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Multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminars

Research Seminars Book StackThe Gender Research Seminars offer academics and graduate students an opportunity to present their work-in-progress to a multi-disciplinary audience interested in gender, in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Seminars are held at lunch times on specified days during Michaelmas and Lent and everyone is welcome to attend.

The seminars are organised and chaired by Sigal Spigel. If you would like more information about this series, or are interested in presenting your work at a Gender Research Seminar, please email Sigal at

Lent 2018:

We regret that the MGS Research Seminars on Monday 26 February, Monday 5 March and Monday 12 March have been cancelled due to industrial action scheduled on these dates. These seminars will be rescheduled in the next academic year.


*All seminars will be held in Room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP*


1230-1330, Monday 29 January 2018

Professor Clare Pettitt

Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, Department of English, King’s College, London 

Distant Contemporaries: Women Reporting the 1848 Revolutions


1230-1330, Monday 5 February 2018

Lorraine Koonce

Solicitor (UK), Lawyer (US), Gender and Human Rights Advocate and Kameel Ahmady Independent Researcher     

FGM: Cruelty in the Name of Tradition


1230-1330, Monday 12 February 2018

Dr Lisa Baraitser

Reader in Psychosocial Studies, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

Enduring Time: Care, Gender and Temporality


1230-1330, Monday 19 February 2018

Dr Jill Armstrong

Bye Fellow, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Higher Stakes: Generational differences in Mothers’ and Daughters’ feelings about combining motherhood with a career


1230-1330, Monday 26 February 2018

Dr Carmen M. Mangion

Lecturer in Modern History, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London

“The Most Unliberated Women in the World?” Finding Feminism in British Catholic Convents in the Long 1960’s


1230-1330, Monday 5 March 2018

Yvonne Salmon FRSA FRGS FRAI Cambridge 

Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Gender and Space


1230-1330, Monday 12 March 2018

Dr Boyd Brogan

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Department of History and Philosophy of Science; University of Cambridge

Hysterical Men in Early Modern England


Michaelmas 2017:


1230-1330, Monday 16 October 2017

Dr Stefanie Fishel  

Assistant Professor, Department of Gender and Race Studies, University of Alabama

Hybrid Subjectivities: Pluralising the Body Politic


1230-1330, Monday 30 October 2017

Ms Sarah Lightman

Artist, Curator, and Author, Department of Text/Image Studies, University of Glasgow

"The Star Sapphire" by Sharon Rudahl Comics, Fine Art and Feminist Theology


1230-1330, Monday 13 November 2017

Dr Shailaja Fennell

Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge

Tackling Domestic Violence through a National Lens: A Comparative Perspective on Asia


1230-1330, Monday 27 November 2017

Dr Caroline Rusterholz

Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck University, SNSF Postdoc Fellow.

English Women Doctors, Birth Control and Family Planning (1920-1970)