Experimental Feminisms

Reckitt, Helena; Ahmed, Sara; Phillipson, Heather; Waidner, Isabel and Calver, Julia. 2014. 'Experimental Feminisms'. In: Experimental Feminisms. Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 6 June 2014. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Panellists, the artists and writers Julia Calver, Heather Phillipson and Isabel Waidner, reflect on their experimental practices, exploring questions such as: What is the relation between experimenting with form and experimenting with feminism? How does experimentation allow us to rethink the materiality of writing, as well as the relationship between bodies, words, images and things? Each practitioner speaks about and reads examples of their work. The panel was devised by Sara Ahmed and Helena Reckitt as part of the Feminist Writing Conference, Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths, University of London, and was followed by a conversation moderated by Reckitt.

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The panel was organised as part of Feminist Writing Conference, a workshop exploring mainstream and experimental feminist writing and the possibilities of opening out (from) academic writing and publishing, organised by Sara Ahmed and Sarah Kember. The programme investigated the question of what to write, how to write, and where to write which have always been central to feminism. Writing matters not only in the dissemination of knowledge but to the creation of feminist publics. The history of feminism includes a history of materials that have been passed around. In this workshop we hope both to return to some of these histories of feminist writing (to consider, for example, the role of feminist presses, the uses of brochures and pamphlets as well as experimentations with genre) as well as to reflect on the challenges and opportunities for feminists raised by digitalization. We hope to open up theoretical questions about the materiality of writing, the relation of writing to bodies and worlds, as well as practical questions about how we write, publish, distribute, own, access or display feminist work (from literature, art, drama and performance, to blogging, journalism and academic books). By ‘writing’ we thus not only refer to scripts or texts, but all forms of communication.

Podcasts are on the Goldsmiths Department of Media & Communications website.

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6 June 2014Published
6 March 2014Accepted

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Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths, United Kingdom

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6 June 2014

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18 Jan 2017 18:00

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29 Apr 2020 16:23



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