15 November 2012 – Women in the twilight zone

Women in the twilight zone: abjection, female horror and crime in mafia discourses

Dr Stavroula Pipyrou

ABSTRACT: Within contemporary mafia discourses male crimes of passion such as corporeal punishment, facial mutilation and murder remain frequent. Female love crimes instead, are unusual and thus conveyed with discomfort. This presentation focuses on rare narratives of female crimes of passion to argue that the uneasiness and horror these narratives produce are not directed toward the female perpetrator.
Gender studies in Italy have fashioned an analysis based on dichotomies which mask rather than reveal the complexity of gendered discourses. I will argue that the terror involved in female love crimes do not signify the abjectness of the female within mafia. It rather articulates a holistic and lawful discourse of being in the world. This discourse requires a careful examination of the work that gendered images perform in creating the mafia subject. Bringing crisis to the whole gender discourse, female love crime unsettles presumably clear-cut identifications of gender.

The talk will take place between 1 and 3 in ER152. It will be preceded by an informal lunch, organised by Sylvie Gambaudo. During lunch, Stavroula and Sylvie will discuss a new project entitled ‘Women Beyond the Pale‘, which invites scholars from different disciplines to reflect on the theme. If you want to know more, please e-mail sylvie.gambaudo@durham.ac.uk

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Calendar of events

Wednesday 02 July 2012 – Academia and Political Involvement – Marriot Hotel @ 13.00

November – Jo Brewis & Kat Riach – Holgate Conf Room, Grey College @ 16.45

15 November 2012 – Dr Stavroula Pipyrou (University of St Andrew’s)
Women in the twilight zone: abjection, female horror and crime in mafia discourses
 
ABSTRACT: Within contemporary mafia discourses male crimes of passion such as corporeal punishment, facial mutilation and murder remain frequent. Female love crimes instead, are unusual and thus conveyed with discomfort. This presentation focuses on rare narratives of female crimes of passion to argue that the uneasiness and horror these narratives produce are not directed toward the female perpetrator.
 
Gender studies in Italy have fashioned an analysis based on dichotomies which mask rather than reveal the complexity of gendered discourses. I will argue that the terror involved in female love crimes do not signify the abjectness of the female within mafia. It rather articulates a holistic and lawful discourse of being in the world. This discourse requires a careful examination of the work that gendered images perform in creating the mafia subject. Bringing crisis to the whole gender discourse, female love crime unsettles presumably clear-cut identifications of gender.
 
The talk will take place between 1 and 3 (venue to be announced). It will be preceded by an informal lunch, organised by Sylvie Gambaudo. During lunch, Stavroula and Sylvie will discuss a new project entitled ‘Women Beyond the Pale’, which invites scholars from different disciplines to reflect on the theme. If you want to know more, please e-mail sylvie.gambaudo@durham.ac.uk

Monday 03 December 2012 – Impact and CSGS organised by Sylvie Gambaudo (Philosophy) and Eric Baumgartner (Sociology)

Following our first meeting during the Summer, we are looking to continue our discussions about impact in CSGS. The aim will be to produce an ‘Impact Document’ that will reflect the interdisciplinary needs of the Centre and state what our aspirations might be.
We hope the drafting of the Impact Document will facilitate discussions about interdisciplinarity, about CSGS impact, its potential but also its limitations. 
If you are interested in taking part in this project, please, e-mail sylvie.gambaudo@durham.ac.uk 
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Newcastle Pride -tomorrow

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Women Against the Pit Closures

Film screening Women Against the Pit Closures followed by a talk by Florence Anderson, key organiser of women’s activism during the 1984-5 strike 

The event is free and will start at 6.30, before the Miners’ Gala on Friday 13 July. 

For more information and bookings, e-mail info@peoplesbookshop.co.uk or phone 0191 384 4399.

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CFP – Young Sexualities Interdisciplinary PG Conference

The Young Sexualities Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

17 September 2012 

Cardiff University

For details click here: YS Conf CFP final

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Update on Jo Brewis/Kat Riach talk

Abstract: Jo Brewis and Kat Riach will present a theory of gendered transitions in professionals’ narratives of growing up. In the transition from adolescence to adulthood, the labour market has been cited as a key influence on individual trajectories, both on a macro level, with economic conditions often affecting educational or employment opportunities, and at a local level where employment experiences are shown to shape attitudes, beliefs and aspirations. It is therefore surprising that as yet organizational life itself has yet to be understood through the gendering effects of transitional symbols or rituals associated with ‘becoming adult’. Their paper explores how traditional conceptions of growing up inform the trajectories of both men and women in the UK financial industry through an in-depth case study of a hedge fund company. They argue that developing the concept of ‘adulting’ as a socio-cultural phenomenon demonstrates the pervasiveness of gender scripts infiltrating various facets of working life which in their turn influence career expectations, pathways and possibilities.

Places are limited to 100 for this event so book early!

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