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 Gender Institute. 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 Gender Institute, nor of the London School of Economics.

The Engenderings Editorial Collective:

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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.
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Jenny Chanfreau is a PhD student at the Gender Institute. 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, and before she returned to the LSE to start her PhD she worked for many years at a social research institute doing quantitative analysis. Jenny’s research interests include the gendered division of paid and unpaid work, including caring and childrearing, and how social policies influence, contribute to and reproduce these processes. When not working (in the broadest sense of the word), Jenny likes to do a bit of gardening in her favourite little corner of South East London.
Annette Behrens
Annette Behrens Annette Behrens left the Gender Institute in 2016. She is currently 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. Annette’s 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 also enjoys reading and making zines, swimming and baking.
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Aiko 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.
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Koen Slootmaeckers is an Engenderings associate editor. Koen is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London. His doctoral research focuses on the impact of EU Accession processes on the LGBT movement in the Western Balkans, specifically Serbia. Koen is also an LSE Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Methodology and a research affiliate at Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) at the University of Leuven (Belgium).
Magdalena Mikulak
Magdalena Mikulak is a PhD student at the Gender Institute working on religiously motivated reparative therapy in contemporary Poland. Her research interests include sexuality, religion, post-socialism, LGBTQI activism, Central and Eastern Europe, social change and class. When not working on her PhD she does yoga and bakes bread.
Julia
Julia Hartviksen is a PhD candidate at the Gender Institute. Her dissertation project explores the materiality of violences against women and femicide in postwar Guatemala’s Franja Transversal del Norte. She is particularly interested in the political economy of violence against women, feminist historical materialism, extractivism, development, and feminist international relations. Previously, Julia studied International Studies & Modern Languages at the University of Ottawa, and Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, in Canada. When she’s not working on her PhD, Julia enjoys running, hiking, and talking about Canadian politics.
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Alaa El-Mahrakawy is a PhD student at the Gender Institute focusing on reproductive labour and capitalist accumulation in Egypt. She studied Political Science at the American University in Cairo, and completed an MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development at SOAS. Her engagement in political activism in Egypt, and her research have shaped her understanding of the intersections between race, class and gender within contentious political mobilization. Her research interests include: Middle East politics, Marxist-feminist political theory, social movements and resistance.