What does gender mean in an age defined by post-feminist ideologies, and in cultures that have been ‘sexualised’? Women may have been gaining economic, social and cultural entitlements in recent years, but post-Fordist economies continue to exploit gender inequalities. And whilst a variety of ‘new femininities’ have promised freedoms and opportunities, they have also articulated further responsibilities associated with being a woman in the twenty-first century. Similarly, the increasing visibility of so-called ‘softer’ masculinities and the continuing appeal of the metrosexual man seem to signal transformations in the idea of what it means to be a man. Yet such opportunities for softness and flexibility are unevenly available in economic conditions designed to install an equality of inequality. If men are becoming softer and women more post-feminist, how are we to understand the position of queer identities? Is homosexuality ‘disappearing’ in the drive towards homonormativity? Is there a place for gender dissent in lesbian and gay cultures, or do challenges to binary constructions of gender and domestic nuclearity no longer have any meaning in an era of gay marriage?
Presented in association with Iniva, the fourth and final event in the Centre for Cultural Studies Research seminar series Culture & Polity explores the question of public policy. As the government’s austerity drive continues to whittle away arts funding while ministers question the very value of the arts, how should artists and arts bodies respond? What might a progressive arts policy look like? Is Britain’s cultural and creative sector under threat. Or will hard times inspire aesthetic and political radicalism?
The New Research in Cultural Studies 3 seminar took place yesterday and was a well-attended and thought-provoking event. An audio recording of Nicola Samson’s and Madeline Clements’ papers and the discussions they stimulated is here New Research In Cultural Studies 3
Professor Maggie Humm of CCSR has been invited to give the opening talk: ‘The 1930s, Photography and Virginia Woolf’s Flush’ in The Photographers’ Gallery London new series: ‘Writing Photography’. The series is in collaboration with the Journal of Photography and Culture with journal authors speaking about their articles and research.
CCSR co-director Professor Maggie Humm has been invited to speak at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2010 on August 22nd in Peppers Theatre. The talk is about her recently published The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts, EUP that was launched on May 20th, 2010 at a very successful seminar and wine reception hosted by CCSR and University of Notre Dame London Centre.
Download documents and audio-visual resources for previous CCSR events
- Machine: The Difference & Repetition of James Brown
- Wild Combination
- Technology, Creativity & Capitalism
- Culture (and Cultural Studies) After the Crunch: The End of Neoliberalism?
- The Hardcore Continuum? A Discussion
- New Research in Cultural Studies
- Crisis Culture Project: Archiving the Everyday
- Studies in Evil Media flier and podcast
- Articulation, National Unity, and the Aesthetics of Living Against Occupation: reflections on the Palestinian condition
- Losing the War of Academic Independence: Tales from the Trenches on Both Sides of the Atlantic
- Techno-Death: Technology, Death & The Cultural Imagination
- Modernism After Postmodernism: Is there a future beyond capitalist realism?
- I’m Ugly but Trendy: Funk Carioca Screening/Discussion
- Hold onto Your Dreams: Arthur Russell & the Downtown Music Scene
- Romance, Marriage & Heterosexual Desires