Event

Mobilising Solidarity, Experience and Empathy in Contemporary Feminist Organising – Critical Reflections and Future Directions

A paper examining the political potential of solidarity and how the politics of experience and empathy are mobilised in organizational resistance.

  • Wed 17 Oct 18

    12:00 - 13:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Essex Business School - EBS 2.66

  • Event speaker

    Dr Sheena J. Vachhani

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Edward Barratt and Professor Phillip Hancock

The key motivating questions for this seminar are: To consider the new forms of feminist organizing that are developing to resist sexism. To reflect on the implications of thinking ethically and politically about feminist resistance which has the goals of social justice, equality and fairness.

Event Abstract

This paper examines the political potential of solidarity and how the politics of experience and empathy are mobilised in organizational resistance. Our motivating questions are: what new forms of feminist organizing are developing to resist sexism and what are the implications of thinking ethically and politically about feminist resistance which has the goals of social justice, equality and fairness? The paper draws on movements, such as The Everyday Sexism Project, that represent a unique moment in feminist politics because they exemplify a number of critical issues for contemporary feminist practice in the wake of neoliberal feminism. An ethico-politics of feminist resistance moves away from individualising experiences of sexism towards collective resistance and organizes solidarity, experience and empathy central to examining the critical potential for effective resistance and activism. In conclusion the paper explores ways in which embodied ethics and feminist reflexivity are necessary for a politically vibrant, feminist activism that enables us to further understand lived experience of injustices. Finally, the paper draws out some reflections on contemporary women’s social activist movements and future directions for mobilising feminist consciousness that builds momentum for change. Booking This is an open event; there is no need to book. Please feel free to attend and bring your colleagues, classmates and friends.

Speaker Bio

Dr Sheena J. Vachhani works at the Department of Management, University of Bristol, UK. Her work centres around ethics, politics and difference in work and organization. She is currently engaged in feminist archival research that draws on the rich histories of feminist activism. She publishes in scholarly journals such as: Human Relations, Organization Studies, Work, Employment and Society and Organization. She is also an associate editor for Gender, Work and Organization