What is feminism?
6th February 2020
Table Talks is a talk and dine supperclub series featuring 4 ladies discussing their work and presenting one topic of discussion for each course. The events are open to all genders and won't necessarily discuss female issues but mostly general topics of current interest. We just want to put forward some amazing ladies to lead these talks!
4 course meal + a welcome cocktail
Wine will be available to purchase on the night
This event's theme is more of a question: What is feminism? The Oxford dictionary's definition is "the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes." But simply searching on Google you can find multiple types of feminism: liberal feminism, radical feminism, eco-feminism, Marxist and socialist feminism and cultural feminism, but also black feminism and intersectional feminism. How has this evolved since the term first emerged in the late 1800s? Also note that Charles Fourier, a utopian socialist and French philosopher, is credited for establishing the term "féminisme" in 1837. Furthermore, we talk about 4 waves of feminism: the first starting with the suffragettes in the early 20th century promoting the right to vote for women, the second began in the 1960s in favour of social and legal equality for women, the third was focused on individuality and diversity in the 1990s and finally the fourth wave started around 2012 with social media being a core element for raising awareness about sexual harassment and violence against women, also known as the "Me Too" movement. But how do we each individually define feminism? What does it mean to you? Let's meet 4 lovely ladies who will each share their point of view and how it relates to their work or passion.
We are partnering with a funky space: Make Town in Hackney (a few mins walk from Hackney Central Overground). This lovely space is a textiles & craft studio and most importantly "a central hive of buzzing creativity, focused on inspiring and guiding you through your personal journey of making."
Mathilde Vasseur is a Design and Lifestyle trend researcher at Samsung Electronics, who also used to be part of a burlesque dance company. She'll talk about how this made her feel and why she thinks it can help with how we feel about our bodies.
Instagram: @mathildeditoui (video in her bio is of her last performance)
Marie Dalle is the creative content producer for international ocean charity Project Zero. She graduated in 2019 from the Royal College of Art with a research thesis exploring the use of Internet in contemporary political propaganda. She will be talking about the practice of feminism on the Internet.
Nicole Chui is a freelance embroidery artist, designer & creative based in London. Her use of hand embroidery is messy, brash and disruptive. Through her streams of work, she aims to provide platforms for under-represented communities. In 2019 she was named one of the future faces under 25 by the Evening Standard. She will be talking about how her relationship with sisters has influenced her art, approach to collaboration, and her relationship with feminism.
Maud de Rohan Willner is the founder of Salty Studio and she will lead a mini food meditation session during the evening to take our minds back to our bodies and focus on the present moment. The media is so influential and omnipresent in today's world, and can sometimes mislead us on important topics such as feminism & equality. This food meditation session will help us focus on what is in front of us and the physical reality.