UWE + Festival of Ideas co-host an 'Encounter with Irigaray'

Issue date: 14 February 2011

A day of 'Encounter with Irigaray' 23 February 2011
Arnolfini Gallery 13:45 – 16:00: 'When Natural Differences Substitute for Constructed Oppositions: Towards a World Culture'.

Watershed 19:30 'An Evening with Luce Irigaray'.

Internationally renowned feminist and philosopher Professor Luce Irigaray is visiting Bristol on 23 February 2011, co-hosted by the University of the West of England and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Anna Grear, a researcher attached both to UWE's Centre for Legal Research and the UWE Gender Studies Research Group both of which are supporting the visit on behalf of UWE, said, “It's such an honour for UWE to welcome one of the world's most provocative thinkers of the past few decades to Bristol. Irigaray's work is incredibly influential and it is delightful to anticipate a day of encounter with an interdisciplinary thinker of her originality, wit and insight. It's guaranteed to be stimulating. It has also been exciting to involve colleagues from the University of Bristol in the day – especially Dr Genevieve Lively, who will host the talks. This combined effort, and the involvement of the excellent Bristol Festival of Ideas, means that the event really reflects the productive partnerships and the lively intellectual life of Bristol as a city.”

First, Professor Irigaray will give a talk at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol's famous Harbour area, entitled 'When Natural Differences Substitute for Constructed Oppositions: Towards a World Culture'. This event is primarily intended for scholars, though open to all, and will include a question and answer session. It starts at 13:45 and ends at around 16:00.

The second event takes place in the evening, and is now fully booked up. This event is entitled 'An Audience with Irigaray' and is a rare chance to hear Professor Irigaray discuss the development of her thought over the years in an interview format.

The 'Encounter with Irigaray' day promises to be an unforgettable opportunity to hear and engage with one of the most influential academics of recent history. Anyone wanting to read more about her work, in anticipation of the day, can visit the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy a peer reviewed academic resource for more details.


FFI: Jane Kelly or Mary Price, Press Officers


Tel: 0117 32 82208

 E-mail: Jane.Kelly@uwe.ac.uk or Mary.Price@uwe.ac.uk

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