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[Re-]Imagining the Family, Loughborough Edition


On Wednesday, 12 February 2020, from 2pm to 4pm, Sophia Kier-Byfield and Tom Nys will organise a collective reading group session in the framework of the PPRG’s  Re-imagining Citizenship Activity Book project. This event will take place in room 63.1.08 of the Edward Barnsley Building.

As a response to the handbook, Tom and Sophia set up two reading group sessions at the Palazzo Mora in Venice, in the margins of the biennial. In a similar fashion, also addressing one of the two main themes there, they would like to bring the concept to our academic home base of Loughborough University.

Under the title of “[Re-]Imagining the Family: Forms, Values, Planning and Alternatives”, the reading group session will deal with the role of the traditional family in contemporary politics. Together we will read Chapter 10 from “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” by bell hooks. Even though this text was originally published in 1984, Tom and Sophia believe it is still extremely relevant in regard of current ideals, values and norms about what constitutes a family, and that it will instigate fruitful discussions.

No prior knowledge is required and the texts well be accessible at the event. There is no pressure to read anything beforehand. The intention is to both read and discuss together on the day.