ANNUAL REPORT Academic Year 2015/16
Martha Rosler The Gray Drape 2008 Inkjet print on paper sheet: 39 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. image: 37 1/2 x 29 in. Accession Number: 09.3 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Smithsonian Institution Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2009 Photography by Lee Stalsworth
This year’s cover image is Martha Rosler’s The Gray Drape (2008). Rosler’s work uses photographic collage to create art that explores the politics of war and gender through the juxtaposition of images representing experiences that are too often disconnected. We’ve chosen Rosler’s work for our annual report as it is part of a series discussed by Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor Mignon Nixon in her seminar with our MPhil students, and also because it exemplifies both a consistent theme of the Centre this year in multi-disciplinary approaches to analysing the relationship between war and gender, as well as the work’s methodology of collage, which itself represents our aim in bringing together diverse elements to create work on gender that is greater than any single approach. We gratefully acknowledge permission from the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens for the use of this image.
Note from the Acting Director
1 MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies
2 Gates Scholars
3 The Distinguished Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship
4 Public Engagement Series
5 PhD Programme in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies
7 Gender Studies Profiles
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Note from the Acting Director The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies (UCCGS); an international pioneer in multi-disciplinary gender research, teaching and public engagement
am honoured to be writing the Director’s letter this year as I’ve taken over the directorship duties from Dr Jude Browne while she’s been on well-deserved research leave for the Lent and Easter terms. My serving as Acting Director for much of the year is just one change this year (and a temporary one as Jude will be back in the fall). We also have a new Centre Administrator, Joanna Bush, who has taken over for Lesley Dixon. Joanna has been an integral part of the team for just over a year and we are very grateful for her capable assistance. Joanna’s staff profile can be found on page 28.
This year we had 24 students take up their places on the Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies MPhil course: our largest group ever! As usual, our students came from all over the world and from many different disciplines. From nostalgia and masculinity in The Great Gatsby to early 20th century Chinese feminisms, gender discourses in both ISIS and the counter-terrorism measures following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the linguistic practices of transgender men in the UK, the origins and effects of the Anti-Homosexual Act in Uganda, and many more, our MPhils complete diverse projects with the help of dozens of supervisors around the University in addition to the support
they receive in the Centre. More can be found about the MPhil program on page 7. We’ve also very proud of our four graduating PhDs. Congratulations to Dr Mona Hamade, Dr Charmaine Koskinen, Dr Helen Mussell, and Dr Halliki Voolma for successfully submitting their dissertations and completing their vivas this past year. In the fall we were honoured to be joined by Professor Mignon Nixon of the Courtauld Institute of Art as our Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor. Professor Nixon is an art historian researching issues of feminism, gender, and sexuality in post-war American art. She gave a captivating and well-received lecture on Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s ‘Bed Peace’ at King’s College in October. While we missed having Carl Djerassi with us after his passing last winter, we were very pleased that his son Dale Djerassi, grandson Alex Djerassi, and Dale’s partner Alexandra MacDowell were able to attend. Images from this event can be found on page 14. Professor Nixon also led a fascinating seminar for our students on Ono
Aside from the privilege of having two wonderful historians of art and gender theory with us this past year, we’ve also had a number of events discussing the growing international interest in the role of gender in issues of peace and security. In November, following closely after the UN’s High Level Review of the landmark resolution 1325 © Bill Knight
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Jessica and Peter Frankopan
and other feminist anti-war artists such as Louise Lawler, Yayoi Kusama, and Martha Rosler. We were also delighted to have another art historian with us as a visiting scholar in the Lent term. Dr Jo Applin of York University visited us while completing her latest book manuscript on gender theory and contemporary art.
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on Women, Peace and Security 15 years after its passing, we held our own event to evaluate the status of this agenda. Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards, Cambridge and former head of Oxfam UK, Dr Gina Heathcote of the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, and Dr Devon Curtis of POLIS, Cambridge provided commentary and conducted a lively discussion on the promises and drawbacks of the progress that had been made so far and of the challenges still ahead. Later in the spring, UCCGS co-hosted an event featuring Sanam Anderlini and Sussan Tahmesebi of ICAN that brought together 12 leading activists from around the Middle East and North Africa working to making women’s peace and security central to peace-making efforts in the region. These events served as an excellent complement to Professor Mignon Nixon’s work on feminist anti-war art and demonstrated the diversity of approaches to understanding the crucial connections between gender, war and security in our unstable world.
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In addition to a wide variety of public lectures that are detailed on page 19, we were also thrilled to host a book launch and ‘in conversation’ with our Founding Director, Professor Juliet Mitchell and the co-editors of the book Juliet Mitchell and the Lateral Axis, Dr Susan Walker and Dr Robbie Duschinsky. We enjoyed a dynamic discussion of the themes of psychoanalysis, sibling relationships, and violence with a very engaged audience.
our donors Jessica and Peter Frankopan and David
The year ahead promises to be an exciting one for the Centre. Professor Judith Butler, one of the world’s foremost gender scholars and public intellectuals will be our Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor in the Michaelmas term, and Professor Seyla Benhabib, a worldrenowned scholar of philosophy, gender, and
post in the Lent term. We anticipate a great amount of interest in both of their lectures. We will also welcome six new PhD students, including a Gates Scholar, in addition to the full complement of excellent MPhil students. I would like to thank all of the scholars who contribute to the intellectual life of the Centre, from the many MPhil lecturers, supervisors, and examiners, to the speakers on the Multidisciplinary Research Seminar and of course our Management Committee, Graduate Education Committee, and Academic Advisory Committee Members. Finally, enormous thanks are due to and Primrose Bell. Their support, along with Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi of course, is crucial to the Centre’s success and its unique mission of multi-disciplinary gender research and we are deeply grateful for their support.
Dr Lauren Wilcox Acting Director
The function of the Centre is to increase our capacity for rigorous gender analyses across disciplinary fields – from Physical Sciences, Technology, Biological and Medical Sciences, right through to the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. Uniquely, the Centre has evolved from intellectual engagement with front-line research topics rather than developing from any particular discipline, political view or methodology and its network of world-class experts enables it to facilitate outstanding teaching, research and public engagement.
