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SUBJECT: Noted sociologist to visit and lecture at Memorial University
DATE: Jan. 26, 2004

Note to editors:

Liz Stanley, who currently holds a research chair in sociology at the University of Newcastle, will deliver a number of lectures at Memorial in February, including the 2004 Henrietta Harvey Lecture.

Dr. Stanley previously was chair of sociology at the University of Manchester in the UK, and has been editor of Women's Studies International Forum, Sociology, Auto/Biography and founding editor of Sociological Research Online.

Among her best known books are (with Sue Wise) Breaking Out: Feminist Consciousness and Feminist Research (1983); Breaking Out Again: Feminist Ontology and Epistemology (1993); The Auto/Biographical I (1992); Feminist Praxis (1990). She has lived in New Zealand and post-1994 South Africa, in the latter case for an extensive period.

Her main academic interests are concerned with grounded explorations of epistemological matters, particularly regarding knowledge-claims about the past, concerning the relationship between biography and social structure, and in relation to cross-cultural comparisons. Prof. Stanley will give the following public presentations: Tuesday, Feb. 3: The Henrietta Harvey Lecture, titled From the Perimeter of Memorial Spaces: Post-memory, Land Acts and Public Commemoration of the Concentration Camps of the South African War. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald Cook Recital Hall, and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the foyer. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, she will deliver a lecture titled Mourning Becomes: Boer Women and the Political Mythology of Afrikanerdom, in room SN-2105 (To be confirmed) at 12 p.m., followed by coffee and donuts. This seminar is aimed principally at students in arts but all are welcome. On Thursday, Feb. 5, she will talk on The Method of the Life We All Lead: Sociological Thoughts on Olive Schreiner's Social Theory. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. in the Genesis Room, Spencer Hall, followed by coffee. This seminar is aimed at faculty, especially Arts faculty but all are welcome. Finally, on Friday, Feb. 6, Prof. Stanley will present a lecture titled Feminist Theory Without Bounds - or a Theory That Refuses to Know its Place. The lecture begins at 3 p.m. in the Sally Davis Room (SN-4087), located in the Science Building. This is part of the Women's Studies Speakers Series and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Media agencies are welcome to send representatives to all four lectures.

Henrietta Harvey was a Nova Scotian who came to Newfoundland in 1905 to visit her aunt, Lady Whiteway, the wife of Newfoundland's prime minister. A year later she settled in St. John's as the wife of St. John's businessman John Harvey. When she died, in 1964, her will directed a substantial portion of her estate to Memorial University.

The Henrietta Harvey lectureship is possible in any year where there are funds left over from the funding of the Henrietta Harvey research chair, the primary purpose of the endowment fund left by Ms. Harvey. In 1970 a building on the St. John's campus -- then the home of the library - was named for her. Nominations for the lectureship are made by university departments, and lecturers must be senior academics in the humanities or social sciences discipline and be from outside Memorial University. In addition to at least one public lecture, visiting academics are expected to contribute to seminars and lectures of the sponsoring department.

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