Sociology and Social Policy (SSP) Research Culture Seminar Series with Professor Gail Lewis, Birkbeck University

This talk will examine what Lewis sees as Black Feminism's specificity and how it raises complex challenges about pre-dominant conceptualisations of subjectivity and relational dynamics for feminism.


Professor Gail Lewis was until recently Reader in Psychosocial Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, and is a psychotherapist having trained at the Tavistock Clinic. She has worked at the Open University and Lancaster University. Her political subjectivity was formed in the intensities of black feminist and anti-racist struggle and through a socialist, anti-imperialist lens. Among her political and scholarly concerns are the formation of and resistance to gendered-racilised social formations; the relationship between the organisational psychodynamics and the lived experience of racialised and gendered inequality in organisations; and how to bring black feminist, psychoanalytic and sociological understandings of subjectivity into creative dialogue in the interests of generating ‘practice against the grain’. She has published on feminism; intersectionality; the welfare state, social policy and racialisation; citizenship and personal life; and racialised-gendered experience and black feminism.


12:00 – 12:30 Refreshments
12:30 – 13:30 Presentation

This is a free event, advance booking is not required. We look forward to see you there.