Skip to main content

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

March 2nd, 2018

10.00 - 18.00

Wolfson Research Exchange (2+3) - Library (3rd floor)

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.


10.00 - 10.15: Registration

10.15 - 10.30: Welcome - Maria do Mar Pereira (University of Warwick)

10.30 - 12.30:

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

  • Arturo Sanchez Garcia (University of Kent): The Method of Sexual Optimism
  • Eleanor Lisney (Sisters of Frida): Disabled Women: Being Invisible and the Other in Feminism
  • Travis Alabanza (Performance Artist, Writer and Poet): Left Outside Alone
  • Discussants: Demet Gülçiçek (University of Warwick) and Stephen Seely (University of Warwick)
  • Chair: Cath Lambert (University of Warwick)

12.30 - 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
  • Discussants: Kristin Hübner (University of Warwick) and Mara Duer (University of Warwick)
  • Chair: Anastasia Chamberlen (University of Warwick)

3.15 - 3.30: Break

3.30 - 5.30:

Feminism in and against Neoliberalism in International Development and Social Movements

  • Bice Maiguashca (University of Exeter): 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
  • Discussants: Romain Chenet (University of Warwick) and Sara Salem (University of Warwick)
  • Chair: Nickie Charles (University of Warwick)

5.30 - 6.00: Discussion (chair: Maria do Mar Pereira, 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.