Gendering Austerity: Cultures of resilience and resistance
Birkbeck, University of London, May 16th
This conference will build on our previous symposium ‘Gendering Austerity: Cultures of coping and the work of consumption’, and focus on how austerity measures have transformed gender and culture, not only in terms of the ‘impact’ of these policies, but in the way that these policies have been resisted and challenged. How are the various discourses of agency, choice, and aspiration that accompany neoliberal policies of austerity negotiated and what does this mean for gendered political and economic identities? How has resistance to austerity and neoliberalism been gendered? What cultural strategies are being used to resist the negative effects of austerity? What ‘new femininities’ are emerging from social movements that focus on the gendered impact of the cuts? How do they intersect with issues of class, race, age etc.?
We welcome papers and other interventions that engage with:
- Cultural, media and artistic resistance to austerity measures and challenges to austerity discourses
- Gender and caring, health care and health services, housing and social infrastructure.
- Gendered identities of resistance that have emerged to challenge austerity
- The gendered culture of economics and finance
- The cultural industries, precarity and austerity
- Alternative modes of production, economic diversity and alternatives to austerity