Berlin Fashion Matters: Young Women Self Employment and New Social Enterprise
A lecture given by Professor Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths University of London) at Concordia University on Friday, November 1st, 2013. Organized by Dr Norma Rantisi (Geography, Planning and Environment) and Dr Matt Soar (Communication Studies).
This lecture offers a multiple set of perspectives on the Berlin fashion start-up scene, with particular reference to young women’s self employment strategies, the politics of urban space and the birth of a new fashion imagination through social enterprise.
Camera and editing: Jackie Gallant
BIOGRAPHY: Angela McRobbie began her academic career in the mid 1970s at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham under the directorship of Stuart Hall. Her thesis on Jackie magazine was published, re-printed and translated into several languages. She is the author of books and articles on young women and popular culture, youth culture, the working lives of UK fashion designers, the sociology of the new creative economy, and feminist theory in the context of contemporary neoliberalism. Her most recent journal article is titled ‘Feminism, the Family and the New ‘Mediated’ Maternalism’. She published The Aftermath of Feminism in 2008,(the German edition, published in 2010, is a best seller) and she is currently completing Be Creative? Making a Living in the New Culture Industries (Polity 2014). McRobbie is a participant in the £5m AHRC CREAte Grant: she is investigating copyright and IP issues for young fashion designers in Berlin, Milan, Paris and London. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour and the Guardian newspaper. McRobbie is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths University of London.
SPONSORS: Adventures in Research-Creation (ARC); Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies; Canada Research Chair in Game Studies & Design; Concordia University Research Chair in Communication Studies; Department of Communication Studies; Department of Geography, Planning & Environment; GEOGRADs; “Media and Urban Life” Research Project; Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies; “Place-based Determinants of Creativity” Research Project; Rae Staseson: The Land Project; Simone de Beauvoir Institute; Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, McGill University; UQAM Réseau québécois en études féministes (RéQEF)