IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


'Feminism is not self-identical': temporality, tradition and the residue of the radical in feminist subjectivities and pedagogy

21 June 2018, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

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Room G09, 26 Gordon Square, UCL Institute of Education, London WC1H 0NU

This seminar discusses three papers which aim to disperse and re-intersperse owned and disavowed aspects of a not self-identical feminist tradition.

Inspired by the work of Lynn Segal and Robyn Wiegman on shifts in feminism, the idea of a feminist tradition, and feminist temporality, the presentations are:

  • The temporality of feminist subjectivity: afterwards-ness and the desire of the other as disruptions to a narrative of continuity - by Dr Claudia Lapping
  • 'Oh my God NUDES!': Teenage girls' 'spontaneous' constitution of 'sex positive' feminisms - by Hanna Retallack
  • The Apocalypse of Feminist Desire - by Zoe Charalambous

Dr Lapping's paper plays with contrasting theorisations of temporality that offer alternatives to a linear conception of feminist time. Hanna's paper draws on her study of feminist groups in schools, using the example of sexting, or 'sending nudes', to raise questions about feminism, generation and the attempt to formulate a feminist pedagogic position. Zoe explores the creative possibilities of an apocalypse of feminist desire, drawing on her own experimentation with the role of ambiguity and wonder in eliciting new feminist subjectivities in her work with 'Genderisms', a club in a Greek International school. 

This seminar is apart of the Feminism, Gender and Sexuality series. It is free and open for all to attend.

About the speakers



Emily Macleod