The membership of the Management Committee for the academic year 2015-16 was as follows:
The membership of the Academic Committee for the academic year 201516 was as follows:
Chair: Professor Robin Osborne, FBA (School of Arts and Humanities,
Chair: Dr Jude Browne (Frankopan Director, UCCGS)
Faculty of Classics, King’s College)
Dr Duncan Bell (Department of Politics and International Studies)
Dr Jude Browne (Frankopan Director of UCCGS, King’s College)
Ms Joanna Bush (Centre Administrator, UCCGS)
Professor Simon Deakin, FBA (School of Technology, Judge Business
Dr Clare Chambers (Faculty of Philosophy)
School (and the Faculty of Law), Peterhouse)
Dr Tabitha Freeman (Centre for Family Research)
Professor Susan Golombok (School of Biological Sciences, Centre for
Dr Alex Jeffrey (Department of Geography)
Family Research, Newnham College)
Professor Tony Lawson (Department of Economics)
Professor Theresa Marteau (School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge
Dr Sian Lazar (Division of Social Anthropology)
Institute of Public Health, Christ’s College)
Professor Juliet Mitchell (Founder of the Centre for Gender Studies)
Dr Emma Mawdsley (School of Physical Sciences, Department of
Dr Eleanor O’Gorman (Senior Associate Centre for International
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Geography, Newnham College) »» »»
Studies and UCCGS)
Professor David Runciman (Head of Department of Politics and
Dr John David Rhodes (Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
International Studies, Trinity Hall)
Professor Ulinka Rublack (Faculty of History)
Professor Jim Secord (School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Ms Sigal Spigel (Senior Associate of UCCGS and Chair of the MGS
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Christ’s College)
Research Seminar Series, UCCGS)
Dr Lauren Wilcox (Deputy Director of UCCGS, Selwyn College)
Dr Sharath Srinivasan (The Centre of Governance and Human Rights)
External: Professor Diane Coole (Department of Politics, Birkbeck,
Dr Brigitte Steger (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
University of London)
Dr Lauren Wilcox (Deputy Director, UCCGS)
Dr Ayse Zarakol (Department of Politics and International Studies)
MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies
The sixth year of the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies (2014/15), successfully concluded with the External Examiner’s visit in September 2015: Professor Terrell Carver from the University of Bristol, concluded in his report that “The University and Centre leadership are to be highly commended for producing such a high level of student achievement, and consistently impressive learning outcomes” along with “a sharply rising trajectory in terms of student achievement”.
The Bell Scholar
he Master of Philosophy degree course at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies provides rigorous advanced training in multi-disciplinary gender analysis.
Lady Primrose and Sir David are key supporters of the Centre and we are extremely grateful to them for all their help and guidance.
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The MPhil introduces the very brightest students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to the traditions, methods and front-line research which shape gender analysis at an advanced level. The MPhil provides a variety of intense taught courses and close supervision in undertaking an original research project on any
gender-related topic in subject areas such as diverse as Conflict and Violence, Development, Education, Globalization, Labour Markets, Social Policy, Culture and Antiquity, Representation, Art, Literature, Bio-medical Advances, Human Rights and International Law.
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Each year the author of the best research dissertation for the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies is awarded the title of ‘Bell Scholar’ in recognition of outstanding scholarship.
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Gender Theory and Controversy Research Methodologies Multi-disciplinary Texts Multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminar Series
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Lady Primrose Bell
Constance Flude - Bell Scholar 2014-15 (AHRC funded) MPhil Thesis Contesting Rape Narratives: Medicalisation and the Trauma Model of Victimhood
In 2014-15 Constance Flude was selected as the Bell Scholar for her excellent MPhil thesis entitled Contesting Rape Narratives: Medicalisation and the Trauma Model of Victimhood.
Being given the space and support to research the discourse around rape victimhood was one of the most intensely challenging and rewarding opportunities of my life. The Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies course provided me with insights into medical and scientific literature - and thus new ways of thinking around the topic of medicalisation and rape victimhood - that I would not have been privy to in any other humanities-based department. The foundations that I built upon whilst at Cambridge have equipped me with invaluable experience and expertise as I embark on a career in social research. Mostly, it firmly taught me that a multidisciplinary approach to knowledge is the key to insight. Ms Constance Flude
Using a Foucauldian ‘toolbox’, I aim to analyse the process through which the ‘rape victim’ - in its current morphology - has come to be culturally identifiable. Ultimately, this genealogical project seeks to locate the discursive shifts in history that made this understanding of victimhood and its corollary with medical understandings of mental ‘illhealth,’ possible. Through this, I am interested in examining the subjectivating nature of the medical professions’‘inspecting gaze’, which not only produces the ‘rape victim’ (and associated acts of victimhood), but is also reproduced by the women themselves as they come to self-identify as, and ‘perform’ the position of, a ‘victim of rape’. Using archival sources, the research starts by looking at 19th century medical rationale, where advances in anatomical physiology allowed doctors to map the human body. It is within this context that the ‘act of seeing’ (Foucault 1963), or of inspecting bodies bringsinto-being the rape victim as an object of psycho-medical knowledge. Through a textual analysis of interviews and online forums, I attempt to dismantle the ‘regimes of truth’ that naturalise certain
evaluations of the rape victim in society. I focus on the vocabulary the women have to define their own experiences and how this implicitly privileges the clinicians (rather than their own) view of the problems they face and the solutions available to them. I argue that the ‘inspecting gaze’ of the clinician has a de facto prerequisite to diagnose the victim as always already ill. Given this medicalising tendency, I aim to evaluate the descriptive, or prescriptive, nature of diagnostic and terminological labels, using a Foucauldian reading of ‘labelling theory’ to theorise how women become their diagnoses.
MPhil students A list of last year’s students and topics can be found in Appendix I. This year, the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies has 24 international students, notwithstanding a University cap on numbers of MPhil offers. In line with previous years, the current Gender Studies students come from a very wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and are pursuing diverse research interests. Current working titles of research are as follows:
Yalda Afif (Afghanistan) Gender Inequalities faced by Afghan Women in Afghan Diaspora in London Supervisor: Dr Shana Cohen, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Milena Bacalja Perianes (Spain) Menstruation, Gender and Power: Moving Beyond a Public Heath Approach in Malawi Supervisor: Dr Jessica Johnson, Peterhouse, Cambridge
Camille Bigot (France) Fathers, Patriots, And Villains: Men’s Violence in Global Politics Supervisor: Dr Alex Jeffrey, Department of Geography Emily Black (United Kingdom) Queers to the Front Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies Jana Cattien (Germany) Gender, Policy and Development in Uganda: Imagining a Transnational Feminist Solidarity Supervisor: Dr Andrea Grant, Emmanuel College, Cambridge Shilei Chen (China) Present State of China’s Feminist Art: Gaining Insight into Chinese Female Artists’ Art Creations Supervisor: Dr Anna Bagnoli, Wolfson College, Cambridge
Akos Erzse (Hungary) The Islamic State of Dispossession Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies
Siobhan Fenton (United Kingdom) Sexual Violence and Sexual Orientation: Bisexual Women’s Experiences of Sexual Violence in the United Kingdom Supervisor: Dr Katie Dow, Department of Sociology
Sofija Ftes (Serbia) How did the Revolution of the Arab Spring affect Working Women in Tripoli, Libya? Supervisor: Dr Geoffrey Edwards, Department of Politics and International Studies
Yushu Geng (China) Early Chinese Feminisms (1897-1911) Supervisor: Dr Rachel Leow, Faculty of History
