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 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: