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Feb

12

Wednesday

Under His Eye: Handmaids, Symbolic Speech and Trump's America

6.00pm

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Public

Seminar Stream: Constitutional Law

Presenter: Dr Jane Marriott, Royal Holloway, University of London

Abstract

This paper concerns the recent worldwide phenomenon of Handmaids protests, where women dressed in costumes based on Margaret Attwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ gather to offer silent political protest, most often directed at the erosion of women’s rights or society’s (or its representatives) attitudes to women.  Handmaids protests have occurred most frequently in the United States of America (USA) as a response to initiatives of the Trump government and, on occasion, its personnel or those supported by it.  The paper examines Handmaids protests as a manifestation of freedom of speech in the USA, examining what kind of ‘speech’ they constitute, the messages they intend to convey and the restrictions that might be placed on participants in Handmaids protests arising from current free speech jurisprudence and anti-mask laws.

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6.00pm - 8.00pmWednesday 12th February 2020

FG05 City, University of London Whiskin Street London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
0207 040 3410

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