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Centre for Feminist Research

A dynamic feminist community providing a forum for discussion of equality and diversity at Goldsmiths.

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A dynamic feminist community providing a forum for discussion of equality and diversity at Goldsmiths.

We provide a coordinating hub for feminist work at Goldsmiths. In addition to organising seminars and conferences, we offer a symbolic and intellectual home for the MA in Gender, Media and Culture, co-convened by the Departments of Media & Communications and Sociology.

We provide a forum for discussion of equality and diversity issues on campus (in relation to all aspects of the College’s equality policy: race and religion, gender, sexuality, disability and widening participation). We also provide an intellectual context for the delivery of Goldsmiths' equality policy.

Feminist research

By 'feminist research' we include any work that is informed by an active engagement with feminist intellectual debates, and any research that investigates questions of power, inequality and difference including race, class, disability as well as gender and sexuality.  

Goldsmiths already has an longstanding international reputation for feminist research through the individual activities of staff based in a range of departments, from the contributions of alumni staff of the college who have shaped feminist histories (Sally Alexander, Valerie Walkerdine, Kay Stables, Helen Carr, for example), as well as through the numerous conferences we have organised on feminist themes since 1990's including: Emotion, Gender and Culture; Young Women and Feminism; Queer Theory; Feminist and Queer of Colour Scholarship; Feminist Genealogies; Race and The Academy as well as Feminism and Intimacy.

The Centre for Feminist Research was inaugurated under the leadership of Professor Ahmed to consolidate Goldsmiths feminist histories and to help shape feminist futures at Goldsmiths. We wish to continue this legacy and build upon the feminist work that has shaped the institution.

About the Centre

The Centre is currently based in Media & Communications and Sociology and is directed by Professor Lisa Blackman and Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam. The Centre also has members in Anthropology, Art, Computing, Educational Studies, English & Comparative Literature, History, Music, Visual Cultures, as well as Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies.

Goldsmith’s feminist community is dynamic and the Centre aims to preserve this dynamism. We have identified four key and loose strands of feminist research activity at Goldsmiths:

  • Intersectionality; gender and class; feminist of colour scholarship and activism; queer feminism; transfeminism.
  • Feminist genealogies, new feminism, post-feminism.
  • Feminist cultural theory (including feminist engagements with visual culture, new media, screen culture and technology)
  • Feminist work on embodiment, affect and emotion

All are welcome to attend events and activities organised or hosted by the Centre for Feminist Research, including staff and students at Goldsmiths as well as members of the wider public.  The CFR does not currently have a mailing list for those outside of Goldsmiths but if you would like to be regularly updated about our events you can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Centre for Feminist Events Autumn Term Programme, 2016
(with more to come!)

Thursday 6th October, 6:00-7:00pm with wine reception to follow, PSH LG01
Opening Lecture: Professor Valerie Walkerdine, Distinguided Research Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff university

Title: Of dinosaurs and divas: Is class still relevant to feminist research?

Thursday 13th October, 5:00-6:30pm, MRB (Media Research Building) Screen 1
Muhammad Ali and Me - Mojisola Adebayo's 'Afri-Quia' Theatre

Mojisola will close with performing an extract of Muhammad Ali and Me. There will be an opportunity to purchase reduced price tickets for the full stage production at The Albany, after the talk on 13th October, exclusively for people attending this event.

Friday 14th October, 1:15-6:00pm, PSH LG01
Gender and Creative Economy: Networking and Learning Support

This event is co-hosted by our EU funded project SMARTJUMP based at AREA PROGETTI, Venice Region Italy with the Goldsmiths Centre for Feminist Research. The Goldsmiths team is Angela McRobbie (PI) Sian Prime ICCE, and Dr Dan Strutt.

Wednesday 16 November, 1.00-3.00pm in RHB 300a followed by an afternoon tea
Border Stories: Nick Thorpe and Olumide Popoola in conversation

In this discussion Central Europe correspondent for the BBC, Nick Thorpe and writer and lecturer Olumide Popoola will talk about their respective work in Hungary (journalistic) and the Jungle Camp in Calais (fiction).

Thursday 1 December, 6:00-7:30pm in RHB 137a with wine reception to follow
Neoliberal Feminism
Dr Catherine Rottenberg (Marie Curie researcher in the Department of Sociology)
(More details to follow)

Spring Term Programme, 2016

Wednesday January 20, Opening Lecture, ‘Feminism and Fragility,’ Professor Sara Ahmed (Goldsmiths), 6-7.30, RHB 309.

Wednesday February 24, Screening of Paris is Burning documentary (1990, dir.  Jennie Livingston), followed by discussion of TQPOC histories and activisms with Campbell, Evan IfekoyaMzz Kimberley and Raju Rage, 7-9pm, Screen 1 Media Research Building.

Wednesday March 9, Launch of the Sexism Special Issue, New Formations with panel including Professor Sarah Franklin (Cambridge), Professor Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary), Professor Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths), Tiffany Page (Goldsmiths) and Dr Leila Whitley (Konstanz), 5-6.30, LG01, PSH, followed by reception.

Wednesday, March 23, Panel Discussion: Feminists Work on Work with Sophie Chapman (artist), Karrie Jefferis (artist), Lorraine Lesson (University of Westminster), Professor Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths) and Heidi Hasbrouck (Goldsmiths), 6-7.30pm, LG01, PSH, followed by reception.

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