Friday 30 September 2011

Manchester Feminist Theory Network - events

·      Flor De María Gamboa Solís: ‘”Femininity, fright, madness”: a paradigmatic circuit of the ghostly’
Tues 4 October, 5-6.30pm, 2.016/017 Arthur Lewis Building. Organised by RICC and MFTN (Manchester Feminist Theory Network).

“Femininity, fright, madness” is a circuit that can be translated into a threefold structure for thinking about the ghostly realm. This can model and order our way of understanding meanings and our sense of the frightening, spooky, horrifying and delirious results from such experiences. The key element enabling this circuit to function is the image of the castrated woman imbedded in psychoanalysis. This presentation looks at “The lost ghost”, a classic ghost story by Mary E. Wilkins, and attempts to dismantle the interconnections between the three terms in order to reveal why femininity is the fuel of the ghostly.

Flor de María Gamboa Solís is Professora-Investigadora de la Facultad de Psicologia de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Morelia, Mexico

·      Workshop - Haneen Maikey: 'Homonationalism, Pinkwashing, and the Palestinian Struggle
Tues 18 October, 10-11.30am, 2.016/017 Arthur Lewis Building. Organised by RICC and MFTN.

Full details of the workshop and readings will be circulated soon. Please email if you are interested in attending. Haneen Maikey is the Director of alQaws Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, Jerusalem, a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) Palestinian activists who work collaboratively to break down gendered and heteronormative barriers in Palestinian society. She is also co-founder of the political movement of the Palestinian Queers for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions [PQBDS]. PQBDS is a group of Palestinian queer activists who live in the Palestinian Occupied Territory and inside Israel, who came together to promote and stand for the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Related event: Haneen Maikey will also give the Seventh Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘Queer politics and the Palestinian struggle: Ten years of activism’ on Monday 17 October, 6pm in Lecture Theatre C0.14 of John Dalton Building. Details:
·      Heather Latimer: ‘Reproductive Cosmopolitics in Maria Full of Grace and In America’
Wed 23 Nov, 3-5pm, Venue TBC, Organised by RICC and MFTN.

            Heather received her PhD in 2010 from Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, Canada, and joined RICC as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research examines reproductive politics, literary and visual culture, and representations of citizenship. She has published on contemporary literature, reproduction, psychoanalysis, and feminist science studies. Her current project explores the connections between fetal citizenship and refugee status.

·      Suryia Nayak (University of Salford):  ‘Black feminism is not white feminism in blackface’: workshop on Audre Lorde
Wed 22 February, 3-5pm , Venue TBC. 
Reading: Lorde, A. (1979) ‘Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface’ reprinted in Lorde, A. (1984) Sister Outsider.  Crossing Press Feminist Series. United States of America. More details will be announced nearer the date.

Please check the MFTN webpage for updates:

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