Not the Fun Kind

Andrea Dworkin

Revisiting the Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin 

A one-day conference at Anglia Ruskin University reflecting on the work and influence of Andrea Dworkin

Date: Thursday 9 July 2015
Time: 9.30–4.30pm
Venue: 111–113 Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Conference programme

Speakers include Professor Rae Langton, Julie Bindel, Imkaan, Object!, Rachel Moran, Dr Meagan Tyler, Dr Claire Chambers, Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans, Jodie Woodward, Angela Gbemisola, Dr Lynne Harne

When asked how she would like to be remembered, Andrea Dworkin replied:
"In a museum, when male supremacy is dead. I'd like my work to be an anthropological artifact from an extinct, primitive society".

Ten years after her death, what is the relevance and resonance of Andrea Dworkin’s work today?

Andrea Dworkin, Radical Feminist activist and author of books such as Pornography: Men Possessing Women, Woman Hating and Intercourse, developed a searing analysis of the myriad forms of men’s violence against women.

Ten years after her death, the globalised sex industry has expanded beyond even what Dworkin herself might have imagined. Violent, misogynist online pornography is available and accessible in unprecedented ways. In countries where prostitution is legalised, we are now seeing 'mega-brothels', 'flat-rate brothels' and outdoor 'sex boxes'. Sado-masochistic sexual practices are normalised and mainstreamed through the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon. One in three women globally will experience some form of male physical or sexual violence.

A powerful line-up of academics and activists at this conference will revisit Dworkin’s work and consider the ongoing relevance and resonance of Radical Feminism ten years after her death. It is an urgent and necessary conversation. Come and be part of it!

Followed by wine reception and launch of Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism (Kiraly & Tyler, 2015).

Conference updates

Please note that there have been some amendments to the original speaker list: Julia Long will now be speaking in place of Gunilla Ekberg, and Imkaan representatives are no longer able to attend.

Speaker biographies and abstracts will be available at the registration desk.

Please note that the final panel session at 15:15 will be a women-only session. Male delegates are welcome to return for the book launch at 4.45pm.

Copies of Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism will be available for purchase at the discounted price of £10.00. Please bring cash as we are unable to process card payments. 

Tea & coffee will be provided on arrival and at the morning break. Lunch is provided.

Please note that the conference will be videoed and will be made available online. We will also be taking photographs – please indicate at the start of the event if you do not wish to be photographed.

NB There is a tube strike scheduled for Wednesday pm and all day Thursday, so please check the Transport for London website for updates.