Women’s Talks

 Following the huge success of the talk organized to celebrate International Women’s Day in March, Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, Professor Grace Ioppolo and Dr Madeleine Davies will be speaking at a second event organized by the Student Union Women’s Campaign Group next week. The event held in March was extremely well attended by staff, students and members of the public,  and the discussion we had proved fascinating. A positive, celebratory atmosphere dominated and we were delighted with the superb feedback that followed the event.

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 The Women’s Talks will be held regularly from now on, and the next will be on Wednesday 19th June, Palmer Building Room 103, 6pm onwards. Our topic is ‘Lad culture’ and its impact upon women. We will be discussing the impact of social media in relation to this, as well as the ‘history’ of lad culture, its effects,  its motivations, and current challenges to it. We’ll be asking whether ‘lad’ culture is misogyny in light disguise, and considering whether humour is being used to conceal a set of attitudes that should concern all of us, regardless of our sex.

 Everyone is welcome to attend this event, and we hope to see as many of you there as can make it. In particular, we’d be delighted to see some of our Women’s Writing students (from this year and from students about to enter their second year), postgraduate students, colleagues, teachers from local schools, and anyone with any kind of interest in ideas which have direct impact upon us all.

 Karin, Grace and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Madeleine Davies.

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Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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