Radical Feminist Theory Conference
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Radical Feminist Theory Conference

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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!!!

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

Elaine Hutton

Gail Dines

Heather Brunskell-Evans

Linda Bellos

Lynne Harne

Sheila Jeffreys

and many more radical feminists



STATEMENT FROM RADFEM COLLECTIVE.

31/3/2019

Invitation to submit papers/talk linked to Radical Feminist Theory 

We are delighted to announce that the RadFem Collective are holding a conference on the 21st and 22nd of September 2019 in London. This conference will be centred on the relationship between Radical Feminist theory and action, and we want women to contribute their own ideas. We are therefore inviting women to write and submit an outline of their proposed idea for a talk they will give at the conference, with time for questions and discussion. 

Radical Feminist theory developed out of women’s lived experiences. Until women began to theorise their experiences, women’s oppression was taken for granted and everyday practices were considered neutral, and of no theoretical value. Radical Feminists developed theory in mutual communication to dissect and understand how power works in relation to women’s oppression. When Andrea Dworkins wrote her book INTERCOURSE for instance, she asked ‘how is sex used against women?’, ‘What is the relationship between a socially constructed sexuality and women’s political experience?’ In the new liberal era of post modernism and queer theory, Radical Feminism is re-emerging, and women are developing new theory which exposes the implications of liberalism in its old and news forms on the female sex, such as transgender ideology. 

We invite women to write talks on theory, and we hope to hear from women with different ideas from the full spectrum of Radical Feminist thought who want to share their ideas at our conference. 

Talks can range from 10 to 30 minutes and the final paper you submit should be no more than 2 sides of A4. We invite you to submit ideas to us and encourage you all to become theorists! 

The conference will take place over two days so there will be space for women to share their ideas and for them to be discussed. We hope to develop space where many theoretical questions can be discussed such as” ‘how are sex race and class connected?”, “how do men maintain the domination”? How can sexuality be truly liberating rather than liberal? ‘How does sado-masochism reinforce women’s oppression?’ Does romantic love build or dilute a revolutionary movement?’ ‘How does service provision dilute a revolutionary vision? 

Regrettably we cannot guarantee that every woman/group of women will be able to speak to her or their paper since we may be limited in time, but we intend to give as many women a voice as we possibly can in such a limited period. There is no deadline, but once the slots are filled we will be not be accepting further submissions and will close the process. We look forward to hearing from you all.

Please submit your ideas for a talk, as no more than a 500 word abstract / summary, to radfemcollective@outlook.com. Talk spots will be filled as applications come in.

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Feminist Activism: A Day of Workshops for Radical Feminists

Are you a radical feminist who wants to become active? Come along and find out about how to set up or get involved in existing radical feminist activism. This event is for radical feminists only and will be run in a series of workshop styles.

Venue is in central London, the exact details will be released the night before to ticket holders. 

Tea and coffee will be provided, but you need to provide your own lunch.

Cost is only to cover the costs of the event. If the cost is an issue, please email us.

Unfortunately we cannot give ticket refunds if you can no longer join us. 

The organisers will be going to a nearby pub at the end of the event, and you are welcome to join us.

Tickets £17/£11 concessions

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Jun
3
to Dec 10

2016 Programme of Talks

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Theme 2: Feminist critiques of the Abrahamic religions

1) Islam

Saturday 15th October 2016 | 7 pm | Central London

Sharia courts in the UK and feminist mobilisation against them

Talk by Houzan Mahmoud, followed by Q+A

 

Around 30 Sharia councils exist in the UK which are discriminatory against women. Sharia is the Islamic legal system, Originated from the Koran and the verdicts of Islamic scholars, called (fatwas).  

Concerns have been raised that these council’s decisions have adverse consequences for women from Muslim backgrounds. 

Activists like us who advocate for secularism have been warning this government and the wider society about these councils and their discriminatory approaches to women based on Islamic Sharia law.

This lecture will address problems women are facing under the dictate of religion and religious laws. 

At the same time, it seeks to question western feminist consciousness and ask are women from Muslim backgrounds victims of Sharia Councils only, or are they also let down by their white sisters who might view this discriminatory laws as a matter of their “authentic culture”? 

Women only.


2) Judaism 

Friday 11th November 2016 | 7 pm | Central London

Talk by Elizabeth Carola

 

A radical feminist look at 'Political Judaism;'  how it has grown parallel to political Islam over the past two decades, and how it affects women. (Hint: not well.)  Men of successive governments have pushed faith-based policy, funded misogynist faith-based schooling, encouraged religious orthodoxy under the banner of multiculturalism, used charges of anti-semitism to suppress criticism of Israel, and told jews what is acceptable to think. 

Radical and feminist jews are caught in a crossfire of discourses between 'you're not a real jew' zionism, prescriptive left anti-zionism and secularism which scolds us for celebrating any aspect of our heritage.  How can we carve out a niche for our own voices and analyses?  We will discuss this and wider issues.


3) Catholicism

Saturday 10th December 2016 | 7 pm | Central London

Hail Marys: A Radical Feminist Analysis of Catholicism

Talk by Rose Blah

 

Is a 'Hail Mary' the prayer you make each day on your rosary or the manner in which you would have greeted radical feminist philosopher, academic, and theologian Mary Daly? 
Is 'The Goddess' merely a transsexed patriarchal god?
Is your idea of fun a blessing at benediction or blowing raspberries at the Vatican? 
Whatever your answers, join us for some immaculately conceived radical feminist thoughts, analysis and discussion on all things Catholic. 
Prophets, pirates and wanderlusters - particularly welcome.

