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Deborah Withers is an independent theorist, researcher and trustee of the Bristol-based Feminist Archive South.
Acknowledgements / Introduction / 1. Feminism’s Already-There? / 2. Feminist Knowledge Formation and the Already-There / 3. Generation and Conflict / 4. Intangible Cultural Heritage, Transmission and Alternative Traditions / 5. Digital Technologies, Transmission and Long Circuits / 6. Digital Archives of Process / 7. Orientation within. Already-There / Bibliography / Index
A substantial, judicious, and highly effective mobilisation of key tenets of Stiegler’s work pertaining to memory, technology, and cultural transmission. Withers develops a cogent political reformulation of questions of memory, heritage, and archival matters of preservation and access in the digital age in this book project. Her use of Stiegler is central to this, and indeed represents an important introduction to his philosophical critique of the digital mediated world to an area where his ideas have particular relevance but are under-represented.— Patrick Crogan, Associate Professor of Digital Cultures, University of the West of England
Following in the footsteps of other recent studies on feminism’s ‘already-there’, Deborah Withers’ focus on the music archives of the WLM provides a vivid and compelling illustration of what this means in practice, as well as extending its theoretical implications through her astute re-imagining of transmission and digitalisation. Highly recommended.— Lynne Pearce, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University
With astute theoretical insight, oral narratives, and personal accounts, Withers reminds us that feminism’s archive is a rich “heritage resource” that does more than transmit history—feminism’s archive is also the carrier of values, knowledges, cultural forms and practices that are as vital to the past as they are to the present and future. Original and meticulously researched, this book contributes to a growing dialogue on feminist archives and generational politics while also documenting British feminist history in the late twentieth to early twenty-first centuries— Kate Eichhorn, Associate Professor, The New School
Examines a key issue which remains un-thought within feminist theory—the transmission of knowledge, ideas, practices and traditions across feminist generations;
Theorizes the cultural heritage of the women’s movements and wider traditions of radical political movements;
Draws on a unique practitioner perspective, focused on the transmission and distribution practices of feminist cultural memory explored in the book’s central case study of Women’s Liberation music.
It is the first book to explore how Bernard Stiegler’s theories intersect with critical heritage theory, memory studies and feminist thought.
• Winner, Feminist & Women's Studies Association Book Prize (2016)