The Woman Shaping the World podcast questions the links between feminism and culture in France and in the UK. How do culture and pop culture influence political and social change? How do artists, authors, filmmakers, and theatre directors integrate feminist issues into their work?
France has a long history of feminism. In the wake of the Second World War, it was at the forefront of what is now called the Second Wave of Feminism, with influential intellectuals and politicians such as Simone de Beauvoir or Simone Weil. Since then, feminism has evolved a lot, especially in the UK and the US, but we are still far from full equity.
Each month, we invite two influential voices to discuss the intricate links between feminist topics and culture, and hopefully pave the way to a better understanding of the issues at stake.
Episode 6 – A Place of One’s Own with Alice Vincent & Lauren Elkin
Alice Vincent is an arts journalist. A self-taught gardener, she has learned how to grow plants to eat, admire and enjoy both inside and out, and maintains that limited experience and space shouldn’t stop anyone from growing things. For the past years Alice has been documenting her plant adventures on Instagram as @noughticulture and keeping a column on urban and rookie gardening for The Telegraph.
Lauren Elkin is a Franco-American writer and translator. She recently published No. 91/92: Notes on a Parisian Commute (Les Fugitives, 2021), a love letter to Paris written in iPhone notes on the bus, and translated in English Simone de Beauvoir’s never published novel The Inseparables (Vintage Classics, 2021). Her next book, Art Monsters: On Beauty and Excess, will argue for an aesthetics of monstrosity uniting the work of feminist artists and writers over the last century (Chatto & Windus/FSG).
Hosted by Clémence Rebourg (Institut français)
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