Gendering the academy

evansOn 21 September 2007, the European Journal of Women's Studies is sponsoring a symposium "Gendering the Academy" to commemorate over a decade devoted to publishing cutting-edge feminist scholarship and to say farewell to its founding editor, Mary Evans.

In the broadest and most passionate way, several well-known feminist academics will provide a scrapbook of personal and political observations about where academic feminism has been and where it is going in the future.

Speakers are Sarah Franklin, Val Hey, Kate Reed, Bev Skeggs, Liz Stanley, and Sue Yeandle.


10.00 registration and coffee

10.30 Welcome and Introduction (Kathy Davis, University of Utrecht)

10.45 Liz Stanley, Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh Professor Lockett: a recently discovered epistolary novel by Jane Austen2,the early 21st century feminist writer ( abstract| - PDF)

11.15 Kate Reed, Lecturer in Medical Sociology, University of Sheffield 'When I say I'm a feminist what do I mean?' Being feminist in the 21st century

11.45 Valerie Hey, Professor of Education, University of Sussex Feminist Footprints - Having 'Boldly Gone' Do We Need to 'Go Missing'? The case against gendered excess in higher education

12.30-2pm Lunch Break (free time)

2pm Introduction to Afternoon Session (Paula Bono, Università of Roma Tre)

2.10 Bev Skeggs, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths College Dispersal and differences: the labour and love of feminism in the academy

2.45 Sue Yeandle, Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds Beyond Meaner Things? Some feminist reflections on 30 years studying women's position in the labour market

3.30 Tea Break

4.00 Sarah Franklin, Professor of Social Studies of Biomedicine, Acting Director, BIOS Centre, LSE Feeling Sheepish:The Science Question in Feminism Revisited

4.30 Discussion

5.30 Reception - Senior common room


Venue: LSE (new theatre) E171, East building

Sarah Franklin has written and edited 15 books on reproductive and genetic technologies, as well as more than 70 articles, chapters, and reports. She has conducted fieldwork on IVF, cloning, embryo research, and stem cells. Her work combines traditional anthropological approaches, including both ethnographic methods and kinship theory, with more recent approaches from science studies, gender theory, and cultural studies. 

From 1990-1993 she worked both in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, and in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. She was appointed to the first Chair of its kind in the UK, in the Anthropology of Science, at Lancaster University in 2001.

In 2004 she moved to the LSE to a chair created for her in the Department of Sociology and linked to the BIOS Centre. In 2007, Professor Franklin was awarded and ESRC senior research fellowship to consolidate a number of themes in her recent research under the heading 'The IVF-Stem Cell Interface: A sociology of embryo transfer'. Her most recent book, published in May 2007, is entitled Dolly Mixtures: The remaking of genealogy.

Valerie Hey is a sociologist who works in an inter-disciplinary way across the fields of cultural, feminist and poststructuralist theory. She has written accounts about education influenced by sub-cultural theory and ethnography and is currently developing ideas about the structuring of class, gender sociality and identity in late modernity.

She is currently a Professor at Brunel University in the School of Sport and Education and will take up a chair in Education at the University of Sussex in September, 2007 within the Sussex Institute.

Kate Reed is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sheffield. She has published widely in the areas of social theory, gender, race and ethnicity and medical sociology. She is the author of New Directions in Social Theory: Race, Gender and the Canon (Sage 2006), and Worlds of Health (Praeger, 2003).

Bev Skeggs is in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths. Her publications include The Media (1992), Feminist Cultural Theory (1995), Formations of Class and Gender (1997), Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism (2000); Class, Self, Culture (2004), Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety (2004) (with Les Moran) Feminism After Bourdieu (with Lisa Adkins). And is currently working on an ESRC project (with Helen Wood) on Making Class and Self through Televised Ethical Scenarios.

Liz Stanley is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Narrative & Auto/Biographical Research at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Present publication activities focus on the letters of the feminist writer and social theorist, Olive Schreiner.

Sue Yeandle is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of CIRCLE (Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities), University of Leeds. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Kent in 1983, for her work on women and employment, where she was fortunate to be supervised by Mary Evans. Between 2003 and 2006 Sue directed the Gender and Employment in Local Labour Markets Research Programme at Sheffield Hallam University, where she was also Director of the Centre for Social Inclusion.

Sue has a long-standing interest in the relationship between work, care and family life and in gender and the labour market, and has published widely on these topics. She is currently directing research on Carers, Employment and Services, within the Action for Carers and Employment partnership, led by Carers UK.

 In recent years her work has also included research on care work as an occupation; research into family-friendly and flexible employment policies; research on recruitment and retention in domiciliary care; and work for the EOC on ethnic minority women and the labour market. Sue published Cash for Care in Developed Welfare States (edited with Clare Ungerson) in 2007, and is now preparing an edited collection arising from the work of the GELLM Research Programme, to be published by Policy Press.