Generational Politics in Feminist History, Oct 14 2015

A final reminder that this year’s series of English Literature and Cultural Studies research seminars will kick off at 5pm on Wednesday 14th October with Victoria Browne from Oxford Brooks speaking on ‘Generational Politics in Feminist History’. Sanna Melin Schyllert, a doctoral researcher at Westminster, working on feminism and modernism, will respond to Victoria’s talk.

“Sisterhood” is the familial metaphor most often associated with feminism; yet in fact, metaphors of “feminist foremothers”, “mothers” and “daughters” are employed just as frequently to convey relationships between feminists of different ages and eras. This kind of generational symbolism has been subject to serious criticism in feminist theory in recent years – for giving rise to “Oedipal” anxieties, and portraying the history of feminist theory and activism in terms of a struggle between “overbearing mothers” and “undutiful daughters”. This talk will examine critiques of the generational model of feminism, thinking through various significations of the generational metaphor, and its relation not only to feminist history but historical time more generally.

This first seminar will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the start of the new series and to welcome the new members of our research community. The seminar will take place in Room 105, University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells Street, London W1T 3UW (nearest tube stations: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street).

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