Visiting Scholars

Visiting Fellow/Professorial appointments are intended to help us to invite staff who are academics in other institutions to conduct research, or be involved in other activities which will benefit the Department. We would particularly like to encourage applications from people whose work explores the Department’s current priority research themes. We usually have two to three visitors per annum.

How to apply

We will be considering new applications at the beginning of the new academic year 2022-23, deadline for application will be 1st October 2022.  At the moment we are looking at visits from Michaelmas term 2023.

The Visiting Fellow programme refers to 'visiting academics', which are unfunded positions. Applicants for postdoctoral positions for which you already have funding (or know where you want to apply for funding) must apply a minimum of one term in advance.

If you are interested in applying to visit the Department of Gender Studies in any of the visiting categories, please contact Hazel Johnstone in the first instance. You will then be required to supply a full CV and an outline of the programme of work you wish to undertake during your visit, situating your work in relation to that of the Department (faculty/ research programmes). Please also specify your preferred dates of visit.

Thereafter our research committee, representing all our interdisciplinary interests, will meet twice a year to considers all applications for places from all visiting academics and will recommend affiliation to the School on the basis that a member of faculty will 'sponsor' the applicant.  The offer of a visiting fellowship will come from the School itself and our panel meets two weeks before the LSE deadlines. Hazel will be able to advise on dates.   

Potential applicants should note that while visitors will be welcomed into the research community wholeheartedly, they cannot be assured of desk space, administrative support or PC use, however, due to limited resources.  At the moment we are only able to offer a very limited hotdesking arrangement.  They will, however, be granted full library and IT access during the period of fellowship tenure.

Please apply under one of the following schemes, which grant status to individuals from outside the School associated with School departments, Institutes or Centres.

Visiting Fellows

The Visiting Fellow Scheme is aimed at scholars (pre-Major Review equivalent/or early post-doctoral status), persons/practitioners of equivalent standing in an appropriate profession/occupation, and researchers in the early stages of their career.  The status of Visiting Fellow given to those intending to seek external research, is in itself non contractual and unremunerated, and confers no special privileges, excepting those usually granted to Visiting Fellows. Please note postdoctoral fellows must have already been awarded their doctorate at the time of application.  VF visits are usually for one term.

Visiting Senior Fellows

The Visiting Senior Fellow Scheme is aimed at scholars who are of Lecturer (post-Major Review equivalent), Senior Lecturer, or Reader level, and professionals at a broadly comparable level in their profession.  The title of Visiting Senior Fellow is given to individuals from outside the School associated with School Departments/Institutes/Centres. The status is intended to apply to scholars who have already published work of distinction, as well as recognising the contribution from those in government service, in professional practice, in the private sector, or in other appropriate fields, to research and other Departmental/Institute/Centre activities.  VSF visits are usually for one term.

Visiting Professors

The School may confer the title of Visiting Professor for a defined but renewable period on persons of appropriate distinction whose connections with the School are appropriate to the visiting title. It includes individuals with a non-academic background who may have achieved prominence in public life, or who have attained distinction in their profession. 

Previous Visiting Fellows and Professors

Recent Visiting Fellows and Professors include:

Previous visitors to LSE Gender:

Sara Ahmed

Sara Ahmed is Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Previously based in Women's Studies at Lancaster, her research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape; and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds, as well as institutional cultures. Her publications include: Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism (1998); Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Postcoloniality (2000); The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004), Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others (2006) and The Promise of Happiness (2010).

In February 2011, Sara gave a public lecture co-hosted by the Gender Institute and the Department of Media and Communications.  For more information on this lecture, please click here.

Dr Nkoli Aniekwu

Nkoli Aniekwu was a Visiting Fellow for MIchaelmas Term 2010.  She teaches Legal Method and Research at the Department of Public Law, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. Her book Legal Methodology and Research in Nigeria was described by Professor Susanne Karstedt of the School of Law, University of Leeds as "a classic text in empirical and legal research methods."

Nkoli Aniekwu is a member of the Management Board of the Centre for Gender Studies and former Head, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Benin.

In November 2010 Nkoli gave a research seminar at the Gender Institute entitled Domesticating Cairo And Beijing: Prospects And Opportunities For Legal Obligations To Reproductive Rights Protection In Nigeria.

Elena Beltran

Elena Beltran was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Gender Institute for Michaelmas Term 2012. She is member of the Department of Public Law and Legal Philosophy at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. She was member of the board of directors of the Department of Public Law and Legal Philosophy and of the Law School. Now, she is member of the board of directors of the Women Studies Institute and she is the Chair of the Committee of Equality in the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. She was Visiting Scholar at the Human Rights Direction in the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg; at New York University School of Law (1989 and 1998); at Boston College; and at the Institut de Theorie du Droit, Paris X.

She has written on issues of contemporary theories of justice; liberalism and its critics; critical legal studies; feminist jurisprudence; constitutional building of sexual equality; gender and  citizenship; education; gender and multicultural challenges to liberal democratic institutions; the meaning of respect for religious and non-religious; prostitution and women rights. She is currently working on property rights and human bodies, especially women bodies. 

Rachel Berger

Rachel Berger is Associate Professor of History at and Fellow of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is, by training, a historian of medicine and the body in South Asia, and has worked on the history of Ayurvedic medicine in the context of late colonial biopolitics, Hindi-language discussions of gyneacology and reproductive medicine in interwar India, and the visual culture of consumption in the subcontinent. Her current South Asia-based research project takes up the history of food and nutrition in interwar and early post-colonial India, focusing on the emergence of new food economies, a shift to preventative medicine and the evolution of consumption in North India. A second project explores the concept of intimacy as it is deployed in Indian vernacular representations of sexuality and the body, focusing particularly on recovering the subject from its abstraction into the greater work of nation-building. Rachel has long-standing scholarly and activist interests in queer lives (in theory and practice), reproductive politics, and questions of power in relation to the formalization of political and activist practices. As such, she is excited to use the opportunity of being in feminist community at the LSE to begin new research on evolving discourses of 'choice', especially with regards to questions of reproduction and coupling set against the backdrop of homonationalism and neoliberal economic life.

On Wednesday 13 March 2013, Dr Berger presented a research seminar at the Gender Institute: "Love" Makes a Family? Unconventional Baby-Making, Homonational Affects, and New Terrains of 'Choice' in Neo-liberal times. Free and open to all.