Changes in gender regimes during the crisis
Streatham Court Lecture Theatre C, University of Exeter
Thursday 1 December, 15.00 - 16.00
Everyone is welcome to attend this public lecture by Professor Sylvia Walby OBE, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, and Director of the Violence and Society UNESCO Centre at Lancaster University.
This event is being organised and hosted by Dr Charlotte Bishop, a Lecturer in the University of Exeter Law School.
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The crisis is cascading through finance, to the real economy, to the fiscal, to the political and to violence. It is restructuring gender relations.
There has been an increase in violent crime, driven by increases in violence against women and domestic violence.
How are these gendered changes to be understood? What are the implications of this theorisation for the next stage of the crisis? What is the future of the EU, which debates the apparent alternatives of ‘fragmentation’ or ‘ever closer union’? Is Europe descending once more into fascism?
While each institution is differently gendered, there is a wider change in gender regime as a whole. There is an ongoing, highly contested, change in the path dependent trajectory of the gender regime from social democratic public gender regime to neoliberal social gender regime.
In order to make visible the contribution of feminism to these gendered contestations, feminism is theorised as a project rather than as an identity. The paper utilises complexity theory to rethink the concept of society in order to address the interconnections between the stages of the cascading crisis. It offers an analysis of alternative gendered futures.
About Professor Sylvia Walby
Professor Sylvia Walby OBE is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, and Director of the Violence and Society UNESCO Centre at Lancaster University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK. She was the founding President of the European Sociological Association.
Her research has been funded by the ESRC, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe, and the UN. Recent books include: Crisis (Polity 2015); The Future of Feminism (Polity 2011); and Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities (Sage 2009).