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About the Centre

What is the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies?

The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies is a multi-disciplinary centre for research and teaching. Working together with over 20 departments within the University and an international network of gender scholars beyond, the Centre conducts outstanding research and teaching on a broad spectrum of approaches to understanding gender and sexuality in relation to the human subject. 

The aim of the Centre is to increase our capacity for rigorous gender analysis and to promote awareness of its relevance in historic, economic, political, artistic, social, and scientific contexts. As such, we welcome inquiry from multiple and overlapping perspectives including (but not limited to) various forms of feminist theory, lesbian and gay studies, queer theory, transgender/trans* theory, and critical sexuality studies. We aim to push across the boundaries of disciplines and identities to promote ambitious and ground-breaking work that is able to build on the strengths of research across the University of Cambridge, and to deeply engage with the complexities of studying gender in our world. 

The Centre runs high profile symposia, public lectures and research seminars, as well as a multi-disciplinary MPhil and PhD programme, a visiting scholars’ programme and a distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme (The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship). The Centre also has an excellent network of visiting scholars and invited lecturers, including Nobel Prize winners Amartya Sen and Shirin Ebadi; academics such as Judith Butler, Seyla Benhabib, Jack Halberstam, Nancy Fraser, Sara Ahmed, Catharine MacKinnon, Onora O'Neill, and Carol Gilligan; writers and activists such as Larry Kramer, Nawal el Saadawi, Tariq Ali, David Kato, and Helena Kennedy and scientific pioneers such as Carl Djerassi and Simon Baron-Cohen.

Please see our 'Events and Seminars' pages for further information.