Beyond the Fragments


Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism

8 June 2013 at 10:00
University Place, The University Of Manchester in Manchester, United Kingdom
The book Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism (by Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright), which first appeared in 1979, is now in its third edition, just published by Merlin Press. 8 June 10.00-4.00 is a day to discuss consequences of the arguments in the book for the practice of the revolutionary left now. The day event is at The University of Manchester co-sponsored by the Anticapitalist Initiative, Manchester Feminist Theory Network, and the Feminist Research and Reading Group. Guest speakers will include one of the three authors of Beyond the Fragments Lynne Segal together with activists from the socialist and feminist movements. It is book, and the event is at The University of Manchester, but this was always more than a book, and we aim to connect with and support practical political action inspired by these ideas. Abuse of power and abuse of women recently on the left make work on this an urgent task. Join us.
Speakers include:

Lynne Segal is Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at Birkbeck College, London University, her last book was Making Trouble: Life and Politics, she is just completing Out of Tine: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing. She used to be a member of the socialist organisation Big Flame.

Jessica Winterson is a doctoral candidate in the music department of the University of Huddersfield. She also has an MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Leeds.

Kat Burdon-Manley “I am a committed socialist and believe the fight to end all oppression, must start with the struggles in our communities and workplaces, which is why I am a committed local activist, campaigner and union organiser. Some of the most serious work we do in Cardiff, has been in response to the very visible attacks on a woman’s right to choose, which I consider to be a gender and class issue, and an analysis of women’s oppression must be intersectional. I am a volunteer caseworker at the Welsh Refugee Council and work with refugees from diverse ethnic groups and backgrounds. I am also a member of the ‘Cardiff Against the Bedroom Tax’ campaign, which has participated in successful community mobilisations, and we’ve built a strong relationship with the local Somali community and the women’s organiser. I am member of the International Socialist Network.”

Alice Robson is a member of the anti-capitalist feminist collective Feminist Fightback.  A current key focus for the collective is developing an anti-capitalist feminist response to the cuts, with recent action including an occupation of The Women’s Library in east London and working with other groups to hold pickets against workfare.

Alice is also active in her union branch and involved in local organising in the east London borough of Hackney where she lives and works.

Rachel Twaites is an activist from Manchester ACI.

Cat Rylance is an activist from Manchester ACI