This year the Business School hosted a wide range of events as part of Edge Hill University’s Festival of Ideas, which focused on the theme of Equalities and took place from May-June 2018.

Prof. Helen Woodruffe-Burton (Director of the Business School) organised a screening of Roman Manfredi’s award-winning and experimental documentary Everything That I’m Not  and which was followed by a vibrant Q&A.

The documentary focuses on three Butch/Stud and Femme lesbian couples. Through captivating footage of their homes, the documentary covers themes to do with identity, consumer culture and self-representation. The Q&A provided the audience with the opportunity to learn more about the documentary-making process by speaking to Roman Manfredi and two of the couples involved.

The Business School’s commitment to addressing issues related to gender and equality also led to Dr. Francesca Sobande co-ordinating the panel event Consumable Women: Gender and Consumer Culture Theory. This brought together leading academics whose work has yielded cutting-edge insights regarding gender, business and marketing: Prof. Shona Bettany (Liverpool John Moores University), Prof. Carole Elliott (University of Roehampton), Dr. Valerie Stead (Lancaster University), and Prof. Helen Woodruffe-Burton (Edge Hill University).

Dr. Erica Lewis also co-ordinated a session on Young Women – Leaders of Today, Not Tomorrow, which drew on her related PhD research. Other Business School Festival of Ideas events included Reducing Health Inequalities through a Joined-Up Approach: An emergency services perspective, which was organised by Prof. Paresh Wankhade.