On Friday the 27th of April, the PSA Women and Politics specialist group co-sponsored the one day conference ‘At the Intersections’. Organised with the PSA’s Early Career Network, and the British Sociological Association’s Race and Ethnicity Specialist Group, the event brought together academics working on intersectional politics from up and down the UK.
We were also joined by several practitioners to talk about their work drawing attention to intersectional issues. Azmina Dhrodia is a Researcher on Technology and Human Rights from Amnesty International. She presented Amnesty’s recent report ‘#Toxic Twitter: A toxic place for women‘, which detailed the shocking abuse that women in the public eye experience in online forums. She highlighted in particular the horrific abuse suffered by Diane Abbott MP, the first black female MP, who is regularly subjected to racist and sexist abuse via her Twitter feed.
We also welcomed Dr Sarah Marie Hall from the University of Manchester and the Women’s Budget Group, and Kimberly McIntosh from the Runnymede Trust, who presented their report ‘Intersecting Inequalities‘. Their research has shown that BME women have been disproportionately hit hardest by the UK government’s austerity agenda of recent years.
We rounded off the day with a keynote speech from Professor Akwugo Emejulu, who presented forthcoming work on how the meaning of intersectionality is changing and mutating as it is further incorporated within dominant academic feminist discourse. It made for a thought-provoking end to a great day, and we hope that the discussions and the links forged at this short conference will be fruitful for all who came.