Intergenerational Feminisms and Media Cultures

Over the past several years there has been a resurgence of popular feminist activism within the UK. From Caitlin Morans best-selling book How to be a Woman to the mainstream attention garnered by websites such as the Everyday Sexism Project, debates about what feminism is, who claims feminist identity, and how feminism should be practiced in the twenty-first century have engaged both the public and feminist scholars.The issue of intergenerational feminism is a significant part of these debates, as evident by recent media events: the exchange of open letters between Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor taking up issues of sexuality and agency, bell hooks’ assessment of Beyonce as a “terrorist” raisingquestions about representation and race, and the conversation about the validity and strategy of the global Slutwalk movement. These are just a few of the moments that point to the need to take seriously the politics of intergenerational feminisms within media culture today.At this event a panel of scholars and activists will explore this theme, drawing from their own research, activist experience, and critical insights. The panel will be followed by an audience Q & A and refreshments.

We have an exciting panel lined up:*

Laura Bates, Editor of the Everyday Sexism Project (and author of Everyday Sexism 

Ikamara Larasi, Works at Imkaan and has facilitated the Rewind & Reframe project 

Lucy Parfitt, Teenage feminist and participant in her school’s Feminist Club

Jessica Ringrose, Professor of Sociology of Gender and Education, Institute of Education, University of London

Lynne Segal, Professor of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London

Rosa Tully, Teenage feminist and founder of her school’s Feminist Club

We hope to see you there!

This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, generously funded by the ESRC and MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network. This event is also part ofMiddlesex University’s FemGenSex Research Network.

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