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Roundtable Discussion: Popular Feminisms
Nov 7, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Inspired by the Fall 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series event featuring feminist public intellectual Roxane Gay, this roundtable engages with public dialogues around feminism in the contemporary era and the circulation of debates, representations, and activism around gender, race, and other categories of social identity as expressed in and around social media, popular literature, and screen entertainment. Moderated by Elana Levine of UWM (Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies), the roundtable features Kristen Warner (University of Alabama) and Jessalynn Keller (University of Calgary) speaking to and about the public discourse around intersectional feminism in popular 21st century media.
The roundtable will address: How can we identify and define popular feminisms in 21st century western culture? How do the cultural productions and activism of figures such as Gay and the Hollywood-generated Time’s Up movement offer new, or not so new, ways of engaging with power imbalances along lines of gender, race, class, sexuality, and other aspects of identity? How are everyday practices of speech and activism in social media and other digital spaces shaping our senses of feminism and the issues it confronts? Panelists will present some of their own scholarship on these questions and engage in a broader discussion with attendees about ways we might understand the popular feminisms of our contemporary moment.