Issues of gender equality and feminist politics are more hotly debated than ever before. From Caitlin Moran’s best-selling book How to be a Woman to the mainstream attention garnered by websites such as the Everyday Sexism Project, debates about what feminism is and how feminism should be practiced in the twenty-first century have engaged academics and the public. Similarly, sexual identities, representations, work and leisure practices are the focus of intense interest for cultural commentators and policy makers. Academic study is rapidly developing more diverse and collaborative ways of understanding gender and sexual identities and experiences. Our network draws together researchers who specialize in the study of gender and sexuality, drawing on critical gender and sexuality studies.
Our work has three key themes:
intergenerational issues; women’s organizations; feminist movements; post-feminism; new feminisms and forms of activism; feminism and technologies.
Gender, sexuality and the public sphere:
gender, migration and diaspora; gender, place and space; gendered work cultures; sex work; language and parliament; gender-based violence; gender politics in neo-liberal Britain and its global relations; women’s writing and cultural production.
Sex, gender and sexuality in media, literature and promotional cultures:
television drama and documentary; PR and advertising; erotica; pornographies; popular genre fictions; crash cultures; horror; regulation and spectatorship; transgressive and controversial media.
Our work has been funded by AHRC, ESRC, Wellcome, and JISC. We welcome research students in our specialist areas, as well as proposals for research and research collaborations.