Conference Highlights

The papers and presentations demonstrated that although gender equality is a global issue, it is important to recognise the local dimensions that give the issue its complexity. The papers presented exposed and explained the ways in which women’s experience needs to be analysed at the intersection of a range of constituent components of identity such as race, class, gender, caste, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality, and placed within a particular societal and historical framework. The papers also emphasised the importance of acknowledging the positionality of the individual examining the intersectional politics of a particular situation.The emotional dynamics of intersectionality were discussed as well as the socio-political ramifications of intersectionality. The range of papers promoted a useful and wide-ranging discussion; the constraints placed on women were acknowledged, but the ways in which women have worked to empower themselves were also examined.

The following papers were presented:

Keynote: Suryia Nayak (University of Salford), “Feeling Intersectionality”

Keynote: Radhika Govinda (University of Edinburgh), ‘Intersectional Interventions in Feminist Knowledge Production’

Saima Ansari (University of Salford), “The Intersectionality of Identity, Religion and Clothing in the Lives of British Muslim Women”

Simi K. Salim (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras), “Reading Modernities : Colonialism, Anti Colonial Nationalism and the Emergence of the ‘New Muslim Women’ in Late 19th century India”

Gloria M Babu (Christ University), “Re-Engaging Patriarchy: Women Empowerment and Kudumbashree in Kerala”

Eleonora Gatti (United Nations Consultant), “Empowering the Rural Women of Myanmar Through the Development of the iWomen app”

Elizabeth Smith (Liverpool Hope University), “Interrogating Intersectionality in the Work of African American Writer Alice Childress (1916-1998)”

Katherine Jewell (Liverpool Hope University), “Using Theories of Intersectionality to Explore Gender Relations Within the British Labour Party”

Billie-Gina Thomason (Liverpool John Moores University), “William Seymour: ‘The Female Cabdriver of Liverpool’”

Abhaya Gurumurthy (Christ University), “Gender Representation in Academic Environment: A Dialogue with Government School Teachers”

Chinar Shah (Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, and Bluecoat), “Critiquing the Politics of Gender Through Art”