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25 April 2024 - 25 April 2024

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Durham University Business School

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Join us for a one-day workshop on engaged gendered research, hosted by Durham’s Centre for Organisations and Society, and featuring keynote speaker Professor Lynne Segal.

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Lynne Segal holding her book, Lean on Me.

Engaged Gendered Research Workshop

While significant strides have been made towards attaining gender equality within organisations, there is little room for complacency. History and experience show that gender injustices adapt, circulate and (re)grow alongside economic, political, social and cultural change. Climate change, escalating violence, the rise of far-right populism and acute economic inequalities all threaten to erode progress made and present evolving challenges for those who seek just societies and organisations. It is therefore essential that our research engages in meaningful ways, so that it may shape and respond to contemporary needs.

Being engaged through research evokes a range of potential stances, strategies and values: sharing in the pain, challenges, breakthroughs and joys of our research participants; engaging readers by writing in ways that are real and relatable; bringing solidarity and care to the heart of our academic praxis; being open to emergent forms of injustice and inequality, but also to innovative forms of organising; and designing and communicating our research so that it makes the richest possible impact in the worlds of policy and practice.

At the event, Lynne Segal will discuss key themes from her new book, Lean on Me: A Politics of Radical Care, helping us think through how a politics of care can be embedded in our research and practice as scholars. Not to mention how our academic work can enhance capacities for joy and radical happiness. Lynne will be joined by leading gender scholars from Durham and beyond, who will lead discussions based on their current research - such as Joanna Brewis, Jamie Callahan, Mark Gatto, Mrinalini Greedharry, Marjana Johansson, Jo McBride, Nela Smolović Jones and Cat Spellman. The event will be facilitated by Durham academics Gretchen Larsen and Owain Smolović Jones.

Find the full programme here: Engaged Gendered Research Workshop Programme.

Lynne Segal has been an essential voice in global feminism, scholarship and activism since the 1970s and continues to contribute in essential ways – through her books, activism and journalistic writing. She is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College. Lynne’s latest book, Lean on Me: A Politics of Radical Care is out now through Verso. Lynne’s other books include Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy; Making Trouble: Life and Politics; Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing; Is the Future Female? Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism; Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men; and Straight Sex: Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure. She co-wrote Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism with Sheila Rowbotham and Hilary Wainwright. Lynne is also a member of the Care Collective, which co-authored The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence.

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