a curious invitation last tuesday society
a curious invitation the century club last tuesday society soho london
Iain Sinclair national Trust Walking the Ginger Line


Women and power in the 21st century with with Ursula Tidd at Erno Goldfinger's home at 2 Willow Road NW3

Thursday 18th October 2018
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) is globally recognised as the founder of modern feminism. Her pioneering study of women's situation, The Second Sex, published in 1949 in France, revolutionised the ways in which the relationship between gender identity and power was thought about. As science historian Donna Haraway stated, ‘all the modern feminist meanings of gender have roots in Simone de Beauvoir’s claim that “one is not born a woman but rather becomes one”.

Drawing on an eclectic mix of existentialist philosophy, anthropology, biology, Marxism and psychoanalysis, The Second Sex remains both a classic in the history of western ideas and influential for new generations of people who are keen to understand the significance of gender identity in the contemporary world. In this talk, writer and historian Ursula Tidd explores Beauvoir’s key ideas about gender, identity and power, outlining what they can offer the gender revolutions of the 21st century.

Ursula Tidd
Ursula Tidd is the author of three books on Simone de Beauvoir: Simone de Beauvoir, Gender and Testimony (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Simone de Beauvoir (Routledge ‘Critical Thinkers’ series, 2004) and Simone de Beauvoir (Reaktion Books, ‘Critical Lives’ series, 2009) as well as many articles and chapters on Beauvoir’s autobiographies, fiction and philosophy. Since the 1990s she has given papers at conferences on Simone de Beauvoir in France, Sweden, Germany, China, the USA, Canada and the UK.

Tickets £15 including a glass of prosecco. Please click here to buy.


26th April 2018
Iain Sinclair on Living with Buildings

24th May 2018

Egon Schiele: The Pornographer of Vienna with Lewis Crofts

21st June 2018
Philip K Dick with Roger Luckhurst

18th October 2018
Simone de Beauvoir: Women in the 21st Century with Ursula Tidd

Carlyles house
salons at the Century Club Soho