WITCHES, WAGS & WIDEBOYS: NEGOTIATING PLACE GENDER & CLASS IN/THROUGH ESSEX
Anglia Ruskin University, Essex Business School and Essex County Council invite you to join us for an open discussion reflecting on what it means to 'be' Essex. The day will focus on various aspects of Essex Girl / Boy stereotype, considering experiences and implications of the taints of place, gender and class.
How does where we are from impact on how we relate to other people, and how others perceive us? In what ways does where we are from, how we talk, and how others represent us impact upon our social and working lives? These questions raise issues that many of us in the UK and Europe are thinking about at the moment. While regional caricatures abound, these kind of questions are particularly pertinent for people from Essex who for centuries, have been subject to a range of cultural stereotypes and apparently harmless humour. TOWIE, white van man, white stilettos, witches, WAGs, wideboys...these are just a few of the many associations of what it means to be from Essex.
With contributions from several academics and authors who all have a connection to Essex, this workshop aims to provide an opportunity for sharing experiences and perceptions, and for reflecting on the impact and wider implications of living and working with Essex stereotypes. We will particularly encourage discussion of how regional markers intersect with other aspects of identity and lived experience such as gender, social class, race and ethnicity in order to position 'Essex girls' especially in particular ways.
The format for the day will be: Presentations throughout the morning by academics and authors who have written about Essex stereotypes. Following lunch, a series of small, parallel discussion groups will focus on different themes emerging from the morning's discussions. The day will close with Q&A panel with our main speakers, and will encourage critical reflections on the questions and ideas emerging from the day.
Attendance is free and open to anyone, but numbers will be limited.
Please direct any enquiries to Melissa Tyler firstname.lastname@example.org
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