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Gender Research Conference 2018

The inaugural Gender Research Conference will be held on the 6 March 2018 at Cloth Hall Court. The conference is an opportunity for staff to share and celebrate their research, network with colleagues, and to showcase Leeds Beckett’s gender research.

The conference gives us the opportunity to:

  • Support the University’s commitment to gender equality as part of the Athena SWAN award.
  • Provide a forum for colleagues to share and celebrate the range of gender research being undertaken across the University.
  • Support the development of interdisciplinary research on gender through providing a space to colleagues to network and share ideas.
  • Raise the profile of Leeds Beckett’s gender research through a one-day conference.

Keynote : Politicising our Wrinkles: Feminism, Gender and Ageing

Jayne Raisborough

Jayne Raisborough, Professor of Media in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities has explored, published and taught on media/cultural representations of social class, gender, ethical consumption, litter and more recently anti-ageing and women’s gun ownership. While these sites are diverse, they each represent specific manifestations of ‘responsiblised’ citizenship and allow insight into a cultural shaping of new subjectivities.

The event is free to staff working at the university, but as capacity is limited, you are encouraged to book your place early. The conference is for anyone interested in gender research, and you do not have to be presenting a paper to attend.

Academic enquires should be addressed to either: Prof Anne Flintoff or Dr Beccy Watson.

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Jayne Raisborough, Professor of Media in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities

Politicising our Wrinkles: Feminism, gender and ageing

Ageing is a heavily gendered site: women’s longevity and their positon in starkly gendered pay inequalities and in pension provision may leave them exposed to precarity and hardships in later life. Additionally, as ‘anti-ageing’ becomes a moralised cultural imperative, women, whose worth has long been associated with heteronormative registers of attractiveness, are pressurised into harmful and expensive beauty regimes that promise to fight the signs of age and ageing. Ageing can then impact upon women’s worth in overlapping ways. This paper draws on the accounts of feminist-identified women participating in an ‘antidote to anti-aging’ research project. It discusses how feminism as a problematic, changeable, mobile resource helped women (aged between 40 -101) articulate (i) how their responses to anti-aging culture are formed, informed and lived out and (ii) shaped their ambitions for ageing on their terms. The paper argues that attention to what resources our resistance and negotiation of anti-ageing is crucial to the future interrogation of anti-ageing, but it calls for further intergenerational feminisms so that resources for alternatives may be further developed.

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Gender Research Conference Programme

Gender Research Conference Abstracts


8.45 - 9.15          Registration and Refreshments (Merchants Hall) 
9.15 - 10.15        Introduction and Welcome (Prof. Ruth Robbins) 

Keynote: Prof. Jayne Raisborough, Policitising Our Wrinkles: Feminism, Gender and Ageing 

10.15 - 10.45      Tea, Coffee and Cookies (Merchants Hall) 
10.45 - 12.15       Session 1: Parallel presentations 
12.15 - 13.15      Lunch (Merchants Hall) 
13.15 - 14.45      Session 2: Parallel presentations 
14.45 - 15.15      Tea, Coffee and Cake (Merchants Hall) 
15.15 - 16.45      Session 3: Parallel presentations 
16.45 - 17.45      Closing remarks (Prof. Brendan Gough)         

Reception and International Women’s Day event: staff and student collaborations (Merchants Hall)

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The conference will be held at Cloth Hall Court, which is sited just two minutes’ walk from Leeds Train Station at the centre of the city’s business district.

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