As more and more academics develop public profiles on television, radio and the internet, and research policy is increasingly geared to social and economic ‘impact’, this is an exciting time to reflect on issues related to the gendered public intellectual. This one-day symposium brings together an inter-disciplinary group of scholars to examine gender politics and the figure of the female public intellectual in Britain today. Topics of discussion include: feminism and the public intellectual; gender, communication and the public sphere; gender and the academic star system; intellectuals and celebrity culture; celebrity feminism; and researching women’s scholarship in the public sphere.

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon ( Birkbeck) Title tbc.

Dr Sarah Churchwell  (UEA) ‘Crossing the Divide: Minding the Gap’

Dr Su Holmes (UEA) ‘Celebrity, the Media and Academia’

Dr Nina Power (Roehampton) ‘Impact meets Social Justice: Why Being a Feminist in Public is not Always Popular’

Respondents: Professor Heather Nunn (Roehampton) & Dr Estella Tincknell (UWE).

Date and time: Tuesday 25 May 2010, 10am – 5 pm

Location: British Library, Euston Road , London ; Room MR 4

Fee (including morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea): £40 full-time staff; £25 reduced rate (for staff under full-time and postgraduate students)

For information on how to register, please contact: Dr Carrie Hamilton

Co-sponsored by:

The MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network and the Journal of Gender Studies

Organisers: Dr Carrie Hamilton and Dr Anita Biressi, Centre for Research in Sex, Gender and Sexuality, Roehampton University , London

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