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 political science, sociology, 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 and welcomes pieces from students, activists, scholars and practitioners. As the editorial collective, we are interested in work that helps tackle social issues such as racism, homophobia, colonialism, militarised and extractivist forms of occupation, xenophobia, transphobia, ableism, and broader forms of intersectional inequalities. As such, we reserve the right not to publish work we find to be at odds with these commitments. 

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, in respect to whom we operate with a strict duty of care. 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.

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The Engenderings Editorial Collective:

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.
Alanah Mortlock is an ESRC funded Doctoral candidate at the London School of Economics, Department of Gender Studies. Her research looks at how academic and popular discourses of “transracialism” interact with theorisations of Blackness, engaging a critical lens invested in Black feminist and trans scholarships and politics. She is a member of the African-Caribbean Research Collective, and enjoys playing roller derby, learning new languages, and knitting.


Emily Cousens (they, she) is a queer, feminist philosopher whose research explores convergences between second wave feminism, queer studies and transgender studies. Their current work engages with conversations around field imaginaries and disciplinary proper objects and they are finishing their first monograph on the topic: second-wave-trans-feminism. Their next project, Anorexia and Trans, will explore shared subjectivities relating to these two forms of body dysmorphia from trans and feminist perspectives, and they would love to hear from anyone who is interested in this topic from personal experience. Emily has published her work in Angelaki and Social Sciences. She is an LSE100 Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Queer Theory and Sexuality Studies at the University of Oxford.

Lizzie Hobbs is a PhD candidate in the Department of Gender at the London School of Economics and is part of the GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub. Her research focuses on feminist readings of masculinities, discourse and processes of bordering. She questions the ways in which discourses on migrant masculinities are utilised to justify violent border regimes and anti-migrant politics. She works at Hackney Migrant Centre and several other organisations in the migrant rights sector in London. She can usually be found climbing walls, swimming laps, ranting or book buying.

Lucas (Luma) Mantilla (they/he/él/elle) is a PhD researcher at the Department of Gender Studies at LSE. Their research traces the contra-colonial epistemic registers of disidencias sexo-genéricas (sex-gender dissidents) in Ecuador and Abya Yala. They hold an MA in Social Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Their research interests include anticolonial resistance, homonormativity, academic extractivism, and neoliberal productivist ethics. Luma likes hiking, perreo, biking, vermuts en terrazas soleadas, and bear hugs.

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Niharika Pandit is a PhD researcher working on everyday politics of living under military occupation in the Kashmir Valley in the Department of Gender Studies, LSE. She graduated as a Felix scholar in MA Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. Her research interests include anti-colonial, anti-militarist feminist theory and praxis, and the politics of representation. She has been involved in feminist activism in India and is an occasional writer. She is a full-time plant carer, likes running and is learning to play the ukulele.

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.

Senel Wanniarachchi is a PhD Researcher at the Department of Gender Studies at the LSE. His research is interested in exploring and theorizing how imaginaries of history and culture are mobilized to legitimize nationalist, patriarchal and heteronormative frameworks in the postcolony. In Sri Lanka, Senel co-founded an organization called Hashtag Generation, which works in the intersections of human rights and technology.

Tomás Ojeda is a queer, feminist researcher whose interests lie in the intersection of queer theory, psychosocial studies, Latin American sexual dissident critique and LGBTIQ+ mental health. He is an ESRC postdoctoral fellow based at the University of Brighton’s Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender, and is currently working on an edited volume on transnational anti-gender politics. He likes gardening and reading fiction, walking around and dancing.

Zuzana 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.