Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy
Social Sciences Building
Leeds, LS2 9JT

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 3770
Fax: +44 (0) 113 343 4415


Postgraduate conference and workshop: After #metoo: where next?

On Monday 23rd July 2018, CIGS and FLAG will be hosting a conference and workshop exploring academic and practitioner responses to the #metoo campaign.

We welcome presenters and attendees from across disciplines as well as from the social sector. The event is open to PhD students, Masters students and practitioners.

Call for Papers

The #metoo campaign has facilitated the emergence of a renewed public narrative around violence against women and girls (VAWG), which has led to the widespread public disclosure of women’s experiences of a sexual harassment and abuse. Will this make any tangible or lasting difference to women and girls’ experience of violence (in all its forms)? Does public discourse reflect the experiences of women who are more marginalised or less privileged, particularly given that the campaign’s founder, Tarana Burke, has largely been unacknowledged and obscured in this debate?
The UK government’s current VAWG strategy (2016-2020) outlines the strategic aim of “making VAWG everyone’s business”, with specific reference to the engagement of “men, boys and bystanders” to challenge VAWG and “further social change” (Home Office, 2016). Policies implemented under welfare reform are however severely at odds with this and the stories we tell about women’s experiences remain stubbornly focused on victim-survivors rather than perpetrators. To what extent can policy and dominant discourse be reworked so that violence against women is genuinely regarded as a social problem for which there is a shared, collective responsibility to address?

Building upon the discussions from the first Violence Symposium event on May 8th, and set against this backdrop, we are looking for submissions across the following themes, and beyond:

  • Past and present celebrity narratives of domestic and/or sexual violence and harassment (Saville, Weinstein, Spacey etc.)
  • Victim-survivor resilience and resourcefulness
  • Acts of victim-survivor public self-disclosure
  • Public narratives and responses around domestic/sexual violence and harassment
  • Notions of authentic ‘victimhood’; considering “othered” women’s experiences of violence such as women engaged in sex work, women with substance use issues and trans women.
  • LBGTQ+ victim-survivors’ experiences of domestic and sexual violence
  • Post-colonial and racialized narratives of abuse and violence in the current climate
  • Class and notions of (women’s) respectability
  • Trauma, resilience and resistance at different stages of the life-course including, childhood experiences and older women’s experiences of trauma and domestic/sexual abuse
  • Feminist thought and political activism in relation to the #metoo campaign
  • Reflections on the government’s current VAWG strategy
  • Policy responses in the context of austerity and welfare reform measures
  • Power and privilege in institutional settings, including higher education environments
  • Bystander initiatives and approaches to combat domestic and sexual violence on campus
  • Use of technology and social media as a tool for bringing about ‘real’ social change (?)
  • Exploring counter narratives to the #metoo campaign
  • Men speaking up against men’s violence towards women; notions of ‘allyship’ and coalition building
  • Domestic and sexual violence and abuse prevention approaches

This is not an exhaustive list and submissions are not limited to the above. Papers on other issues related to these broad themes are welcome. We welcome submissions from PhD students, Masters students and practitioners with relevant research or work experience. Please send 250 word abstract submissions to Jessica Wild j.l.wild@leeds.ac.uk and Mary Robson ss09memr@leeds.ac.uk by Friday 15th June 2018. If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to contact us. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by Friday 22nd June 2018.

For tickets, please go to the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/after-metoo-where-next-tickets-46188906262.

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Recognising Diversity? Gender and Sexual Equalities In Principle and Practice

recognising diversityDate: 20 June 2013, 9.00am
Location: The Carriage Works

Recognising Diversity? Gender and Sexual Equalities In Principle and Practice marks the end of the research project ‘Recognising Diversity?: Equalities In Principle and Practice’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and carried out by Dr. Sally Hines in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS) at the University of Leeds.

The project was designed to provide knowledge transfer of Sally Hines’ previous research which explored understandings, meanings and significance of the UK Gender Recognition Act (GRA). Set within the context of an increasing legal, policy and political focus on ‘equality’ and ‘diversity,’ and a raft of other legal and policy shifts around gender and sexuality, the GRA promised increased rights and recognition for trans people. Yet, the project found that whilst some trans people were afforded increased levels of citizenship, others were further marginalised. Fuelled by ‘rights based’ claims for inclusion founded on notions of ‘sameness’, findings from the project suggested that equality and diversity agendas fail to account for ‘difference’.

This two day Conference explores these issues in relation to UK gender and sexualities equalities and diversities more broadly. In keeping with the aims of the knowledge transfer award, it seeks to bring academics working around equalities and diversities together with policy makers, activists, journalists, artists, and campaigning/support organisations to explore the significance of recent UK cultural, social, political, legal, and policy shifts which address gender and sexuality. The conference will centre the importance of dialogue both across academic disciplines and between academic and non-academic members and user group communities.

For full details of speakers and conference timetable see the Recognising Diversity Conference Programme

Conference Contact: Stefanie Boulila: Email: s.c.boulila@leeds.ac.uk

Conference Fees

  • 2 Day Waged: £150 (including conference dinner)
  • 2 Day Unwaged/Student: £50 (including conference dinner)
  • Thursday 1 Day Waged: £100 (including conference dinner)
  • Thursday 1 Day Unwaged/Student: £30 (including conference dinner)
  • Friday 1 Day Waged: £80
  • Friday 1 Day Unwaged: £25

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Forthcoming Feminisms: Gender Activism, Politics and Theories Organised by the BSA Gender Study Group & the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds

Date: 26 October 2012, 9.00am
Location: Weetwood Hall Hotel, Leeds

Keynote Speakers: Julia Downes (Durham); Imogen Tyler (Lancaster)

This one day conference will seek to explore the contemporary landscape of gender politics and theory at a crucial moment of feminist resurgence. Against the backdrop of political economies of austerity, in which women are disproportionately disadvantaged, and in challenge to ‘post-feminist’ cultural prophecies, current times indicate a renewed interest in, and commitment to, feminism. In academic climates, while women’s and gender study programs face threats of closure, the popularity of such programmes continues to grow; reflecting the continuation of feminist and gender theory as a flourishing and dynamic arena. This conference speaks to these political and theoretical paradoxes and flows in exploring varied (and sometimes opposing) feminist cultures, values, ethics, knowledges, challenges and aspirations across the levels of the social and cultural.

