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S A L O N -LONDON presents Whose voice is it anyway? Feminist Inclusivity in Practice and Theory

  • St Katharine's Precinct, Yurt Salon 2 Butcher Row London, England, E14 8DS United Kingdom (map)

Whose voice is it anyway? Feminist Inclusivity in Practice and Theory features a diverse, interdisciplinary panel of writers and academics whose work engages with the intersectionaiity of feminist theory and practice. Our four speakers - Eleanor Perry, Linda Stupart, Isabel Waidner, and Nala Xaba - will consider how inclusive feminism is, whether and how it should be inclusive, and how their own work challenges, transgresses, problematises, experiments and interacts with feminism. The evening, which focuses on three of S A L O N's key pillars: Solidarity, Activism and Language, will consider especially the following questions. 

How does the experimental and innovative writing and readings of works engage with present forms of feminism?

How do these forms of writing challenge, resist, and actively reshape feminist practice?

Attendance is free, but as space is limited we do request that you register for a ticket here


Eleanor Perry’s poetry publications include Of Parasites & Proximities (Contraband Books, 2017); Meat ∙ Volt ∙ Interruption (Oystercatcher, 2015); and Venusberg (Veer Books, 2015). She has written on inarticulacy and resistance in the work of Maggie O’Sullivan; on Claudia Rankine’s body of poetry; and is currently finishing a monograph on the gendered binaries and hierarchies of elegy and its scholarship. She co-edits the online poetry zine DATABLEED with Juha Virtanen and teaches at University of Kent.

Linda Stupart is an artist, writer, and educator from Cape Town, South Africa, completing their PhD in 2016 in the Art Department at Goldsmiths College with a project engaged in new considerations of objectification and abjection. Their current work engages with queer theory, science fiction, environmental crises, magic, language, desire, and revenge. They had a solo show at Arcadia Missa in March 2016, A Dead Writer Exists in Words and Language is a Type of Virus and recently launched their debut novella, Virus, also at Arcadia Missa. Their work has been the focus of two solo exhibitions in Cape Town and has also recently been shown/performed at Matt’s Gallery, Tate, The Showroom, a.m. gallery, the ICA, Gasworks, and Guest Projects in London. In 2017 they curated DEEP ANGER TRUE LOVE TENDER CARE at The Horse Hospital. Stupart has taught at the University of Cape Town, Goldsmiths, Camberwell Arts College, London College of Communication, and University of Reading. They have worked as workshop artist in education teams at South London Gallery, Battersea Arts Centre and Tate Galleries. Stupart is currently working with Tate Schools and Teachers on an in-schools resource using art to talk about gender.

Isabel Waidner is a writer and cultural theorist. Her books include Gaudy Bauble (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017) and Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Literature (ed., Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018). Gaudy Bauble was described as a "beguiling, hilarious, rollocking and language-metamorphosing novel" by writer and critic Olivia Laing. It was shortlisted for the TLS-sponsored Republic of Consciousness Prize for innovative fiction in 2018. Waidner's articles and short fictions have appeared in journals including 3:AM, Berfrois, Configurations, The Happy Hypocrite, The Quietus and Minor Literature[s]. As part of the indie band Klang, Waidner released records on UK labels Rough Trade (2003) and Blast First (2004). She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Roehampton University in London.

Nala Xaba is an artist and curator from Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently completing an MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy at Goldsmiths College, as a Chevening Fellow. Her work has attempted to engage questions of the body and the healing potentiality of alternative inter-modal translations and readings of our experiences. While studying at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Nala assistant-curated Moses Tladi Unearthed, in September 2015 at the IZIKO National Gallery and curated her own Memories in Motion: Metaphors in the Archives of Dance and Trauma, in November of the same year. While serving as editing coordinator at pan-Africanist platform Chimurenga, from 2016-2017, she was awarded the Institute of Creative Arts' (ICA) Live Art Fellowship; and made up part of the main cast of feminist webseries, The Foxy Five. Her current work works through phenomenology and embodiment studies to explore narratologies of folk lore, conspiracy and rumour; in pursuit of reimagined conceptions of collective will and desire.

The event is organised by S A L O N curators Isabelle Coy-Dibley and Genna Gardini who wish to foreground S A L O N as a feminist environment for bringing about change by finding new forms of feminist kinship. They see this event as interrogating S A L O N’s assertion that 'Experimental, multi-modal, transgender and multi-lingual languages are emerging as linguistic forms for inscribing voiceless narratives of those excluded and marginalised.'

S A L O N - LONDON is directed by Georgina Colby and Susan Rudy. This event has been made possible with the support of the Centre for Poetry and the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London, the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture and the School of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster, and through space and support provided by St. Katharine's Precinct