Elspeth Hayward (United Kingdom) Bodies Behaving Badly: A Study of Sexuality at the Intersection of Disability and Commercial Sex Supervisor: Dr Sylvana Tomaselli, Department of Politics and International Studies
Hester Hockin-Boyers (United Kingdom) Imagining Intersex: A Genealogical Discourse Analysis of Medical Approaches to Intersexuality 1931-2016 Supervisor: Professor Martin Johnson, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
Amanda Padoan (Italy) Snake in the Cooking Pot: Exploring the Social Impact of the AntiHomosexuality Act on Sexual Minorities in Uganda Supervisor: Dr Adam Branch, Department of Politics and International Studies
Asma Jamil (United Kingdom) Gendered Violence: Understanding Dowry Practice and its Link to DowryRelated Violence (DRV) in British South Asians Supervisor: Dr Sara Silvestri, Department of Politics and International Studies
Lauren Power (Australia) Feminist Engagement Online: the Personal is Political is Participatory Supervisor: Dr Anne Alexander, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mathias Jensen (Denmark) Women, Men and Part-Time Work in the UK: Gendered Trends, 1979-2015 Supervisor: Dr Mark Ramsden, Department of Sociology
Miriam Shovel (United Kingdom) Consuming Gender: Using Ellipses to Read Nostalgic Masculinity in The Great Gatsby Supervisor: Dr J. D. Rhodes, Department of Italian
Rachel Katz (USA) Masculinities and Femininities: Romance and Authenticity on American Dating Apps Supervisor: Dr Katie Dow, Department of Sociology
Qi Li (China) Queering Digital Images in Cyberspace: A Study of Rainbow-tinged Image in ‘Celebrate Pride’ Online Activism Supervisor: Dr Phillipe Bourbeau, Department of Politics and International Studies
Heather Spain (United Kingdom) Military Bodies: The Mobilisation of Masculinity in the Contemporary British Military Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies
Swetha Sridhar (India) Mediated Selves: Gender and Intimacy in Indian Reality Television Supervisor: Dr Norbert Peabody, Wolfson College, Cambridge
Christopher Tso (New Zealand) Trans Gendering Language: Trans Men’s Bodies, Language, and Identities Supervisor: Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa, Department of Sociology
Shuai ‘Eddie’ Wei (China) Gender and Judging in China: Empirical Data and Participant Observation in Three Distinct Courts Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies
Tsz Lam ‘Natalie’ Ngai (Hong Kong) Women in Politics and Media: A Critical Study of News Representation of Women Politicians during the Umbrella Movement in Post-handover Hong Kong Supervisor: Dr Olivier Driessens, Department of Sociology
The Women's Foundation Hong Kong Scholarship
Su-Mei Thompson CEO, The Women’s Foundation The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, headed by CEO Su-Mei Thompson, funds the TWF Hong Kong Scholarship Scheme for the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies. The Women’s Foundation is one of Hong Kong’s leading NGOs dedicated to the advancement of women. They aspire to conduct ground
breaking research, to run innovative and impactful community programmes and engage in education and advocacy in the pursuit of three main goals: (i) challenging gender stereotypes, (ii) increasing the number of women in policy and decision-making roles, and (iii) empowering women in poverty to achieve a better quality of life for themselves and their families. You can read more about the TWF’s projects at: http://twfhk.org
Tsz Lam Ngai is the third student to be awarded The Women’s Foundation Hong Kong Scholarship, to study for the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies in 2015-16.
The programme provided me with a lot of chances to discuss gender research with academics from diverse academic backgrounds. It also offered a stimulating environment, which cultivated the debates about different methodological and theoretical approaches that suited our specialized research interests in gender. Reading the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies at Cambridge is truly a fruitful and enjoyable experience. Tsz Lam Ngai
Tsz Lam Ngai - TWF Scholar 2015–16 MPhil Thesis: Women in Politics and Media: A Critical Study of News Representation of Women Politicians during the Umbrella Movement in Post-handover Hong Kong Abstract: While studies on the media representation of women politicians are well developed in western academia, research on gender and media is scarce in Hong Kong. Moreover, the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), the world’s largest study on gender and media, does not include any analyses of this sort for Hong Kong or China. With the decline of women’s representation in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (and low numbers compared to many other countries), it is important to look at the media representation of these women in the press.
Previous TWF Scholar:
Future TWF Scholar 2016–17:
Ching Lok Tse, TWF Scholar 2014–15
Miu Yin Wong
whose thesis focused on Gender in Chinese folktales
We are delighted to announce that Miu Yin Wong has been awarded The Women’s Foundation Hong Kong Scholarship to study for the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies in 2016-17. Miu Yin will be working on the topic of Hong Kong young working women’s struggle with motherhood under the Chinese familial culture and inadequate family-friendly policies.
There are many different styles of newspapers in Hong Kong, most with political orientations that are likely to play a role in the portrayals of women politicians in Hong Kong. It is the aim of this research to examine how the representation of these women is constructed in three different newspapers with seemingly different political orientations. Two key research questions are to be addressed in general. First, how does the media representation of women politicians change in different newspapers in Hong Kong? Since no similar literature has been done in the context of Hong Kong, the thesis attempts to provide an evolutionary study on the topic. The second research question will be how those women politicians are represented in relation to the male dominance of politics and the press? This turns to a more subtle analysis of the texts with an aim at highlighting gendered power relations.
Studying Gender Studies at Cambridge is one of my greatest blessings in life. I am privileged to have met and learnt from a number of exceptional academic staff and visiting scholars, and the really nice group of classmates who specialise in diverse, interesting and innovative research projects examining different aspects of gender. I am inspired to continue my academic journey in Gender Studies and I hope to enhance gender equality in my society through my future research. Ching Lok Tse
Gates Cambridge Scholarships (www.gatescambridge.org) are awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the UK to pursue a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge. The highly competitive programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Applicants to our MPhil and PhD programmes are strong contenders for the Gates Scholarships and this year we were delighted to have a Gates International Scholar studying at the Centre.
Current Gates Scholar
Lauren Power (Australia) MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies 2015/16 Feminist Engagement Online: the Personal is Political is Participatory
This research considers the impact of online media use on feminist movement(s), and examines individualsâ€™ actual usage of diverse online media to engage with feminist thought and activity. To explore the connections between online self-directed feminist practices and feminist activism more broadly, frameworks of digitally networked participation and
personalisation of politics developed within social movement theory and digital media studies will be drawn on. This research will develop on insights from feminist new media studies to examine how individuals based in the United Kingdom engage with feminist thought and activity online by harnessing multiple online media.
3 The Distinguished Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship was generously established by Carl Djerassi (29 October 1923–30 January 2015), Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Stanford University, inventor of the contraceptive pill and an internationally renowned playwright, poet and author. He established the professorship in honour of his wife Diane Middlebrook, (16 April 1939–15 December 2007) who was herself Professor Emerita of Stanford University and Chair of Feminist Studies there. The Visiting Professorship scheme is a unique academic position designed to host the most distinguished international scholars from any academic discipline with an interest in gender at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies. As seen on pages 14 – 16 this scheme enables an exceptional range of professors to think on the fundamental questions of humanity through a gender lens and we are extremely grateful to Carl and Diane for such an extraordinary endowment.
