Pragya Agarwal in conversation with Lisa Williams
How have gender norms defined how we feel? Join Pragya Agarwal as she explores the internalisation of society's expectations - and how we can break free.
In The Utzon Room | Unreserved Seating | Talks & Ideas
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This talk runs for approximately 60 minutes (no interval)
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Suitable for all ages
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“It is not our biology but how we are socialised in the culture around us that determines how we express emotions.”
The New Statesman
Exploding the myth of gendered feelings
Bittersweet melancholy, fiery rage, effervescent joy - emotions are a quintessential human experience. But from ancient times to today, social norms have limited our capacity to feel. Whether it's by being told to smile, having anger punished, or being called hysterical, women have been refused a full emotional spectrum. And toxic masculinity leaves men faring no better.
In her latest book Hysterical, Pragya Agarwal dives deep into the history and science of gendered and racialised emotions. Are there really innate differences between male and female emotions? What impact does this idea have, and how has it been used to justify the subjugation of women? Together we'll imagine how to build communities that allow us to feel emotions in their fullness, beyond gender.
Presented by Sydney Opera House
Dr Pragya Agarwal (she/her) is a professor of social inequities, behavioural and data scientist, founder of a research think-tank investigating gender inequities, and author of four widely acclaimed non-fiction books for adults on racism, gender bias and motherhood, and a picture book for raising non-racist children. Her writing has also appeared in places such as The Guardian, The Independent, New Scientist, Scientific American, Literary Hub, and her essay 'Mother Tongue' was recently nominated as 'best of net' by The Florida Review. Pragya was selected as a 'creative thinker' for innovative research by Nesta and awarded the Transmission Prize for ‘making complex scientific ideas accessible.’ She has also been nominated as one of 50 people creating change in the ‘India-UK’ corridor, and one of 100 leading women in social enterprise in the UK. Pragya is a fellow of Royal Society of Arts and Royal Geographical Society.
Lisa A. Williams (she/her) is a social psychologist and Associate Professor at UNSW Sydney, whose research explores how emotions shape and are shaped by social processes. Her current research projects address emotional experience in the context of close relationships, prosocial behaviour, and blood donation. She is an advocate for gender equity—particularly in STEM—and currently serves as Associate Dean of Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the UNSW Faculty of Science.
Catch the livestream
A selection of ten talks at All About Women will be livestreamed from our stages in 2023, meaning you can catch keynote talks from Bikini Kill, Jennette McCurdy, Grace Tame and so many more even if you can't make it to the House on the day.
There's so much more...
Join Pragya Agarwal & Karen Williams as they discuss how the feeling of shame is provoked, the ways it is gendered, and what we can do to erode its power.
opening night gala
fatima bhutto, gelareh pour, germaine acogny, clare bowditch, eryn jean norvill & jannawi dance clan. hosted by: clare bowditch
All About Women opens the festival with an inspiring evening of storytelling, poetry, dance and music celebrating the extraordinary strength of women and gender-diverse people fighting for justice around the world.
BINDI BOSSES are bold, proud, empowered and free to express and celebrate their cultural identity.This wonderful dance workshop for ages 8+ will be like nothing you've experienced before. Come have a boogie!
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