Upcoming Events

SPRING 2022

Upcoming Events

What She's Made Of: Celebrate Women change and gender equity through sports

Women in Sports.

May 23rd, 2022
5 p.m. EDT
Highmark Stadium @ 1 Bills Dr., Orchard Park, N.Y.

Join us to Celebrate Women driving societal change and gender equity through sports!

Connect and mingle over cocktails and hors d’oeurves, followed by a dynamic and inspirational panel of leaders in the sports field, all while taking in the striking stadium scenery. Stay for our delicious after party and great conversations in honor and support of the women and girls in our community.

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Hosted by WNY Women's Foundation.

JULIA KRISTEVA 'PRELUDE TO AN ETHICS OF THE FEMININE' - LECTURE

JULIA KRISTEVA.

May 26th, 2022
4 - 6 p.m. EST
Zoom

Join us for a virtual lecture from Julia Kristeva where she reads Freud’s two late texts on 'Feminine Sexuality' and 'Femininity' in dialogue with Civilisation and its Discontents, and issues a challenge to contemporary psychoanalysis: to take on board more fully and to develop what the founder of psychoanalysis analysed as a 'psychic bisexuality' that is more pronounced in women than in men.

Through her clinical experience as an analyst, Kristeva has uncovered what she calls a 'transformative femininity' which evolves according to the two phases through which a woman’s subjectification travels...

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Speakers

JULIA KRISTEVA, born in Bulgaria, has worked and lived in France since 1966. A writer and psychoanalyst, she is Emerita professor at Paris University, honorary and founding member of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society, as well as the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Canada and Europe where she regularly teaches.

JACQUELINE ROSE, is a professor of humanities, at Birkbeck Institute Of Humanities, as well as Co-director of Birkbeck Institute Of Humanities, and Co-director of the London Critical Theory Summer School.

FALL 2022 PREVIEW

SIGNATURE EVENT

Social Reproduction Theory Lecture Series

This double book launch will be an intergenerational  conversation on the past, present, and future of Social Reproductive Theory. Federici and Praznik will engage in a transgenerational feminist discussion to point out the relevance of social reproduction and the ways feminist interventions in this terrain provide alternatives to capitalist relations. 

Silvia Federici.

Silvia Federici        Author and American Activist

Thursday
September 22, 2022

Silvia Federici is one of the key figures among the group of feminists that spurred the new radical theorizing of social reproduction in the 1970s. In her keynote address, Federici will discuss the enduring relevance of social reproduction and how the theorizing of contradictions in this terrain are necessary for social movements dedicated to reorganizing everyday life and creating non-exploitative social relations.

About the Book: 

Silvia Federici Book.

At a time when we are witnessing a worldwide expansion of capitalist relations, a feminist rethinking of Marx’s work is vitally important. In Patriarchy of the Wage, Silvia Federici, bestselling author and the most important Marxist feminist of our era, asks why Marx's crucial analysis of the exploitation of human labor was blind to women’s work and struggle on the terrain of social reproduction. Why was Marx unable to anticipate the profound transformations in the proletarian family that took place at the turn of the nineteenth century creating a new patriarchal regime? Patriarchy of the Wage does more than just redefine classical Marxism. It is an urgent call for a new kind of radical politics.

To purchase Patriarchy of the Wage: Notes on Marx, Gender, and Feminism click here.

New Books New Feminist Directions

Katja Praznik
Author and Associate Profesor at the UB Arts Management Program

Katja Praznik.

Friday
September 23rd, 2022

Katja Praznik is the author of Art Work: Invisible Labour and the Legacy of Yugoslav Socialism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021). She teaches courses related to the political economy of the arts, cultural policy, and research in the field of arts management. Praznik holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana. Her work and research is dedicated to demystification of creativity as a form of labor and on historical and contemporary implementation of labor rights discourse and fair payment practices in the arts, cultural policy and arts management. She also focuses on the legacy of Yugoslav socialism, neoliberal destruction of the welfare state regimes as well as on issues of invisible labor and social reproduction. 

About the Book: 

Art Work Book.

In Art Work, Katja Praznik counters the Western understanding of art – as a passion for self-expression and an activity done out of love, without any concern for its financial aspects – and instead builds a case for understanding art as a form of invisible labour. Focusing on the experiences of art workers and the history of labour regulation in the arts in socialist Yugoslavia, Praznik helps elucidate the contradiction at the heart of artistic production and the origins of the mystification of art as labour.

This profoundly interdisciplinary book highlights the Yugoslav socialist model of culture as the blueprint for uncovering the interconnected aesthetic and economic mechanisms at work in the exploitation of artistic labour. It also shows the historical trajectory of how policies toward art and artistic labour changed by the end of the 1980s. Calling for a fundamental rethinking of the assumptions behind Western art and exploitative labour practices across the world, Art Work will be of interest to scholars in East European studies, art theory, and cultural policy, as well as to practicing artists.

To purchase Art Work: Invisible Labour and the Legacy of Yugoslav Socialism click here.

Feminist Research Directions: Nadine Shaanta Murshid

Nadine Shaanta Murshid.

Thursday, 12- 1:30 pm
October 6th, 2022
207 UB Commons

Nadine Shaanta Murshid PhD, Associate Professor at University at Buffalo's School of Social Work