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1 Diversity, Democratisation and Difference: Theories and Methodologies Past Perfect – Present Dis/Possessive - Future Conditional? : Generation, Gender, Class and Feminism Valerie Hey

2 2 Some Affective Prompts or the Unconscious of Thinking The Traction of ‘Generation’  Commemorating the Robbins Report  Dissident Daughters – real and metaphoric  Students as Bright Young (Feminist) Subjects  Age and Wisdom - The increasing recognition of ‘living a precarious life’ i.e. one that is contingent and definitively finite!

3 3 Dividing Lines – Getting On – ‘The Academy Generation’ Aims of the Keynote : to present: A situated cultural sociology of academic feminism that entails:  Recognising the way the affective pulses in our commitments as expression and repression  Acknowledging the ‘obstinate fragility of our passions’ and the weight of history

4 4 Expressed and Repressed  Expression of WS Democratic impulse & impetus  Overcoming 5 evils including ignorance  Role of LSE public intellectuals Titmus – the solidarity supportive state – evidenced based policy  Liberal Education – reform  Egalitarian – women & wc

5 5 The Robbins Report (1963) The Law of Unintended Consequences Access to higher education for women:  Spearheaded staking political claims;  Demanded new forms of knowledge and pedagogy;  Facilitated entry into professions;  Introduced Curriculum innovation e.g. women’s studies;  Strengthened the women’s liberation movement.

6 23 April, Re/Citing/ ‘The Affective Turn’ Righteous Anger & Feminism’s politics  The politicisation of ‘experience’ involved action and theory-making  The production of a new language of analysis  The jouissance and ‘ugly feelings’ of women’s liberation  Identities and difference

7 7 ‘Dreaming in code’ Lucas, (2010) In context of ‘academic capitalism’ & Lucas’s critique of immaterial labour do feminist words matter?  Excessive production – driven maniacs (Skeggs, 2008) reproduction not resistance or both but then how?  Thus a tongue-in –cheek question posed in CHEER is Why Bother’? in the context of ‘Who Cares’? 23 April, 2015

8 8 The Care-Less Academy (Lynch,2009) Talking Age, Bodies and the Academy :  Does Seniority have any capital in a performative culture?  Do Institutions have any memory?  Do we learn from and about each other outside of texts?

9 9 The Vexed Politics of Feminist Reproduction “The family, especially this devoted and Oedipal version of the family, is a particular historical patriarchal formation linked to both ideology and the exigencies of capitalism’ (1997, 85). History repeats itself in the form of patterns, but also ‘habits of mind’; the familial paradigm imports notions of ‘debt, legacy, rivalry, property” (Roof, 1997, 84, emphasis added).

10 10 Biased Sentiment & Blurred Vision : The Eye Mote (Plath, 1959) Blameless as daylight I stood looking At a field of horses, necks bent, manes blown, Tails streaming against the green Backdrop of sycamores. Sun was striking White chapel pinnacles over the roofs, Holding the horses, the clouds, the leaves Steadily rooted though they were all flowing Away to the left like reeds in a sea When the splinter flew in and stuck my eye, Needling it dark. Then I was seeing A melding of shapes in a hot rain….

11 11 Aftermath - The Lost Subject of Feminism  Luminosities - Refers to a kind of theatrical effect, a space of attention. 4 Luminosities of Apha femininities  the fashion and beauty complex’ from ‘within which emerges a post- feminist masquerade’;  the space of education;  the space of sexuality, fertility and reproduction from which emerges the ‘phallic girl’ and :  the space of globalisation and the production of commercial femininities in the developing world.

12 12 Illegible Rage McRobbie suggests that it is the psychic threat of a threatened masculine antagonism that leads successful girls to collude with the ‘post-feminist masquerade’. This positioning serv[es] to disguise and transmute the rage that is rendered ‘illegible’ and inadmissible. Hence young women’s investment in perfectibility carries the psychic force of a lethal disavowal—of the silencing of a collective voice signalling a collapse of a potentially solidary form of resistance. BUT ….

13 13 Academics Anonymous Academics are rarely short of things to say. But when it comes to what's happening inside our universities, there are times when people might like to speak up without fear of consequence. That's why we've launched our new series, Academics Anonymous Guardian Higher Education Network Academics Anonymous Guardian Higher Education on, no one will

14 14 Re/Tweet the Revolution ?  Old Battles  Old Battles & New Voices  Digital logics& networks  wordpress.com/ Occupy

15 15 Standing Up for Feminism  Manchester Met Wednesday 5th March 2014  ‘Feminism in the 21st Century: Privilege, Bias and Feminist Practice’  ‘feminist thinkers will discuss the feminist now and the feminist future, alongside a day of networking opportunities and activities’

16 16 Surge in student feminism: Meet the new generation of 'bold, hilarious feminists‘ Telegraph

17 17 Surge in student feminism: Meet the new generation of 'bold, hilarious feminists‘

18 18 Surge in student feminism: Meet the new generation of 'bold, hilarious feminists

19 19 ‘We inherit the future, not just the past’ (Barad, 2010: 257).  Feminist Futurology is imbricated in debt, legacy, property, inheritance but now feminist are our students  Feminism – as ‘the war of (political) & conceptual attrition’ (After Bev Skeggs, 2008)  Affective solidarity not identity – Hemmings (2013, Feminist Theory 13 (2) )

20 20 From Affective Dissonance to Affective Solidarity ? ‘ it is the question of affect – misery, rage, passion, pleasure – that gives feminism its life’ (Hemmings, 2012; 150)


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