The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor 2015–16 Mignon Nixon, Professor, History of American Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, served as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Michaelmas 2015, conducting research on feminism, gender and war and completing a book on this subject entitled Sperm Bomb: Art, Feminism, and the American War in Vietnam. Visiting Professorship Report, Mignon Nixon, 18 January 2016
t is with enormous gratitude and appreciation that I write this report on my term as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge. Spending the Michaelmas Term 2015 in the Centre was a unique experience, intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding in equal measure, and I wish to express my great thanks to Dr Jude Browne, the Frankopan Director of Gender Studies, Dr Lauren Wilcox, the Deputy Director, and Ms Joanna Bush, the Centre Administrator, for welcoming me so warmly in October 2015, and for the intellectual and practical generosity they extended to me throughout my visit. I am also immensely grateful
to Professor Juliet Mitchell, Founding Director of the Centre, for her encouragement and support, and for many illuminating conversations, some of them enjoyed in the inspiring atmosphere of Jesus College, where I was fortunate to be in residence as a visiting fellow. I also wish to thank the students in the MPhil programme in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies for stimulating discussions across a great range of topics and for allowing me to participate in their text seminars. Research As Visiting Professor, I benefited from the Centre’s work on many levels, from its cutting-edge research in gender studies to its innovative teaching and engagement with the University and a broader public. That all of this is achieved by a small and cohesive team in collaboration with lecturers and researchers across the University, representing twenty-two subscribing departments, provides an impressive model
for multidisciplinary study while maintaining a focused and intimate academic experience for postgraduate and research students. It has been a privilege to observe this work up-close and I look forward to following the Centre’s development in the future and to supporting it in any way I can, perhaps particularly by helping it to foster interdisciplinary research and study involving art and visual culture. Lecture From the tranquil Visiting Professor’s Office in the Alison Richard Building, at the intersection of the Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for Latin American Studies, I devoted the first three weeks of my visit to writing my public lecture, War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono’s Bed Peace. This lecture was delivered on the 22nd of October at Keynes Hall in Kings College by a speaker who was unfortunately succumbing to the flu and guilty of a few errant syllables, including mispronouncing
the name of Diane Middlebrook, whose exceptional contributions to feminist scholarship I have long admired and with whose name I am particularly honoured to be associated. My lecture took as its topic Yoko Ono’s 1969 collaboration with John Lennon on a ‘bed-in’ for peace on the occasion of their honeymoon, celebrated at the height of the American war in Vietnam. Given this topic, a collaboration between two musicians, it was a special privilege to be able to welcome the audience with music, and I am grateful to Joe Grimwood for playing and to Stephen Cleobury, the Director of Music in Kings College, for allowing us to use the beautiful piano in Keynes Hall for the occasion. The event was very well attended by a diverse audience of artists, students, lecturers and researchers from many fields—including history of art, philosophy, mathematics, history, politics, film, international relations, theology, and natural sciences—reflecting the multidisciplinary intellectual community of the UCCGS. It was followed by an animated discussion, chaired by Dr Alyce Mahon, Reader in Modern and Contemporary Art History, to which Dale and Alexander Djerassi contributed some lively comments concerning the gender politics of ‘long hair’ and protest culture, then and now. The event was followed by a sumptuous dinner in Kings College, where the guests and I were privileged to have Professor Jean Michel Massing introduce us to important works from the College art collection. Teaching My lecture was adapted from a book I am completing on art, feminism, and the American war in Vietnam. This book also reflects more broadly on what art engaged with gender brings to a situation of war and to peace making and
peace thinking. This set of concerns was the focus of my text seminar for the Multi-disciplinary MPhil group on the 6th of November. Having attended these twice-weekly seminars since my arrival in October and become familiar with the dynamic format in which students enter into dialogue with the lecturer through prepared questions, I was excited to have the opportunity to engage with their critical responses to the work of artists I study, including Yoko Ono, Yayoi Kusama, Nancy Spero, Martha Rosler, and Louise Lawler. This was a stimulating discussion to which the students contributed with generosity and insight, demonstrating a willingness to speak from their own life experiences, including those of military service, of political activism in conditions
of repression, and of being second-generation children of war. The seminar provided a starting point for dialogues that continued through the term and which represent some of my most cherished hours in the Centre. Events As an art historian studying questions of gender, war and peace, I was fortunate that my visit coincided with a series of events in the UCCGS and in CRASSH addressing this nexus of concerns. Of particular note was Women, War and Peace: Reflections on 15 Years of UN Resolution 1325, presented by UCCGS on the 29th of October, chaired by Dr Lauren Wilcox and featuring Dame Barbara Stocking (President of Murray Edwards
Upcoming Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professors College), Dr Gina Heathcote (SOAS School of Law and Centre for Gender Studies), and Dr Devon Curtis (Department of Politics and International Relations). Michaelmas Term 2015 also saw the visit to Cambridge of President Martti Ahtisaari who, as the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy at CRASSH, lectured on the importance of gender equality to prevent war and sustain peace. Even closer to home, lecturers in the text seminars series of the Centre for Gender Studies addressed questions of war and cultural memory. Of particular pertinence to my own work in art history was Professor Marie Louise Sorensen’s presentation on gender and archaeology, which addressed the relationship between heritage and identity in conflict and post-conflict situations. Jesus College As a newcomer to Cambridge, I was immensely grateful to be welcomed into the community of Jesus College as a Visiting Fellow during my stay. From the outset, the Master, Professor Ian White, and the President, Professor Janet Soskice, provided me with a vital sense of belonging. Before coming to Cambridge, I was unacquainted with the culture of colleges as interdisciplinary communities, and I was delighted to be introduced to this. I am grateful to the many fellows who took the time to talk with me about their research.
In Addition As Visiting Professor in Gender Studies, I was the recipient of generous invitations from individual scholars and groups to participate formally and informally in seminars and workshops, and I took part in as many of these as possible, including the reading group organized by Dr Robbie Duschinsky at Sidney Sussex College on Juliet Mitchell’s recent writings on siblings in psychoanalysis; Professor Ulinka Rublack’s seminar at St Johns College on the trial of Kepler’s mother; and seminars on the history and theory of film and the moving image to which I was invited by Dr J D Rhodes, University Lecturer in Film. Participating in these meetings enabled me to experience the variety and depth of the University’s research culture and to discover some of the diverse ways the study of gender extends from its nerve centre in UCCGS to be integrated into the intellectual life of the University and the Colleges. In closing, I look forward to an ongoing relationship with the Centre for Gender Studies, and to supporting and promoting its vital work.
Mignon Nixon Professor, History of American Art Courtauld Institute of Art
Judith Butler, the Maxine Elliot Chair, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley, USA and the Hannah Arendt Professor, European Graduate School, Sass-Fee, Switzerland, will serve as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Michaelmas 2016, conducting research on New Feminist Configurations of Vulnerability and Resistance Seyla Benhabib, the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University, will serve as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Lent 2017, conducting research on Legal Utopianism and Democratic Pessimism, Transnational law and Democratic Sovereignty.