Women only.


please note: how our venues work

details of the exact venue address will be emailed to all attendees the day before the event. Both of these talks will take place at a central London venue, near Kings Cross station.

Talks generally last an hour followed by an open Q+A. 

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Sep
12
to Sep 13

RadFems Resist 2015

Following on from last year's wonderfully successful conference, FemiFest 2014, RadFem Collective present this year's event: RadFems Resist 2015!

Calling all Radical Women to come together to celebrate & enjoy a weekend of talks, workshops and radical feminist thought!

With talks from: 
Janice Raymond
Betty McLellan
Julie Bindel
Marina Strinkovsky
Sarah Ditum
Liz Kelly

& workshops on topics including:

Feminist Motherhood

Heterosexuality and Radical Feminsim - Fiona Davidson and Berverley Anderson

Radical Feminism: Rebellion or Revolution? - Betty McLellan

Tomboys not allowed - femininity and the male subordination of girls and young women - Lynne Harne

Amnesty International & Beyond: Let's seize the moment

Decolonising our minds through Lesbian and Feminist culture - Elizabeth Carola

ISIS, Islam and Women's Resistance - Houzan Mahmoud

Standard tickets £48 / £25 concessions

Note that we can not give refunds to tickets, except in exceptional circumstances. 

Those who buy a ticket will receive details of the venue by email, the day before the event.

Please note, the disability access lift at the venue is currently broken. We have been assured it will be fixed in time, but it may not be. We really apologise for this, but unfortunately it is too late now for us to change to an alternative venue. So if you have a disability or use a wheelchair, please email us before buying your ticket to discuss. 

Lunch is not included in the ticket price, but there will be vegetarian and vegan food available to buy at the event on both days! Prices will be very affordable. 

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RadFems Resist is a women only, feminist event. Our conference is a space for women to share our experiences as women, to politically self organise for women's liberation and to celebrate womanhood in a safe environment. We welcome all women who were raised and socialized as girls to join us.

RadFem Collective will not tolerate prejudiced and/or oppressive language or behaviour towards any woman attending our event. We are opposed to any ideologies of oppression.

It is a central part of radical feminist analysis that gender is a tool of women's oppression, not women's liberation. None of the organisers consider ourselves to have an innate gender - neither masculine, feminine, trans, cis, gender queer, or any other gender. We are gender abolitionists who have been raised and socialized as girls and women *because of our female bodies* in the context of patriarchy. 

Women who view gender differently, as a benign spectrum of self expression rather than a human created power hierarchy, will find other events where they can organise with like minded people. RadFems Resist is designed by and for women interested in radical feminism and those who want to genuinely engage with second wave theory and women's liberationist ideas.

 

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Jun
6
1:00 PM13:00

No Platforming of Radical Feminists - A talk by Julie Bindel

Following on from the successful event on 28 February in Nottingham, Julie Bindel will again be talking about the No Platforming of Radical Feminists, followed by more than an hour of questions and discussions. 

The event is organised by RadFem Collective and Miranda Yardley and will take place Saturday 6 June 2015 between 1 and 4pm.

This is a mixed event and everyone is welcome, whatever your views. 

We are trying to make this event as inclusive and productive as possible and get as many people involved in this as we can, with all viewpoints. To do this, it is incredibly important that we can have a respectful dialogue with each other and not resort to name-calling or personal attacks. Please respect this.

The venue we are using for the talk is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any other accessibility needs, please let us know about them and we will do our very best to meet them.

The ticket price is purely to cover costs such as room and PA hire. Everyone involved are volunteers. 

Read more about our campaign to challenge the no-platforming of radical feminists here.

Click here to buy a ticket (£5 each).

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Feb
28
1:30 PM13:30

'No Platforming of Radical Feminists' - A talk by Julie Bindel

Julie Bindel will be speaking in Nottingham on the topic of No Platforming of Radical Feminists. The talk will be followed by over an hour of questions and discussion. The event will be chaired by Femi Otitoju.

The event is organised by RadFem Collective, in partnership with the gender-critical transgender Miranda Yardley. Please note this is not a panel discussion and Miranda will not be speaking.

This is a mixed event and everyone is welcome, whatever your views.

We are trying to make this event as inclusive and productive as possible and get as many people involved in this as we can, with all viewpoints. To do this, it is incredibly important that we can have a respectful dialogue with each other and not resort to name-calling or personal attacks. Please respect this.

The venue we are using for the talk is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any other accessibility needs, please let us know about them and we will do our very best to meet them.

Tickets are £5, and the ticket costs will be used purely to cover costs such as room and PA hire. 

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Feb
21
12:30 PM12:30

'No Platforming of Radical Feminists' - A talk by Julie Bindel

Julie Bindel will be talking in Sheffield about the No Platforming of Radical Feminists. The talk will be followed by more than an hour of questions and discussion with Julie. 

The event is organised by RadFem Collective, in partnership with the gender-critical transgender Miranda Yardley. Please note this is not a panel discussion and Miranda will not be speaking.

This is a mixed event and everyone is welcome, whatever your views. 

We are trying to make this event as inclusive and productive as possible and get as many people involved in this as we can, with all viewpoints. To do this, it is incredibly important that we can have a respectful dialogue with each other and not resort to name-calling or personal attacks. Please respect this.

The venue we are using for the talk is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any other accessibility needs, please let us know about them and we will do our very best to meet them.

The ticket price is purely to cover costs such as room and PA hire. Everyone involved are volunteers.

Buy tickets

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