Lecture 'Embodying Neoliberal Femininity'

For whom
Students, Employees, Alumni
When
09-09-2019 from 10:00 to 12:00
Where
Auditorium 4 Jaap Kruithof, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Centre for Research on Culture and Gender, Department of Languages and Cultures
Contact
Carine.Plancke@ugent.be
Website
http://www.culturegender.ugent.be/GRS2019/Lectures
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Lecture by Shelley Budgeon (University of Birmingham)

This lecture will provide an introduction to recent feminist scholarship which seeks to theorise and critically evaluate the complex relationship between neoliberalism and feminism. We will consider how this relationship has produced expectations for the performance of gendered selfhood in accordance with qualities of individuality, autonomy, confidence and freedom. Key characteristics of ‘neoliberal femininity’ and its normative functioning across a range of substantive areas will be analysed including beauty and body practices; consumerism and consumption; and work and organizational cultures. We will further analyse this production of selfhood through the lens of intersectionality and transnationalism to critically evaluate the role it plays in the reproduction of inequality.

Shelley Budgeon is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology who specializes in gender and feminist theory.