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LSE Gender public lectures and seminars


We host a range of events from closed Departmental Seminars to Public Lectures across a broad spectrum of topics relating to gender studies. 

Last Event of the Academic Year: Hannah Wright and Priya Raghavan


Hannah Wright and Priya Raghavan will be presenting their work next Wednesday 12th June, 4.30pm in 32L.G.03.  The session will be chaired by Aiko Holvikivi.   All welcome.

Hannah’s PhD project, tentatively titled ‘Doing gender, making security policy’, examines how organisational cultures within UK government departments responsible for national security are shaped by gender, and how this influences the way officials think and speak about national security. It responds to feminist International Relations scholarship which identifies constructions of masculinities and femininities in national security discourses as making certain ways of thinking about national security appear natural and inevitable, while others seem unthinkable. Based on participant observation and interviews with UK officials, this project seeks to understand how men and women navigate these gendered organisational cultures, how they challenge or assimilate to them and what this means of feminist strategies to change the way national security is approached.

Priya's research, provisionally titled 'Victimhood and Agency in Discourses of Sexual Violence: Undoing the Binary' seeks to track and interrupt the production of a conceptually untenable and politically pernicious dichotomy between victimhood and agency in dominant discourses of sexual violence. Analysing case law, legislative reform and feminist discourses of sexual violence in India, her work exposes the representational failures and erasures entailed in hegemonic representations of sexual violence, and demonstrates their damaging material effects. Her thesis also explores the potential of alternative, often precarious, subaltern archives as sites from which to ‘detoxify’ and redress the effects of dominant, binary representational regimes. 

Recent Events  2018 /19 



Of Queer Subjects and Communities, and from Sexual Harm to Sexual Freedom: New Directions in Sexuality Studies

Wednesday 26th September 2018, 6.30-8pm

This panel brought together four faculty at the Department of Gender Studies (Professor Clare Hemmings, Dr Jacob Breslow, Dr Leticia Sabsay and Dr Emma Spruce) to explore key areas of contemporary debate or struggle in sexuality studies. The event celebrated our new MSc Gender and Sexuality programme.


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Why Feminisms? An open discussion about doing gender research

Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 6-7:30pm

An interactive workshop led by PhD students from the Department of Gender Studies, which explored various issues in Gender Research. 


Week 2 Vulnerability

Vulnerability, Affects, Resistance            

Monday 8th October 2018, 6-7:30pm

This panel engaged recent debates and critical approaches to vulnerability, with interventions by Lilie Chouliaraki, Coretta Phillips, Jacqui Gibbs, Leticia Sabsay as chair, and a response from Judith Butler.


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Economic Empowerment Across the Lifecourse: the significance of the adolescent years

Wednesday 10th October 2018, 6:30-8pm

To mark the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC), the Department of Gender Studies, the Department of International Development and the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme co-hosted an event to explore the challenges of women's economic empowerment and the significance of their adolescent years.


Week 5 Economics square

Gendering Economics: From Research to Policy Practice

Wednesday 14th November 2018, 6-7.30pm

In this event Ӧzlem Onaran and Susan Himmelweit discussed their research in gender and economics and its relevance to policy. 



Brexit: gains, losses and dilemmas

Wednesday 21st November 2018, 6-8pm

This panel discussion launched the themed special section of Social Policy & Society (2018): UK’S Membership of the EU: Brexit and the Gains, Losses and Dilemmas for Social Policy.  


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The Yorkshire Ripper, Misogyny in 1970s & 1980s Film Culture and Second Wave Feminist Activism in the UK’

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 6-7:30pm

Hannah Hamad explored interventionist activism that emerged in the 1970s/80s in response to misogynist cultures of film production, distribution and marketing. The talk analysed how the toxic culture of violence against women was epitomized during this period by the wave of murders of women that were attributed to the so-called 'Yorkshire Ripper' prior to the apprehension of perpetrator Peter Sutcliffe.


The Racial/Spatial Politics of Banning the Muslim Woman's Niqab

Wednesday 12th December 2018,  6 - 7:30pm

Bans, whether travel bans or bans on the wearing of the niqab in public space, mark Muslims as neither inside nor outside the law. They usher Muslims into a spatial void. Occupying a space where law has declared its own absence, the banned Niqabi is denied the right to public space even as she is formally a citizen. What do bans provide to those who are compelled to engage in it?

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In Conversation: Writing Gender History and Biography on Eugenia Charles and Louis Farrakhan’ 

Tuesday 29th January 2019,  6:30 - 8pm

This in conversation event saw two historians Dawn Marie Gibson (Royal Holloway) and Imaobong Umoren (LSE)  discuss the theme of gender history and biography.  

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Politics of Struggle: Current Issues in Feminist Knowledge Production

Tuesday 12th February 2019,  6 - 7:30pm

This session generated a conversation about current issues in feminist knowledge production between three leading thinkers in feminist epistemology. 


Casual co-optations and small subversions: Feminist engagements with the state

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 6 - 7:30pm

Nikita Dhawan notes that the state is, for feminist politics, a pharmakon – medicine, poison, and remedy all in one. In this roundtable, current LSE Gender PhD students discussed feminist engagements with the state in their work. 

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Variegated Social Reproduction: Beyond (Re)privatization

Tuesday 5th March 2019, 6 - 7:30pm 

In this talk, Isabella Bakker argued that attention to the uneveness or variegated character of these processes of social reproduction yields a more nuanced analysis of the inequalities of intensifying globalization across places, bodies and institutional landscapes.



Wednesday 29th May 2019

Kimberlé Crenshaw's concept of 'intersectionality' is 30 years old! Join us on this day of celebration as we ask key international thinkers to reflect on the many lives of intersectionality.

