Law School Research Seminar Series: 'A very binary drama: The conceptual struggle for gender's future'

13 February 2019, 12.30 PM - 13 February 2019, 1.30 PM

Professor Davina Cooper

5.68 Wills Memorial Building

On Wednesday 13th February the Law School will welcome Professor Davina Cooper, Department of Law, Kings College London, to present a talk 'A very binary drama: The conceptual struggle for gender's future', as part of the University of Bristol Law School Research Seminar Series.

The aim of the Law School Research Seminar Series is to foster the research culture within the Law School and to enhance the research networks between the Law School and external speakers/institutions. The talks aspire to address current big questions in the field of law.

Professor Davina Cooper will explore how change is imagined and enacted in relation to the conceptual future of gender. Its jumping off point is the contemporary British struggle over how the categories of gender (and sex) should be determined in law and public policy practice, as gender transitioning, new a-gendered and "non-binary" identities and feminist politics structure the current terms of debate. Today, two competing conceptions are struggling for dominance: gender as domination; and gender as diversity.

Professor Cooper's interdisciplinary research approaches questions of transformative politics – their possibilities, limits, and conflicts – as these take shape in relation to law, the state, experiments in living, gender and sexuality, and cultural diversity. Davina was the Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality and before that was Faculty Research Dean for the Social Science Faculty at Keele University.

An abstract for Davina’s talk can be found here (PDF, 48kB).

All Law School staff and doctoral students are welcome. This is a great opportunity to learn more about other scholars on-going research and potentially foster the creation of collaborative projects in the future.

Contact information

For more information, please contact the Law School Research Administrator t: 0117 39 40042 e: Suzanne Mills.

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