Previous Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professors Jack Halberstam, Professor of American Studies Ethnicity, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, at the University of Southern California, served as the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Lent 2015, conducting research on The Wild: Histories and Futures of Queer Anarchy. Jacqueline Rose, Professor of Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London served as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Michaelmas 2014, conducting research on Feminism and the Abomination of Violence. Nancy Fraser, The Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science and Department Chair at The New School for Social Research, served as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Lent 2014, conducting research on a new book project: A Feminist Theory of Capitalist Crisis: re-reading Marx, Polanyi, and Habermas in the 21st Century.
John Dupré, Professor of Philosophy of Science and Director of the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis) at the University of Exeter served as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Michaelmas 2013, conducting research on Gender and 21st Century Biology.
Sciences Program at The City University of New York, Graduate Center served as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Michaelmas 2011 and Lent 2012, conducting research on Childhood as Spectacle: Relays of Anxiety and the Reconfiguration of the Child.
Sara Ahmed, Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London served as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Lent 2013, conducting research on Willful Women: Feminism and a History of Will
Catharine MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and longterm James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, served as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Lent 2011, conducting research on Trafficking, Prostitution and Inequality.
Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington DC served as The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Michaelmas 2012, conducting research on Gender, Security, and Inter-Generational Conflict in Muslim Societies Post 9/11 Cindi Katz, Professor of Geography Environmental Psychology Program & Earth and Environmental
Marcia Inhorn, the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University, served as the inaugural Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor during Michaelmas 2010, conducting research on Global Gametes: reproductive ‘tourism’ and Islamic bioethics in the high-tech Middle East.
Dr Anna Alexandrova History and Philosophy of Science THEME: Gender, Evolution and Bio-medical Sciences
Professor Brad Epps Modern and Medieval Languages THEME: Gender and Representation
Dr Caroline Gonda English Literature THEME: Gender and Representation
Dr Jude Browne UCCGS THEME: Gender, Public Policy and Social Justice
Professor Robert Foley Human EvolutionÂ THEME: Gender, Evolution and Bio-medical Sciences
Professor Melissa Hines Psychology THEME: Gender, Evolution and Bio-medical Sciences
Dr Clare Chambers Philosophy THEME: Gender, Public Policy and Social Justice
Professor Sarah Franklin Sociology THEME: Gender, Identity and Family
Dr Philip Howell Geography THEME: Gender, International Relations and Development
Dr Leigh Denault History THEME: Gender, Culture and Antiquity
Professor Susan Golombok Centre for Family Research THEME: Gender, Identity and Family
Professor Tony Lawson Economics THEME: Gender methodologies
Professor Judith Lieu Divinity THEME: Gender, Culture and Antiquity
Dr Helena Sanson Italian THEME: Gender and Representation
Dr Arathi Sriprakash Education THEME: Gender, Public Policy and Social Justice
Professor Juliet Mitchell UCCGS, Psychoanalysis THEME: Gender, Identity and Family
Dr Jens Scherpe Law THEME: Gender, Public Policy and Social Justice
Dr Brigitte Steger Asian and Middle Eastern Studies THEME: Gender, International Relations and Development
Dr Eleanor O’Gorman International Studies and Development THEME: Gender, International Relations and Development
Ms Erica Segre Modern and Medieval Literature THEME: Gender and Representation
Dr Lauren Wilcox UCCGS THEME: Gender, International Relations and Development
Professor Robin Osborne Classics THEME: Gender, Culture and Antiquity
Professor Marie Louise Sørensen Archaeology THEME: Gender, Culture and Antiquity
Public Engagement Series
The public events programme consists of high profile lectures, symposia and a multi-disciplinary gender research seminar series. The Centre has an unparalleled record of eminent speakers on gender including Nobel Prize winners such as Amartya Sen and Shirin Ebadi; academics such as Judith Butler, Catharine MacKinnon, Carol Gilligan and Onora O’Neill; cultural figures, writers, and activists such as Jane Fonda, Larry Kramer and Nawal el Saadwi; professionals such as Helena Kennedy, scientific pioneers such as Carl Djerassi and political figures such as SRSG Margot Wallström (see the Centre’s ‘Public Events’ archive at www.gender.cam.ac.uk). The Centre’s Public Event Series is extremely popular and consistently attracts large audiences to events which span the disciplines. Below are the academic events organised in 2015/16:
Public Lectures and Seminars Dr Alice Evans (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge) on Urban change and rural continuity in gender ideologies and practices
Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge) on Decentering Beauty in Latin America
Ms Connie Flude (Junior Researcher, ESRO, London; Alumnus, Bell Scholar, UCCGS) on Contesting Rape Narratives: Medicalisation and the trauma model of victimhood
Professor Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini (Co-Founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Network (ICAN); Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University) with Ms Sussan Tahmasebi (Director of the MENA/Asia region program, ICAN) on Uncomfortable Truths, Unconventional Wisdoms: Women’s Perspectives on Violent Extremism and Security Interventions
Ms Jessica Lack (Independent Art Critic, Cambridge) on A Woman’s Place: the story of Feminism and Art Dr Peace Medie (Research Fellow, Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana; Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, affiliated with University College) on Local Resistance to an International Norm: A study of how social pressures affect the decision to report rape in Cote d’Ivorie Professor Juliet Mitchell (Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies, University of Cambridge; Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge) ‘In Conversation’ with the editors Dr Robbie Duschinsky (Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge) and Dr Susan Walker (Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health, Anglia Ruskin University) on Juliet Mitchell and the Lateral Axis: Twenty-First Century Psychoanalysis and Feminism
Professor Mignon Nixon (Professor, History of American Art, Courtauld Institute of Art) on War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono’s Bed Peace Professor Andrew Reynolds (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) on Out in Office: LGBT Legislators and LGBT Rights Around the World Dr Sarah Pearsall (Faculty of History, University of Cambridge) on Polygamy and Enlightenment Professor Ulinka Rublack (Faculty of History, University of Cambridge) on The Astronomer and the Witch: Creating an opera Professor David Spiegelhalter (Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of
Cambridge) on Sex by numbers: Can we believe statistics of sexual behaviour? Dame Barbara Stocking (President, Murray Edwards College Cambridge; former Chief Executive of Oxfam, GB) with Dr Gina Heathcote (SOAS School of Law and Centre for Gender Studies) and Dr Devon Curtis (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge) on Women, War and Peace: Reflections on 15 Years of UN Res. 1325 Ms Zoe Strimpel (Asa Briggs PhD Scholar, Department of History, University of Sussex; Alumnus, UCCGS) on Dating before the Digital: Mediated matchmaking and singles culture in Britain, 1970-2000 Professor Ruth Vanita (Visiting Fellow, Cambridge Liberal Studies, University of Montana) on The cinematic courtesan and the modern erotic imagination Ms Clare Walker-Gore (Faculty of English, University of Cambridge) on “Excluded from a Woman’s Natural Destiny”: Disability and Gender Trouble in the Nineteenth-Century Novel Ms Bernadette Wren (Trust-wide Head of Psychology, Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust) on Gender Non-Conforming Children: Treatment dilemmas in puberty suppression
he Centre for Gender Studies hosted a book launch for Juliet Mitchell and the Lateral Axis on Tuesday 23 February 2016 at Jesus College, Upper Hall. Professor Juliet Mitchell, FBA, Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies, University of Cambridge, was ‘In Conversation’ with the editors, Dr Robbie Duschinsky, University Lecturer in Social Science, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge and Dr Susan Walker, Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health, Anglia Ruskin University. Professor Mitchell is the Founding Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies. She is a preeminent theorist of feminist psychoanalysis and socialist feminism whose influence has had a profound effect on twentieth century feminism and the humanities.
