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Sex Education Zine Café

In November 2020, as part of the Being Human festival, this event offered an opportunity for our researchers to come together with groups who have been underrepresented in the building and delivery of sex education, notably those who identify as being part of the disabled, queer, trans and women’s communities. Discussions focused on the past, present, and future of learning and how we can keep supporting a more inclusive education. 



***POSTPONED*** Comics, Activism and Gender Symposium

A symposium to explore the growing diversity of those involved with comics in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, bringing together makers, publishers and scholars. This symposium is supported by BxNU and the Institute of Humanities, working with the Gendered Subjects Research Group. This event was originally scheduled to take place on May 1, 2020 and has been postponed until 2021. Further details are available here

Serial [Gendered] Subjects: Periodicals, Identities, Communities, September 20, 2019

A one-day symposium at Northumbria, jointly hosted with the Network of American Periodical Studies and supported by the Institute of Humanities. The plenary lecture was given by Professor Mary Chapman (University of British Columbia), Slave Girls and Underground Railways in the Periodical Publications and Biography of Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far). Further details, including the full programme, are available here

Feminist Activism, 1968-2019, May 1, 2018

While some current women’s activism receives considerable attention (e.g. the 2018 centenary of suffrage for some women, #Timesup, and #MeToo) other forms are comparatively neglected (e.g. Black and Minority Ethnic women’s campaigns against oppressive migration policies). The history of women’s activism has also been overlooked or misrepresented by the media and academia. This symposium examined how feminist activism has been represented and remembered, and how that activism continues to inform political movements in the 21st century. The full programme is available here.

Festival of Feminist Ideas and Action, 2015

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2015, members of the Gendered Subjects Research Group, as part of Northumbria University’s Gender & Society Research Hub hosted a series of ‘feminist conversations’.  These conversations focused on women’s experiences and lives, including their roles as politicians, activists, community workers, writers, directors, actors and academics.  Each conversation focused on a particular theme and drew in women working in a variety of professional areas and contexts. The themes included women’s safety and freedom and how local organisations support women, the history of women’s activist contribution and the contemporary campaigns in which women are currently engaged, how feminist politics are translated into creative acts of theatre and performance and how women politicians fare in a variety of national contexts.

The events, held at the welcoming Newcastle City Library, were very well attended by diverse audiences, from school students to retired people, showing the broad appeal of feminism. Invited speakers generated some fascinating insights and lively conversations. When asked for feedback about the events, audience members said they enjoyed hearing from ‘really interesting and fantastic speakers’, ‘listening to some fascinating women’, and ‘listening to ordinary women who've done extraordinary things’.

Feminist issues are core to the work of the Gendered Subjects group at Northumbria. Whether working in collaboration with scholars from other disciplines as part of the Gender and Society Research hub, or within the English discipline, the Gendered Subjects group are helping to build feminism as a theory, a politics and a praxis.

The videos of the event are located via the links below.

Woman Politics and Power
Creative Feminist Action
Woman, History and Social Change
Woman’s Activism Today
Woman’s Safety and Freedom

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