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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 519: Foremothers: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Women's Classical Committee (UK) / Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Organiser:Victoria Leonard, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Victoria Leonard, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London

This round table discussion brings together women academics from a range of career stages and backgrounds to discuss our foremothers. When we look up, who do we see? How does the intersection of gender, race, class, and elitism determine our perceptions of foremothers and who gets to see them? Visibility, the silencing of women, the 'leaky pipeline', and the shrinking pyramid of seniority are central issues facing women in the academy today; how can we be it if we can't see it? This round table addresses the issue of care in the academy, asking how stereotyping determines women's professional lives. Finally the round table questions what challenges and priorities face the younger generation today, and how we can mobilise our foremothers, historical and contemporary, to support this generation, without pulling up the ladder.

Participants include Cordelia Beattie (University of Edinburgh), Kate Cooper (Royal Holloway, University of London), Bronach Kane (Cardiff University), Katherine J. Lewis (University of Huddersfield), Roberta Magnani (Swansea University), Linda E. Mitchell (University of Missouri, Kansas City), and Sukanya Raisharma (University of Oxford).