How can we tackle inequalities?

Published by  News Archive

On 21st Oct 2020

Understanding how and why gender matters is vital to the arts and humanities, whether our interests lie primarily in artistic, social and cultural questions or in historical and political perspectives.​

We’re proud of the quality of speakers that are headlining our event series this year, adding depth to the MA Gender Studies programme and providing an insight into the fundamental debates you can explore at UEA. This year’s events focus on action, transformation and change.

Our MA Gender Studies responds to the contemporary moment in which issues of equality and diversity are seen as vital for organisational success; and public feminism has a renewed prominence in culture – yet tackling gender inequalities remains a challenge. The MA programme has at its core an understanding that the study of gender is enriched and complicated by an emphasis on ethnicity, sexuality and religion.

These virtual events are free to attend and open to all students, staff and the public. You will need to register so that we can send you a secure invitation to join the event. With the move online, we are looking forward to more people being able to hear from our host of amazing speakers.

  • On 28 October, 1pm, our first speaker is Dr. Alison Harvey, York University, Toronto. Her talk, ‘What is the future of feminist media studies?’ is a future-looking perspective on pressing social challenges and the role of the field in light of these. 
  • On 14 December we'll be pairing up with Film, Television and Media at UEA, and City University, to host The Care Collective as they talk about their fantastic newly released book 'The Care Manifesto', which puts care at the heart of the debates on our current crises.
  • In February, Hua Ma, UEA PhD student (and graduate of our MA Gender Studies programme) will be our guest speaker.
  • In March 2021, writer Lola Olufemi, author of ‘Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power’ will be our guest. Lola will speak about reclaiming a radical, rebellious feminism.
  • Dr Francesca Sorbande, author of ‘The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain’ will be our final speaker in April. Francesca is a lecturer in Digital Media Studies, with research interests and expertise in issues related to race, gender, structural inequalities, media, and the marketplace.

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