The Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Winchester was launched in June 2011. Since then it has generated much interest from academics, research students and non-academic user groups alike.
As an interdisciplinary centre, the CGS aims to encourage and develop diverse understanding concerning the social category of gender as well as its intersection with other social categories such as age, class, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion and sexuality. This diversity of understanding is evidenced in its annual research seminar series, open to the public, which hosts prominent figures in the field and showcases recent advances in gender studies.
The Centre seeks to foster links, both nationally and internationally, through encouraging collaborative projects. Likewise, we are interested in hearing from prospective research students. For contact details, see the right-hand side column.
21 – 24 July 2017: Death and the Maiden Conference
This interdisciplinary conference explored the relationship between women and death; it drew widely on the connections between death and women, examining, exploring and celebrating the intimate relationship between Death and the Maiden. In collaboration with Dead Maidens.
CGS seminar series 2016-17
10 October 2016: Admiel Kosman (Univ. of Potsdam), 'Sex as the Holy Road to God: sexuality between Early Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity'.
2 November 2016: Madeleine Emerald Thiele (Univ. of Bristol), 'Pre-Raphaelite bodies: Angels and Saints'.
11 March 2017: The gendered impact of triggering Article 50, by Roberta Guerrina, University of Surrey
Professor Guerrina is a European policy analyst with a particular interest in European social policy, citizenship policy and gender equality. Find out more.
30 Aug. - 1 Sept. 2016: Gender, Politics and Agency Conference
This conference aims to draw together scholars and postgraduate students from different disciplines who have a common interest in the study of gender from a standpoint of politics and agency. One of the highlights will be a free public screening of the movie Suffragette (2015) with introduction and discussion from Professor June Purvis, the historical consultant for the film and the keynote speaker for our conference.
6 April 2016: Older females buried in the cemetery of Oslo's House of Correction (Tukthuset)
A seminar by Dr Rose Drew.
Hampshire Pride 2016
Pride is space for all of Hampshire to get together and celebrate the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. The University of
Winchester, in particular the Centre for gender Studies, plays a key
role in this annual event. This year we organised a series of fascinating lectures and a symposium, and the University hosted the Assembly on Feb. 27th. Find out more.
2 March 2016: Max Stafford (University of Winchester): Does the Labour Party have a ‘Women Problem’?
3 Feb. 2016: Rocio Martinez (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia of Madrid): Habsburg Heiresses and Succession Rights
2 Dec. 2015: Roisin Watson (St Andrews University): Magdalena Sibylla and Lutheran Visual Piety in the late seventeenth century
4 Nov. 2015: Admiel Kosman (Potsdam University): Masculine Image versus Feminine Image of God in the Jewish Study Hall
28 Oct. 2015: Women Facing Death in the Late Middle Ages: Widowhood, Mourning and Self-Assertion by Prof. Albrecht Classen (Distinguished Professor of German Studies, University of Arizona)
Prof. Classen has a broad interest in the history of Germany from 800 to 1800 and has published widely on the topic, with over 74 scholarly books, critical editions, translations, and textbooks, and nine volumes of his own poetry. His recently scholarly monographs include works such as The Medieval Chastity Belt, Sexual Violence and Rape in the Middle Ages, Rural Space in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age, and The Forest in Medieval German Literature. Prof. Classen has held visiting professorships at many institutions around the world. The lecture is co-hosted by the Winchester Seminars on Comparative Medieval Cultures.
24 March 2015: Dr Teresa Sanislo (History, University of Wisconson-Eau Claire): 'Gendering the European Grand Tour.'
26 March 2015: seminar 'Gendering Spaces'
Gabriela Cavalheiro (King’s College London) spoke about The materialities of intimacy: men, women and space in medieval insular romances; Dr Amanda Richardson (University of Chichester) talked about A woman’s place? Space, place and gender in late medieval history and historiography. This session was organised in conjunction with the Winchester Seminars for Comparative Medieval Cultures, part of the Archaeology Department's Centre for Applied Archaeology and Heritage management (CAAHM).
21 January 2015: Frances Smith (Lecturer in Film Studies), 'Genre Trouble: Judith Butler and the Hollywood Teen Movie'.
11 February 2015: Dr Katherine Weikert (Lecturer in Classical and Medieval Studies), 'Three Women of Wessex: landscape and memory in the 10th and 21st centuries'.
24 February 2015: Hampshire Pride. A CGS-sponsored event for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transagender (LGBT) History Month.
Wednesday 10 December 2014: Charlotte Purkis, Principal Lecturer in Drama from the Department of Performing Arts, ‘Velona Pilcher’s The Searcher (1930) – a female Journey’s End or a prelude to The Play of Light?
5 Nov. 2014: 'The Meaning of Love in Jewish Classical Sources', a talk by Prof. Admiel Kosman, Professor of Religious and Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam, Germany. If you would like to know more about Admiel and his work, visit his Wikipedia page.
Gender, History and Society Conference, 4/5 Sept. 2014, University of Winchester
This conference aimed to draw together scholars and postgraduate students from a variety of disciplines to explore the impact and interaction of gender with history and society. This includes, but is not limited to, history, religious studies, theology, psychology, sociology, literature studies, archaeology and the Arts. For more information, visit the conference website.
On 12 Sept. 2012, the CGS hosted its first conference, Gender and Visual Representation.
17 Oct. 2012: Against the Pursuit of the Snazzy Life: Towards a Feminist Theology of Failure and Loss by Professor Beverley Clack (Oxford Brookes University).
10 Oct. 2012
Talk in theory, talk in practice: applying findings and creating impact from conversation analytic studies of gender and interaction by Professor Elizabeth Stokoe, Loughborough University. This paper described and illustrated a conversation analytic approach to the study of gender, which is capable of showing whether, when and how, gender becomes consequentially relevant within any given communicative encounter.
2011-12 seminar series
For information on the 2011-12 seminar series, click HERE.
2012 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) History Month Event
This exciting event took place on 21 Feb. 2012; for full information, click HERE.