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Hilary Term Card – Feminist Thinking Seminars 
 
Love Island: feminism, postmodernism and late capitalism
Friday 24th January, 2-4pm, East Writing School, Examination Schools
 
On Friday 24th January, the Women's Studies Mst at the University of Oxford are pleased to invite you to a discussion of Love Island: Feminism, Postmodernism and Late Capitalism. Joining us will be two guest speakers, Livia Franchini and Denise Bonetti who co-edited On Paper, a poetry anthology inspired by season 4 of ITV's Love Island.
Livia Franchini is a writer from Tuscany, Italy. She has translated Michael Donaghy, Sam Riviere and James Tiptree Jr. among many others and is the author of a poetry pamphlet, Our Available Magic (Makina Books, 2019) and a novel, Shelf Life (Doubleday, 2019/Mondadori, 2020). She was one of the inaugural writers-in-residence of the CELA (Connecting Emerging Literary Artists) project, funded by the European Union, which saw her work translated into six languages. Livia is currently completing a PhD in experimental women’s fiction at Goldsmiths, where she also coordinates The Goldsmiths Prize. She is one of the founding members of FILL (Festival of Italian Literature in London) and has taught workshops and performed extensively from her work, both in the UK and internationally.
Find her book Our Available Magic here: https://makinabooks.com/product/our-available-magic/
 
Denise Bonetti is a Capricorn, and the Editor-in-Chief of the post-internet poetry magazine & press SPAM. She holds an MPhil in Contemporary Literature from Cambridge, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. She is the author of 20 Pack, a poetry pamphlet about cigarettes, published by If A Leaf Falls Press; Probs Too Late For a Snog Now :'(((, a collection of messages received on Facebook Messenger, published with SPAM; and Chairs Are for Sitting On, a self-published book of meme-poems. She lives in London.
 
The discussion will be held from 2-3pm in the East Writing School at Examination Schools, 75 - 81 High St, Oxford OX1 4BG.
The venue is accessible, for further information on access please visit https://www.accessguide.ox.ac.uk/examination-schools
 
 
“Hurry Up Please Its Time” - #MeToo and T. S. Eliot in 2020
Friday 7th February, 2-4pm, Colin Matthew Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building
 
On Friday 7th February, the Women's Studies Mst at the University of Oxford are pleased to invite you to a talk by Dr Megan Quigley (Visiting Fellow and Associate Professor of English). This lecture will discuss a series of essays published/edited by Dr Quigley on "Reading The Waste Land with the #MeToo Generation", and the subsequent response by Sir Christopher Ricks, formerly Oxford Chair of Poetry, who used them as an example of bad feminism in his journal Essays in Criticism.
 The discussion will cover:
 - What about the series of essays on #MeToo made this prominent scholar so very angry?
 - Should the journal have published it?
 - How do we reply to blatant misogyny in our field? 
 - When a scholar attacks another personally, do we reply?

 

Megan Quigley is a Visiting Fellow at Teddy Hall in 2019-20, working on a book on T. S. Eliot and the novel. She is an Associate Professor of English at Villanova University, where she is also on the Irish Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies faculty. She holds a BA from Stanford, an MPhil from Oxford, and a PhD from Yale. Her first book, Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language (Cambridge University Press), explores the intertwined history of 20th-century British fiction and philosophy. Her work has appeared in The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism, the James Joyce Quarterly, The Journal of the T.S. Eliot Society, Modernism / modernity, Philosophy and Literature, and forthcoming in Poetics Today. Last year she spearheaded a group of essays on “Reading The Waste Land with the #MeToo Generation” for Modernism/ modernity. She is a co-editor of the forthcoming collection T. S. Eliot Now (Bloomsbury).

 

This event will be held in the Colin Matthews Room in Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6GG. The room is fully accessible, here is further information for those with access needs: https://www.accessguide.ox.ac.uk/radcliffe-humanities
 
 
Feminist Engagement with Women* in China
Friday 21st February, 2-4pm, Colin Matthew Room, Radcliffe Humanities
 
On Friday 21st February, the Women's Studies Mst at the University of Oxford are pleased to invite you to panel discussion on Feminist Engagement with Women* in China. Joining us will be three guest speakers, Dr Maria Jaschok (Senior Research Associate of the Contemporary China Studies Programme, Oxford School of Global & Area Studies), Ling Tang (DPhil Candidate in Oriental Studies (Contemporary Chinese Studies)) and Yun Yun Zhou (DPhil Candidate in Oriental Studies (Contemporary Chinese Studies)). The panel will discuss their research on women in China, ranging from non-heterosexual family formations, to business women and the sexualised nature of guanxi, to cross-cultural research concerns regarding the privileging of knowledge, power and resources. The speakers will address their own positionalities as well as the methodological difficulties they have faced in their research.
 
This event will be held in the Colin Matthew Room in Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6GG. The room is fully accessible, here is further information for those with access needs: https://www.accessguide.ox.ac.uk/radcliffe-humanities
 
 
 
Political Ecology of Gender in the Climate Crisis
Friday 6th March, 2-4pm, Colin Matthew Room, Radcliffe Humanities
 
On Friday 6th March, the Women's Studies Mst at the University of Oxford are pleased to invite you to a lecture by Dr Lisa Schipper on the political ecology of gender in the climate crisis. The talk will be split into lecture and discussion, with time for questions.

 

 Dr Lisa Schipper is an Environmental Social Science Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on adaptation to climate change in developing countries, and looks at gender, religion and culture to understand what drives vulnerability. She has lived and worked in Central and South America, East and West Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Lisa is currently Co-ordinating Lead Author of Chapter 18 of the Working Group 2 contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (‘Climate Resilient Development Pathways’). She is co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Climate and Development (Taylor and Francis) and member of the editorial board of the journals World Development Perspectives (Elsevier) and Global Transitions: Health Transitions (KeAi).

 

This event will be held in the Colin Matthews Room in Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6GG. The room is fully accessible, here is further information for those with access needs: https://www.accessguide.ox.ac.uk/radcliffe-humanities

Feminist Thinking Lectures

Tuesdays 2–3 p.m.

Examination Schools, Room 6 
 
Week 1: October 9
Women’s Studies: Eleri Watson
Week 2: October 16
Simone de Beauvoir: Sex and Gender, Epistemic Injustice: Katherine Morris
Week 3: October 23
Gender and Post-Colonialism: Jane Hiddleston
Week 4: October 30
Feminism and the Body: Phenomenological, Cultural and Political Perspectives: Katherine Morris
Week 5: November 6
Poststructuralism and Feminism: From Docile Bodies to Rhizomatic PoliticsPelagia Goulimari
Week 6: November 13
Gender: Contemporary debates in analytic philosophy: Mari Mikkola
Week 7: November 20
The Postmodernism Debate and the Critique of Identity Politics: Pelagia Goulimari
Week 8: November 27
The Straight Mind/The Queer Body: Jeri Johnson

Seminars take place on 2-4pm on Fridays in Ryle Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building.

All Welcome. 

 

11 May

Dr Aurora Morcillo - “Visible and Invisible: Ordinary Acts of Resistance During the Twilight of the Franco Regime”

1 June

Professor Ashmita Khasnabish -  "Virtual Diaspora and Postcolonial Feminism"

 

Feminist Thinking is a seminar series organised by the Women's Studies MSt cohort. You can find out more about the MSt here.

Organised with the support of the faculties of Classics, English, History, Modern Languages and Philosophy

Convened by Sarah Crook, Pelagia Goulimari and Claudia Pazos-Alonso

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