Juliet Mitchell and the Lateral Axis explores the implications of Professor Mitchell’s pathbreaking theory regarding the effect of siblings on psychic development, politics and culture. Chapters by leading scholars such as Judith Butler, Mignon Nixon, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak address themes at the centre of public and academic discussion: equality, violence, collective movements, subjectivity, sexuality and power. Professor Spivak’s chapter in this volume, ‘Crimes of Identity’ is based on the Juliet Mitchell Lecture she gave for the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies in Keynes’ Hall, King’s College in 2014. We were honoured to host this well-attended event discussing Professor Mitchell’s work with engaged interlocutors providing a wide-ranging discussion of the roots of Professor Mitchell’s work and its relevance to contemporary psychoanalytic theory and the politics of war and violence today.
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Professor Mitchell is the author of such groundbreaking and classic works as Woman’s Estate, (recently reissued in Verso’s Radical Thinker’s series), Feminism and Psychoanalysis, Women: The Longest Revolution, Mad Men and Medusas: Reclaiming Hysteria and the Sibling Relationship for the Human Condition and Siblings: Sex and Violence, among many other edited volumes and articles.
PhD Programme in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies
Mona Hamade (Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar) Women and Emiratisation in the UAE Workforce Supervisor: Dr Jude Browne (UCCGS) Congratulations to Mona Hamade who successfully completed her PhD and viva voce in 2015! “The Centre for Gender Studies as a whole has been such an amazing support system during my time at the University of Cambridge. It has provided me with extensive academic and professional networks that have proven instrumental for my post graduate career. I successfully defended my thesis on October 2015. Following on from graduation, I have been granted a book contract - turning my thesis into a book looking at youth employment in the Middle East. In addition to that, I am currently working on a UN Women Project as a Regional Project Manager producing economic and gender profiles for the Arab Gulf States. I am looking forward to establishing new academic programmes in the UK and Qatar focusing on women and employment in the Middle East and North Africa.” Abstract: My research explores the recent ‘Emiratisation’ initiatives aimed at increasing female citizens' economic activity within the UAE labour market. In my work I attempt to develop classic Rentier State Theory to better understand the changes in UAE labour market dynamics under state led nationalization strategies. In particular, I focus on how women are increasingly being seen as a vital human capital resource and as active agents of social change. Their participation in the workforce, job sector preference and a more cohesive nationalization policy are critical factors in the success of the United Arab Emirates’ future economic diversification. My fieldwork involves qualitative research on university graduates, bank employees and policy makers across the UAE. In 2011, I was invited to
the American University of Sharjah as a visiting scholar whilst conducting my fieldwork in the UAE and I also invited to speak on my research at the Cambridge in Sharjah Symposium entitled Perspectives on Middle Eastern Studies (jointly organised by the University of Cambridge and the American University of Sharjah) in March of this year.
Charmaine Koskinen Human Trafficking Prevention: 2012 Olympics Supervisor: Dr Jude Browne (UCCGS) Congratulations to Charmaine Koskinen who successfully completed her PhD and viva voce in 2015! “I successfully defended my thesis last year and am currently employed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City conducting African Ethnographic research. My experience at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies taught me the process of enquiry and carrying out quality research. I was intellectually challenged and encouraged to search beyond the obvious answers. Overall, the experience undertaking a PhD in MultiDisciplinary Gender Studies prepared me for a research position in one of the top institutions in the world.” Abstract: My research focuses on the politics of human trafficking prevention. In particular, I examine the policies implemented in the UK to counter the anticipated increase in human trafficking associated with the Olympics 2012. The study utilises a theoretical framework of political myths and ideologies, combined with historical accounts of ‘white slavery’, in order to understand the British Government’s approach to human trafficking prevention. This framework enables me to examine the ideologies that both informed various prevention models and were used to justify anti-prostitution policies which led to an attempt to regulate sex workers. I argue that the debates and
inconsistencies in the Governmentâ€™s approach to human trafficking prevention can be understood in terms of clashing ideological positions on sex-work. In order to carry out this research, I was permitted to observe the Human Trafficking Network and London 2012 over a three year period. This is the Government body tasked with managing the response to expected increases in human trafficking during the Olympics. In addition, during a four month period based in London, I conducted interviews with: members of the Human Trafficking Network, the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre, MPs, governmental and non-governmental agencies, anti-trafficking groups, sex workers, sex workers outreach services, and local and international academics. In my conclusions, I hope to offer policy recommendations for human trafficking prevention programmes.
Helen Mussell (Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust Scholar) Care and Business: Can there be a Connection? Supervisor: Professor Tony Lawson (Faculty of Economics) Congratulations to Helen Mussell who successfully completed her PhD and viva voce in 2016! â€œThe experiences to be gained from undertaking a PhD can never be fully known at the outset. It is always a leap into the dark in some respects, so the opportunity to reflect is invaluable. Academically speaking the doctorate programme in Gender Studies has been transformational. Having written and submitted my thesis within a three-year timeframe, defending it in early February 2016, I have progressed from reading papers in leading journals with awe, to successfully publishing in them. This would simply not have been possible without the inspiration and support of a core network of individuals I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by during my time at Cambridge. Teamed together with the generous financial support received from my sponsors - Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust - enabling international research trips and conference presentations - I consider my PhD to not only have been a professionally worthwhile adventure, but
also one of great personal development. My future plans are to continue to publish, writing on core issues of gender in philosophy, economics, corporate governance and business ethics. And following the recommendations of my examiners, I am also developing the thesis into a monograph for publication, so hope to be able to contribute in some small way to the crucial feminist and gender studies canon. Finally, I wish to thank all of those insightful and inspirational individuals who have helped me over these past years. Everyone's support and encouragement has been so very much appreciated.â€? Peer reviewed publications: Mussell, Helen. 2016. "The Truth of the Matter" in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, (Vol.31, Issue 3, pp. 537-553) Mussell, Helen. 2016. "The Nature of Social Responsibility: Exploring Emancipatory Ends" in Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (forthcoming Autumn 2016) Abstract: The thesis engages in social scientific ontological analysis to investigate the nature of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The research is theoretical and philosophical in nature, and the thesis is structured over three main sections with a final conclusion drawing together the findings. Each section focuses on a separate question, which in turn contribute to answering the overarching research question addressed in the conclusion. The first part is concerned with identification. The focus is to determine why CSR is met with such strong scepticism, to identify the tension. These initial stages of the social ontological analysis indicate that crucial historical conceptual developments have taken place. These developments appear to point towards apparent dichotomous economic thinking. The analysis starts to suggest that a relational ontology originally underpinned CSR, and that this has been increasingly replaced by a more atomistic one. The second stage employs a tripartite theoretical framework to offer explanation for the conceptual developments identified in the first section. Feminist
economic theory (revealing a psycho-sexual gender bias in economic thinking), feminist philosophy (specifically history of thought) and feminist care ethics (a body of ethical theory originating in moral developmental psychology), are shown to best explicate the ontological reorientation that CSR has undergone. The deep rooted scepticism directed towards CSR is identified as being a question of a corporate organisations capacity to care, claims to which are frequently used in organisational literature concerning CSR. The third section builds on the earlier parts to formulate a programme to facilitate a move towards a caring relational orientation in business. The focus in this part is on considering implications of the preceding stages. A two part programme is outlined including revisions to academic practice and proposals for business praxis and corporate governance. Suggested measures for the latter include theorising radical relational engagement (RRE) with feminist collective epistemological theory. The argument is made that through the innovation of the inherently relational feminist standpoint theory (FST) with realist ontology, then the need for the inclusion of the social point of view within business can start to be met. The thesis concludes by engaging with various contemporary developments within business education and legal studies which complement the project of facilitating a caring relational orientation in business.
