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Keynote Speakers

Professor Rosi Braidotti (Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Utrecht University)

An active international networker, Rosi Braidotti set up in 1989 the Network of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies in Europe (NOISE) within the Erasmus Programme. From 1997 to 2005 she was the founding scientific director of the SOCRATES Thematic Network for European Women’s Studies ATHENA, which was awarded in 2010 the Erasmus Prize of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission for outstanding contribution to social inclusion. In 2005- 2007 she was the founding Scientific Director of the Marie Curie Early Stage Training consortium  ‘Gender Graduates’,  funded by the Sixth Framework programme of the European Commission. In 2007-2008 she founded of the European Consortium for The Humanities in the Twenty-first Century; in 2009 she was elected to the Board of the International Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (CHCI).

Her books include:  Patterns of Dissonance (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1991); Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1994); Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2002); Transpositions. On Nomadic Ethics (Cambridge : Polity Press, 2006) and La philosophie, lá où on ne l’attend pas (Paris : Larousse, 2009).

Rosi Braidotti was the founding professor of Gender Studies in the Humanities at Utrecht (1988-2005) and the first scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Women’s Studies. In 2005–2006, she held the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship in the Law School of Birckbeck College, University of London. In 2001–2003, she held the Jean Monnet Visiting Chair at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European Institute in Florence. In 1994-1995 she was a fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

 

Professor Shirin Rai (Professor of Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick)

Shirin Rai studied at the University of Delhi (India) and Cambridge University (UK) and joined the University of Warwick in 1989. She is Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies and Director of the Leverhulme Trust Programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/gcrp).

Her research interests lie in the area of feminist politics, gender and political institutions, globalisation and development studies. She has written extensively on issues of gender, governance and development. She recently co-edited a special issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society titled ‘Feminists Theorize the International Political Economy’ (2010). Her latest books are The Gender Politics of Development (2008, Zed Books/Zubaan Publishers) and (co-ed) Global Governance: Feminist Perspectives (2007, Palgrave). Her book Gender and the Political Economy of Development (2002, Polity Press) was widely acclaimed. Her articles have appeared in journals including: International Feminist Journal of Politics, Global Networks, New Political Economy, Hypatia and Signs.

She is Director of the Taught Masters (MA) Programme in Globalisation and Development at Warwick.

She has consulted with the United Nations’ Division for the Advancement of Women and UNDP. She is a founder member of the South Asia Research Network on Gender, Law and Governance and on the Editorial Board of International Feminist Journal of Politics, Global Ethics and Indian Journal of Gender Studies and Political Studies Quarterly. She is the co-editor (with Wyn Grant) of Perspectives on Democratic Practice.

 

Dr. Susan Watkins (Reader in Twentieth-Century Women’s Fiction, Leeds Metropolitan University)

Susan’s main research interests are in the field of twentieth-century women’s fiction and feminist theory.  Her new monograph on the Nobel prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing has just been published by Manchester University Press in their Contemporary World Writers series. The book looks particularly at the treatment of race, nation, gender and genre in Lessing’s writing. This research relates to Susan’s recent conference activities; for example, in April 2004 she visited New Orleans to give a paper at the First International Doris Lessing Conference on ‘Writing in a Minor Key: Doris Lessing’s Late Twentieth-Century Fiction’ and she was also the Academic Coordinator of the Second International Doris Lessing conference, hosted by the School of Cultural Studies in July 2007, where she gave a paper on ‘The ‘Jane Somers’ Hoax:  Doris Lessing, Gender, Aging and the Cult of the (Young) Celebrity Woman Writer’. 

Susan is also a founder member and currently Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Network and Associate Editor for the Oxford journal Contemporary Women’s Writing.  She has also just taken over, with Dr Claire Chambers, as Co-Editor of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.

Susan is Assistant Secretary to CCUE, the Council for College and University English.

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