Gender research

Neglecting women’s needs: A recipe for disaster

by Simona Camillini 

In the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010, the Haiti Gender Shadow Report highlighted the failure to involve women in the disaster management process. I investigated what hindered women’s engagement in the post-earthquake response planning and implementation, what this entailed and how women nevertheless contributed to the relief and reconstruction efforts. […]

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    What anti-gender and anti-vaccines politics have in common – the construction of gender and the Covid-19 pandemic in right-wing discourses

What anti-gender and anti-vaccines politics have in common – the construction of gender and the Covid-19 pandemic in right-wing discourses

By Ann-Kathrin Rothermel

In the first week of 2022, I was invited to give a guest lecture about anti-gender activism and the role of the university in and for right-wing discourses and mobilization strategies[i]. To prepare for the talk, I went back to the literature on the anti-gender movements, which mobilized around the concept of ‘gender ideology’ in Europe and […]

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    Embodying collective care through decolonial feminist praxis

Embodying collective care through decolonial feminist praxis

By Rosa dos Ventos Lopes Heimer, Marcela Terán and Tatiana Garavito

*Illustrations by Marcela Terán

In early 2020 as the pandemic broke out, we witnessed first hand the various ways in which our own lives and those of our communities have been deeply affected. As Latin American migrants living in London already separated from our families of origin, we were […]

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    Re-centring white victimhood in the age of Black Lives Matter: a ‘gender critical’ project?

Re-centring white victimhood in the age of Black Lives Matter: a ‘gender critical’ project?

By Ilaria Michelis

Self-proclaimed ‘gender critical’ feminists have grown increasingly loud within the UK political space over recent years. The last few months alone have provided ample evidence of their expanding influence within governmental circles, non-profit and corporate environments. The impact of their rhetoric and political action has been and will continue to be devastating for trans people, from the […]

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    A Tale of Two Obscene Publications Acts — A Brief and Incomplete Contextualisation of Obscenity Laws and Imperial Censorship in Sri Lanka

A Tale of Two Obscene Publications Acts — A Brief and Incomplete Contextualisation of Obscenity Laws and Imperial Censorship in Sri Lanka

by Senel Wanniarachchi

At a meeting held on 21 September 2021, the Sri Lankan Cabinet granted the nod to a new bill which, according to media reports, is being drafted to “prohibit any form of obscene publications, produced through information technology and other media.” Subsequently, clearance from the Attorney General’s Department appears to have been received for the Bill which is […]

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    Difficult Encounters, Fragmented Positionalities: gender, caste, and Hindutva in the field

Difficult Encounters, Fragmented Positionalities: gender, caste, and Hindutva in the field

by Sneha Annavarapu

I came to my dissertation by accident.

In 2017, I was taking a walk to clear my head and come up with a dissertation idea. My prior research – on examining the figure of the “kissing couple” in public spaces in Mumbai – had come to a dead end, and due to personal reasons, I decided to […]

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    The perks and perils of geopolitical framings of LGBTQ+ rights in Georgia

The perks and perils of geopolitical framings of LGBTQ+ rights in Georgia

By Laura Luciani

In a context of growing antagonism between the EU and Russia over their ‘shared neighbourhood’, LGBTQ+ rights in Georgia have increasingly been framed in geopolitical terms. While the ‘European values’ rhetoric may help holding governments accountable, it can also obscure fundamental critiques of the Western liberal human rights agenda.

On July 5, 2021, Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi was shaken […]

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    A Feminist Intervention into Critiques of the Human Rights Approach in the Refugee Regime

A Feminist Intervention into Critiques of the Human Rights Approach in the Refugee Regime

by Jenifer Elmslie 

This June, this author had the pleasure of being asked to present at LSE’s Interdisciplinary Knowledge Beyond Boundaries conference; the following is a written piece based on her presentation.

The turn to the human rights approach by the refugee regime in recent decades has been received critically by refugee scholars. However, their arguments remain under-developed when compared to the […]

Worthy of Respect

by Jacob Breslow

What does it mean, in the context of higher education and in the context of a sustained political and cultural attack on trans people and their rights, that ‘gender critical’ views have been judged as “a philosophical belief within the meaning of s.10 of the Equality Act 2010”, as decided in Maya Forstater’s Employment Appeal Tribunal? To […]

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    Women’s Policy Interests in the Public and Why They Matter

Women’s Policy Interests in the Public and Why They Matter

by Tevfik Murat Yildirim

Since Hanna Pitkin’s seminal work on representation, political theorists have long questioned the extent to which women’s policy interests and concerns can be represented by male politicians in legislatures. Due to women’s shared experiences and perspectives within the broader public, the argument goes on, electing more women to legislatures might further the substantive representation of women. While […]

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