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march, 2020

09mar4:30 pm6:00 pmArchival Inheritance with Clare Hemmings


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Archival Inheritance with Clare Hemmings

‘Archival Inheritance’ crafts a series of stories that make up a memory archive, drawing on older work on telling feminist stories differently, and focusing on ‘inheritance’ as an unstable, unreliable but significant frame for thinking the present.

The overall project’s aim is to provide texture to the pains and pleasures of gendered, sexual and national encounter. At the centre of the work lies the resilience and force of gendered, sexual, classed and national affects as motivating and ‘making’ history. As such, each story seeks to play out the experiences of masculinity and femininity as loss and violence, as heterosexual dividend, or as that which enables an everyday. Hemmings is interested in ‘memory archiving’ as part of telling a story of post-2nd world war UK national identity within a white kinship structure. The hope is to reaffirm the importance of attention to the detail of the everyday in the context of right (and left) populisms, to explore both complicity and resistance in ways that aren’t necessarily known in advance.

This presentation introduces you to this work through one of these stories.

Clare Hemmings is a Professor of Feminist Theory in the Department of Gender Studies at LSE in the UK, and is currently Leverhulme Visiting International Professor at IRWGS Columbia. Clare’s work lies at the intersection of feminist and queer studies, and she is interested in how participants in these fields tell stories about their history as well as current form, and in exploring how such stories resonate with (rather than only against) more conservative agendas. She is particularly concerned with the ways in which ideas travel (or do not) across geographical and temporal borders, and with the relationship between nationalism, feminism and sexuality. Recent work is interested in multiple forms theory takes, and she has been working with creative and fictional modes. She is the author of Bisexual Spaces (2002), Why Stories Matter (2011, which was the winner of the 2012 FWSA book award), and Considering Emma Goldman (2018). She has co-edited twelve anthologies or journal special issues, most recently ‘Haunting Feminism’ with Ilana Eloit for Feminist Theory (Dec 2019).


(Monday) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


IRWGS Seminar Room, 754 Schermerhorn Ext


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