Sociologist and writer
Conference : Does time have a gender?
Dr Meredith Nash is Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania in Australia. Her research focuses on gendered inequalities in everyday life. She is the author of Making Postmodern Mothers: Pregnant Embodiment, Baby Bumps, and Body Image (2012), editor of Reframing Reproduction: Conceiving Gendered Experiences (2014), and co-editor of Reading Lena Dunham’s Girls: Feminism, Postfeminism, Authenticity, and Gendered Performance in Contemporary Television (2017).
Paradigms of temporality and gendered identity are garnering renewed critical attention. Drawing on Kristeva’s germinal 1979 essay ‘Women’s Time’ (Les temps des femmes), this talk highlights the contributions of feminism to theories of temporality. Traversing contemporary and historical examples from biological clocks to #metoo to Newtonian physics, we broadly explore complex questions around the significance of time for feminist political and historical practice, the impact of time use on diverse gender and sexual identities, the relationship between time and gendered power, and the ways that time is measured and valued culturally.