Dr Finn Mackay

Finn Mackay

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About me

My area of research is contemporary British feminism and feminist activism. I am particularly interested in changes in this social movement from the Second Wave of the 1970s and 1980s to the present day. I have been involved in feminist activism for twenty years, founding the London Feminist Network and revived London Reclaim the Night in 2004. Prior to returning to academia, my professional background was in education and youth work, where I worked on domestic violence prevention and anti-bullying. I am still proudly involved with the women's sector, conducting work and research for organisations such as Women's Aid. I am passionate about all social justice issues and equalities. Other research interests include gender studies, animal rights, lesbian and gay studies and particularly gender identity, definitions, expressions and borders within the LGBTQI+ community. 

Upcoming Events:
12th October 2017 I’m speaking on this panel debate: Do we need to abolish masculinity? University of Bristol. More info and tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/do-we-need-to-abolish-masculinity-tickets-38056276347

14th/15th October 2017 I’m very proud to be speaking at the largest Feminist conference in the UK – FILIA. London https://filia.org.uk/welcome

I’m speaking at the Bristol Festival of the Future City on the 19th of October 2017, on a panel discussing – If Women Built Cities https://www.futurecityfestival.co.uk/events/if-women-built-cities/

I’m doing a TEDx talk this year at TEDx Covent Garden Women; the theme this year is Bridges. The event is being held in the West End on 4th November 2017 https://www.tedxcoventgardenwomen.com/

I’m attending and speaking at the European Lesbian Conference in Vienna, October, talking about initial findings from my research on Lesbian and Queer Masculinities.​

Area of expertise

I speak and write regularly on feminist activism, feminist theory, male violence against women and women's liberation, including frequent media appearences on national radio and television, as well as public debates. I was the individual winner of the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize in 2010 for my work against male violence against women and children. I am a Trustee of The Feminist Archive, and an Ambassador for the Worker's Educational Association. 

My book on feminist activism in the UK is available from Palgrave. 'Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement' (2015).
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My Publications