Hemmings, Clare

Professor Clare Hemmings  


Position held

Professor of Feminist Theory


Experience keywords:

feminist epistemology and methodology; feminist theory; interdisciplinarity; transnational sexuality studies

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My main research contribution is in the field of transnational gender and sexuality studies. I have recently completed a book, provisionally entitled 'Telling Feminist Stories', which examines the discursive range and formation of the stories western feminist theorists tell about the recent past, and links these to broader intellectual and political debates concerning social theory and global gender discourse.

I have also been working on the institutionalisation of Gender Studies nationally and internationally for some years: developing curricula and sources, building representation and providing advice. This role has attracted EU Lifelong Learning funding.

Since the publication of my first book, Bisexual Spaces (2002), I have focused on the significance of sexuality in relation to globalisation: in particular, its circulation as a globally resonant concept, and the impact that this has on particular bodies, communities, and practices.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy; Creative Industries and Culture

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe; UK; US


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:


Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7572

Alt phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7602



Hemmings, Clare (2018) Considering Emma Goldman: feminist political ambivalence and the imaginative archive Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies. Duke University Press, Durham, NC. ISBN 9780822369981 (In Press)

Hemmings, Clare (2018) Resisting popular feminisms: gender, sexuality and the lure of the modern Gender, Place, and Culture. ISSN 0966-369X


Deepwell, Katy and Hemmings, Clare (2017) Why feminist stories matter: Katy Deepwell interviews Clare Hemmings n.paradoxa, 40. 60-68. ISSN 1461-0434


Hemmings, Clare and Al-Ali, Nadje and Wearing, Sadie eds. (2016) Feminist review 114: food Feminist Review, 114. ISSN 0141-7789

Hemmings, Clare (2016) Is gender studies singular? Stories of queer/feminist difference and displacement Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 27 (2). 79-102. ISSN 1040-7391


Hemmings, Clare (2015) Reading Rosi Braidotti: returning to transpositions In: Blaagaard, Bolette and van der Tuin, Iris, (eds.) The Subject of Rosi Braidotti: Politics and Concepts. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9781474236720

Hemmings, Clare (2015) Affect and feminist methodology, or what does it mean to be moved? In: Devika, Sharma and Tygstrup, Frederik, (eds.) Structures of Feeling: Affectivity and the Study of Culture. Concepts for the Study of Culture (5). De Gruyter, 147-158. ISBN 9783110365481


Andrijasevic, Rutvica and Hamilton, Carrie and Hemmings, Clare eds. (2014) Feminist review 106: revoluitons Feminist Review, 106. ISSN 0141-7789

Plomien, Ania (2014) Introduction to the section Economy In: Evans, Mary and Hemmings, Clare and Henry, Marsha and Johnstone, Hazel and Madhok, Sumi and Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. Sage Publications, Inc., London, UK. ISBN 9781446252413

Hemmings, Clare (2014) The materials of reparation Feminist Theory, 15 (1). 27-30. ISSN 1464-7001

Himmelweit, Susan and Plomien, Ania (2014) Feminist perspectives on care: theory, practice and policy In: Evans, Mary and Hemmings, Clare and Henry, Marsha and Johnstone, Hazel and Madhok, Sumi and Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. SAGE Publications, London, UK, 446-464. ISBN 9781446252413

Andrijasevic, Rutvica and Hamilton, Carrie and Hemmings, Clare (2014) re-imagining revolutions Feminist Review, 106 (1). 1-8. ISSN 0141-7789

Hemmings, Clare (2014) Sexual freedom and the promise of revolution: Emma Goldman’s passion Feminist Review, 106 (1). 43-59. ISSN 0141-7789

Evans, Mary and Hemmings, Clare and Henry, Marsha and Johnstone, Hazel and Madhok, Sumi and Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, eds (2014) Handbook of feminist theory Sage, London, UK. ISBN 9781446252413


Hamilton, C. and Hemmings, C. and Al-Ali, N. (2013) A review of feminist review's 100th issue: celebrating 100 issues of collective practice European Journal of Women's Studies, 20 (1). 93-99. ISSN 1350-5068

Hemmings, Clare and Treacher, Amal (2013) The feminist subject of agency: recognition and affect in encounters with 'the other' In: Madhok, Sumi and Philips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, (eds.) Gender, Agency and Coercion. Thinking gender in transnational times. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780230300323

Hemmings, Clare (2013) Considering Emma European Journal of Women's Studies, 20 (4). 334-346. ISSN 1350-5068


Hemmings, Clare (2012) Affective solidarity: feminist reflexivity and political transformation Feminist Theory, 13 (2). 147-161. ISSN 1464-7001

Hemmings, Clare (2012) Sexuality, subjectivity…and political economy? Subjectivity, 5 (2). 121-139. ISSN 1755-6341

Hemmings, Clare (2012) In the mood for revolution: Emma Goldman's passion New Literary History, 43 (3). 395-417. ISSN 0028-6087


Hemmings, Clare (2011) Crossings In: Evans, Mary and Davis, Kathy, (eds.) Transatlantic Conversations: Feminism as Travelling Theory. The feminist imagination – Europe and beyond. Ashgate, London, UK, 23-32. ISBN 9780754678359

Hemmings, Clare (2011) Collective powers: rupture and displacement in feminist pedagogic practice European Journal of Women's Studies, 18 (3). 297-303. ISSN 1350-5068

Hemmings, Clare (2011) Why stories matter: the political grammar of feminist theory Next wave: new directions in women's studies. Duke University Press, Durham, USA. ISBN 9780822348931


Hemmings, Clare (2010) Editorial: transforming academies, global genealogies Feminist Review, 95 (1). 1-4. ISSN 0141-7789

Hemmings, Clare, ed (2010) Feminist review vol. 95 special issue: Transforming academies, global genealogies Palgrave Macmillan.

