political economy of contemporary academia.

We hope you can take part in the debate and then join us for the post-workshop drinks reception!

Attendance is FREE, but we ask that you REGISTER IN ADVANCE by clicking here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/rsw/research_centres/gender/forthcomingevents/feministturns/register

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Queer Feminine Affinities

Edited by Alexa Athelstan & Vikki Chalklin

Extended Call for Submissions

Deadline Friday 17th January 2014

queerfeminineaffinities@gmail.com

For more information about Queer Feminine Affinities, and the original call for submissions, please see www.queerfeminineaffinities.wordpress.com.

We were delighted to receive an overwhelming and exciting response to our initial call for submissions to Queer Feminine Affinities. However, we are still seeking additional submissions on a number of as yet underrepresented topics. With this extended call we specifically welcome work that engages with the following themes:

Intersectional femininities

Contributions addressing intersections of femininity/femme with other aspects of embodied experience. We particularly encourage submissions pertaining to femininities of colour and questions of “race,” ethnicity, racism and anti-racism, as well as those attending to dis/abilities, (mental) health and ableism, and intersecting with issues of class, religion, and cultural differences of various kinds.

Trans* and non-binary fem(me)ininities

Submissions exploring various crossovers and relationships between femininity/femme and masculinity, femaleness/maleness, queer, or a combination of these. We are especially keen to solicit contributions examining trans*, non-binary, intersex, and/or genderqueer fem(me)ininities including transgender and transsexual women and men who identify as femme or feminine.

Critical hetero-femininities

Does queer or alternative femininity have to mean LBG? What space is there in gay, straight, or queer cultures/communities for critical, radical, or queer heterosexual/straight femininities or femmes?

(Non-)Geographically Located femininities

What is at stake in femme/femininities that are located either geographically or within other (virtual/affective/ephemeral) communities? In particular towns or cities, regions, or countries? What are the specificities of a Scottish/Welsh/Northern Irish queer feminine identity or what is the experience of femininities in the north, south, east or west of England? How does this relate to experience of feminine/femme embodiment outside of the UK? What are the roots and routes of femininities embodied and enacted through and across diasporas and other transnational communities and relationships?

This is not a purely academic project. Creative and personal reflections on femme/femininity are just as valuable for this project as academic essays, and all styles of written and visual contributions that can feasibly be reproduced in a printed book format are welcome. These may include but are not limited to the personal, autobiographical, creative, political, passionate, fictional, collaborative, humorous, lighthearted, and fanciful.

The editors are willing to negotiate the precise length of any submission within the remit of our overall book length, up to a maximum length of 5,000 words for all written contributions.

Please send a 300 word proposal and a short biography to Alexa and Vikki at queerfeminineaffinities@gmail.comby Friday 17th January 2014.

The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at the University of Warwick will host a Graduate Seminar Series in the academic year 2013/2014. We would like to invite postgraduate students working in, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Media, Culture and Gender Representations
  • Work and Family
  • (Trans) national Gender
  • Intersections of Gender, ‘Race’, Class, Disability and Age
  • Gender, Transgender and Sexualities
  • Feminism and Women’s Rights
  • Masculinities
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • New Media and Digital Technologies
  • Histories of Feminism, Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender, the Body and Embodiment

We welcome submissions, both conventional and innovative, from any disciplines on gender related topics.

Seminars will take place on three or four Wednesdays per term in the afternoon (dates and timings TBC).

Each presenter will be allocated 30 minutes: 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion.

Attendance is open to everyone.

The seminar series aims to:
• Foster discussions on questions of / around gender
• Provide a safe and comfortable space for students to present their research
• Create an opportunity to fine-tune presentation skills

Abstracts should be:
• Maximum 200 words
• Submitted along with a brief biography of the author; including their institution, department, and
research interests
• Submitted by Friday 22nd November 2013

Please email abstracts to cswgseminarseries@gmail.com. Abstracts will be peer reviewed. If successful, you will hear from us in the week commencing 9th December 2013 and will be allocated to a seminar between January and May 2014. Funds may also be available to help contribute to travel expenses.

If you have any further questions, please do email us.

Yours sincerely,
CSWG Organising Committee
cswgseminarseries@gmail.com

For more information about the Graduate Seminar Series, please visit:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/rsw/research_centres/gender/graduateseminars/