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Gender Institute Events

Gender Institute Events

Research. Teaching. Impact.

The Gender Institute hosts a seminar series, teach-in events, and other speakers and events relevant to the students and staff interested in gender and sexuality issues on campus; in classrooms; in their disciplines of work, study, or research; and in the world more broadly. If you have ideas for events that you would find useful, please get in touch with us directly or let us know via our survey. Also, check out our events on our Youtube Channel

Upcoming Events: 


Recent Past Events: 

Wednesday 15th May 5-7pm Go Run Lead Networking event

Wednesday 1st May 15:00 - 16:30 Stewart House, Room 1, London WC1E 7HU: Panel for the Royal Holloway book launch, "Extreme Britain: Gender, Masculinity and Radicalisation".

Friday 26th April 3-7pm"Radical Aunt-tea Afternoon and EveningBedford Room, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU In celebration of Intergenerational Awareness week, we are running our third *Radical Aunties event themed on intergenerational and intersectional understandings of tea cultures in a three-part event, looking across the gendered, colonial and postcolonial histories of the beverage, coming together across different age groups and cultural backgrounds to perform a communal tea ceremony, and exploring the power of 'spilling tea' in activist gossip networks.  This event is free but booking is essential as spaces are limited.  

Monday 18th March: "Women in Academia, Achieving our Potential" Professor Margaret (Maggie) C. Watson at 2pm in the Shilling Lecture Theatre.

Go. Run. Lead programme 2024A series of three seminars for women and gender non-binary students and staff interested in either running for elected office or making a career in campaign politics. The three seminars are:

(1) how to run for office and manage a political campaign;

(2) how to ‘get stuff done’ in elected office; and

(3) managing expectations and navigating gendered dynamics on the campaign trail and in office.

Seminars: March 6, March 13, and March 20, 3pm-5pm

March Scholar of the Month: Thursday 14th March at 1pm on Teams, , Dr Amber Lascelles: "Learning from Audre Lorde: Embodied solidarities in contemporary Black Women's fiction".  

February Scholar of the Month: Monday 26th February at 1pm on Teams, Dr Amy Tooth-Murphy: "The Butch on the Ferry: The Affect and Effect of Butch Longing".

Tuesday 27th February 09:15-11:15 in the Old Ballroom, Mansion House: The Lord Mayor's Coffee Colloquy: Gender Equalities

Scholar of the Month: Monday 22nd January at 1pm on Teams, Dr Caterina Nirta:“Problematising narratives of trans embodiment as a one-way journey home”

Tuesday 14th November at 12 Noon in the Exhibition Space, Main Library"The joy of tea-drinking at College".

Monday 6th November at 2pm via Teams, Rafia Zakaria: "Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption".

Friday 10th November 2-5pm Room2-3, Stewart House "The Politics and Possibilities of Feminist Knowledge Production" with LSE Gender Studies Department. 

Tuesday 14th November at 12 Noon in the Exhibition Space, Main Library "The joy of tea-drinking at College".

Tuesday 31st October at 5pm via Teams Queer/Trans of Colour Creative Resistance” with Ragu Rage.

Monday 23rd October at 1pm via Microsoft Teams‘Auto-biography as resistance: reimagining the colonial archive through Black Feminist Photography Janine Francois

Thursday 5th October at 1pm via Teams "Gender and Disability Activism": Interview with Kate Nash”

October Scholar of the Month: Friday 13th October at 1pm via Microsoft Teams Professor Jane Hamlett, "One of the Family: Rethinking Family with Animals in Twentieth Century Britain".

Tuesday 17th October at 1pm via Team Subhadra Das: Women and Eugenics, a case study from University College at the turn of the 20th Century" 

Summer Reading Group 2023 : 

Tuesday 5th September at 14:00, “The Hassle of Housework: Digitalisation",Ursula Huws. Feminist Review, 123.1,2019, 8–23.

Tuesday 15th August at 14:00, "Gastro-testimonials in Handmade: Narrating the War Experiences of Sri Lankan Tamil Women through Food", Brinda J. Mehta, Feminist Formations, vol. 34 no. 2, 2022, p. 146-174.

Tuesday 25th July at 14:00 Performing Critical Generosity in the Feminist Classroom”, Lesley Erin Bartlett 2018, Feminist Teacher 28.2, 91-104.

