Book launch: Feminism, Postfeminism and Legal Theory: Beyond the Gendered Subject?

Date & time
4–5.30pm Wednesday 1 May 2019

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Rd, Acton

Dr Anne Macduff
Dr Dorota Anna Gozdecka


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Book launch
Dr Anne Macduff and Dr Dorota Anna Gozdecka

The term ‘Postfeminism’ sparks controversy and disagreement amongst legal thinkers.

In their new book Feminism, Post Feminism and Legal Theory: Beyond the Gendered Subject?’ co-editors Dr Dorota Gozdecka and Dr Anne Macduff engage with this debate to examine the idea of postfeminism and assess its contemporary relevance.

The book explores a range of questions including: Does postfeminism describe an age that follows modernism, an age where identity politics has realised its goals and feminism is no longer needed? Or does postfeminism describe the feminism of a postmodernist age where identity can mean anything at all? Or, differently again, does the term capture a ‘new feminism’ that discredits feminism and attempts to reshape its political consciousness? And what might the answers to these questions mean for law and legal theory, and a feminist politics of law reform?

This book was written to help busy feminists, lawyers and law reformers locate multiple paths through the chaos created by living in a postfeminist world.

The book will be formally launched by esteemed Professor Rosanne Kennedy, who will present the highlights captured by the book, in a conversation with contributors Professor Margaret Thornton, Dr Dorota Gozdecka and Dr Anne Macduff.

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  • Dr Anne Macduff »

    Drawing upon a range of critical theories, including feminist, postcolonial and queer theories, Anne Macduff's research explores how law devalues difference.

    She has a particular interest in exploring issues of law and identity, including race, gender and sexuality. For instance, Anne's PhD thesis challenges the claim that Australian citizenship law is neutral and inclusive, and argues that the current laws construct a particular racialized and gendered citizen subject. Anne's interest in critically examining the way law excludes certain identities includes other areas of law, including tenancy, public law and family law.

  • Dr Dorota Anna Gozdecka »

    Dorota Anna Gozdecka holds a PhD in legal theory from the University of Helsinki (2009) and was awarded the title of a Docent of Jurisprudence by the same university (2015).

    Her primary research area focuses on legal theoretical aspects related to the accommodation of cultural diversity and the intersections between law and the humanities. Her publications such as the Special Issue Identity, subjectivity and the access to the community of rights (Social Identities, Issue 4, 2015), the monograph Rights, Religious Pluralism and the Recognition of Difference: Off the Scales of Justice (Routledge, 2015) or the edited volume Europe at the Edge of Pluralism explore questions of otherness created by contemporary legal regimes.

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