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The Future of Feminism

Gendering the Social Sciences: a Gender Institute public lecture


This event will be a discussion centered around Professor Walby's recently published book The Future of Feminism.

Feminism is not dead. This is not a postfeminist era. Feminism is still vibrant, despite declarations that it is over. Feminism is a success, although many gender inequalities remain. Feminism is taking powerful new forms, which makes it unrecognisable to some. In The Future of Feminism, Sylvia Walby offers a provocative riposte to the notion that feminism is dead. Substantiating her arguments with evidence of the vibrancy of contemporary feminism in civil society and beyond, she provides a succinct yet comprehensive critical review of recent treatments of feminism explaining why they have got it wrong.

The book provides the definitive account of feminism's new and varied projects, goals, alliances and organizational forms, including feminism as a global wave. It offers engaged accounts of feminist activities across a range of domains in the economy, polity, violence and civil society. Successful feminist projects are not always named as feminist, sometimes being mainstreamed into coalitions with social democratic and global human rights activists. Feminism is now global, though also taking local forms, and these new coalitions are the basis for the future of feminism. On the future of feminism depends not only the future of gender inequality but the future of social inequality more generally.

Sylvia Walby is UNESCO Chair in Gender Research & Professor of Sociology at Lancaster Universtiy. She is interested in both theoretical development and policy impact, and she enjoys collaborative research. Her research is situated within the tension between general social theory and specific forms of inequality, especially gender. This has led from theorizing patriarchy to mainstreaming complex inequalities into social theory. Substantively, she is interested in economic change, fascinated by new political forms (e.g. European Union) and concerned about marginalised groups (domestic violence matters). These issues are framed by globalisation, the understanding of which requires the use of complexity theory, and 'human rights' which has become the most important framing of contemporary projects for global justice.


Speaker(s):

Professor Sylvia Walby | talks
Professor Diane Perrons | talks

 

Date and Time:

21 November 2011 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

New Theatre
East Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
London
WC2A 2AE


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London School of Economics & Political Science
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