University of Strathclyde Feminist Reading Group Meeting Friday 17th May
The next meeting of the University of Strathclyde Feminist Reading Group will take place on Friday 17th May 1pm-3pm in Lord Hope 211 a/b.
The next meeting of the University of Strathclyde Feminist Reading Group will take place on Friday 17th May 1pm-3pm in Lord Hope 211a/b.
All University of Strathclyde students and staff are very welcome to join us. Please feel free to bring your lunch along!
At this meeting we will be discussing Prostitution and Ways of Fighting It by Alexandra Kollontai https://www.marxists.org/archive/kollonta/1921/prostitution.htm?fbclid=IwAR37ZDtB6dXL1VGgqvT4VIG4zOujXfwn9NVA5SbJaI8cYzSMsIpdW43i-U4
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TRIGGER WARNINGS - PLEASE READ
As you would expect, a feminist reading group often involves dealing with many issues which might prove triggering to survivors of trauma. Given the interdisciplinary, group-based nature of our meetings, it is not always possible to provide trigger warnings. This is because we are unable to anticipate members' contributions, and also because we recognise and acknowledge that we are unable to anticipate the diversity of materials which may be triggering for survivors of trauma.
For recurring issues likely to impact on your ability to engage safely with any of our readings, we recommend speaking to the Disability Service to find out if there are other forms of support and adjustment available that may enble you to take part in group meetings (https://www.strath.ac.uk/disabilityservice/). Details about the Student Counselling Service can be accessed here: https://www.strath.ac.uk/studentcounselling/. For issues relating to sexual violence specifically, Strathclyde hosts a drop-in service staffed by Rape Crisis on Friday mornings between 10.30am-12.30pm (https://www.strath.ac.uk/studentcounselling/rc/). For gender-based violence more broadly, the University's Equally Safe in Higher Education project website has useful resources including links to external local support and advocacy organisations (https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/schoolofsocialworksocialpolicy/equallysafeinhighereducation/).
Please remember that Feminist Reading Group meetings are learning spaces populated with students and staff from diverse backgrounds, experiences and knowledge bases. We have to be able to ask questions, try out ideas and make 'mistakes' as part of that process. We also need to think about why we disagree and be willing to challenge our own assumptions, privileges and prejudices: of course feminists, like any other group, do not agree on everything!
Debates about trigger warnings, as well as around offense and silencing, are very live ones in feminist learning and teaching as well as in more popular forums. One particularly useful resource for this is the feminist journal Signswhich has an article by Jack Halberstam along with a digital archive of writings and resources on trigger warnings which you can access free of charge here: http://signsjournal.org/currents-trigger-warnings/. Focusing more specifically on language, there are also some thought-provoking pieces in Trouble & Strife- available free here: www.troubleandstrife.org(Debbie Cameron's "Minding Our Language" from October 2014, and Emma Stonebridge's "We need to talk about process" from November 2014 are particularly useful).
We hope you find these resources useful, and always welcome your thoughts and comments about whether our approach to trigger wanrings is sufficient and appropriate.