Life-writing, literature, popular culture.
Back in May we launched ‘We Are Feminists’ at the School of English, University of Sheffield — a series of blog posts, YouTube playlist and a Twitter hashtag designed to raise questions and open debate about the continuing importance of feminism in both the study of English and in our everyday lives.
So far we have released thirty individual ‘talking head’ videos and a ten-minute montage video of various staff and students explaining why they are a feminist. My first blog post over at the School of English explains how the project came about, and we have recently published a second blog post by Janine Bradbury — an inspiring account of black feminism.
We have been overwhelmed by the response. Within twenty-four hours the montage video had been viewed hundreds of times and the introductory blogpost had received more than 1000 hits! These viewing figures and blog hits continue to grow, and we have more posts and videos in the pipeline. One heartening outcome of the original video was the new wave of volunteers it prompted to get in touch, and amongst these volunteers were several undergraduate students. It’s great to see these students speaking so passionately on the topic and I hope their voices will inspire others.