Halliki Voolma (Gates Trust Scholar) Domestic Violence in the context of Human Rights: Women with insecure immigration status exposed to domestic violence in England and Sweden - a comparative study Supervisor: Dr Jude Browne (UCCGS) Congratulations to Halliki Voolma who successfully completed her PhD and viva voce in 2015! “The PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies as a Gates Cambridge scholar was the culmination of almost six years of research on the nexus between domestic violence, migration and human rights, which I had already begun for my Bachelors dissertation, also supervised by Dr Jude Browne. The experience of undertaking the PhD was both very challenging and very rewarding. My supervisor supported my decision
to do an internship with the UN Women peace and security team in NYC at the end of my first year, which was a fantastic way to gain insight into the workings of the UN where I had wanted to work since I was a young teenager, and also conduct research interviews with international experts for my PhD research. Independent fieldwork in Sweden and England in the second and third years of the PhD was challenging because of the unique access and ethical issues that are associated with researching violence against women, but also inspiring because I was able to speak to brave women who shared their stories with me, and professional stakeholders who were doing important work to advance women’s and migrants’ rights. Writing the 80,000 word thesis was the biggest task I had ever embarked upon, so it was terrifying in its own right, but it was also great to get down on paper so many of the thoughts that had been developing in my mind during my three degrees at Cambridge. I successfully defended my PhD in September 2015 and had a wonderful viva experience for which I am grateful to my examiners Prof Loraine Gelsthorpe and Dr Monica Burman, and to Dr Jude Browne for helping me prepare throughout the years for this final, unique, test. I am currently working on a social innovation project 'Action-Metre’ in Estonia, my home country where I had not lived since I was ten. Action-Metre is a web platform designed for running social campaigns on different social and public health issues, with the focus on individuals committing to micro-actions in their everyday lives which have a positive societal impact. I have also been working on publications from my PhD thesis, presenting my research at several international conferences, and volunteering with the Estonian Refugee Council. Going forward I want to continue working on gender and migration issues, contributing both to research and to international policy development.” Abstract: Violence against women, including domestic violence, is a pervasive global problem of epidemic proportions, rooted in gendered power relations, which intersect with other axes of inequality. Since the 1990s, EU member states have begun to address domestic violence as an issue warranting significant political and legal recognition, but key gaps remain in national and international responses. This thesis addresses the problem of domestic violence against women with insecure immigration status in England and Sweden, from a human rights perspective. This is the first comparative and multi-scale qualitative study of this issue in the EU. The study examines survivors’ experiences, stakeholders’ perspectives, law, policy, politics and service provision with the aim of providing a nuanced account of the nexus of domestic violence, immigration status
and human rights in these two countries. The empirical component consists of data from in-depth interviews with 31 survivors from 14 different non-EU countries residing in England or Sweden, and 57 professional stakeholders including specialist support service providers, politicians and experts from EU and international organisations. The thematic analysis of interview data is couched within an innovative human rights theoretical framework. The data highlights the importance of an expansionist model of human rights whereby different categories of rights are addressed as indivisible and where presence in a territory, as opposed to immigration status, is the basis for recognition as a rights-bearing subject. Survivors’ narratives of the dynamics of domestic
violence in the context of insecure immigration status demonstrate the need for a broad definition of domestic violence, foregrounding the pattern of abuse as opposed to individual incidents and recognising migrant-specific dynamics. The interview data also reveals the complexity of survivors’ pathways out of abusive relationships, linked to legal and policy barriers such as the threat of deportation built into the spousal visa probationary period in both countries. Addressing the issue of domestic violence in the context of insecure immigration status reveals the international dimensions and international relevance of domestic violence and suggests not only that the personal is political, but that the domestic is international.
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Gender Studies Profiles
Dr Jude Browne, The Jessica and Peter Frankopan Director of UCCGS My research is primarily focused on causal theories of gender inequality, public policy, political theory, structural injustice, and rights. Recent work has investigated topics such as EU quotas, the political turn against Human Rights and a range of potential public policy mechanisms for the enforcement of rights in both national and international settings. Whilst on leave, I was a visiting scholar at the University of Siena in Italy, where I completed the first part of my new research project – gender, technology and the politics of regulation. Key and Recent Publications: Browne, J. (2013). ‘The Default Model: Gender Equality and Structural Constraint’, Politics & Gender. Official Journal of the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). Vol 9, Issue 02. pp.152-173.
Browne, J. (2013). ‘O’Neill and the Political Turn Against Human Rights’. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society. Vol 26, Issue 4. pp. 291304. Browne, J. (2014). ‘The UK Government’s Refutation of EU COM 614: An Analysis’ in Romanowski, A., Bosek, L., and Makowicz, B. (eds) Women, Leadership and Quotas. Warsaw: Sejm Government Publishing House. (Translated into Polish and German by the Bureau of Research, Chancellery of the Polish Sejm). Key Notes Public Lectures 2014/15: »
Browne, J. (2013). ‘The Critical Mass Marker Approach: Female Quotas and Social Justice’, Political Studies. Official Journal of the Political Studies Association (PSA).
“Gender, Merit and Structural Injustice: quotas for the private sector”, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science Berkeley University, USA (9th March 2015).
European Union address to members of the EU Commission, Parliament and EIGE. ‘Women, Corporate Board Quotas and Political Theory - The Critical Mass Marker Approach’ Brussels, (12th November 2014)
‘ The Critical Mass Marker Approach to Gender Quotas’, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford (25th March 2014).