The conference will examine these issues in relation to temporality: how do current feminisms speak to those of the past and how might we imagine feminisms’ future?; the micro and the macro: how do grass roots feminist politics respond to structural processes and materialities?; the local and global: what are the similarities and differences – the uniting and dividing features – of national and international feminisms?; place and culture: how are feminisms formed through, and in opposition to, fields of habitus and spaces of public/private; citizenship and recognition: who can – and who can’t – find a place within feminism, who is – and who isn’t – able to ‘belong’?; equality and diversity: to what extent has feminism been mainstreamed?, what are the effects of this on gender studies and politics in and outside the academy?; intersectionality: how do social identities and material positionings impact on feminist commitments and lived experiences?, how do patterns of inequality bear on feminist aspirations and imaginings?; difference: how can feminism productively interact with trans and queer politics, theories, and communities?, how can feminism account for embodied diversities?

Papers will address questions of

  • Sites of Activism
  • Political Agendas
  • Spaces and Places
  • Gender Mainstreaming
  • Feminisms at the Local and Global
  • Intersections of Class, Race, Ethnicity, Faith, Age, Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment
  • Feminist Times and Generations
  • Agency and Affect
  • Political Economies
  • Inclusions and Exclusions
  • Transgender and Queer Feminisms
  • Representation, Media and New Technologies

Please click here to see the full conference programme

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Gender on the Edge of Cuts

Date: 23 June 2011,
Location: Thriving on the Edge of Cuts: Inspirations and Innovations in Gender Studies

This is a conference organised by students at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies in conjunction with students from the School of English at the University of Leeds.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kath Browne, School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton. To see the full programme please click here.

In 2010, the British government decided to cut funding for university Arts, Humanities and Social Science departments, thereby endangering spaces for critical social thought. This conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for up and coming researchers in the field of gender studies.

We welcome papers relating to gender from all disciplines in order to create a space for inspiration, innovation, dialogue and transformation. In addition to individual papers, the conference will also provide a space for discussing the impact of the cuts, in the form of a round table discussion at the end of the day.

Topics of interest may be:

  • femininities and masculinities
  • feminist and queer politics and activism
  • bodies and identities
  • gender and technology
  • queer spaces and geography
  • feminist and queer methodologies
  • gender and management
  • sexualities
  • popular culture
  • sexual health and education
  • social policy
  • gender and natural sciences
  • gender and development
  • postcolonial and diaspora studies
  • performing arts
  • queer marketing
  • gender and religion

The above topics are intended as suggestions only. We are open to contributions from people at all academic stages. However, we especially encourage contributions from MA and PhD students, as well as scholars at the beginning of their careers.


(250-300 words – excluding Bibliography), a short biography (50 words), affiliation and contact details are to be submitted by Thursday, 14 April 2011. We welcome submissions by email to genderontheedge@gmail.com in the form of an attachment (DOC, PDF) or copied directly into the message.


Speakers will be invited to submit their papers for publication in a special edition of the Graduate Journal for Social Sciences (GJSS) which will be published in October 2011. For guidelines on editing and submitting your papers for publication, please see the GJSS website. The deadline for the submission of all papers for publication is Thursday, 7 July 2011. For all enquiries and to submit completed papers please contact Alexa Athelstan by clicking here

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: genderontheedge@gmail.com

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Cosmetic Cultures: Beauty, Globalization, Politics, Practices

Date: 24 June 2009,
Location: School of Music, University of Leeds

Beauty has often been conceptualised as the concern only of women (or the only concern of women!) and as idealised in ‘whiteness’ or ‘Westerness’. Whilst many have found significant evidence to support these claims, work in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies has already flagged up the importance of men, masculinities and beauty, both in the ‘West’ and ‘East’ and has disrupted the idea that whiteness alone presents idealised beauty in all parts of the world, or even in this one. Whilst beauty ideals may be important in one sense, this conference also aims to explore beauty practices. The subject’s engagement in beauty practices may be ‘transformative’ in line with current ideals, and undertaken in the clinic, or it may be everyday and mundane, practices in the home or ‘salon’.

Themes will include:

  • National beauty cultures and histories and the intersection between local and globalised ideals;
  • Beauty practice ranging from ‘spectacular’ makeover cosmetic surgery to mundane beauty technologies such as diet and exercise, skin tanning/ lightening, hairstyling, hair removal and tattooing/piercing.
  • Intersections of ‘race’, class, gender and beauty cultures and practices; men, masculinities and beauty;
  • LGBI and Trans beauties; surgical tourism;
  • TV makeover shows;
  • Work in the ‘beauty industry’, including medical practices and cultures, beauty salons and cosmetics marketing and manufacture as well as (fashion and glamour) modelling.

By encouraging participants to explore beauty cultures, practices and politics in their broadest sense we hope to advance current debates and develop an international network of researchers.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Carolyn Cooper – University of the West Indies
  • Professor Kathy Davis – University of Utrecht
  • Dr Debra Gimlin – University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Meredith Jones – University of Technology, Sydney
  • Professor Toby Miller – University of California, Riverside
  • Professor Elspeth Probyn – University of Sydney

For more information including programme and accommodation information please click here

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