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Women’s Studies at UL Colloquium: Feminist Transitions: social, cultural and global (16 May 2003) Flyer – Photos from the day

Posted on May 16, 2003 by Administrator

University of Limerick, Friday May 16 2003
Computer Science Building: Lecture Theatre G01

Re-workings of the cultural and the social in the context of the global have forced feminism into new academic and political realms. This Colloquium sets out to address this broad terrain while also considering the specific cases of first, the Field Day anthology and second, the re-framing of feminisms by ‘the global’.


10.00 Professor Pat O’Connor, UL - Welcome
10.10 Dr Breda Gray, UL - Introduction
10.20 Dr Lisa Adkins - ‘Gender in the Post Social Field’
11.00 Tea/Coffee
11.30 Dr Reina Lewis - ‘Taking a Turn with Cultures’
12.15 Case Study I: Feminism and ‘the Global’
Professor Abena Busia - ‘African Women, Feminism, and the Production of Knowledge’
1.00 Lunch
2.30 Case Study II: The Field Day Anthology
Dr Siobhán Kilfeather - ‘Abroad, and at home’
3.15 Professor Carolyn Steedman - ‘Telling Jokes. Social and Cultural Accounts of the Eighteenth-century Domestic Service Relationship’
4.00 Dr Sinead McDermott, UL - Concluding remarks
4.30-6.00 Wine Reception and Booklaunch
Cinta Ramblado, Isabel Allende’s Writing of the Self: Trespassing the Boundaries of Fiction and Autobiography (Edwin Mellen Press, 2003)

Speaker’s Biographies

Lisa Adkins is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester. Her research interests are in the areas of social and feminist theory, with a particular focus on issues of cultural economy and social change. Her most recent book is Revisions: Gender and Sexuality in Late Modernity (2002).

Abena Busia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literatures in English, and Women and Gender Studies, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she has taught since 1981. Born in Accra, Ghana, she spent the first years of her childhood at home, as well as in Holland and Mexico, before her family finally settled in Oxford, England, where she read for a B.A. in English Language and Literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, in 1976, and a D.Phil in Social Anthropology (Race Relations) at St. Anthony’s College in 1984. She is co-editor, with Stanlie James, of Theorizing Black Feminisms: The Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women, and of Beyond Survival: African Literature & the Search for New Life. Proceedings of the 1994 African Literature Association Conference, with Kofi Anyidoho and Anne Adams. She is also coordinating, with Tuzyline Jita Allan and Florence Howe of the Feminist Press, Women Writing Africa, a multi-volume continent wide publishing project of cultural reconstruction. Her poetry also has been published in various magazines and anthologies in West Africa, North America, and Europe and her volume of poems,Testimonies of Exile was published by Africa World Press, Trenton NJ, in March 1990.

Reina Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of East London. Her background is in art history, English and cultural studies. She is author of Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation (Routledge 1996) and co-editor (with Peter Horne) of Outlooks: lesbian and gay sexualities and visual cultures (Routledge 1996). Her research in the field of sexualities and queer theory has included work on lesbian literature and literary theory, lesbians and fashion, sadomasochism and lesbian and gay art practice. In the area of postcolonial studies she has contributed work on European women Orientalist artists and Orientalism and women’s cultural production in the nineteenth century. Her current postcolonial project focuses on the cultural and political agency of Orientalised women, looking at representations of segregated life by Ottoman women writers in the early twentieth centuries.

Siobhán Kilfeather is Lecturer in English, University of Sussex and editor of ‘Sexuality 1685-2001′ section of Volumes IV and V of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing. She was born and raised in Belfast, educated at Cambridge and Princeton, and taught at Columbia, Chicago and currently in the English Subject group, University of Sussex. As well as Field Day, she has recently finished an edition of Edgeworth’s Belinda, and has articles coming out on ‘Feminism’ in The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture and ‘The Gothic’ in The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel. Current research projects include: realism and the novel in the 1790s and Irish autobiographies 1798-1848.

Carolyn Steedman is Professor of History at the University of Warwick. Among her recent publications are `Fictions of Engagement: Eleanor Marx, Biographical Space’, in John Stokes (ed.), Eleanor Marx (1855-1898), Life, Work, Contacts, Ashgate, 2000; `Enforced Narratives. Stories of Another Self’, in Tess Cosslett et al (eds), Feminism and Autobiography. Texts, Theories, Methods, Routledge, 2000; Dust, Manchester University Press, Rutgers University Press, 2000.`”Something She Called a Fever”. Michelet, Derrida and Dust’, American Historical Review, 106:4 (2001); `Stays: Notes towards a Political Economy of the Corset’, in Becky Conekin and Chris Breward, The Englishness of English Dress, Berg, 2002;`Lord Mansfield’s Women’, Past and Present, 176 (August 2002).

1. Field Day was established in 1980 as a theatrical collaboration. It developed into a cultural and political project that set out to contribute to the solution of the conflict in Northern Ireland by accommodating a range of views and culminated with the Field Day anthology of Irish writing which was launched in 1991. This three-volume anthology was critiqued for its exclusion of women’s writing and led to a campaign which resulted in the publication of two new volumes of the anthology devoted to writing by and about women in September 2002.