Girling Feminism: Towards a feminist theory of girlhood
14th May 2019, 9.30 for 10am start – 5pm
Yudowitz Room, Wolfson Medical School Building
University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Feminist practices (including feminist theory) are still dominated by adult models of subjectivity presumed to be the endpoint of a naturalized process of developing individual identity that relegates a vast range of not only people but roles, behaviours, and practices to its immature past (Driscoll 2002, p.9)
There has been an explosion in girls studies work in the academy over the last decade. While scholars in the field have made important inroads in the theorising of girlhood, much work remains to be done. This one-day symposium has been designed around theorising girlhood sociologically and will involve speakers, workshops and discussion from academics across the UK working in the field.
Proposed papers (15 minutes in length) are sought on these topics (but not limited to):
- How and in what ways does feminist theory speak to girlhood studies as a field and what further developments are required?
- How and in what ways do “race”, class and disability provide important intersections in the generation of girlhood theory?
- How can we generate a more robust theory of femininity at work in the lives of girls?
- How and in what ways do youth digital cultures provide theoretical insights into emergent forms of girlhood?
- How do definitions and theoretical understandings of girlhood serve to reproduce the gender binary/ render invisible the experiences of trans/queer girls?
- What is the position of contemporary girlhood studies in wider sociological fields of (a) women’s studies, (b) gender studies, and (c) youth studies?
Professor Jessica Ringrose – University College London
Professor Lisa McDaid – University of Glasgow
Dr Phillippa Wiseman – University of Glasgow
Dr Geetha Marcus – University of Glasgow
Dr Victoria Cann – University of East Anglia
Dr Susan Batchelor – University of Glasgow
The day will also include discussion groups and workshops.
Please submit abstracts of 250 words and a short bio (100 words) to email@example.com by 27th February at 5pm.
Registration will open later £5 BSA members, £15 for others. Lunch is included.