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'Women in Dark Times': Professor Jacqueline Rose 'in-conversation' with Professor Juliet Mitchell

Public Talk
When Dec 03, 2014
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Palmerston Room, St John's College, St John's Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TP - 5 pm to 6.30 pm
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Contact Phone 01223 335395
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Professor Jacqueline Rose
Photo by Jonathan Ring


Professor Jacqueline Rose, Professor of Humanities, The Institute of Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, is the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor for Michaelmas 2014.

She will be discussing her latest book, Women in Dark Times, with Professor Juliet Mitchell, Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalysis, University of Cambridge, at 5 pm on Wednesday 3 December 2014 in St John's College.

Free entrance and drinks reception. All welcome.

"Jacqueline Rose's new book begins with three remarkable women: revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg; German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, persecuted by family tragedy and Nazism; film icon and consummate performer Marilyn Monroe. Together these women have a shared story to tell, as they blaze a trail across some of the most dramatic events of the last century - revolution, totalitarianism, the American dream. Enraged by injustice, they are each in touch with what is most painful about being human, bound together by their willingness to bring the unspeakable to light. Taking the argument into the present are today's women, courageous individuals involved in some of the cruellest realities of our times. Grappling with the reality of honour killing - notably through the stories of Shafilea Ahmed, Fadime Sahindal and Heshu Yones - Rose argues that the work of feminism is far from done. In the final three chapters, she celebrates the work of three brilliant contemporary artists - Esther Shalev-Gerz, Yael Bartana and Thérèse Oulton - whose work grows out of an unflinching engagement with all that is darkest in the modern world. Women in Dark Times shows us how these visionary women offer a new template for feminism. Taking their stand against the iniquities of our times, they tread a path between public and private pain, confronting us with what we need most urgently, but also often, cannot bear to see." Amazon