Issue date: 11 January 2002

The Alternative Series 2002 - Public lectures organised by UWE’s Centre for Critical Theory at the Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

Internationally renowned feminist, Germaine Greer launches the second ‘Alternative Series’ organised by the University of the West of England at the Watershed on 29 January 2002. Building on the phenomenal response to the 2001 lecture series by UWE’s Centre for Critical Theory the second series stars eminent writers and critical theorists from around the globe.

The idea to bring academic lectures into town was spearheaded by Professor Anthony Elliott, Director of the Centre for Critical Theory, who says, “We aim to embrace a wider audience by making accessible top speakers which will in turn raise the profile of and to an extent demystify the academic discipline of critical theory. The lectures focus on issues of broad public and political relevance. Speakers include some of the most prominent critical theorists working in the social sciences and humanities today. The Watershed provided an ideal environment for the series last year and we have almost sold out of tickets for the first lecture. This year we have been fortunate to secure four leading figures including Germaine Greer, Richard Sennett, Mario Vargas Llosa and Susie Orbach.”

Professor Germaine Greer will speak on ‘The Limits of Theory’ on 29 January 2002. Greer is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick. She obtained overnight fame with the publication of The Female Eunuch in 1970, and has since published a number of best sellers. These include The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and their work (1979), Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984) and The Change (1991). Her most recent book, The Whole Woman (1999), takes stock of the current situation of the Feminist movement.
Professor Richard Sennet of the London School of Economic is the author of ‘The Corrosion of Character (1999). He will speak on ‘The New Class Struggle’ on 26 February 2002. Mario Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America'’ most important authors. His books include ‘The Feast of the Goat’ (2001). His talk will focus on ‘Political Victimisation, Symbolic Violence’ on 19 March 2001. Professor Suzie Orbach, of the London School of Economics and psychotherapist in practice is the author of ‘The Impossibility of Sex’ (1999) – her lecture will be about ‘The Impossibility of Sex’ on 30 April 2001.

All lectures begin at 7.00pm and tickets can be obtained in advance from the Watershed Media Centre Box Office – tel 0117 925 3845.


Editor’s notes

The interdisciplinary Centre for Critical Theory (CCT) brings together a wide range of academics from across the University of the West of England whose work focuses on core theoretical issues in the social sciences and humanities. Based in the Faculty of Economics and Social Science, the Centre is supported by, and draws together the work of researchers from, the Faculties of the Built Environment, Bristol Business School, Education, Health and Social Care, Humanities and Languages and European Studies.

Jpeg visual of Germaine Greer available upon request from Jayne.Andrews@uwe.ac.uk

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