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New Femininities? LSE and the British Library host one day international conference

LSE and the British Library host an international conference on New Femininities?, to be held at LSE and the British Library on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 January. Among the topics for discussion are sex trafficking and girls and women in education and work.

Professor Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths College, will open the conference the night before, on Thursday 25 January, with a major public lecture at LSE entitled Illegible Rage: reflections on young women's post feminist disorders.

This is the sixth seminar in a series of events exploring how young women's lives are changing that are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council over the past two years.

There is a growing sense of the contradictoriness of women's lives - the best of times, the worst of times - with moves towards formal equality and parity, yet unprecedented sexualisation of women's bodies, rises in eating disorders, depressing news on teenage pregnancy, etc. These seminars aim to discuss the sexualisation of culture, the rise of raunch, re-sexualisation of women's bodies, and, in a new theme for the final event, sex trafficking.

A wide range of experts in this field will be speaking at Friday's conference, including:

  • Jane Athurs, School of Cultural Studies, University of the West of England, on sex trafficking - The public response to sex trafficking depends to a large extent on its circulation in the media, where sensationalist reporting of the issue is the norm. Charities working in this field have a sophisticated grasp of the issues, but face a difficult challenge in getting their message across to solicit support for their campaigns.
  • Estella Tincknell, head of the School of Cultural Studies, University of the West of England, on new femininities, postfeminism and sexualisation.

Illegible Rage: reflections on young women's post feminist disorders is on Thursday 25 January at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London

New femininities? takes place on Friday 26 January at the British Library, St Pancras, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. The conference fee is £45 and booking is essential.

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To register interest in attending the conference, contact Christina Scharff, c.m.scharff@lse.ac.uk| or Hazel Johnstone, 020 7955 7602, h.johnstone@lse.ac.uk| 

Or contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Press cuttings

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour
Professor Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths College, will be interviewed on the programme this morning between 10-11am, on the subject of a lecture, Illegible Rage: reflections on young women's post feminist disorders, that she will give at LSE this Thursday 25 January.

19 January 2007

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