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Symposium: Feminism, Queer and Neoliberalism - Critique, Complicity and Complexity

June 14th, 2018

10.00 - 18.00

Oculus Building - room OC0.04

This symposium brings together academics, activists and artists from a range of disciplines to discuss the relationship between feminism, queer and neoliberalism. We will consider how feminism and queer have resisted neoliberalism, and how feminism and queer have been complicit with it, but we also want to go beyond that conventional binary framing and engage with the many complexities of that dynamic relationship.



9.45 - 10.00: Registration

10.00 - 10.15: Welcome - Maria do Mar Pereira (University of Warwick)


10.15 - 12.15:

Feminism in and against Neoliberalism in International Development and Social Movements

  • Bice Maiguashca (University of Exeter) and Catherine Eschle (University of Strathclyde): Theorising Feminism in and against Neoliberalism: the Good, the Bad and the Missing in Action
  • Kalpana Wilson (Birkbeck): The Neoliberal Feminism of International Development
  • Sara de Jong (Open University): The “Contribution Frame”: Strategy, Co-Optation and Complicity
  • Discussant: Romain Chenet (University of Warwick)
  • Chair: Anastasia Chamberlen (University of Warwick)


12.15 - 1.15: Lunch


1.15 - 3.15:

On Sale Now! Neoliberalism and the Commodification of Feminism

  • Catherine Rottenberg (Goldsmiths): Neoliberal Feminist Convergences
  • Jemima Repo (Newcastle University): Dis/obedient Objects and the Commodification of Feminist Protest
  • Kaitlynn Mendes (University of Leicester): Brand Feminism: Promotional Culture and Contemporary Feminist Activism
  • Discussant: Roxanne Douglas (University of Warwick)
  • Chair: Nickie Charles (University of Warwick)


3.15 - 3.30: Break


3.30 - 5.30:

Resisting the Neoliberal Present, Imagining Different (Feminist and Queer) Futures: Academia, Art and Activism

5.30 - 6.00: Discussion (chair: Cath Lambert - University of Warwick)

6.00: Event ends

You are welcome to drop in throughout the day, and attend only some of the sessions.

Accessibility and Childcare:
The venue is wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets nearby. If you face other access barriers or require more detailed accessibility information, please let us know (by emailing Maria do Mar Pereira on m dot d dot m dot pereira at warwick dot ac dot uk or calling Amy Burdis on 02476524771) so we can support your full participation.

We are unfortunately not able to offer childcare to delegates, but babies and children are very welcome at the event, and we will do our best to provide any amenities and adjustments necessary to support delegates bringing babies or children. To discuss your needs, email Maria do Mar Pereira on m dot d dot m dot pereira at warwick dot ac dot uk.

This event is free and open to all, but participants must book in advance.

You can book here.

If you have any questions, please email Maria do Mar Pereira on m dot d dot m dot pereira at warwick dot ac dot uk.


This symposium is organised by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, and the “Inequalities and Social Change” Research Cluster in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick.