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Ann Oakley Chrystal Macmillan Lecture

Ann Oakley Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Ann Oakley, distinguished sociologist, feminist and writer, will be giving the annual Chrystal Macmillan Lecture on 29th November 2012.

The title of Ann's Lecture is "The Invention of Gender: Social Facts and Imagined Worlds" Abstract:  The topic of this lecture is gender, social justice and forms of writing.  Ann Oakley looks back at the introduction of gender as a conceptual tool in social science, and at its birth in another discipline - that of science fiction - around the same time.  She explores the reasons why the invention of gender was necessary in both these genres and who was responsible.  Using examples from her own work on childbirth, methodology and masculinity as a policy issue, she considers different ways of writing about gender and what each has to offer in terms of understanding the most pressing social issues of our time.  Her argument is that gender equality constitutes a limited vision of our human capacity for constructing a more comfortable and less destructive world.The lecture will be held in St Cecilia's Music Hall at 6pm on 29th November 2012 with a private reception (by invitation only) afterwards in the Laigh Room. 

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