Theorising from experience. Feminism and critical theory today
This symposium, dedicated to the scholarship of our newly appointed Professor II, Lois McNay, aims to explore the potentials and challenges of McNay’s scholarship, to revitalize and further develop feminist theorizing grounded in the lived experience of structural oppression in neoliberal capitalist society.
In her key note, Professor Lois McNay asserts that current strands of feminist theory may assist a potentially productive retrieval of critical theory’s initial project: to develop a critique of capitalist society by interpreting the suffering of ordinary people as subjective symptoms of an intrinsically oppressive structure.
The symposium will explore the potentials and challenges of McNay's claim and other current contributions at the intersection between feminist and critical theory. These exchanges will not be limited theoretically to the Frankfurt school, but will also include other historic-materialist and experientially grounded theories, such as critical realism and stand point theory.
Session 1: The gender of critical theory
Session 2: Renewed engagement with critical and feminist theory
Session 3: PhD projects engaging with feminist and critical theory
Session 4: Current strands of feminist critical theory