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.