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Feminist Dissent: Theory, Practice and Resistance

Seminar 1: Racism, feminism and the politics of fundamentalism in Britain

3pm - 5pm, Wed, 05 Dec '18

Location: Council Chambers, Senate House


The seminar is open to all University of Warwick students. Registered students will receive a certificate of participation. Places are limited. To register:

NOTE: Registration is now closed for this seminar as the class is full.

WE ARE ALSO OFFERING THIS AS A WEBINAR FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE REMOTELY. If you would like to participate remotely online please register here:

The seminar will take place at Warwick, but will be simultaneously attended by a live global audience of students, academics, activists and artists, who will send in their questions and comments for discussion.

Seminar Tutor: Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters

Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters (SBS), a non-profit service and campaigning organisation for black and ethnic minority women, with a focus on domestic violence, immigration, religious fundamentalism and racism. In 2011, The Guardian named her among the Top 100 Women: Activists and Campaigners.

Course Description:

This is the first of two interdisciplinary pilot seminars that draws its inspiration from the Warwick-based online peer-reviewed journal called Feminist Dissent. The module’s focus is to develop understanding of a worldwide proliferation of fundamentalist religious movements and the global rise of conservative and racist populist movements taking place in the context of the ongoing crises of capitalism and resources. The first of these seminars will focus on the politics of feminism, racism and religious fundamentalism in Britain.

Suggested Readings:

Sadia Abbas, At Freedom's Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament (2014)

Paola Bachetta, Gender in the Hindu Nation: RSS Women as Ideologues (2004)

Karima Bennoune, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism (2015)

Chetan Bhatt, Liberation and Purity: Race, New Religious Movements and the Ethics of Postmodernity (1997)

Sukhwant Dhaliwal and Nira Yuval-Davis, eds. Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity (2014)

Mona Eltahawy, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2016)

Rahila Gupta, From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers: Southall Black Sisters (2003)

Kumari Jayawardene and Malathi de Alwis, eds. Embodied Violence: Communalising Female Sexuality in South Asia (1996)

Marieme Helie Lucas and Karima Bennoune, The Struggle for Secularism in Europe and North America: Women from Migrant Descent Facing the Rise of Fundamentalism (2014)

Valentine Moghadam, eds. Identity Politics and Women: Cultural Reassertions and Feminisms in International Perspective (1993)

Gita Sahgal and Nira Yuval-Davis, Refusing Holy Orders: Women and Fundamentalism in Britain (1992)

Tanika Sarkar and Urvashi Butalia, eds. Women and the Hindu Right: A Collection of Essays (1995)

Southall Black Sisters, Against the Grain: A Celebration of Survival and Struggle (1990)

Meredith Tax, Double Bind: The Muslim Right, the Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights (2013)

--------------, A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State (2016)

Afiya Zia, Faith and Feminism in Pakistan: Religious Agency or Secular Autonomy? (2018)

For more info: contact Dr. Rashmi Varma ( or Roxanne Bibizadeh (