Department of Gender Studies

If you have any questions about our Events Programme, please get in touch with our Communications and Events Manager, Violet Fox, at

Autumn Term: 

Ania Plomien

Social Reproduction: struggles for and visions of justice

Wednesday 20 September 2023, 3.30-5pm, CKK.LG.08. Followed by a drinks reception.

Speaker: Dr Ania Plomien (LSE Gender)

Chair: Prof Sumi Madhok (LSE Gender)

This event is the 2023 Annual Welcome Lecture for incoming and continuing LSE Gender students and affiliated faculty ONLY. Please do not attend if you are not one of the above as there is limited space.


Melissa Johnston

Building Peace, Rebuilding Patriarchy: The Failure of Gender Interventions in Timor-Leste

Wednesday 27 September, 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Speaker: Dr Melissa Johnston (University of Queensland)

Chair: Prof. John Sidel (LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre)

Men and women do not experience war, violence, and peace in the same ways. Accordingly, peacebuilding interventions now incorporate “gender mainstreaming” and stand-alone “gender-and-development” programming. These gender interventions should make peacebuilding more effective and sustainable, facilitating stable societies and efficient economies, but results have been mixed. In this seminar, Dr Melissa Johnston (University of Queensland) will explore outcomes for people on the ground in the instructive case of Timor-Leste.

This hybrid event is co-hosted with the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre.


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Twelve Feminist Lessons of War with Cynthia Enloe

Wednesday 18 October 2023, 6-8:30pm, Shaw Library, Old Building

Speakers: Professor Cynthia Enloe (Clark University) & Dr Amanda Chisholm (King's College)

Chair: Dr Marsha Henry (LSE Gender)

Twelve Feminist Lessons of War draws on firsthand experiences of war from women in places as diverse as Ukraine, Myanmar, Somalia, Vietnam, Rwanda, Algeria, Syria, and Northern Ireland to show how women's wars are not men's wars. With her engaging trademark style, Cynthia Enloe demonstrates how patriarchy and militarism have embedded themselves in our institutions and our personal lives.

This event is open to the public and free, but registration is required. See event listing for more information.



Engaging the global urban agenda: from the south

Wednesday 6 December 2023, 6.30 - 8pm, Hong Kong Theatre

Speaker: Professor Susan Parnell (University of Bristol)

Chair: Professor Claire Mercer (LSE)

Creating solutions to complex problems like gender inequality, informality, climate resilience or disease prevention, is the foundation of effective global governance.

This hybrid event is part of the Sylvia Chant Lecture Series and is co-hosted with the Department of Geography and Environment.


Associated Events:

These events may feature LSE Gender faculty and visitors but are not hosted by the Department of Gender Studies. For more information you will need to contact the hosting department or institution.

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Navigating ethical issues in participatory research

Wednesday 11 October, 12 noon to 1.30pm, Kingsway 3.02

Dr Sharmila Parmanand (Department of Gender Studies) introduces ethical and methodological issues in Participatory Action Research across various stages of the research process, from developing and designing the research until after the research formally ends. The session invites reflection on ways to build more reciprocity between academics and our research partners, especially in relation to research directions, recruitment of participants, ownership of the research, and power and representation. Sign up for the session

If you would like to find out more, please contact Louise Jones and Rosemary Deller at

This is an internal event for LSE staff, students and faculty hosted by the LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact office as a part of their Participatory Research workshop series.



Black feminism in Europe

Monday 30 October 2023, 6.30pm to 8.00pm BST

Speakers: Dr Mame-Fatou Niang, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Carnegie Mellon University; Dr SM Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender Studies, LSE.

Chair: Professor Joanna Lewis, Director, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Hosted by the LSE European Institute and the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Venue: In-person and online public event (LSE campus venue TBA)

Find out more.


Past Events: 2022-23

Alternatives to Human Rights Workshop

Workshop: Methodologies for Imagining an Alternative Politics of (Human) Rights

The Call for Papers submissions were due on 1 February 2023.

The event took place on 12 June 2023 at LSE and included a keynote lecture by Professor Nikita Dhawan (TU Dresden), which can be watched on the LSE Gender YouTube channel.

Access the full programme here, and the book of presentation abstracts here.

For more information about the research project please see our dedicated page 'Re-making Human Rights: Gender and Self-fashioning in the Political Imaginary of Rojava'.

Academic Freedoms

Academic Freedom and the Scholarship of Justice and Transformation 

Wednesday 18th January 2023, 5.30-7pm. 

There will be no event recording available, but please see Mary Evans' LSE Impact blog, The Possibilities of Nostalgia for Academic Freedom

This LSE Conversation brought together leading scholars who research and teach on questions of social and political transformation in contemporary times.

Speakers: Clare Hemmings (LSE), Niraja Gopal Jayal (LSE & King's College) and Mary Evans (LSE). Chair: Sumi Madhok (LSE)


Capabilities, Empowerment and Citizenship: a homage to my “influencers” 

** This event has been cancelled due to industrial action **

Speaker: Naila Kabeer (LSE)

Respondents: Ruth Lister (Loughborough) and Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS)
Chair: Wendy Sigle (LSE)


African Feminisms for Abolitionist Futures: the speculative geography of African women’s political dissent

Speaker: SM Rodriguez (LSE)

Chair: Aiko Holvikivi (LSE)

Watch a recording of the event on YouTube


Transnational ‘Anti-Gender’ Movements and Resistance: narratives and interventions

Speakers: Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley - online), Sonia Corrêa (Sexuality Policy Watch), Françoise Vergès (antiracist decolonial theorist and writer - online)
Chairs: Clare Hemmings (LSE) and Sumi Madhok (LSE)

Watch a recording of the event on YouTube - View 1 and View 2