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Feminist Action Symposium: Invitation

posted Jan 16, 2015, 2:29 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated Feb 16, 2015, 3:34 AM ]


Invitation to a Symposium on Feminist Action at Kent

Saturday 21st March 2015, Grimond Lecture Theatre and Foyer


Aim and overview

The aim of this event is to celebrate feminist achievements at the University of Kent, setting them in the context of research over the past fifty years. It will involve not only current staff and students, but also activists and experts from the local community, former students from the Kent Women’s Studies programme, and visiting speakers.   

9.15 Registration and coffee/tea


10.00   Violence against women:  past and present (Chair: Jan Pahl)

The Canterbury Women’s Refuge was founded in 1975 by students from the University and activists from the city. This session will include speakers who were involved in that original refuge, but it will carry the story forward to consider domestic violence today, and to present recent research on the problems which face women affected by violence.


11.45   Studying gender: what now?  (Chair: Phil Hubbard)

Mary Evans, who was a member of the group which set up the first women’s studies MA in the UK, will discuss the persistence of gender inequality, both in society and in scholarship. Other contributions will come from Davina Cooper from the Centre for Gender and Sexuality, and Jan Montefiore and/or Rosanna Cox from the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing. 




2.15   Women’s employment and access (Chair: Heejung Chung)

This session will discuss issues to do with women’s employment, access to employment and child care. The speakers will include the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow and Dr. Louise Naylor Chair of the Women’s Network.  Kent’s history of providing women with better access to employment will be presented and celebrated, but the talks will go beyond the University of Kent/Higher Education institutions to address the issues faced by all women more generally.


4.15   Feminism: where are we now and where are we going?  (Chair: Marian Duggan)

This will be an inter-generational conversation between 2nd and 3rd wave feminists about current feminist ideas and campaigns. The aim of this session will be to bring together young feministsfeminist scholars and feminist activists to talk about where we are with feminism today and what issues continue to be relevant.

The event is free but booking is essential using this link.

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