It seems as if we witness a contemporary feminist revival. However, to what extent can we speak about a single movement?
About lecture series ‘Feminism’
While much progress has been made over the past decades in terms of women’s emancipation and gender equality, at the same time we witness a feminist revival today. How can we understand this? And what is feminism anyway? Discover the many faces feminism has had in different contexts and times, and how this reflects societal developments and feminist paradigms. Explore how feminist artists challenge dominant female representations, and find out how we can comprehend the contemporary rise of anti-feminist movements.
Initiatives like Me Too, Hollaback and many others suggest a contemporary feminist revival. However, to what extent can we speak about a single movement? Could we ever? Dr. Katrine Smiet shows that feminism does not represent one harmonious phenomenon, but is characterized by intense debates, frictions and contradictions. To this purpose, she uses the lens of the iconic feminist story of the 19th century abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth. Truth brought the struggle of women of colour into feminism, and challenged not only opponents of women’s rights, but also her fellow feminists. What can we learn from her story about the diverse manifestations of feminism in the past and today?
This lecture sheds light on the heterogeneous and disharmonious nature of feminism, and addresses questions such as: How are feminism and anti-racism connected? What is the place of religion within feminism historically and today? And what is the meaning of ‘woman’?
About Katrine Smiet
Dr. Katrine Smiet is Assistant Professor in Gender and Diversity at Radboud University. She has a background in philosophy and gender studies, and has done research on the history of feminist ideas and the emergence and development of intersectional feminisms. Her dissertation, entitled Travelling Truths, traces the reception histories of the story of Sojourner Truth in feminist scholarship and will be published with Routledge in 2020.