Why is the study of gender important in academia today?
Thursday January 28th 2021, 5:30pm – 7pm UK time, on Zoom webinar
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With discussions of gender identity making an increasing appearance in our contemporary political discourse, how has this impacted the way we study gender in academia? Has the growing emphasis of gender existing as a construct made it more challenging for us to meaningfully engage with it in our studies?
Dr Leandra Bias
Dr Leandra Bias received her DPhil in Politics last Michaelmas term. In it she researched the connection between anti-gender backlash and authoritarianism and how it shrinks the space of feminist civil society, nationally and transnationally. She specialises in post-communist Europe with a particular focus on contemporary Russia and Serbia. Since February 2020 Leandra works as a gender and peacebuilding advisor with the practice and research institute swisspeace, where she conducts applied research projects and develops policies for feminist transformations of conflict.
Dr Lucy Wooding
Dr Lucy Wooding is a Longford fellow and tutor in history. She has researched extensively around different aspects of the English Reformation, including both its political resonance and its cultural impact. She has several books and publications to her credit, the most recent being ‘Erasmus and the Politics of Translation’ in Translating Christianity, ed. S. Ditchfield, C. Methuen, and A. Spicer (Studies in Church History, 53, 2017). She is presently engrossed in the ways in which works of fiction could serve as a conduit for late medieval and early modern thought about religion, politics, and society.
Eirian Yem recently completed her doctorate in English Literature at Lincoln College. Her new project, Women and the Essay Form, charts a historical trajectory of women’s writing from the mid-19C to the present in the essay form, with particular attention to gender politics and ideologies of empire. She is published in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century.
Prerna Wadikar is a post-graduate in public policy and is presently reading master’s in business administration. Prerna has worked in the remotest parts of 25 states in India and six countries at leadership roles such as Head of Antitrafficking resource cell at Prajwala – the largest rehabilitation centre for victims of sex trafficking and Senior Fellow with Department of Women and Child Development in the State government of India on gender-based violence and maternal health. She also coordinated Gender Narratives at the international policy conference with parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Uganda, Kenya and India.