This event is ticketed - see here for more information and to register.

Attending our events

Links to Eventbrite tickets will be available for our events - please check on the event listing for the Eventbrite link. Maps of the LSE campus are available here. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment as late-comers cannot be admitted once an event has started. 

Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis for those with tickets. Not everyone who books uses their ticket, so, to ensure a full house, we allocate more tickets than there are places. We also run returns queues at the events and fill any empty seats with those waiting outside the theatre shortly before the start of the event. This usually means we have a full house without having to turn people away, but there may be occasions when we do have more people than seats available. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to avoid disappointment. Please note, tickets are not transferable- if you can't make it, and this means an empty place, then this would be allocated to someone waiting in the returns queue

For most ticketed events some people from the returns queue do get in, but there is no guarantee of entry and the numbers vary from event to event. We always try to keep the returns queue updated on chances of getting in as it nears the start of the event.

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Events 2017/18

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*Listen Online* Reimagining Peacekeeping: Gender, 'Race' and Militarisation in the Global Order - Marsha Henry



Why Feminism? An open discussion about doing Gender Research - Rishita Nandagiri, Jenny Chanfreau, Billy Holzberg



Abortion and Sex Work: an impertinent dialogue on sexual rights - Sonia Correa, Marge Berer, Pye Jakobsson 


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The affective structure of global Trans* Politics - Yv Nay


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Gender and Human Rights - Ratna Kapur


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Flow: Black Bodies and the practice of refusal - Tina Campt



*Watch Online* What we treasure we measure: a theatrical engagement with Gender - Particeparte 


What state are we in? Revisiting the problem of state in gender and sexuality thinking in politics - Sonia Correa 


Postcolonial Governmentality and Gendered Vulnerability - Nikita Dhawan



Introducing Emerging Gender Research - Emma Spruce, Aisling Swaine, Ece Kocabicak




 *Watch Clip online* Hope and Fear: Gender and Sexuality in the making of a transnational art installation -  Charlotte Haslund-Christensen



 LSE Gender Interdisciplinary conversations: rethinking Sexual Freedom -  Leticia Sabsay , Sumi Madhok , Lisa Baraitser, Clare Hemmings



Feminism, economics and anthropology in international development: cross-disciplinary perspectives. - Naila Kabeer , Ann Whitehead



*Watch or Listen Online* Crisis Politics and the Challenge of Intersectional Solidarity - Akwugo Emejulu



Politics of Pleasure - Laleh Khalili



Relationships with the Field - Louise Acciari, Magda Muter, Hannah Wright



Work, Gender and Visual Archives - Juliette Rennes


Gender, Power and the politics of knowledge production Awino Okech 



Rethinking Rape as a Weapon of War: Bodies, Objects, Militarisms  Paul Kirby 



A Feminist Politics of Ambivalence: Reading with Emma Goldman (Book Launch) 

Clare Hemmings

Audience public lecture

Introducing Emerging Gender Research

Jenny Chanfreau, Aiko Holvikivi, Billy Holzberg

Events 2016/17


Kimberlé Crenshaw and Devon Carbado

Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name

Wednesday 21 September 2016


Sumi Madhok

Taking Decolonizing Human Rights Seriously 

Wednesday 28 September 2016


Sonia Corrêa and Emily Jackson 

Abortion Frontlines: the Latin American context

Thursday 13 October 2016


Sonia Correa and Andrea Cornwall

Development and Sexual Justice

Wednesday 19 October 2016


Mary Evans, Sarah Childs, Emma Crewe, Mona Morgan-Collins and Sam Smethers

Women in Politics: change and continuity

Wednesday 26 October 2016


Punam Yadav, Marsha Henry, David N. Gellner, Christine Chinkin

Social Transformation in Post Conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective

Tuesday 8 November 2016


Stephanie Ware Barrientos

Gender Contestation in Global Value Chains: drivers of change and diverse outcomes in cocoa-chocolate sourcing

Wednesday 9 November 2016


Grace Lordan and Jörn-Steffen Pischke

Does Rosie Like Riveting? Male and Female Occupational Choices       

Wednesday 23 November 2016


Dr Hannah Hamad, Maria Miller, Professor Diane Perrons, Justine Thornton

Confronting Gender Inequality in Uncertain Times

Wednesday 11 January 2017 


Isabell Lorey

Precarisation, Autonomy and Care

Wednesday 18 January 2017


Claire Eustance, Clare Hemmings, Amal Treacher Kabesh, Rahul Rao and Sadie Wearing. 

Archival Troubles

Wednesday 25 January 2017


Alyosxa Tudor

Critical differentiations of racism and migration

Wednesday 1 February 2017


Burcu Ercyes

The Problem of Speaking for Others

Wednesday 8 February 2017


Louisa Acciari, Priya Raghavan and Amanda Shaw

Practicing Decoloniality in Gender Studies

Wednesday 22 February 2017


Elif Shafak

Where are the women in today's Islamic world?

LSE Literary Festival

Saturday 25 February 2017


Fabiana Barticioti, Canon Mandy Ford, Sally Hitchener

Women and Religion - the journey to ordination

Wednesday 1 March 2017


Mary Evans

Thinking about gender and social inequality: old themes and new battles

Wednesday 8 March 2017


Punam Yadav and Afaf Jabiri

GI Interdisciplinary Conversations on State power, GeoWhy feminism? An open discussion about doing gender research''

Speakers - Rishita Nandagiri, Jenny Chanfreau and Billy Holzberg

politics and Gender Imaginaries

Wednesday 15 March 2017


Professor Nicholas Stern  

Eva Colorni memorial lecture: A Village, a Country and the Discipline: economic development in Palanpur over seven decades.

Wednesday 7 June 2017




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