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Second Tuesday: Julie Scanlon will be talking about her research into the 1976 Women’s Liberation Conference held in Ponteland.
January 9 @ 7:00 pm
In April, 1976, 1500 women from all around the country gathered in Ponteland for the 7th National Women’s Liberation Movement Conference. The conference was one of only 9 national WLM annual conferences. Little has been written about this conference, though it is felt by many to be where some of the splits in the WLM really started coming to the fore.
This talk explores the story of the conference. How did it come to be in Ponteland? What happened at it and how did it sit with the North East’s feminist activism at the time? The talk draws on archival research as well as interviews with women who helped organise and who attended the conference as well as the reporter who covered it for national feminist magazine Spare Rib. A chapter arising from this research has been published as ‘Feminist Perspectives: North East and National’, in Angela Smith, ed., Re-Reading Spare Rib (Palgrave, 2017).
Dr Julie Scanlon is interested in feminist activism and representations of gender and sexuality in contemporary culture and has published in these areas. She was an academic until May 2017, spending the last 12 years at Northumbria University, and is now pursuing her interests in social justice, gender equality and personal development beyond academia.