In this LSE Conversation, Gail Lewis, Clare Hemmings and Marsha Henry think on the intellectual and political capacity of the term ‘gender’ to contain differential experiences both inside the academy and outside it.
This conversation between three leading scholars of feminist theory and its practice, will engage with Gail Lewis’ work and thinking on the limits of ‘gender’ to hold variety of experiences of subjects ‘gendered’ differentially; and its capacity to hold together both theorisation and political convening.
In her intervention, Clare Hemmings will talk about 'gender' in two ways: firstly, her talk will draw on her recent work on white vulnerability in its feminine and masculine modes (fantasy wounds); and, secondly, she will focus on queer theorising of pleasure, and on 'gender' as a scene of desire. Marsha Henry’s talk will centre on the double bind of gender: its promise and potential but also the limits of its ‘use’( Ahmed 2019).
Gail Lewis is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Gender Studies, LSE.
Clare Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory at the Department of Gender Studies, LSE.
Marsha Henry is Associate Professor at the Department of Gender Studies, LSE.
Chair: Dr Sumi Madhok, Associate Professor of Transnational Gender Studies, Department of Gender Studies, LSE.
This online public event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required. Click here to register for this event. The event will be held on Zoom.