Hemmings, Clare (2010) On reading "Transpositions": a response to Rosi Braidotti's "Transpositions: on nomadic ethics" Subjectivity, 3 (2). 136-140. ISSN 1755-6341


Hemmings, Clare (2009) Against nostalgia in neo-liberal times: a response to Frank Webster. In: Anniversary conference, University of Tampere, Department of Social Sciences, 11 September 2009, University of Tampere, Finland

Hemmings, Clare (2009) Generational dilemmas: a response to Iris van der Tuin's ‘"Jumping Generations": on second- and third-wave feminist epistemology’ Australian Feminist Studies, 24 (59). 33-37. ISSN 0816-4649

Hemmings, Clare (2009) Contando estórias feministas Revista Estudos Feministas, 17 (1). 215-241. ISSN 0104-026X


Hemmings, Clare and Alldred, Pam (2008) Feminist review (special issue) Feminist Review, 89 (1). 1-161. ISSN 0141-7789

Hemmings, Clare (2008) Tuning problems?: notes on women’s and gender studies and the Bologna Process European Journal of Women's Studies, 15 (2). 117-128. ISSN 1350-5068


Hemmings, Clare (2007) What is a feminist theorist responsible for? Reply to Torr Feminist Theory, 8 (1). 69-76. ISSN 1464-7001

Hemmings, Clare (2007) Rescuing lesbian camp Journal of Lesbian Studies, 11 (1/2). 159-166. ISSN 1089-4160

Hemmings, Clare (2007) What's in a name?: bisexuality, transnational sexuality studies and western colonial legacies International Journal of Human Rights, 11 (1&2). 13-32. ISSN 1364-2987

Hemmings, Clare (2007) What is a feminist theorist responsible for?. In: The Feminist Theory Workshop, 23 - 24 March 2007, Durham NC, USA


Hemmings, Clare, ed (2006) Travelling concepts in feminist pedagogy: European perspectives Raw Nerve Press, York, U.K.. ISBN 09553586200

Demeny, Eniko and Hemmings, Clare and Holm, Ulla and Korvajarvi, Paivi and Pavilidou, Theodossia-Soula and Vasterling, Veronica (2006) Practising interdisciplinarity in gender studies Travelling concepts in feminist pedagogy: European perspectives. Raw Nerve Press, York, UK. ISBN 9780955358616

Hemmings, Clare (2006) Rappresentare la bisessualità In: Barbarulli, Clotilde and Borghi, Liana, (eds.) Forme Della Diversità: Genere, Precarietà, Intercultura. Cooperativa Editrice Universitaria, Cagliari, Italy. ISBN 8884673453

Hemmings, Clare (2006) The life and times of academic feminism In: Davis, Kathy and Evans, Mary, (eds.) The Handbook of Women's and Gender Studies. Sage Publications Ltd, London, UK, 13-34. ISBN 9780761943907


Hemmings, Clare (2005) Time, space and translation - bisexual challenges to Western theories of sexual identity. In: Heteronormativity - a fruitful concept?, 2 - 4 June 2005, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Hemmings, Clare (2005) Telling feminist stories Feminist Theory, 6 (2). 115-139. ISSN 1464-7001

Hemmings, Clare (2005) Invoking affect: cultural theory and the ontological turn Cultural Studies, 19 (5). 548-567. ISSN 0950-2386


Hemmings, Clare and Bahovec, Eva (2004) Travelling concepts, flexible funding In: Braidotti, Rosi and Just, Edyta and Mensink, Marlise, (eds.) The Making of European Women's Studies. Athena, Utrecht, Netherlands, 153-158. ISBN 9080612847


Hemmings, Clare and Brain, J. (2003) Imagining the feminist seventies In: Graham, Helen, (ed.) The Feminist Seventies. Raw Nerve Books, York, U.K., 11-23. ISBN 9780953658558


Hemmings, Clare (2002) Bisexual spaces: a geography of gender and sexuality Routledge, New York, USA. ISBN 9780415930833

Hemmings, Clare (2002) All my life I’ve been waiting for something: theorising femme narrative in The Well of Loneliness In: Doan, Laura and Prosser, Jay, (eds.) Palatable Poison: Critical Perspectives on the Well of Loneliness. Columbia University Press, New York, 179-196. ISBN 9780231118750


Hemmings, Clare and Grace, Felicity (1999) Stretching queer boundaries: an introduction Sexualities, 2 (4). 387-396. ISSN 1363-4607

Hemmings, Clare (1999) Locating bisexual identities In: Storr, Merl, (ed.) Bisexuality: a Critical Reader. Routledge, London, UK, 193-201. ISBN 9780415166607

Hemmings, Clare (1999) Out of sight, out of mind? Theorizing femme narrative Sexualities, 2 (4). 451-464. ISSN 1363-4607

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A powerful critique of narratives feminists tell about the past four decades of Western feminist theory, highlighting the ethical and political dilemmas they raise, and offering strategies for transforming them.

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National Teaching Fellowship Award (2007); EU Lifelong Learning Programme Funding (2007); Leverhulme Visiting Professor Host (2007); Martin Duberman Fellowship (2007); British Council Research Fellowship (2004)

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