Gender research in LCS can be broadly categorised in a number of main areas:
Women’s writing and film-making Several projects have focused specifically on female authors, for example in France (Holmes; Atack; Fell; Brown-Grant; Lozier), Germany (Summers, Finch), Italy (Sulis, Santovetti), Latin America (Pitman), Brazil (Dennison), Japan (Hayter), and the classical world (May)
Gender and sexuality Researchers also explore the way different cultures and societies have understood and represented queer identities alongside gendered identities both in the past and in the present (Finch, Cleminson, Hayter, Wheeler)
Women’s history We have for example expertise in women in medieval history (Brown-Grant), women and warfare (Fell, Sharp), nineteenth and twentieth-century women’s movements and feminism (Fell, Sharp, Holmes, Atack), women in rural China (Zhang), women, language and cyberspace in Iran (Golzard), women and Buddhism (Seeger), and women and Islam (Bora)
Masculinity Colleagues also research social, cultural and political constructions of masculinity, for example male heroism in the classical world (Stafford), and political, scientific and cultural histories of masculinity and homosexuality in Spain and Portugal (Cleminson)
Impact and engagement
Oliva Santovetti (Italian) has organised events around the well-known Italian author Elena Ferrante, whose novels are published in 39 countries, and have sold one million of copies in the US and more than 300,000 in Britain. In 2016 Santovetti organised a sold-out public debate and brief talks by an international panel of professionals, including Ferrante’s translator, her UK publisher, a Times Literary Supplement commissioning editor and Italian expert in order to ask why Ferrante has become such a global success.
The event was co-hosted by the LivItaly: Bringing Italian Culture to Yorkshire public engagement project, the Centre for World Literatures and the Centre for Translation Studies. Santovetti has also discussed her research on Ferrante in a podcast broadcast in the US, as well as in other media outlets.
We lead and collaborate on a range of funded research projects within the school, as well as initiatives which bring groups of interdisciplinary researchers within and beyond the University together:
- Les Femmes s’entêtent: Feminism, writing, art and film 1975-2015: bilan(s) et avenir(s), Society of French Studies and ASMCF grants, 2015 (Atack, Holmes, Fell)
- First World War Nursing: New Perspectives (2012-13, Wellcome Trust, Fell)
- Kiel Uprising: Women's activism and the German Revolution November 1918, AHRC 2017-2018 (Ingrid Sharp)
- Women's Organisations and Female Activists in the Aftermath of War: International Perspectives 1918-1923, AHRC 2012-2013 (Ingrid Sharp)
- Legacies of War 1914-18/2014-18, AHRC 2012-2013 (Alison Fell, Ingrid Sharp)
- Transnational History of Eugenics (Leverhulme, Cleminson)
Obscenity and Pornography: