Registration now open: Flying: A Conference on Kate Millett

Flying: A Conference on Kate Millett
29-30 May 2014
Birkbeck, University of London

Keynote: Victoria Hesford (Stony Brook University, SUNY)

Kate Millett became an iconic figure of second wave feminism after the publication of Sexual Politics in 1970. As one of the first pieces of academic feminism to come out of the American academy, Sexual Politics was a handbook of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Moreover, after appearing on the cover of Time Magazine in the same year as Sexual Politics was published, Millett became one of the Movement’s most recognizable faces. However, arguably, Millett has since largely disappeared from both the public eye and contemporary feminism. This conference aims to create a dialogue about Millett; to ask questions about Millett’s role in feminist history; and to discuss how her work is situated in and amongst contemporary feminist concerns.

The conference will start with a screening on 29 May of Millett’s film Three Lives (1971) and Sharon Hayes’ Gay Power (2012). The screening will take place at the Showroom Gallery (Marylebone, NW8 8PQ) and will be followed by a discussion led by Catherine Grant (Goldsmiths) and Mandy Merck (Royal Holloway). The screening is free and will operate on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open at 18.45, screening to start at 19.00.

The screening will be followed by a day of papers and discussion on Friday 30 May 2014 at Birkbeck, University of London. Attendance is free but spaces are limited and registration is mandatory. Please email Sam McBean at to reserve a place.

A draft programme of the events is available on the conference website: