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Events Highlights

Highlights from the Gender institute's busy Gendering the Social Sciences public events programme over the past few years. 

2014 Highlights

Terence Kissack

Sex in the Archives: Collecting and Interpreting Erotic Materials|

Monday 8 December | 6.30-7.30pm | NAB.2.04, New Academic Building

Many LGBTQ archives collect and make available erotic materials including magazines, ephemera, commercial and amateur photographs, personal writings, and objects such as sex toys and art. What are the challenges of acquiring and cataloguing the historical traces of sexual desire?  How do researchers interpret them and how can they be used in exhibits and other public history work?  

Respondent: Professor Clare Hemmings

chair: Jacob Breslow

Richard Cleminson

Anarchism and Sexuality|

Thursday 4 December | 6.30-8pm | New Theatre, East Building

In the Gender Institute's public discussion 'Anarchism and Sexuality', Martha Acklesberg, Richard Cleminson and Terence Kissack will explore the importance of the relationship between anarchism and sexuality to our comprehension of sexual politics.

chair: Professor Clare Hemmings

Co-hosted by the University of Leeds Humanities Research Institute.

A podcast of this event is available to download here|

Niraya Jayal

The Three Worlds of Indian Citizenship|

Tuesday 2 December | 6.45-8.15pm | New Theatre, East Building

Niraja Gopal Jayal is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She is the author of Citizenship and its Discontents: An Indian History (Harvard, 2013) and is currently visiting professor at King's India Institute.

chair: Dr Sumi Madhok

Co-hosted with LSE's Department of Government and the King's India Institute.


Harnessing the Power of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Fight to Eradicate Sexual Violence in Conflict|

On Tuesday 10 June 2014, the Gender Institute hosted a public lecture led by Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict for the United Nations. In her position, she serves as Chair of the interagency network, UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action). The lecture focused on the role of corporate responsibility in decreasing sexual violence in conflict. To listen to this lecture, please click here|


The Presence of Gender - Gender Institute 20th Anniversary Conference|

The Gender Institute celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a conference on Friday 9 May, which brought together scholars, policy makers and activists to reflect on the multiple inequalities of our time and how we might analyse them and forge new theoretical paths to confront them. Participants will reflect on the role of current thinking and activism for policy making, research and teaching on Gender.

There was a keynote public lecture on the day of the conference: Reflections from Sylvia Chant and Inderpal Grewal|

To view the posters created by master's and research students for the conference, please click here|.


Seeming and Being in Mobile Modernity: Veils in US Vogue, 1915-25|

The Gender Institute hosted a research seminar led by Dr Ilya Parkins on Tuesday 29 April 2014. Dr Ilya Parkins was a Visiting Fellow at the Gender Institute for 2013-2014 and she is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus. Ilya is a specialist in contemporary feminist cultural theories, early twentieth-century Western cultural formations, and fashion studies.


PhD Advice Session|

The Gender Institute ran a PhD Advice Session for master's students for guidance on the PhD application process on Wednesday 19 March 2014. The panel for the session comprised of Rose Harris (Financial Support Office at LSE), Dr Marsha Henry, Hazel Johnstone, Emma Spruce (a current PhD student at the Gender Institute) and Dr Sumi Madhok.

Naila Kabeer

Diverging Stories of “Missing Women” in South Asia: Is Son Preference Weakening in Bangladesh?|

Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute led a lunchtime seminar on Wednesday 12 March 2014. The seminar explored the changing attitudes toward sons and daughters in Bangladesh to explain why the phenomenon of “missing women” has played out so differently in Bangladesh in comparison to India.


The Policing and Prosecution of Rape: What do we know, and how should our knowledge shape policy and practice?|

On Tuesday 11 March 2014, the Gender Institute co-hosted an event with the LSE Department of Law and the Mannheim Centre for Criminology. The panellists were: Professor Betsy Stanko, Professor Louise Ellison, Martin Hewitt and Harriet Wistrich. The video podcast of this event is available here|.


Research Using The Women's Library|

The Gender Institute and The Women's Library @ LSE co-hosted a public event on Research Using The Women's Library (Thursday 6 March 2014) to mark the opening of the new Reading Room in The Women's Library. Speakers included: Professor June Purvis, Dr Mari Takayanagi and Professor Sally Alexander.


Money and Inequality| 

With the arrival of The Women's Library at LSE, the Gender Institute ran a series of Conversations during Lent Term. These Conversations were led by Professor Mary Evans. The third in the series was a Conversation with Professor Ruth Lister (CBE, FBA) and Professor Diane Elson on Money and Inequality  (Tuesday 4 March). The audio podcast of the Conversation is available here|.


Gender and the Hindu Right in India| 

The Gender Institute in collaboration with the Freedom Without Fear Platform and South Asia Solidarity Group hosted a panel discussion on Gender and the Hindu Right in India. The discussion took place on Monday 3rd March 2014. Speakers included: Nishrin Jafri Hussain, Angana P. Chatterji and Meena Kandasamy. The audio podcast of this discussion is available here|.


Risky Transformations? Sex and the Negotiation of Hormone Treatment Risks|

Sari Irni, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Tampere in Finland, led a research seminar on Thursday 20 February 2014  (2.30-4pm). Sari discussed some of the specific ways in Finland in which hormone treatments have been proposed to be ‘risky’. Most often in feminist theory the risks of hormone treatments are understood as health risks. However, Sari focused on the ways in which hormone treatments have been considered risky primarily because they have seemed to challenge the two-sex binary.


Is there a Sexual History?|

With the arrival of The Women's Library at LSE, the Gender Institute ran a series of Conversations during Lent Term. These Conversations were led by Professor Mary Evans. The second in the series was Is there a Sexual History?  (Tuesday 18 February 2014), a Conversation with Professor Jeffrey Weeks (OBE) and Professor Clare Hemmings.  The audio podcast of the Conversation is available here|.


Qualitative Research Methods Roundtable: Interdisciplinarity, Difficulties and the Craft of Social Research|

The Gender Institute hosted a Roundtable on qualitative research methods on Wednesday 5 February 2014 with academics from the LSE Gender Institute, the University of Bristol and the University of Edinburgh.


Disrupting Institutional Rules and Organizational Practices for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality|

Aruna Rao, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Gender at Work, delivered a lunchtime seminar on Friday 24 January 2014. Aruna Rao is a gender and institutional change expert with over 20 years' experience of addressing gender issues in a variety of development organizations, primarily in Asia. To watch the seminar, please click here|. To read the seminar presentation, please click here|


Feminism Then and Now|

With the arrival of The Women’s Library at LSE, the Gender Institute ran a series of Conversations during Lent Term. These Conversations were led by Professor Mary Evans. The first in the series was  Feminism Then and Now  (Tuesday 21 January 2014) and speakers  included Natalie Bennett, Pragna Patel, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Finn Mackay, Camille Kumar and Professor Lynne Segal.  The audio podcast of the Conversation is available here|.


The Reproduction of People by Means of People|

Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, delivered a lecture at LSE on Wednesday 15 January 2014. This lecture applied a feminist perspective on the definition of output, income and living standards to an alternative framework for national income accounting and budget analysis.The Gender Institute co-organised the lecture with the Department of Economics. The audio podcast of the lecture is available here|.


2013 Highlights

UK Newspapers

Feminism in the Media|

The Gender Institute co-hosted the Feminist Review annual panel discussion on Tuesday 10 December 2013 (6-8pm). The panel interrogated current representations of feminism in the media and share suggestions about avenues of intervention. Speakers include Natalie Hanman, Lola Okolosie and Tracey Reynolds. An audio podcast of the discussion is available here|.


Performing Terror, Mediating Religion: Indian Cinema and the Politics of National Belonging|

Sunera Thobani is a Visiting Fellow at the Gender Institute and Associate Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. This seminar, on Wednesday 4 December 2013 (original posted as 3 December), examined what the Gujarat genocide reveals about the Indian nation-state and its particular forms of religious and gendered identities. It also examined the symbiotic relation between the nation-state and the Indian film industry, which plays a critical role in mediating forms of national subjectivity and belonging.


Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities|

Karma R. Chávez is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate faculty in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies at the University of Wisconsin. On Monday 2 December 2014, Chávez discussed her book, Queer Migration Politics, which argues that neither the inclusionary politics of the US LGBT rights movement nor the utopian turn in some queer theory sufficiently address or reflect the contemporary possibilities for queer politics.


New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy|

The LSE Gender Institute and the University of Warwick proudly hosted the book launch of New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy on Monday 18 November 2013. The book brings together the work of outstanding feminist scholars who reflect on the achievements of feminist political economy and the challenges it faces in the 21st century.


Only White Men: serial killing in European cinema|

Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at King's College London. He is a major contributor on the world-stage to contemporary gender, media, culture and film theory and was an active and influential figure in the English Gay Liberation Front. This lecture focuses on European Cinema's fascination with the white male serial killer and asks what this suggests about masculinity and whiteness. Monday 4 November 2013.


