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 and intersects with other analytical categories such as race, class, sexuality and disability, among others. It also shapes not only the way we move through the world – organising human bodies, sexualities, identities and the non-human – but also the way we relate to the world and to each other, in thought and in action, from political representation to cultural production.

The Engenderings blog is run by PhD students based at the LSE Department of Gender Studies, supported by the wider editorial collective. It is interdisciplinary in approach and subject matter, with material originating from a range of contexts, geographical location and fields including social and political science, cultural and media studies, literary criticism, arts, philosophy, environmental studies and technology, among others. Engenderings is committed to an open and critical engagement that is responsive to different points of view from within and outside academic spaces, while accountable to an inclusive feminist politics, and welcomes pieces from students, activists, scholars and practitioners.

Each blog post gives the views of the individual author(s), and not the position of the Department of Gender Studies, nor of the LSE. 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 elsewhere 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 suggest 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:

Holvikivi_passport_photoAiko Holvikivi holds a PhD in Gender Studies from LSE. Her doctoral research examined gender training for uniformed peacekeepers, interrogating how the concept of ‘gender’ travels across institutional and geographic locations. Her professional experience includes policy research and capacity building in the field of gender and security sector reform. In addition to being an aspiring academic, Aiko practices dance, and enjoys podcasts and the company of non-human animals.

Alaa El-Mahrakawy was awarded her MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development from SOAS in London in 2015. She also holds a BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. Her research interests include social movements; feminist and post-colonial theories; the intersections between gender, race and class; gender mobilization in the Middle East, and the struggle for domestic worker rights. Alaa currently serves as a site publisher for the Femme Oasis.

Annette Behrens
is a teacher in Oslo, Norway. She has an MSc in Gender Studies from the Department of Gender Studies at the LSE, and has further done research on gender relations, democratic structures and prefigurative pedagogy in activist groups in London.


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Billy Holzberg is a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies. He 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.

Jenny Chanfreau completed her PhD at the Department of Gender Studies and is now a Research Fellow in Demography at UCL. Her PhD research looked at gender, class and cohort differences paid work and family patterns in the UK. 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.


JuliaJulia Hartviksen completed her PhD 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.

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).

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Magdalena Mikulak is a postdoctoral researcher at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, where she works on a project on gender identity and trans health. She has a PhD in Gender Studies from LSE. Her doctoral project examined the way processes of neoliberalization impact upon the politics of sexuality in contemporary Poland. Her research interests include sexualities, gender, neoliberalism, LGBTQ activisms, social change and social movements. She tweets at @magmikulak

Melissa Chacón is a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies. Her project looks at lived and embodied experiences of conflict-related and everyday violence in the life course of sexual minorities in Colombia. She holds an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Utrecht University and Universidad de Granada, and an MA in Psychosocial Research from Universidad de los Andes.  Her research interests include feminist, queer, memory and trauma studies, theories of affect, and visual research methods. She practices photography and enjoys live music.

Picture of Niharika PanditNiharika Pandit is a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies. Her research examines gender, militarisation and the narratives of ‘home’, specifically in Kashmir. Niharika holds an MA in Gender Studies as a Felix Scholar from SOAS. Prior to PhD, she co-researched a project on reporting of violence against women and girls in Indian newspapers. She has been involved in feminist activist groups and worked as a research and development practitioner in Delhi, India. She likes music, films and exploring spaces.

Tomás Ojeda is a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies. His research examines the political place of Chilean psy disciplines in the making up of the ‘sexual subject of diversity’, by analysing the sexual epistemologies at work in the so-called turn to diversity in contemporary clinical practice. Tomás holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Chile, and has worked as a psychotherapist and as an advisor in sex education in Santiago, Chile.

Profile image of Zuzana DancikovaZuzana Dančíková is a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies. She investigates how fathers’ leave policy in Slovakia changes the use of leave time by parents, focusing on the relationship of policy, behavior and attitudes. She holds an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from the LSE. Previously she worked as an analyst at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and at Transparency International. She delights in books and walks.

Nour Almazidi is a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies. Her research examines gender, sexuality, statelessness and political subjectivation. Nour holds an MSc in Gender from the LSE, a BA in International Relations and Political Science from University of Birmingham, and has previously worked as a Researcher at LSE Middle East Centre. She likes art, film photography, music, and mysticism.