We’re very pleased to publish the programme for Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity? Current Issues and Future Challenges. The full schedule for the day can be found here.
This venture is a collaborative one-day event between the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association and the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association. We aim to create a national space for liked-minded colleagues to examine the age of austerity (in its broadest sense) in relation to feminism in academia, and aim to provide a multi-disciplinary forum to consider the broad impact of such change on a macro level across feminism in academia and enable specific disciplinary platforms to discuss ways of addressing such challenges through teaching, research, theory, practice and activism. In addition, the event include workshop and training support for early career researchers. We’re delighted that both Dr Rachell Carroll (Teeside University) and Dr Carolyn Pedwell (Newcastle University) will be running these early career sessions for us.
In addition to our two keynote speakers and early career workshops, the day will include two round table discussions, one of which focus specifically on bridging the gap between feminism in academia and the community of feminist activists working on related initiatives. The other will include discussion from Dr Becky Munford (Cardiff University) and Dr Pam Alldred (Brunel University).
We invite papers from academics and researchers at all levels who wish to explore this issue in their own discipline Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
- The impact of the age of austerity upon women’s and feminist writing, art, performance, scholarship, theory, teaching and activism.
- Resistance to narratives of decline in the age of austerity.
- The challenges posed to ‘sisterhood’ in the current academic environment.
- Bridging the gap between postgraduate/early career feminist researchers and established scholars.
- Postcolonial, queer, and/or differently abled responses to the age of austerity in feminist research.
- Historical, political and sociological responses to the age of austerity in feminist research.
- Exploring alternative futures for feminism in the academy.
- Strategies of resistance to the marginalisation of feminist research.
- Encouraging the next generation of feminist scholars.