Month: April 2015

Upcoming event in London

*update: this event is now fully booked*

 NEW VOICES
sponsored by the Feminist Review Collective
TUESDAY 12TH MAY
1pm – 5pm
Senate House, University of London
The Feminist Review collective welcomes early career scholars and established scholars
for a discussion on  new voices in gender and feminist studies.
This is an inter-disciplinary event focused on paths to publishing for emergent scholars.
Over afternoon tea new scholars and collective members will come together to discuss emergent themes and issues in feminist and gender theory across disciplinary spaces.
Spaces are limited and registration is required (details below)
13:00 Welcome13:15 – 14:15 Session 1: Resistance and Citizenship

Inna Michaeli, Humboldt University, Berlin
Immigrating into the Occupation: the Case of Russian-speaking Women in Palestinian
Societies
Samah Saleh, Goldsmiths, University of London
Gender within labour movements, social movements and other sites of resistance: The
politicization of every day for Palestinian women inside Israeli colonial prisons
Nicola Currie, SOAS University of London
‘I will kiss the ground of my cell… As it is part of my homeland’ Spatial Politics and Gender:
Israel’s Carcerality of Palestinian Women.14.30 – 15:30 Session 2: Images, Text and Narratives

Mara Mattoscio, Università “Gabriele d’Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara
Liminal Resistance or Dominant Gaze? Sarah Baartman and the Case of Vénus Noire
(2010)
Emma Doubt, University of Sussex
“Playing Indian”: Photographic Portraiture at the Cherokee Female Seminary, 1890-1910
Roxanne Bidizadah, University of Warwick
Unveiling Voices: Rediscovering the Iranian Memoir in Kamin Mohammadi’s The Cypress Tree15:40 – 16:40 Session 3: Rethinking power and hegemonic discourse

Ashjan Ajour, Goldsmiths, University of London
Representation of Power and Knowledge in the Discourse of Liberal Feminist Discourse
Gisela Carrasco-Miro, Utrecht University
Empowering work as strategy for women? Rethinking globalization and gendered work
from a Postcolonial Feminist Economics approach
Asha Abeyasekera, University of Colombo
Choice in Marriage. Middle-class Respectability, Modernity, and Post-colonial Identities in
Contemporary Sri Lanka16.50 Feminist Review: Open Space

Introduction by Dr Gina Heathcote
Performance Piece
Lucy Garbett & Layan Sima Fuleihan
I Do Not Consent: Elimination, Gender Based Violence, and (Settler) Colonialism17.10 Closing Comments
Amy Shackleton, Feminist Review Publisher, Palgrave Macmillian

To register please contact cgs@soas.ac.uk
This event is now fully booked.

Plan F: A feminist economic strategy

With the UK general election (7th May) now less than three weeks away, future directions for Britain’s budget remain high on the political and public agenda.

In the latest issue of Feminist Review, Ruth Pearson and Diane Elson, members of the Women’s Budget Group, contest the necessity of continued austerity measures and outline an alternative vision for a feminist economic strategy, a Plan F:

“Plan F is a long-term vision for a prosperous and caring economy focused on investment in social infrastructure such as health, education, childcare, social housing and lifelong care, which benefit all, not just the few. Rather than tax reductions, which erode government revenue and incentivise a pernicious privatisation of social risks, a new social contract is needed where everyone contributes to funding public services and reaps the benefits from a more inclusive society. Only then could it truly be said that ‘we are all in this together’. This alternative feminist strategy for economic recovery is focused on achieving a caring economy that allows women to be financially independent, and supports gender equality. It would require investment in the development of high-quality care services, protection of public services and the raising of the minimum wage for all to a truly Living Wage. It would also mean the repeal of social security measures that will destroy women’s links with their communities – such as the bedroom tax and benefits cap… [T]his is a real alternative, and can be supported by raising more revenue from wealthy people, high earners and financial instititutions, and re-thinking expenditure on military and other infrastructure. Until such a feminist economic strategy with gender and social equality at its heart is ensured there will be no recovery for women.”

Read the full article: “transcending the impact of the financial crisis in the United Kingdom: towards plan F—a feminist economic strategy”

The Women’s Budget Group and Scottish Women’s Budget Group’s Plan F briefing paper is available here.

“feminism is in fact anarchist in its sensibilities”

In our 2014 special issue on ‘revolutions’, Bice Maiguashca explores the conceptual and political convergences between anarchism and feminism, making a case for “a more integrated, mutually collaborative feminist anarchist revolutionary politics”. Read on for two short extracts and follow this link to read the full article.

fr106“…I want to argue that, in the context of the [global justice movement], anarchism is more compatible with feminism than is often acknowledged in the theory and practice of this ‘movement of movements’ and that the considerable synergies between feminist notions of social justice and social change and anarchist conceptions of revolution merit far more attention than they currently receive. In other words, following Farrow (1988), I claim that feminism is in fact anarchist in its sensibilities.

…[T]he synergies between the agenda of anarchists and feminists within the [global justice movement] are strong. They share a common enemy in the form of capitalism, patriarchy and racism understood as global systems of power, which are structural and pervasive in nature. They also have a common goal to the extent that they both seek to bring about comprehensive, radical transformation of the current social order in line with the principles of equality, self-determination and diversity. Moreover, given their mutual concern with ‘internalised oppression’, both camps see individual personal transformation as the sine qua non of revolutionary change, a move that distinguishes them from Marxist narratives of radical change. Finally, despite their differing views of the role that the state can play in bringing about progressive change, they both see it as a vehicle of oppressive power relations that has to be challenged.”

Maiguashca, B. (2014). “‘they’re talkin’ bout a revolution’: feminism, anarchism and the politics of social change in the global justice movement”, issue 106, 78–94.