Feminism and Radical Utopianism, Past and Present


Event Date: 30 June 2016

Room B01
Clore Management Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7JL

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research in association with Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) presents:

Feminism and Radical Utopianism, Past and Present

Roundtable Discussion

Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) in collaboration with the Raphael Samuel History Centre and Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) – Radical Histories/History of Radicalism – Pre-Conference Event

In the early 19th century, Utopian Socialists envisaged a world free from sexual oppression, and set out to build communities where men and women would live as equals. 150 years later, at the height of the Women’s Liberation Movement, Barbara Taylor wrote a study of these radicals and their attempts to found a ‘New Moral World’ of class and gender equality. Her book, Eve and the New Jerusalem (Virago 1983), is republished in 2016. This event explores the utopian-feminist ideals described in Eve, and compares them to other feminist utopias, past and present.

Introduced by: Professor Miriam Zukas (Birkbeck, University of London):


Contributions from speakers: Professor Barbara Taylor (Queen Mary, University of London), Dr Shahidha Bari (Queen Mary University of London), Profesor Lynne Segal (Birkbeck, University of London) and Urvashi Butalia (Zubaan Books, Delhi). Chair: Dr Madeleine Davis (Queen Mary University of London):


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