The European Institute for Gender Equality Launch the Gender Equality Index|

LSE is hosting the European Institute for Gender Equality, which presented the Gender Equality Index on Thursday 24th October 2013 at 6pm. The EIGE was assigned the task of constructing a composite indicator on gender equality that reflects the multi-faceted reality of gender equality, and is specifically tailored towards the policy framework of the European Union and Member States.

Kavita Krishnan

Demanding Freedom without Fear: reflections on India's anti-rape movement|

Kavita Krishnan is a feminist and left activist and writer based in Delhi. She is the Secretary of the All-India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) and editor of Liberation, a monthly magazine of the revolutionary left. She has been centrally involved in the anti-rape movement in India which began in December 2012. She spoke at the Gender Institute on riday 4 October at 12-1.30pm.

Yang Shen

New Pathways in Gender Research|

The Gender Institute showcased its doctoral students at a Roundtable event on Thursday 3 October 2013. Amanda Conroy, Alexandra Hyde, Yang Shen and Nicole Shephard talked about their research trajectories, their methodologies, and the new directions in which their research has taken them. Chaired by Dr Marsha Henry.

Naila Kabeer

Tracking the Gender Politics of the Millennium Development Goals: from the Millennium Declaration to the post-MDG consultations|

Naila Kabeer joined the LSE Gender Institute in October 2013 as Professor of Gender and Development. This lecture focused on the gender politics of the processes by which the Millennium Development Goals were formulated, what has been achieved and how feminist organisations are seeking to influence the post-MDG agenda. Wednesday 2 October 2013.


The Politics of FGM: The Influence of External and Locally-Led Initiatives in The Gambia|

Dr Isatou Touray gave a Gender Institute/Africa Talks public lecture on Monday 18 March 2013. Dr Touray is founder and Executive Director of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), an organisation leading in the struggle to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation.

Rachel Berger

"Love" Makes a Family? Unconventional Baby-Making, Homonational Affects, and New Terrains of 'Choice' in Neo-liberal times|

In this paper, Gender Institute Visiting Fellow Rachel Berger explored the moral pragmatics and possibilities of making families outside the bounds of conventional reproduction as represented in popular cultural production. Dr Berger is Associate Professor of History at and Fellow of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Working with the Past

Working with the Past|

To celebrate Women’s History Month and the arrival of the Women’s Library at the School, LSE Equality and Diversity, Gender Institute and Archives organised a panel discussion and archives exhibition on ‘Working with the past’. What’s the experience and significance of ‘working with the past’? What do women’s archives offer? And what do researchers discover in the process? Tuesday 12 March 2013

Clare Hemmings Lecture 2013

Sexual Politics and Revolution: Emma Goldman's Passion|

The Gender Institute hosted its own Professor Clare Hemmings on Monday 11 March 2013. Clare is Professor of Feminist Theory at the Gender Institute and her main research contributions are in the field of transnational gender and sexuality studies. Her most recent book is Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory.


Difference and Diversity in the Refugee Experience: Gender and the Asylum Process|

As Visiting Fellow at the Gender Institute, Latefa Guemar will give a research seminar on 27 February 2013 focusing on the gendered aspects of the asylum process. As research associate for the Centre of Migration Policy Research at Swansea University, Latefa has a particular interest in gender issues in forced migration, Diasporas and identities.

Literary Festival 

Women Writing History|

In celebration of LSE’s acquisition of the Women’s Library, on the afternoon of Wednesday 27 February 2013 our distinguished panel Molly Crabapple, Professor Mary Evans, Vicky Featherstone, Kate Mosse will discuss the role of women in literature, the arts and academia today. This event is part of the LSE 'Space for Thought' Literary Festival 2013..

Caren Grown

Transformation Is Possible: Moving Feminist Economics into Policies and Institutions|

Caren Grown is Senior Gender Advisor, USAID and Economist-in-Residence, American University. She gave her first Gender Institute public lecture on Thursday 14 February 2013. Grown spoke about the role of feminist economics in shaping economic development policy, drawing out opportunities, constraints, and contradictions.


"Don't Teach Me What To Wear – Teach Your Sons Not To Rape"|

The brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012 has led to protests on an unprecedented scale. On the evening of Wednesday 23 January 2013, the Gender Institute hosted an open meeting in solidarity with India’s anti-rape protests and to confront gender violence in Britain.

