An interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to exploring the fascinating, multi-faceted concept of 'gender'.

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About us

As an interdisciplinary centre, the Centre for Gender Studies 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 is evidenced in our research seminar series, which are open to the public, and in our conferences, which host prominent figures in the field and showcase recent advances in gender studies. Recent events have focussed on the relationship between women and death, the gendered impact of triggering Article 50, and the relationship between gender, space and place. To find out more, see below.

The University of Winchester, in particular the Centre for Gender Studies, plays a key role in Hampshire Pride, an annual series of events that provides a space for all of Hampshire to get together and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. In 2016 the CGS organised a series of fascinating lectures and a symposium as part of Hampshire Pride.

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News and events

Forthcoming Events

Gender, Health and Wellbeing: experiences, issues and debates – past, present and future

The Centre for Gender Studies is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for this day-long online symposium, to be held on 22 June 2022.

The past year alone has had many of us considering mental health and wellbeing along with physical health – as well as numerous ancillary issues affected by health and health care issues. This symposium seeks to explore the ways in which gender shapes understandings and experiences of health, both physical and mental, from all disciplines, periods and geographical locations.

The symposium will be held online and aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary conversations about a range of issues related to health and gender, including:

  • The effects of pandemics on women and childcare
  • Mental wellbeing, health and gender
  • Gender divide in health care services and careers
  • Response to health issues affected by gender
  • Art, health and gender
  • Sources and methodology for studying gender and health
  • Transgender experiences of health
  • Non-western experience, gender and health
  • Gender, health and public engagement
  • Social justice, health and gender

We also welcome papers on other topics related to health and gender issues. As a multi-disciplinary research centre, we welcome submissions of papers and panels from multiple perspectives from across the arts and humanities – ECRs and PGR students are especially encouraged to apply!

Further Information

The conference will cost a nominal fee of £10 to attend. It will be held online. Keynote speakers will be announced in the final programme.

The deadline for submission of abstracts (500 words or less) is 31 October 2021; we will confirm speakers by 30 November 2022.

For more information, please contact the Centre convenors - details above.

Recent News

July 2020

Pram Power: Winchester sociologist highlights role of mothers in political protests

Research by Dr Ulrike Ziemer, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, into gender aspects of the 2018 Armenian 'Velvet Uprising' has been featured in an article in the New York Times on the role of mothers in protests against police violence.

In Armenia, Dr Ziemer writes in her chapter in Women's everyday lives in war and peace in the South Caucasus, her recent edited volume about the uprising, “mothers are symbolic to the nation and, to some extent, have immunity in protests. If police would have touched mothers with their children in prams during the protests, that would have brought shame on them individually, but also on the state apparatus they represent.” 

Read the New York Times article on the role of mothers in protests against political violence 

Find out more about Dr Ulrike Ziemer

Recent events

17 March 2021 : Beating the odds: The classed and gendered transitions of males into and through Higher Education

The Universities of Portsmouth and Winchester are proud to co-host this webinar, which will afford participants an opportunity to explore the role that social class and gender play in the educational transitions of males into and through Higher Education. Portsmouth's Dr Alex Blower will focus on 'Into HE', and Winchester's Dr Craig Johnston on 'Through HE'.

4-6 Jan. 2019: Geographies of Gender: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Space & Place

The spatial turn has led to significant revisions as scholars note how gender roles and identities are constructed along spatial lines, and the importance of place to experiences of the individual. This conference sought to explore this from all disciplines, across all periods and locations. Keynote speaker: Prof. Lucy Robinson, Professor of Collaborative History, University of Sussex.

Areas of interest included:

  • Individual agency and the negotiation of space
  • Locality, place, identity and community
  • The home, the workplace, and places of leisure
  • The rural and urban experience
  • Material and digital spaces
  • Bodies and representation
  • Resistance, politics and transgression
  • Gender and globalisation
  • Intersectionality and the public sphere


In 2018, CGS Convener Dr Sian Edwards launched her book Youth Movements, Citizenship and the English Countryside: Creating Good Citizens, 1930-1960. Based on Dr Edwards' PhD research, it explored the centrality of the countryside in the training of British youth organisations in the mid-twentieth century.


In 2017, CGS members hosted the interdisciplinary Death and the Maiden conference, which focussed on the relationship between women and death. Among the contributors were scholars, death doulas, scientists, morticians, game developers, museum professionals, artists, anthropologists and activists, to name but a few. The aim was for contributors and audience to confront this often challenging topic through science, literature, art, first person narratives, culture, history and current events, through a series of talks, workshops, discussions, exhibitions and more. Find out more.