The perception of Women’s Studies, and feminism by extension, is that it can be too academic, with abundance of specialist jargon, making it often difficult for non-academic, working class or non-English speaking women to join the movement.
The proposed introductory session would reintroduce the Consciousness Raising practice of the Second Wave of the feminist movement, to bring together a discussion on feminist issues through a ‘personal is political’ lens creating a bottom-up, all-inclusive learning environment.
First launched at the Feminist Library in January 2013, Women’s Studies Without Walls (WSWW) kicked off with a weekend event themed ‘The Personal is Political’, and a generationally, geographically and educationally diverse range of women attended the launch event series. The planned extension of the WSWW course aims for a similar outcome. With an added, specific focus on ‘Decolonising Women’s Studies’ of this year’s programme, we aim to particularly address the still persistent whiteness of the curriculum.
This event is part of the Antiuniversity Now festival
9-15 June 2018