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IV International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions, Conference Series

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Published: Jul 15, 2014 1:24:16 PM


Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture: Narratives, theories, histories

This interdisciplinary conference takes up an important debate in a field of growing importance in the humanities, where animal studies, post-humanism, and eco-criticism have surged in recent years. The definition of mankind seems necessarily to pass through an understanding of what constitutes the animal. Philosophically, what distinguishes, or indeed brings together humanity and animality has been the subject of debate from Aristotle’s understanding of man as ‘zôon logon echon’ and from Kant’s view of man’s treatment of animals as an insight into the true nature of humankind, Derrida’s seminars on ‘the beast and the sovereign’, up to Agamben’s recent theory of ‘bare life’ as the breakdown of the barrier between man and animal. More...

Starts: Sep 15, 2014 9:00:00 AM

"You don't look old!": Public lecture by Lynne Segal

Publication date: Feb 18, 2014 2:12:55 PM

Start: Feb 24, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Location: Room B05, Chadwick Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

The stigma attached to old age is so great that most people are unwilling to even admit they are old. Yet, surveying the difference ageing makes matters, as well as noting the strength and insidiousness of all the forces of ageism. I will argue that it is crucial to find ways of resisting the prejudices and discrimination against the elderly, including tackling our own fears of ageing (whatever our age), at the same time as unpacking all the ways in which we are disparaged culturally as soon as we are seen as old.


Lynne Segal is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Her books include Is the Future Female? Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism; Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men: Straight Sex: The Politics of Pleasure; Why Feminism? Gender, Psychology and Politics; Making Trouble: Life and Politics, and most recently Out of Time: The Pleasures & Perils of Ageing. She co-wrote Beyond the Fragments: Feminism & the Making of Socialism, reissued recently with three new essays.