Éric Fassin

Sexual Whiteness|

On the afternoon of Wednesday 23 January 2013, Professor Éric Fassin of Université Paris 8 will gave a Gender Institute research seminar. Fassin's research focuses on contemporary sexual and racial politics in France and the US, and their intersections (in particular, concerning immigration issues in Europe), in a comparative perspective


2012 Highlights

Delia Jarrett McCauley

Fictionalising the Lives of Embattled African Children|

As Gender Institute Visiting Fellow for Michaelmas 2012, Dr Delia Jarrett-Macauley, novelist, academic, consultant and broadcaster, gave a resaerch seminar on 12 December 2012, Dr Jarrett-Macauley speak on her first novel, Moses, Citizen and Me, which won the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2005; and her work-in-progress 'Bami-Jo Walker'.

Robyn Wiegman Poster

Wishful Thinking|

Professor Robyn Wiegman appeared on Monday 3 December 2012 at the Journal of Feminist Theory Annual Lecture, co-hosted by the Gender Institute. Widely known for her studied reflections on academic feminism, Wiegman turned her attention in this talk to the idioms, affects, and temporalities of feminist theory


When Gay People Get Married|

As the keynote public lecture for LSE Pride Week, M. V. Lee Badgett asked what happens in societies When Gay People Get Married on Monday 26 November 2012. Badgett studies family policy issues and labor market discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, and gender, and is author and co-author of numerous journal articles and policy reports. With an introduction from LSE Director Craig Calhoun.


Secularism, Religion and Sexuality: A Postcolonial Genealogy|

Saba Mahmood gave a public lecture at the Gender Institute on Monday 12 November 2012. Mahmood is associate professor of social cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley. Her research interests focus on anthropology of subject formation, liberalism, and secular modernity; feminist and post-structuralist theory; religion and politics; Islam and the Middle East. 


Gender, Militarisation and Violence Roundtable|

Cynthia Enloe, Cynthia Cockburn, Aaron Belkin and Kim Hutchings joined Gender Institute researchers at this roundtable event on Friday 2 November. Speakers focused on a variety of topics based around the theme of gender and militarisation, notably military masculinities, border militas, and the ethics of war and peace.


Human Security: The Role of Gender|

On the afternoon of Wednesday 31 October, Barhara Einhorn led an interactive research workshop with LSE faculty and students on gendered aspects of human security.  Einhorn is Emeritus Professor at the University of Sussex and her research focuses on citizenship, gender and civil society; migration; nation and identity; and religion, gender and politics.


Feminist Judgment Symposium|

This symposium explored the nature and problem of feminist judgment.  A number of recent works address the question of how to make judgments while retaining and building on critiques feminists have developed of humanism, universalismn and coercive normativity. Featuring Linda Zerilli, Jennifer Nedelsky, Clare Hemmings, Kim Hutchings and Sonia Kruks.


Thinking with Water: Feminist Theory and an Aqueous Imaginary|

Astrida Neimanis was the convenor for the MSc Gender and MSc Gender (Research) degrees at the Gender Institute in 2011-12.  We were excited to host a seminar based on her research work focusing on how water can comprise a framework which we can use to conceptualise gender, feminism and sexuality. 

Mildred Pierce

The Maternal Filmic Object in Todd Haynes's 'Mildred Pierce'|

Amber Jacobs, Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck and author of On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the Mother presented her research to the Gender Institute, which investigates director Todd Haynes's radical departures in his representations of the maternal object in the tv mini series Mildred Pierce.


Class Wars/Culture Wars: Owen Jones and the chavs|

We marked the LSE Literary Festival 2012 with a panel discussion featuring Owen Jones, author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class. Participants discussed the increased focus of attention on what has been described as the 'underclass' of English society, and asked who are 'these people' and has a social identity been created for them that sees only the negative in their behaviour?

Beverley Skeggs

Rethinking Respectability: returning to value and ideology?|

We welcomed Professor Beverley Skeggs who gave her first Gender Institute public lecture in February 2012.  She returned to her 1997 work which focused on the intersection of class, gender and formations of respectability, in light of a recent research project on reality television and our responses to it. 

Jeff Hearn

The Political Category of "Men" in Activism, Policy and Theorising|

Jeff Hearn appeared at the GI to present his research drawing on the gendered category of "men", its appearance on many social, cultural and political agendas over the last 35 years, and the ways in whch this has been framed. In doing so, he examines the complex relations between the diverse politics of men's gender-conscious activism

Susan Rudy

"Say language keels over": Caroline Bergvall’s Queer Writing Practice|

Susan Rudy was visiting professor at the GI for Lent Term 2012, where she presented her exciting research on the work of interdisciplinary artist Caroline Bergvall.  The research forms part of a larger project, interested in identifying "poetries of enactment" which posit alternative spaces of inquiry and inhabitation through radical experimentation with form.

