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Gender matters in political economy

Professor Spike Peterson, Visiting Leverhulme Professor at LSE and professor of political science at the University of Arizona, will give the first in a series of lectures on Gendering Political Economy at LSE on Wednesday 23 May. The first lecture, of two to be given in 2007, explores gender matters in political economy.

Gender Matters in Political Economy interrogates mainstream political economic approaches from an intersectional perspective, and makes the case for the importance of gender as an analytic tool rather than empirical object of inquiry. The lecture sets up the range of issues the series as a whole is concerned with, and speaks to a general as well as specialist audience.

This is the first of four lectures by Professor Peterson at LSE examining 'Gendering Political Economy: globalisation, informalisation and conflict'. The series demonstrates the importance of considering a range of spheres to properly understand the global political economy, and, through attention to conflict zones, focuses on how such an approach can help understand world politics today.

The second lecture, on Thursday 7 June, entitled 'Gendering Reproductive, Productive and Virtual Economies', clarifies the role of each economy and the importance of viewing them interactively. Professor Peterson will analyse the ways in which hierarchies of gender, race, class and national location combine to structure these economies, and hence the importance of an intersectional perspective for challenging their most pernicious effects.

Professor Peterson is Visiting Leverhulme Professor at LSE and professor of political science at the University of Arizona. Her most recent book is A Critical Rewriting of Global Political Economy: integrating reproductive, productive and virtual economies.

Gender Matters in Political Economy is on Wednesday 23 May 2007 at 6pm in the New Theatre, East Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on the Gendering Political Economy: globalisation, informalisation and conflict lecture series, see http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/genderInstitute/spike_peter.htm| 

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

16 May 2007

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