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Straying - Feminist Genres - Heidi Safia Mirza

Heidi Safia Mirza

Academic writing could be understood as a genre, to the extent that academic writing involves a narrowing or restricting of what counts as writing. This panel reflects on how feminists have experimented with different modes of writing by inviting three feminist academics based at Goldsmiths to reflect on their decisions to stray from the usual genre of academic writing. What can we learn about feminism and genre from the point of view of feminist academics who have strayed? The discussion will widen to consider why “straying” might itself be a feminist method.

Thu, 26 Jun 14 2

Sunrise Over Yokohama City

Les Back

Les Back begins his sociological tour of Japan in Yokohama City. He tells of the history of docks its proletarian cultures and also of the role Yokohama played on ending 200 years of Japanese isolation that resulted in the globalisation of Japan.

Mon, 23 Jun 14 2

Singing with David Silverman

David Silverman, Les Back

Les Back accompanies Professor David Silverman to the Lady Sara Cohen home where her leads a singing session each week with residents with dementia. David Silverman was one of the founding members of the Goldsmiths Sociology Department and he is an internationally acclaimed writer on qualitative research and methodology. He talked about the value of the ethnographic eye and also the power of singing.

Thu, 15 May 14 2

Haunted River: Slavery and French Culture

Les Back

Les Back visits Nantes to speak at the university's International Week. He visits Krzysztof Wodiczko and Julian Bonder's Abolition of Slavery Memorial and discovers how deeply Nantes was implicated in the Atlantic Slave Trade.’

Sun, 13 Apr 14 2

Lena Horne: Divas, Desire and Discipline

Deborah Paredez

This paper offers a close analysis of a performance by the diva, Lena Horne. In her 1963 appearance as the headlining act on the The Judy Garland Show, Horne resists the racial liberalist framing of their staged act and queers its constructions of racialized femininity. Through gesture, voice, comportment, tempo, reserve, and tenor, Lena Horne's performance signals the disciplining of the civil rights era body for the cameras while simultaneously baring its affective underseam of justified—barely fastened—rage.

Sun, 06 Apr 14 2