A Feminist Politics of Ambivalence - Reading Emma Goldman
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Clare Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory at the Department of Gender Studies, LSE. Her areas of research specialism are feminist theory and sexuality studies, and in particular patterns of institutionalization of these fields in transnational as well as institutional contexts. She is particularly interested in how participants in these fields tell stories about their history as well as current form, and to explore how such stories resonate with (rather than against) more conservative agendas. She is concerned with the ways in which ideas travel (or do not) across geographical and temporal borders, and shift when considered from a queer and/or postcolonial perspective. Throughout her work she has been concerned with the relationship between nationalism, feminism and sexuality, and with form as well as theory. She is the author of Bisexual Spaces (2002); Why Stories Matter (2011) and Considering Emma Goldman (2018); as well as editor of special issues for Feminist Review (where she was a collective member for 10 years), Feminist Theory and Sexualities. Her current work is on scenes of gendered and sexual citizenship, and on archiving the struggles for knowledge of feminist journals.