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Lecture 1: A Polanyian Feminism? Re­reading The Great Transformation in the 21st Century Lecture 2: The Wages of Care: Reproductive Labour as Fictitious Commodity Lecture 3: Between Marketisation and Social Protection: Ambivalences of Feminism in the Context of Capitalist Crisis Symposium: Women’s Rights in the 21st Century made possible by the generous support of Mrs Carol Saper.


 hear Professor Nancy Fraser, whose work is well known  three lectures were crystal clear, elaborating a sustained argument about the ways in which Polanyi’s famous account of The Great Transformation might be rewritten and revised to take into account issues of emancipation, domination and women’s rights that were not part of his original thinking at the time of writing during the Second World War.


Throughout, Professor Nancy Fraser was concerned to link Polanyi’s thinking about the post­WWII future to our current situation of global economic crisis. Although presenting a predominantly political­philosophy argument, her lectures had potential application as an analysis of the situation of women today, and of the so­called ‘crisis in capitalism’ that we have witnessed during the past few years. In the symposium that followed her lectures, a number of distinguished speakers commented both on Nancy Fraser’s own work and on issues involving women’s rights and emancipation more generally. The discussion included a re­examination of the question of rights themselves, along with other forms of domination such as slavery. The three lectures will in due course form part of a larger work.


Professor Nancy Fraser also took part in a special conference convened by political philosophers at the University of Southampton to discuss her work, so the impact of her visit extended beyond the University. She and Gender Studies are hopeful that she may return to Cambridge for a longer stay, as part of the Gender Studies programme. Such an outcome would be valuable in seeding a long­term relationship.


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Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chamber Music: Alfred Brendel Lecture 1: On Character in Music Lecture 2: The Light and Shade of Interpretation Open Rehearsal: Alfred Brendel and the Szymanowski Quartet


Concert: The Szymanowski Quartet made possible by the generous support of Mr Lawrence Saper.


Alfred Brendel provided Cambridge with an extraordinary week of musical thoughts and events during his visit as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chamber Music. Many people who attended his two illustrated lectures commented on the ways in which they complemented each other and led to greater insight into the interpretation of music – as well as how privileged they felt to be present at these remarkable events. We were treated not only to his playing but also to his remarkable understanding of the character and inner psychology of musical composition and performance. The whole series was very well­attended, both by members of the University and the wider public,  Concert Hall at both lectures.


Alfred Brendel’s lectures were beautifully complemented by a three­hour open rehearsal with the Szymanowski Quartet, which provided a different kind of insight entirely – this time conveyed through detailed interpretation of the notes on (and off) the page. The performance of this gifted and appealing group of musicians was in itself a wonderful occasion, with its accomplished and spirited playing. The concluding performance by the Szymanowski Quartet, 


At the end of his residency, Alfred Brendel was made an  Artist of the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, promising a continuing relationship with the University.


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