Engenderings is a blog about the role of gender in cultural, social and political life. It brings together a broad range of perspectives to engage with ideas about gender as it operates in local and global culture and society. At the core of Engenderings is the idea that gender is everywhere, shaping not only the way we move through the world – organising human bodies, sexualities, identities – but also the way we relate to the world and to each other, in thought and in action, from political representation to cultural production. Engenderings is about the inflections of gender in everyday life. The Engenderings blog is based at the LSE Department of Gender Studies. It is interdisciplinary in approach and subject matter, with material originating from a range of fields including social and political science, cultural and media studies, literary criticism, arts, philosophy, environmental studies and technology. Engenderings is committed to an open and critical engagement that is responsive to different points of view and is invested in exploring gender as an analytical category.

Each blog post gives the views of the individual author(s), and not the position of the Department of Gender Studies, nor of the London School of Economics. All posts published on Engenderings remain the intellectual property and copyright of the author or authors. Anyone is free to link to or share links to posts published on Engenderings. Unless otherwise indicated, do not reproduce, republish or repost any blog posts on other sites without permission from the author of the post. For repost requests please contact the editorial collective and we will pass your request on to the author. We request that any reposts of original content published on Engenderings acknowledge and link back to Engenderings as the original site of publication but this is at the author’s discretion.

The Engenderings Editorial Collective:


Louisa Acciari is a PhD student at the Gender Institute working on the mobilisations of domestic workers in Brazil. Her research interests include social movements; feminist and post-colonial theories; the intersections between gender, race and class; and Brazilian politics. She studied Political Science in Paris before coming to the UK to do Gender Studies. She has also been involved in the student and feminist movements for years and believes in the importance of linking academia to activism and practices of contestation.

Annette Behrens left LSE in 2016. She is now involved with a variety of projects, including working for a sexual health outreach programme, and consulting on research for an almanac of London’s LGBTQ organisations. Her academic background and interests are in political science and gender studies, with focus on the prefigurative politics and emotional labour in activism, anarchism, transnational feminisms and the relationship between activism and academia. She enjoys reading, making zines, swimming and baking.


Julia Hartviksen is a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies. Her PhD explores the materiality of violences against women and femicide in postwar Guatemala. She is particularly interested in the political economy of violence against women, feminist historical materialism, extractivism and development. Previously, Julia studied International Studies & Modern Languages at the University of Ottawa, and Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, in Canada. Julia enjoys running and hiking.

Billy Holzberg is a PhD candidate at the Gender Department of the LSE. author's portrait pictureHe is also associated with the International Inequalities Institute. His PhD project examines what role emotions play in the framing of and public reaction to the ‘long summer of migration’ in Germany in 2015. Before coming to London, Billy studied in Amsterdam, Berlin and Montreal and has been involved in many queer, feminist and postcolonial research and activist groups. He enjoys literature, cinema and getting lost in the city.

Holvikivi_passport_photoAiko Holvikivi is a PhD student at the Gender Institute, researching gender training for military and police personnel.  Her professional experience includes

policy research and capacity building in the fieldof gender and security sector reform. Aiko studied political science at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and international relations at the University of St Andrews. In addition to academic-in-training, she is a yogi, a podcast enthusiast, and an equestrian.

Magdalena Mikulak completed her PhD at the Department of Gender Studies. Her doctoral project addresses the question of whether and how politics of sexuality in contemporary, postsocialist Poland are shaped and circumscribed by processes of neoliberalisation, and how differences of class, gender, and location position subjects differently within the landscape of the former. Magdalena is also a guest teacher on the interdisciplinary LSE100 course. When not working, she practices and teaches yoga, and bakes bread.

Jenny Chanfreau is a PhD student at the Department of Gender Studies. Her research looks at gender and class differences in transitions in and out of the labour market over the life course. Jenny holds an MSc in Social Policy (Research) from the LSE, a degree that awakened her inner quant analysis nerd.  Jenny’s research interests include the gendered division of paid and unpaid work, including caring and childrearing. When not working, Jenny likes to do a bit of gardening in her favourite little corner of South East London.

Koen Slootmaeckers joins the Engenderings collective as an associate editor. He is a lecturer in international politics at City, University of London. His research focuses on the the processes of resisting and promoting LGBT rights. He is particularly interested in the impact of EU Accession processes on the LGBT movement in the Western Balkans, specifically Serbia. Koen is also an research affiliate at Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) at the University of Leuven (Belgium).

Tomás Ojeda is a PhD student at the LSE Gender Department. His research examines normative issues regarding Chilean “psy knowledges” on so-called sexual and gender diversity, and their place within Chilean sexual and gender politics. Tomás is also a research member of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Subjectivity and Social Change, and has worked as a psychotherapist and as an advisor in sex education. When not working, he enjoys watching series, dancing and walking around the city.

Picture of Keren DarmonKeren Darmon is an associate member of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where she recently completed her PhD. Her thesis is a feminist media studies project, entitled Representing SlutWalk London in Mass and Social Media: Negotiating feminist and post feminist sensibilities. Keren is currently a guest teacher on the interdisciplinary LSE100 course. She also volunteers as a school governor and as the communications lead for her local branch of the Women’s Equality Party.