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Prof Sharon Cowan chairs author discussion on The Female Fear Factory as part of Edinburgh International Book Festival

Mon 6 September 2021

Sharon Cowan

Writers Pumla Dineo Gqola and Jacqueline Rose share their work with Professor Sharon Cowan, Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies at Edinburgh Law School, as she chairs a live dsccussion on 'Female Fear Factory: Gender and Patriarchy under Racial Capitalism' and 'On Violence and On Violence Against Women'.

The event took place on Thursday 26 August as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

There has recently been a marked increase in violence against women in many parts of the world, and the lockdowns have created a shadow pandemic of domestic violence, according to the UN. Pumla Dineo Gqola, one of South Africa’s best-respected scholars of gender and feminism joined Sharon Cowan for a discussion on the problem. Gqola is currently working on a new book, 'Female Fear Factory: Gender and Patriarchy under Racial Capitalism' which will be published early next year. ‘Patriarchy,’ Gqola has said, creates a ‘female fear factory’ which conspires to subjugate women.

Appearing alongside Gqola was celebrated critic Jacqueline Rose who has recently published an insightful study, 'On Violence and On Violence Against Women'. Tracking the multiple forms of today's violence – historic and intimate, public and private – as they spread throughout our social fabric, she offers a new and radically original account of violence in our time.

The event was followed by an author Q&A session, and Jacqueline Rose offered an in-person book signing on the Festival site.