Thursday 6th July at 14:00 : “Exploring Transgender Law and Politics”, Catharine A. MacKinnon, with Finn Mackay, Mischa Schuman, Sandra Fredman, and Ruth Chang.

Thursday 15th June at 14:00 via Teams: Returning the Gift”, Robin Wall Kimmerer. Originally published in Minding. Nature, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Spring 2014).

June Scholar of the Month: Friday 30th June at 1pm, Dr Manhua Li "Yin-Yang: Bodily Technology, Erotic Arts, and Governmentality"

 "Gender and Embodiment" a series of speaker sessions and roundtable discussions:

  • Monday 15th May at 13:00 via Teams:  “Are we all Hysterical?” with Pragya Agarwal
  • Tuesday 16th May at 17:00 via Teams: “Raving” A Reading and Discussion with McKenzie Wark and Roberta Mock
  • Tuesday 23rd May at 13:00 in Arts Lecture Room 3 : Roundtable Discussion 
  • Thursday 25th May at 12, Noon via Teams "Shattering Shadows: Albinism Awareness through Embodied Educational Theatre" with Dr Zindaba Chisiza.

May Scholar of the Month: Wednesday 3rd May at 1pm via Teams, Dr Maryam Mehrnezhad on Teams "Minority or Minoritized? Cyber Security and Online Privacy for Women"  

Tuesday 25th April at 1pm in the Moore Annexe Theatre and Teams "(Dis)possessive borders, (dis)possessed bodies: race, property, and the construction of the human in Europe" with Tarsis Brito and Vicki Squire. 

Wednesday 26th April at 1.30pm in the Moore Annexe Theatre and Teams, Dr Megan Daigle "Feminist policy, humanitarian practice: at the limits of feminist foreign policy?"

In partnership with WiSAN (Women in Academia Support Network) Book Launch of "Research Her"  Hybrid in the Moore Auditorium and Teams, 5pm Thursday 27th April. 

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February Scholar of the Month: rescheduled because of UCU strike action, Monday 27th March at 1pm on Teams, Dr Kavita Maya: "Feminist Arachnopolitics: White Feminist Textual Practices in Witchcraft and Women’s Spirituality"

Wednesday 22nd March at 5.30pm: Bedford Society Talk - Laura Sjoberg: "Seeing War through Gender Lenses"

March Scholar of the Month: Friday 10th March at 1pm in Horton 208A or Teams: "Do Gender Quotas Erode Democratic Legitimacy?  Women's Political Representation in Comparative Perspective", Professor Jennifer Piscopo

Wednesday 8th March at 3pm "Go Run Lead" programme commenced.

January Scholar of the Month: Tuesday 24th January at 1pm, Dr Rita D'Alton-Harrison. "Gender, Identity and Parentage"

December Scholar of the Month: Tuesday 6th December at 1pm, Dr Suzanne Albary. " 'How to become a woman academic: top tips for dressing the part' : Narratives in in(authenticity) ".  

Wednesday 7th December at 3.30pm Professor Jodi Dean, "Lessons from Black Communist Women" hybrid session.

Tuesday 29th November at 3pm (GMT), Associate Professor Hollie Nyseth Nzitatira. "Reentry and Reintegration Following Genocide in Rwanda: Gender and Narratives of Blame".

November Scholar of the Month: Tuesday 22nd November at 4pm, Professor Ruth Hemus "Curating the avant-garde: Dada's women in exhibitions spaces".

The Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law together with the Gender Institute presents: Wednesday 19th October at 1pm via Zoom (register via EventBrite) Professor Miranda Horvath "Operation Soteria Bluestone - transforming police investigations of rape and other sexual offences"   

The Gender Institute hybrid staff meeting, Wednesday 12th October at 1.30pm.

October Scholar of the Month: Monday 10th October at 2pm, Vera Beckley-Hoelscher "Changing informal institutions via mimesis: gender equality in marriage proposals". 

September Scholar of the Month: Tuesday 27th September at 2pm (BST), Dr Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain, "Every Lover is a Destroyer": Queer Abuse and Experimental Memoir in Melissa Febos' "Abandon Me" and Carmen Maria Machado;s "In the Dream House".

