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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 Spring Term Programme, 2017
(with more to come!)

6th June 2017 14.00-16.00, Professor Stuart Hall Building, PSH LGO1
Since its establishment in 1994, the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women (UNSRVAW) has studied the forms, prevalence, causes and consequences of violence against women; it has analyzed legal and institutional developments in the protection of women against violence as well as the remaining challenges; and has provided key recommendations to Governments and to the international community to overcome such challenges. Although, progress has been achieved in advancing women and girl’s human rights at the national, regional and international level, there are gaps and challenges that have not been adequately addressed, including in respect of violence against women. One of the challenges identified by the speaker (the former UNSRVAW) has been the normative gap under international human rights law i.e. the lack of a specific legally binding instrument to hold both State and non-state actors accountable for this pervasive violation, as a human rights violation in and of itself. The lecture will address the gap, as well as the resistance to acknowledging and addressing the gap.

Professor Rashida Manjoo is currently a Professor in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is the co-convener of the Human Rights Program in the Law faculty where she teaches, supervises and advises students. She is also the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.
This public lecture is supported by the Centre for Feminist Research, Feminist Review, Transitional Justice Network, International Research Group Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, Unit for Global Justice and the Gender of Justice Project.

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