Dr Lauren Wilcox, Deputy Director of UCCGS and UTO in Gender Studies I’m pleased that my first monograph, Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2015) was honoured as the Best Book by the Theory Section of the International Studies Association this past spring. This book examines the consequences for taking a feminist approach to embodiment seriously for thinking about contemporary issues in war and security. It was launched with a talk in the Centre for Gender Studies in June 2015. This past year I’ve presented current research projects on contemporary forms of political violence, gender, and queer theory at the European International Studies Association meeting in Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, at the Millennium Conference for International Studies in London, The N♀ISE Summer School at the University of Utrecht, The LSE International Relations Department’s Annual Retreat, the International Studies Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, London.
Key and recent publications include: Wilcox, L. (2016) “Embodying Algorithmic War: Gender, Race, and the Posthuman in Drone Warfare” forthcoming at Security Dialogue. Wilcox, L. (2016) “Securing Methods, Practicing Critique” International Studies Review. Wilcox, L. (2017) “Gendered Bodies in Securitized Migration Regimes,” Handbook on Migration and Security, ed. Phillipe Bourbeau (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK) Wilcox, L. (2017) “Drones” in Visual Global Politics, ed. Roland Bleiker (New York and London: Routledge) Wilcox, L. (2015) Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations. (New York: Oxford University Press) Wilcox, L. (2014) “Explosive Bodies, Bounded States: Abjection and the Embodied Practice of Suicide Bombing,” International Feminist Journal of Politics 16:1, pp. 66-85.
Joanna Bush, UCCGS Administrator I began my career with the University of Cambridge in 2006, and since then have worked in a variety of College and Departmental roles. I spent six and a half years with the University’s Human Resources Division, working closely with senior academic and assistant staff and providing specialist administration for the provision of highprofile events and professional development programmes for staff and graduate students. Before the University I worked in a student support role for an educational charity. My first year as the Centre Administrator for Gender Studies has been an incredible learning opportunity and I have really enjoyed working with the many academic staff who generously contribute their time to the Centre, as well as the delightful Gender Studies students. In my spare time I am a keen supporter of the arts, particularly film, opera and theatre.
Dr Jo Applin, Visiting Scholar, UCCGS 2016 Jo Applin is an art historian specialising in American art since 1945, with a particular emphasis on questions of
gender and sexuality. Her books include Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America (Yale University Press, 2012) and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room-Phalli's Field (MIT Press, 2012). She is currently completing a book on the American artist Lee Lozano, with particular emphasis on her relationship to feminism and her 1971 ‘boycott of women’, and finalising an article on artist Ida Applebroog’s engagement with feminist time. Jo developed a new project in Cambridge focused on generational thinking, feminism and ageing in American art. Dr Jo Applin Visiting Scholar Report: Lent Term 2016 I had an incredibly productive and stimulating time as Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies where I enjoyed hearing about the exciting and diverse work undertaken by students in the department. While based in Cambridge I was able to write a new article on the American artist Ida Applebroog, focusing in particular on a large group of ink drawings of the artist’s vulva that she made in 1969 and subsequently forgot about, only rediscovering them in 2010, when she scanned a number of them digitally to cover a large houselike structure titled Monalisa. By incorporating her earlier work, Applebroog tackled head-on the problem of feminism’s time. This article will form a key part of my new research project about ageing, gender, generation and the avant-garde. Jo Applin 4 April 2016
Anne-Kathrin Weber, Erasmus+ Exchange Student. Anne-Kathrin Weber is a doctoral researcher and part of the management team of the Research Group for Gender Studies at the University of Giessen (Germany). She is also a freelance journalist, focusing on reviewing political and scientific literature. She is currently writing her Ph.D. thesis on emotions in politics, comparing the Political Theories of Hannah Arendt and Martha C. Nussbaum. Her particular research focus lies on the potentials and dangers of compassion, pity, and empathy when utilised as “political” emotions in the political realm. She has worked at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies for stints in both 2015 and 2016 under the Erasmus+ staff mobility scheme.
MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies 2014–15 student list 1.
Rikke Bale Amundsen (Norway) On the criminalization of ‘revenge porn’ Supervisor: Dr Jude Browne, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies Charlotte Dent-Brown (UK) Consuming the Shōjo Supervisor: Dr Angelika Koch, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Constance Flude (UK) (Bell Scholar 2014-15; AHRC scholarship) Contesting Rape Narratives Supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Foyster, Faculty of History
Catriona Hay (UK) Women Embracing Islam Supervisor: Dr Tim Jenkins, Faculty of Divinity Ivan Jun Yin Rene Lam (Hong Kong) Gendering the Umbrella Movement Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies Jeffrey Lockhart (USA) (Gates Scholar 2014-15) Discourses in Contemporary LGBT+ Organizing Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies Shannon Mathieu (USA) Gender and the Responsibility to Protect
Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies
Alizee Moreau (France) Second Generation Immigrant Women and University Supervisor: Dr Jeff Miley, Department of Sociology
Breana Musella (USA) Beautiful Cancer Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies Anna Malaika Grace Ntiriwah-Asare (USA) Intersectional Feminist Theory and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Supervisor: Dr Katie Dow, Department of Sociology Kate Oliver (Ireland) Women and the Front National Supervisor: Dr Chris Bickerton, Department of Politics and International Studies Ching Lok Tse (Hong Kong) Gender in Chinese folk tales Supervisor: Dr Angelika Koch, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Stefania Vekinis (Greece) Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Reproductive Choice Supervisor: Dr Jude Browne, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies
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“For me, the MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies has been the most intellectually rewarding experience yet. The course broadened the scope of my thinking, expanded my knowledge beyond expectations, and enabled me to tackle intersecting questions of gender with confidence and a stable reserve of knowledge in a multitude of areas. In addition to the opportunity of being exposed to various different perspectives on the relevance of gender to all disciplines through the text seminars, I have truly enjoyed having ample time and strong support to focus on my research interests and thesis. The faculty facilitated the creation of an intellectual environment that encouraged constant progress and challenge wherein critical and independent thought, and creativity was supported and expected. Functioning together, such an environment and the structure of the curriculum and the programme, in combination with the fantastic support received from the supervisors, the course is an excellent preparatory step for those who would like to continue on to a PhD and for the initial exploration of project ideas, or for those who would like to partake in a stimulating and empowering education.”
Akos Erzse, MPhil student 2015–2016
“The MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies was a wonderful and challenging introduction to the world of gender and feminist theory. As a student new to this field of study, I felt the course offered a comprehensive overview of the evolution of feminist thought, whilst allowing students the freedom to tailor their studies to their specific areas of interest. The text seminars enabled us to engage with the diverse teaching styles available at Cambridge, whilst understanding the multitude of ways in which gendered methodologies can be applied across disciplines from literature to evolutionary biology. As a result of the course I learnt to critically engage with complex social theory, as well as design and implement original research projects.”
Milena Bacalja-Perianes, MPhil student 2015–2016 “The programme's unique multi-disciplinary approach allowed me to take my work in bold, new directions and enriched my understanding in ways I never anticipated. Every seminar was a revelation.”
Amanda Padoan, MPhil student 2015–2016