St Hilda's Feminist Salon

The St Hilda's Feminist Salon is a space to bridge the gap between feminist theory and practice, and to discuss the complexities of feminism today. Historically, salons have been a force for women’s education and disseminating and debating progressive political ideas. Contemporary feminism is vibrant, challenging and riddled with conflicts.

At the twice-termly Feminist Salons, an invited guest host from feminist academia, art, or activism decides on the format. A range of exciting speakers from the cutting edge of feminist theory, art and activism are invited to host. Each salon is different and if you are unable to attend you can participate by sending in questions via twitter or facebook. Talks are recorded and can be listened to after the event.

On 9 March 2018, our Feminist Salon was organised in association with the St Hilda's MCR (Middle Common Room). Visiting student, Emma Bartel, managed the event. St Hilda's was honoured to welcome as guest host Eileen Myles, profilic poet, novelist, essayist, and screenwriter. Myles opened the salon with an extended reading from their new book, Afterglow; a memoir from the perspective of their dog Rosie. The discussant, Tigan Palmer, a recent  Oxford Masters student in English and American Studies, asked Myles a series of well-informed questions about their work. The salon was then opened to the audience, who asked a range of fascinating and complex questions. Myles was a brilliant host and answered every question in an unexpected and riveting way. The conversation continued over dinner with students who helped to organise the salon and some students of Myles' work. 

On Saturday 20 January 2018 the theme of the salon was “Women in Oxford” in partnership with Herstory. Speakers included Prof Patricia Daley, Rene Sharanya Verma, Dr Liz Woolley, and “Women in Oxford’s History” podcasters.

On 20 November 2017 the theme of the Salon was 'Rising Stars: Alternative Feminist Media'. Speakers included Ash Sarkar, Ray Filar, and Wail Qasim.

On Friday 20 October 2017, the Feminist Salon was hosted by Heather Widdows, John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham and author of Perfect Me! Beauty as an Ethical Ideal  (forthcoming with Princeton University Press), which was supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.

More past speakers have included:

Friday 15 June 2017, Jessica Lynn, an advocate and professional speaker for transgender rights and the co-founder and President of Your True Gender. This Salon was hosted in association with OUSU LGBTQ Campaign,

Friday 26 May 2017  Fatou Wurie, Co-founder of The Survivor Dream Project and President of Oxford Women in Politics

Wednesday 19 April 2017 Lisa Monchalin, Department of Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Friday 3 March 2017 – Mara Clarke and Speaking of IMELDA

Friday 27 January 2017  Sisters of Frida

Friday 25 November 2016 – Pragna Patel

Friday 21 October 2016 – Fatemeh Shams in conversation with Zuzanna Olszewska







Eileen Myles hosts St Hilda's Feminist Salon, 9 March 2018Eileen Myles hosts St Hilda's Feminist Salon, 9 March 2018Eileen Myles hosts St Hilda's Feminist Salon, 9 March 2018'Afterglow' by Eileen Myles