Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

About the Centre

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds is one of the largest UK gender studies research centres.

Founded in 1997, we bring together academics, researchers and postgraduates from the arts and humanities, social sciences, medicine and healthcare disciplines.

We focus on contemporary gender issues, and stress the intersections between gender and other social categories: race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, space and location, age, and embodiment, emphasising the relationship between theory, practice and policy. Our particular areas of focus include the following.

  • The Body (including aesthetic and cosmetic surgeries)
  • Citizenship
  • Global Gender Relations
  • Intimacies
  • Masculinities
  • Queer Theory and Practices
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Science and Technologies
  • Sexuality
  • Sex Work
  • Transgender

Latest news

Details of the full list of CIGS seminars for the 2013/14 academic year is now available.

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies now has a blog on tumblr: cigsleeds.tumblr.com

Sexgen-a collaborative interdiscplinary network bringing together gender and sexuality based research centres around the north of England- are hosting a series of free seminars. Themes will reflect current and emerging trends within gender and sexuality studies. Further information on all events is available to download.

Maria do Mar Pereira has launched a new website and resource database, which compiles images and descriptions of over 150 artefacts and documents that relate to gender and feminism, and belong to the collections of the Feminist Archive North and the Marks & Spencer Company Archive.  

We are delighted to announce that Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University, US) will be giving this year’s Annual lecture on Wednesday 14th May 2014.  Jasbir lecture will be based on her forthcoming book: Affective Politics: States of Debility and Capacity.  Further details will be posted nearer the time.

Huge congratulations to Dr Penny Rivlin who has passed her PhD on everyday practices of ‘Green Domesticities’ without corrections.

Amy Russell, former CIGS Deputy Director, was quoted in the Huffington Post on issues relating to sexual violence and child abuse. Please click here for more information.

On January 17th, Sally Hines appeared in a discussion on Channel 4 News titled ' Transsexual People and the Online 'Age of Rage'. This was in response to recent debates in the media about the relationship between transgender and feminism following Julie Burchill's representation of transgender women in her column in the 'Observer' newspaper, which was subsequently pulled by the Observer for its transphobic language. Please click here to read full article and video 

Professor Ruth Holliday and Dr Tracey Potts' book - Kitsch! Cultural Politics and Taste - is finally out with Manchester University Press. The book explores the meaning of everyday things from bottle gardens and Batman to designer gnomes and twin-towers snowglobes, to explore how kitsch is mobilised, as bad taste, as camp and as cool. ‘Kitsch man’ – a degenerate with politically dubious taste – is shown to be gendered, racialised and classed. Kitsch! challenges those who claim that taste is now democratised, arguing that Kitsch has a history and not an essence and is consequently a site of love, hate, joy, exasperation, irony, nausea and all of the twisted possibilities between.

Dr. Maria do Mar Pereira (Lecturer in CIGS) and Dr. Richard Cleminson (Deputy Director for Research in CIGS) have launched an innovative Visiting Scholars Programme aimed at Lusophone (i.e. Portuguese-speaking) scholars working on gender and sexuality who want to visit the University of Leeds for a period of research. This initiative is a collaboration between CIGS and the unit of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in the School of Modern Languages. For more information on this (in Portuguese), click here.

Dr Saly Hines in partnership with Professor Yvette Taylor is organising a series of workshops funded by the ESRC.  The series is titled 'Critical Diversities @ the Intersection: Policies, Practices, Perspectives'.  Please click here for more details.

Dr Sally Hines, Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies has been successful in securing funding from the ESRC for the research project - Recognising Diversity: Equalities in Principle and Practice.  To read the initial report please click here

Dr Zowie Davy who completed her PhD with CIGS has won the 2012 prestigious British Sociological Association's (BSA) Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The prize is for the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology. Zowie's book Davy, Z: (2011) Recognizing Transsexuals: Personal, Political and Medicolegal Embodiment, Ashgate Publishing) was developed from her PhD thesis on transsexual aesthetics. The award was announced at the BSA conference 2012 at the University of Leeds. Zowie Davy is now a research fellow in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln. Many congratulations to Zowie.

Professor Ruth Holliday recently featured on Radio 4's "Thinking Allowed" with Laurie Taylor, outlining her current research project about cosmetic tourism Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone.

Dr Richard Cleminson, Deputy Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and Reader in the History of Sexuality at the University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures, has marked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) history month with the translation into Spanish of his groundbreaking history of male homosexuality in Spain, 'Los Invisibles': A History of Male Homosexuality in Spain, 1850-1939.

World-leading research

Our research was graded the second highest in the country in terms of 'world-leading' research’ (4*) in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

International focus

Both research and teaching in the Centre has an international focus and we recruit students from all over the world.

Vibrant research culture

We have a vibrant research and postgraduate culture, and our programme of events includes conferences, visiting speaker’s seminars, lectures, work in progress workshops, and film and book clubs.

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