23rd Oct 2014 6:30pm
G7, Pavilion Parade.
Philosophy Politics Aesthetics Seminar Series
Dr Patricia McManus, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Brighton.
'For a Feminism Without Feeling' will explore two tendencies in the fragmented landscape of contemporary feminism: the neoliberal feminism of corporate and state strategies for the policing of behaviour and of language, and secondly, the use by some radical feminists of related tactics in the deployment of the language and practises of 'trigger-warnings', 'safe spaces', 'privilege theory’, and the use of experience as the basis of the authority to speak. The paper will critically engage with these two tendencies as a way to return to 'intersectionality'.
The concept of intersectionality was an important theoretical and political step forward for feminism when first articulated. That articulation belonged to a moment in the history of feminism which, following Wendy Brown, I'll term a moment of 'revolutionary feminism'. In our own historical moment, we are not near a 'revolutionary feminism'. The need for an intersectional feminism or a feminism which is intersectional, has not gone away, however. This paper will conclude by arguing that a re-politicising of an intersectional feminism is key to generating again a feminism with revolutionary aims.
Dr Patricia McManus is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural History at the University of Brighton. She is a co-organiser of the University of Brighton Feminism Reading Group. Her research interests are in the conjunctures created by bringing together the history of the novel and the history of reading, and in the cultural articulations of class and of gender differences. She is a founding member of the Novel Research Collective.