Luisa Rebeca Garza Lopez, "Gender Violence in Politics and Paths Towards Trans* Epistemic Justice" (English) (Spanish))

May Scholar of the Month! Thursday May 19th at 1pm, Dr. Liz Pearson, "Gender, Extremism, and Thinking Through Masculinities"  

Women, Peace, and Security Workshop April 27th - Schedule (Videos Coming Soon) 

March Scholar of the Month: Victoria Mapplebeck, "Smartphone Filmmaking as a Tool for Innovation, Intimacy, and Diversity" (Rescheduled Due to Strike, April 25th, 1pm) (Video coming soon!

February Scholar of the Month! Thursday 24th February at 1pm, Dr. Elizabeth Gloyn, “Papa Don’t Preach: Familial Ethics and Fatherhood in Seneca” 

January Scholar of the Month! Thursday 27th January at 4pm, Dr. Jennifer Murphy, “Interoception in Men and Women” 

Monday 15th November at 5pm (with UCU and the Royal Holloway LGBTQ+ Network), Trans Awareness Week Keynote Speech, Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell, “Gender Concepts: Gatekeepers, Engineers, and Welcomers” (on Teams)

November Scholar of the Month! Friday 12th November at Noon, Dr. Suki Finn, “Philosophising about Pregnancy” (on Teams) (citations slide)

Thursday 11th November at 1pm, Roundtable Discussion for Early Career Women and Non-Binary Researchers (on Teams) 

October Scholar of the Month! Thursday 28th October at 5pm Professor Sarah Childs, “Making Representative Political Institutions Feminist” (Recording)

Wednesday 20th October at 4pm, Professor Jennie Stephens, “Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy” (Recording)

Tuesday 12th October at 1pm, Professor Maria Eriksson Baaz “Researching Sexual Violence along War and Peace Continuum” (Recording)

2020-2021 Events: 

Professor Raewyn Connell's Gender Institute Launch Event (co-sponsored by the Humanities and Arts Research Institute)

Professor Raewyn Connell is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Sydney. Her talk at the inaugural Gender Institute Launch Event was on "Feminist Thought and the Global Political Economy of Knowledge." 

Panel on Gender, Political Economy, and Security  (co-sponsored by the Royal Holloway Centre for International Security)

Dr. Marsha Henry (the London School of Economics), Dr. Daniela Lai (Royal Holloway, University of London), Dr. Swati Parashar (University of Gothenberg), and Professor V. Spike Peterson (University of Arizona) discuss the intersections of gender, political economy, and security, in teaching, research, and world politics.

Panel on Female Perpetrators of the Holocaust (co-sponsored by the Holocaust Research Institute and the Centre for International Security)

Dr. Sarah Cushman (Northwestern University), Professor Elizabeth Harvey (University of Nottingham), Professor Wendy Lower (Claremont McKenna College), and Professor Laura Sjoberg (Royal Holloway, University of London) discuss identifying, theorising, and framing female perpetrators of the Holocaust and surrounding atrocities. 

Right Honourable Dame Margaret Hodge, Member of Parliament for Barking, February 24, 2021 at 1pm (information)

Professor Anne Fausto-Sterling, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor Emerita of Biology and Gender Studies at Brown University, March 11, 2021 at 5pm (information)

'Meet the Woman Voter' Panel, March 23, 2021 at 5pm

As part of the Gendering Elections Project and in preparation for the Mayoral and Local elections on 6th May, the ‘Meet the Woman Voter’  panel includes an academic expert on voting behaviour, who works on gender and parties and parliament, student representatives, an local MP, some local councillors and a member of the Fawcett Society.  

Professor Elizabeth Freeman, Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, March 24, 2021, at 4pm 

Dr Rahul Rao, Senior Lecturer in Politics, SOAS, University of London, May 4, 2021 10am, “Out of Time: The Queer Politics of Postcoloniality'

Dr. Daniela Lai's book launch for Socioeconomic Justice : International Intervention and Transition in Post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, featuring Professor Eric Gordy (University College London); Dr. Katerina Kusic (Aberwystwyth University), Zoran Vuckovac (Justus-Leibig University, Giessen), Dr. Catherine Baker (Hull University), and Professor Michael Pugh (Bradford University), May 20, 2021, 11am.

Dr. Afiya Zia, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Toronto, June 10, 2021, 1pm, "Political Masculinities" 

The Centre for Digital Organisation and Society Distinguished Lecture, given by Professor Jessie Daniels, 29 June 2021, from 11am-1pm, "Gender, Race, and Globally Networked White Supremacy: Toward a New Understanding."


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