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Gender Studies

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The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies is a multi-disciplinary centre for research and teaching. The aim of the Centre is to increase our capacity for rigorous gender analysis and to promote awareness of its relevance in historic, economic, political, artistic, social, and scientific contexts. As such, we welcome inquiry from multiple and overlapping perspectives including (but not limited to) various forms of feminist theory, lesbian and gay studies, queer theory, transgender/trans* theory, and critical sexuality studies. The Centre runs high profile symposia, public lectures and research seminars, as well as a multi-disciplinary MPhil and PhD programme, a visiting scholars’ programme and a distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme (The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship).

Methods in Question: Epistemologies of Gender and Sexuality

This seminar series, at the Centre for Gender Studies, investigates research methods and methodologies employed in gender and sexuality studies. The seminars and the online blog engage scholars and students, researchers, artists, and writers in stimulating conversation about gender and sexuality in contemporary world. Exploring and navigating various lines of inquiry—such as feminist theory, gay and lesbian studies, queer studies, and trans* studies—the series aims to question, confront, and destabilize conventional epistemologies in research methods in order to initiate fruitful debates in the field. 

The Centre for Family Research 

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The Centre for Family Research is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Cambridge. The Centre has undertaken pioneering and influential research since the 1960s, and has an international reputation for its investigations of families and children. Our interests cover children, parents and family relationships. Our research has dealt with topics from pregnancy, through all the years of childhood, to partnerships and parenthood, and later life. The Centre runs regular seminars. Experts from a variety of disciplines and organisations talk about their work, and we also discuss our own projects. These meetings attract a diverse audience.

Gender & Sexuality History Workshop

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This Graduate Workshop is a well-established forum of all those interested in the historical dimensions of gender, sexuality, feminism and masculinity. We encourage submissions from Masters and PhD students, as well as early career researchers, working on gender and sexuality (broadly defined) from any time period. The workshop provides an opportunity to present finished or work-in-progress research to a friendly and supportive audience of your peers. Papers are likely to be 20-30 minutes in length, but we welcome submissions for longer formats or shorter paired papers for panel discussion. The format and length are flexible and the paper can be given in the manner that best suits the presenter’s material with discussion to follow.

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lgbtQ+@cam is an initiative launched in 2018 to promote interdisciplinary research, outreach and network building related to queer, trans and sexuality studies at the University of Cambridge.

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