LSE Gender public lectures and seminars

The Department will not be hosting events during the Summer.
We will publish the Michaelmas Term calendar of events on this page soon.


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Previous Events


Gender and Budget 2020: Budget Viewing and Workshop
Public Event
Wednesday 11 March, 12.30pm to 3.00pm
Speakers: members of Women's Budget Group


Planet, Population and Rights
Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World
Friday 6 March 2020, 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Speakers: Audrey Alejandro, Carina Hirsch, Yamini Mishra, Wendy Sigle

Chair: Laura J. Brown

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International Women's Day. A Transregional Conversation on Feminism and the State

Public Event
Tuesday 3 March 2020, 6pm to 7.30pm
Speakers: Mala Htun, Poulami Roychowdhury, Francesca Refsum Jensenius, Wendy Sigle, Ania Plomien

Chair: Nazanin Shahrokni

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HIV, Stigma and Resistance
Public Event
Wednesday 19 February 2020, 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Speakers: Aaron Samuel Breslow, Hakan Seckinelgin, Shema Tariq 

Chair: Jacob Breslow

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The Shape of the Beast
Public Event - Co-hosted by LSE Gender and International Inequalities Institute
Friday 14 February 2020, 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Speakers: Arundhati Roy, Professor Amartya Sen. Chair: Sumi Madhok


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Citizenship Imperilled: Struggle and Solidarity in India Today

Public Event
Thursday 6 February 2020, 6pm to 7.30pm
Speaker: Niraja Gopal Jayal

Chair: Sumi Madhok


Iran at 40. Gendering the Trajectories and Transformation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Public Event - Co-hosted by LSE Gender and LSE Middle East Centre

Wednesday 5 February 2020, 6pm to 7.30pm
Speakers: Deniz Kandiyoti, Nazanin Shahrokni, Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi 

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'Queer' Asia
Public Event
Wednesday 29 January 2020, 6pm to 7.30pm
Speakers: Daniel Luther, Jennifer Ung Loh, Po-Han Lee, David Lunn


Conceptualizing Declining Reproduction: exploring old and new fertilities within assisted reproduction in India
Seminar - Co-hosted by LSE Sociology and LSE Gender
Monday 9 December 2019, 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Speaker: Anindita Majumdar

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Sex, Power and Mobility: On Sex Industries and Border Politics
Public Event
Wednesday 13 November 2019 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Speakers: Professor Nick Mai, Dr Jackie Sanchez Taylor
Chair: Leticia Sabsay
A discussion on the humanitarian governance of migration, sexuality and gender, as well as mainstream policies and responses to the challenges posed by the transnational power dynamics of contemporary sex industries, borders, and the trafficking paradigm.

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What if the state no longer sexed us?
Public Event
Wednesday 30 October 2019 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Speakers: Professor Davina Cooper and Dr Magdalena Mikulak
Chair: Dr Jacob Breslow
Would it be a good idea to no longer have a legal gender? Drawing on findings from the first year of an ESRC project on The Future of Legal Gender, this talk explores the implications and limitations of decertification where state law no longer registers, confirms, assigns or guarantees sex/ gender.


Racism, gender relations and miscegenation: rethinking Flame in the Streets
This event is part of Black History Month and is co-hosted by the Department of Sociology and the Department of Gender Studies
Tuesday 8 October 2019 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Speakers: Dr Clive James Nwonka, Professor Laura Mulvey
Chair: Dr Sadie Wearing
With a particular focus on its depicting of mixed-relationships, black masculinity and feminism, this screening and discussion sets out to examine the ways in which the socio-political character of Flame in The Streets speaks to the prevailing racial and sexual struggles of the period.



Towards a Decolonial Feminist Praxis: reflections on decolonising Gender Studies curricula
This event is part of #DecolonisingLSE Week 2019
Wednesday 2 October 2019 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Speakers: Priya Raghavan, Dr Leticia Sabsay, Dr Jacob Breslow
Chair: Hannah Wright
This panel aims to raise and discuss some of the tensions, contradictions and challenges entailed in efforts to practise decoloniality in Gender Studies.



'I am not particularly despondent yet': the affective life of a feminist film in post war Britain
Welcome Lecture
Tuesday 24 September 2019 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Speaker: Dr Sadie Wearing
Chair: Professor Wendy Sigle
This lecture explores the affective life of the 1951 ‘equal pay film’ made by Jill Craigie, To Be a Woman.


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.



Events 2018/19

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Hannah Wright and Priya Raghavan Present their PhD Research.

Wednesday 12th June 2019, 4.30pm

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.
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.


Intersectionality at 30: A Celebration

Wednesday 29 May 2019, 6.30-8.00pm

To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Professor Crenshaw's introduction of intersectionality, the Department of Gender Studies at LSE held a day of celebration which culminated with a powerful and moving public lecture by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw: Thirty Years of Theorizing Justice: Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, and Contemporary Challenges 

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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.


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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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. 

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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.  


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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‘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.


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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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. 

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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.

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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. 



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.

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) 

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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


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Critical differentiations of racism and migration

Wednesday 1 February 2017


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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


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

Wednesday 7 June 2017