Feminism in Action conference comes to UWE

Issue date: 04 July 2011

Monday 11 July 2011, 10:00 -17:00

University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus

The University of the West of England's Gender Studies Research Group will mark its first anniversary by bringing some of the world and UK's foremost feminist thinkers to the University on Monday 11 July 2011 for a free one day seminar – Feminism in Action.

Jointly hosted with The British Psychological Society's, Psychology of Women Section (POWS), Feminism in Action is the latest in a variety of well-attended and thought-provoking events the group has staged this year and will appeal to those with an academic and professional interest in issues around gender.

This free event is open to all and promises an exciting programme of local and international speakers including: internationally renowned academic, Dr Nicola Gavey from the University of Auckland, New Zealand who will give a talk on sexual violence prevention and the problem of pornography. She said, “After many years of researching and critiquing the cultural conditions of possibility for sexual violence I have been challenged to consider the place of pornography in the mix. At the conference I will discuss some of the complex dilemmas this issue poses for feminist activists, and outline two broad strategies that colleagues and I hope to pursue in this area.”

Dr Helen Mott, Co-ordinator, Bristol Fawcett Society, will provide a local viewpoint on feminism in action. She said, “I will be describing how feminist awareness has directly informed and shaped policy and service provision in Bristol, and examining some intersections between academic and activist feminism in Bristol.”

Talking about the aims of the conference, Dr Victoria Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Conference Co-organiser said, “In our Feminism in Action conference we extend the connections of our group into the community to explore the synergies between academic and community activist feminism, asking what academic and activist feminisms can learn from each other and how feminist research and activism can best impact the lived experiences of girls and women in the real world.”

The Gender Studies Research Group was launched in June last year, bringing together academics from across the University to further develop regional, national and international research and collaborations around gender. The group's recent conference on 9 June 'Reporting from the Frontline: A Transdisciplinary Conference on Gender' attracted delegates and speakers from the USA, Portugal, Spain and Israel as well as from UWE and other UK Universities. Current thematic areas of gender research range from sexualities and culture to education and employment and citizenship and political participation.

To register for Feminism in Action, please contact Victoria.Clarke@uwe.ac.uk

For more information on UWE Gender Studies Research Group visit: www.uwe.ac.uk/research/groups/gender-studies/index.shtml


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