Shirin Rai

Social Reproduction and Depletion: Mapping Gendered Harm|

At times of crisis social expenditure is cut, but with what consequences? Using the concept of depletion, Professor Shirin M. Rai measures the extent of loss for individuals, households and communities.  Professor Rai is professor of politics and international studies at the Universty of Warwick, and visiting professor at the LSE Gender Institute.

Michael Kimmel

Gender and Men's Studies: Peril or Promise?|

In this lecture, Michael Kimmel suggested that women's studies provides an essential framework for understanding men's lives, and that framework actually enables men to experience richer and fuller lives. Kimmel is among the world's leading researchers on men and masculinities and is author of the best-seller, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men


2011 Highlights


Empowering Women to Meet New Challenges, from National Development to Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Recovery|

Michelle Bachelet, UN Woman Executive Director and former president of Chile, outlined her vision for empowering women economically and politically to address challenges of poverty, inequality and exclusion and persistent violence in both in conflict and non-conflict situations.


Gender and Poverty in the 21st Century|

This disucssion panel marked the release of The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty (ed. Sylvia Chant). Maxine Molyneux, Nancy Folbre and Diane Elson each reflected on a theme from the Handbook, which provides a state-of-the-art review of the critical importance of gender in poverty assessment, analysis, activism, and policy in the world today.


40 Years On Where are LGBT Rights?|

The Gender Institute co-hosted the Gay Liberation Front's 40th Anniversary Conference.  This was an opportunity to engage in discussion on the changing context of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) rights over the last 40 years, bringing together academics and activists involved in the development of the global LGBT movement.


`Freedom is always freedom for the one who thinks differently’ – Rosa Luxemburg for our times|

Jacqueline Rose is internationally known for her writing on feminism, psychoanalysis, literature and on the politics of Israel-Palestine. Rose argued here that Rosa Luxemburg's legacy increases in importance by the day and that as a Marxist and woman she uniquely teaches us about the relationship between political struggle and the life of the mind.

Sara Ahmed

Diversity Work as a Phenomenological Practice|

Sara Ahmed, Professor in Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths focused on what gets passed over as a routine or ordinary feature of institutional life. In doing so, she reflected on how diversity becomes incorporated into institutional language as a problem, with specific reference to racism and the experience of Black and Ethnic minority staff.


Gender, Words and Power: Meanings of Inequality at a Time of Neo-Liberalism|

In 2011 the proposed cuts in government spending are likely to have a greater negative impact on women than men. Professor Mary Evans' Centennial lecture explored some of the possible forms of resistance to continuities in various aspects of gendered social inequality.


Neoliberalism in Retreat: A New Deal for Latin American Women?|

With several major Latin American countries pursuing more heterodox approaches to economic management, and committed to tackling poverty and inequality, professor Maxine Molyneux considered the degree to which these new developments are addressing the deeply rooted gender inequalities that characterise the Latin American region.

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GUERREIRAS (female warriors)|

Futebol has long been considered Brazil's most popular sport, and recently a shift has begun to unfold wherein the women's game is beginning to occupy a much more valued position within Brazilian culture—a shift that appears to be occurring hand-in-hand with Brazil's emergence in the global economy. This workshop formed part of project GI Alumna Caitlin Fisher.


Gendered Violence and Drug Wars: The Mexico-US Border|

Melissa W. Wright studies the dynamics linking political, cultural and economic processes, based along the Mexico-U.S. border.  Since 2006, when Mexico's President declared war against the drug trade, the northern Mexican border city, Ciudad Juarez, has been living through a record-breaking escalation of violence. Wright asks how a feminist and Marxist geographer can contribute to an analysis of what is happening?


NORMAL in discussion|

Nick Mai researches on the relationship between migration and the emergence of different forms of cosmopolitan/essentialist consciousness and identities. This was the third film in Mai's sex work trilogy NORMAL. Characters explain how they came to see involvement in the sex industry as NORMAL and how the notion of normality evolved with life experiences.


2010 Highlights


Asylum and Unbelonging|

Ranjana Khanna, professor at Duke University presented two papers at the Gender Institute.  In Asylum: The Concept and the Practice, Khanna analysed conceptual links among different sites designated by the term "asylum." In Unbelonging, she explored how many artists use and cite different forms of technology as a way of proposing states of unbelonging.


'It's my body and I'll do what I Like with it' Bodies as possessions and objects|

We commonly use the language of body ownership as a way of claiming personal rights, though we do not normally mean it literally. In this lecture, Anne Phillips defended the idea that the body is special, but argued that debates about body ownership are best understood as debates about market relations, not simply claims about the body per se.