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David N. Lyon Speaker Series: “Unconditional Equals” – Professor Anne Phillips

This event is part of the Inaugural 2022 David N. Lyon Speaker Series on “The Politics of Sex and Gender Equality in Diverse Societies”.

The speaker at this event will be Professor Anne Phillips.

Anne Phillips is the Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government. She joined the LSE in 1999 as Professor of Gender Theory, and was Director of the Gender Institute until September 2004. She subsequently moved to a joint appointment between the Gender Institute and Government Department, and later to a sole appointment in Government.

She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003 and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2013. She holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Aalborg and Bristol, and in 2016 received the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. Her most influential work is The Politics of Presence: the Political Representation of Gender, Race, and Culture (1995). As well as engaging with issues of democracy and representation, she has addressed the relationship between equality and difference; the uneasy relationship between feminism and liberalism, feminism and multiculturalism; and the dangers in regarding the body as property. In recent work, she has returned to a research theme of her PhD thesis (published as The Enigma of Colonialism) to pursue the challenges of thinking about political theory beyond the Euro-American axis. She has just published her new book, Unconditional Equals.

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