Guest Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Professor Mary Eagleton (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University)

Mary Eagleton was, formerly, Professor of Contemporary Women’s Writing at Leeds Metropolitan University. She has published extensively on twentieth and twenty-first century women’s writing, including Figuring the Woman Author in Contemporary Fiction (Palgrave, 2005) and essays on, among others, Doris Lessing, A.S. Byatt, Carol Shields, Margaret Atwood, Diana Athill and Emma Tennant. She is interested in feminist theory and feminist literary history – evident, for example, in A Concise Companion to Feminist Theory (Blackwell, 2003), the third edition of her classic text, Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and chapters in Gill Plain and Susan Sellers (eds) A History of Feminist Literary Criticism (Cambridge UP, 2007) and Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette (eds) The Oxford History of  the Novel in English (Oxford UP, forthcoming). Currently, she is working with Dr Emma Parker on the final volume in The History of British Women’s Writing, 1970-Present (Palgrave). She is the founding Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association ( and founding editor of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford UP) (

Professor Mary Evans (Gender Institute, London School of Economics andPolitical Science)

Mary Evans is a LSE Centennial Professor and attached to the Gender Institute from 2010 to 2013. Prior to coming to the LSE as a Visiting Fellow she taught Women’s Studies and Sociology at the University of Kent. Much of Professor Evan’s work has been inter-disciplinary and has crossed the boundaries between the Social Sciences and the Humanities. She has longstanding interests in narrative fiction and has written on Jane Austen and Simone de Beauvoir as well as on the genres of auto/biography and ( most recently ) on detective fiction. In this work her essential concerns are the themes of gender and class: most recently surrounding narratives of ‘loss’ by women who have been upwardly socially mobile.

Professor Evans has a continuing research interest in the impact of gender in the academy. ( The concept of ‘Impact’ was itself the subject of a successful seminar that, with Sarah Franklin, Clare Hemmings and Professor Evans organised in April 2010 ). She contends that if the ‘mind has no sex’ it remains extraordinary that much of academic and intellectual life (outside the Gender Institute ) is dominated by men. Professor Evans has written about the general constraints on contemporary British academics ( and the pressures of the changing relationships between the state and the universities ) but it is the gender divisions within universities – and the gendered tensions around the definition, choice and judgement of subject matter – that is of particular interest.

Roundtable Participants

Dr Pam Alldred (Senior Lecturer in Youth Work Studies in the School of Sport and Education, Brunel University)

Dr Alldred’s research and teaching interests are in gender and sexuality, identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to children and young people. Her formation, research and employment has spanned sociology, psychology, education and women’s studies. She is currently researching sexualities equalities on an EU funded project (; exploring international perspectives on early motherhood; and editing a special issue on the politics of sex education. Her book Get Real About Sex: The Politics & Practice of Sex Education (co-authored by M E David) was published by Open University Press in 2007. Among her many other notable research achievements, Pam contributed to Val Gilles and Helen Lucey’s edited collected Power, Knowledge and the Academy: The Institution is Political. She has been a longstanding member of the Feminist Review Editorial Collective and the Women’s Workshop on Qualitative Household Research.

Dr Becky Munford (Senior Lecturer in the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University)

Dr Munford is a specialist in twentieth-century women’s writing, gender and the erotic; feminist history and theory (especially third-wave feminism and postfeminism). To date, Angela Carter’s work has provided a particular focus for her broader research interest in theories of gender, sexuality and the politics of re-writing and intertextuality. Following a collection of essays, Re-visiting Angela Carter: Texts, Contexts, Intertexts (Palgrave, 2006), my first monograph, Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers: Angela Carter and the European Gothic (forthcoming with Manchester University Press), examines the feminist politics of Carter’s textual engagements with a male-authored, European Gothic tradition from Sade to Surrealism. In 2007, she published Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration with Stacy Gillis and Gillian Howie. Dr Munford is a former member of the Executive of the FWSA and a current member of the CWWA.

Workshop Leaders

Dr Rachel Carroll (Principle Lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at Teeside University)

Dr Carroll is Principal Lecturer in English at Teesside University where she teaches courses on gender and sexuality in contemporary writing, film and television adaptations of literary texts and African American writing.  Her edited collection Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities was published by Continuum in 2009 and her monograph Rereading Heterosexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction was published by Edinburgh University Press in April 2012.

 Dr Carolyn Pedwell (Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University)

Dr Pedwell’s research interests lie at the intersection of media and cultural studies, gender studies and international politics, with a focus on feminist, postcolonial and queer theory. Her research centres on gender, the body and culture; multiculturalism and ethnic difference; feminist theory and popular culture; and the transnational politics of emotion and affect.

Her current research explores the transnational politics of emotion and affect, with a focus on empathy. She is working on a book manuscript, Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy (Palgrave, forthcoming), which has evolved out of her recent and forthcoming publications in this area (Pedwell, 2007, 2010, 2012a, b).  Through teasing out the ‘ambivalent grammar’ (Ahmed, 2010) of empathy across a range of popular and scholarly sites where questions of transnational relations of power and social justice are at stake, the book explores the critical implications of empathy’s uneven effects and offers a vital transnational perspective on the ‘turn to affect’.  In doing so, it brings together two key sets of literature that too often remain separate from one another: cultural, literary and psychoanalytical writing on emotion and affect, and political, sociological and economic scholarship on postcoloniality, globalisation, neoliberalism and biopolitics. 


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