After, Beyond the Fragments?

Event Date: 3 May 2013
Jeffery Hall
Institute of Education,
20 Bedford Way,
London WC1H 0AL

The Birkeck Institute for Social Research presents:



Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal & Hilary Wainwright


Max Farrar, Pragna Patel, Rosie Rogers & Sasha Roseneil

chaired by Melissa Benn

A generation ago Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright wrote Beyond the Fragments. Inspired by the activism of the 1970s, and facing the imminent triumph of the right under Margaret Thatcher, they sought to apply their experiences as feminists to the project of creating stronger bonds of solidarity in a new kind of left movement. Since then the obstacles facing those struggling for radical social transformation have grown formidably: deepening recession, environmental pollution, falling real wages and savage welfare cuts. New forms of resistance have appeared, but how are they to coalesce?

In three new essays in a new edition of BEYOND THE FRAGMENTS Rowbotham, Segal and Wainwright return to the fraught question of how to consolidate diverse upsurges of rebellion into effective, open, democratic Left coalitions.

To mark the publication of this new edition, the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research is hosting a discussion of the issues raised by the original book. Come along and join us for a lively discussion and a celebration of the new edition of Beyond the Fragments.

Welcome by  Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck).

Speakers are (in the order of speaking):  Melissa Benn (chair), Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal & Hilary Wainwright:


Audience Comments 1:


Respondents are: Max Farrar, Pragna Patel, Rosie Rogers:


Audience Comments 2:


Final comments by the speakers and close:


You can buy the new edition of ‘Beyond the Fragments’ here 

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