[SydPhil] CAVE Event: Yvette Russell Masterclass on Feminist Philosophy, 5 November, Tues, Macquarie University

Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics arts.cave at mq.edu.au
Thu Oct 10 15:39:32 AEDT 2019

The Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics presents


When: 5 November 2019, Tuesday, 10am-1pm
Where: Room 501, 6 First Walk, Macquarie University
Register here:  https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/5ZQYCjZrzqHvRqGRUW218u?domain=events.mq.edu.au

This is a special opportunity for Higher Degree Research scholars to work directly with Dr Yvette Russell, Senior Lecturer in Law and Feminist Theory at the University of Bristol Law School.

As part of her visit to Macquarie University as a guest of the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics, Dr Russell will be sharing her research on sexual violence and methods of feminist philosophy and legal theory including Indigenous perspectives. HDR students will be able to discuss their own research projects with Dr Russell, receive specific feedback, and share their ideas with emerging scholars working on issues related to their projects.

Prior to the masterclass, Dr Russell’s new article, ‘Theorizing Feminist Anti-Rape Praxis and the Problem of Resistance’, will be circulated for students to read and prepare comments and questions for discussion with Dr Russell and other HDR scholars.

In this article, Dr Russell argues that "the prevention of and resistance to rape is not just about prohibitive laws that fix the iteration of the sex act and of sexed bodies, nor is it about the reconstitution of women’s bodies as ready to fight off rape. Drawing on the work of Māori feminist scholars I argue that feminist anti-rape scholarship must look beyond the act of rape as its point of departure for resisting praxis and instead orientate itself around radical ontologies of sexuate being that offer an alternative to those through which rape culture currently proliferates" (Russell 2019).

This is a small group event and spaces are limited ‑ register now to secure your place.

Please note that this event includes the discussion of sexual violence.

Speaker bio: Dr Yvette Russell is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Feminist Theory at the University of Bristol Law School. Her research is interdisciplinary and spans the broad areas of criminal law and feminist philosophy and psychoanalysis. She has published widely in feminist, philosophical and critical legal journals on feminist theory, rape law and legal discourse. She was the 2017 recipient of the Penny Pether Law and Language Scholarship Award for her article ‘Woman’s Voice/Law’s Logos: The Rape Trial and the Limits of Liberal Reform.’ (2016) 42(2) Australian Feminist Law Journal 273-296. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the international law journal Feminist Legal Studies and the author (with Joanne Conaghan) of Sexual History Evidence in Rape Trials: A Multidisciplinary Critique, forthcoming with Bristol University Press. For more information, see her staff biography.

See you there!


Dr. Yves Aquino, MD, PhD
Research Centre Administrator, Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics
Teaching Staff, MQ Department of Philosophy

Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
CAVE website: mq.edu.au/cave<http://cave.mq.edu.au>

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