30 May 2014
School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London
Supported by the Feminist Review Trust
Keynote: Victoria Hesford (SUNY Stony Brook University), author of Feeling Women’s Liberation (Duke UP, 2013)
Kate Millett became an iconic figure of second wave feminism after the publication of Sexual Politics in 1970. However, arguably, Millett has since largely disappeared from both the public eye and contemporary feminism. In aiming to reflect on/account for/address/redress some of this silence, this conference is compelled on the one hand, by recent calls in feminism to re-engage with the second wave (see Hemmings’ Why Stories Matter, Duke, 2011) and to re-visit foundational feminist texts (see Merck and Sanford’s Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex, Palgrave, 2010). The conference thus aims to: consider new frameworks for approaching Millett’s past or ongoing work; interrogate the politics and possibilities of the second wave; explore the politics of memory, forgetting, and citation in feminism; critically reflect on the potential difficulties of some of Millett’s past work travelling into the present; and to consider whether and how (despite her ongoing feminist work) Millett might be produced as 'untimely' in the feminist present.
The conference invites proposals for individual papers, panels, or artistic responses from any discipline and theoretical perspective. Submissions are welcome from students, activists, artists, academics, and unaffiliated researchers. Please send a title and 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with your name, affiliation (if applicable), and 100 word bibliography to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 February 2013.
Select papers will be sought for publication as part of an edited collection. For further information please email Sam at email@example.com
More information can be found on the conference website: flyingkatemillettconference.wordpress.com
Image by Joel Polowin under a CC BY-NC-ND license.