Fully Booked

Following a high level of interest, the Troubling Gender conference is now fully booked. However, please follow the conference on twitter (#troublinggender) as we will be live tweeting on the day.

Also please contact us if you are interested in being added to the University of Sheffield Centre for Gender Research mailing list, and receiving updates about future events.

Looking forward to a great day!


Keynote Speeches

Please take a look at the abstracts below for more information on our keynote speeches:

Who gets to be British? Gender and race at the borders of citizenship

Dr. Bridget Byrne

This paper will critically engage with the concepts of intersectionality and multiple identities. It will ask what are the gains and potential pitfalls in a language of intersectionality and multiple identities. Considering the production of whiteness, of citizens and non-citizens in Britain, the paper will explore how we can track the play of gender, race and class in relations of power around questions of citizenship. How can we trouble citizenship through an exploration of gendered and racialised exclusions?

Multiple Axis of Power: articulations of diaspora and intersectionality

Professor Avtar Brah

Theories and politics of Diaspora and Intersectionality have a great deal in common, but scholars working in these fields rarely bring them together. This presentation will be an attempt to think the two in and through each other. It provides an overview of the key issues and debates in the field. There will be a discussion of how difference is to be theorised so that diasporicity and intersectionality can be understood as an articulated field. Together, the articulations signal the production of new discourses and politics.

Registration Is Now Open!

Hello everyone,

Please click here to register for the Troubling Gender conference. Registration will close on 10th May 2013, although we recommend prompt registration as places are likely to fill up quickly.

The standard conference fee is £15 and the subsidised rate for unfunded students or unwaged/unemployed delegates is £8. We only have a limited number of subsidised places so please only apply for this if it is needed. Fees include lunch, refreshments and a drinks reception. Please be aware that we cannot offer any refunds.

Further details about the conference will be announced very soon. Once the provisional programme starts to take shape, details will be published here so please keep checking back.

Please note that this will be a vegetarian conference and the building is wheelchair accessible. If you have any additional dietary or access requirements, please let us know on the registration form or get in touch via email if you prefer.

Anyone with an interest in feminism, inside or outside of academia, is welcome to attend the Troubling Gender conference. We aim to bring together academics, activists, PhD students and interested others to share ideas and form collaborations for the future.

If you have any further questions, comments or concerns please contact Charlotte and Jennifer at troubling-gender@sheffield.ac.uk.

We look forward to meeting you all soon!

Charlotte and Jennifer

Keynote Speakers Announced!

We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speakers will be Dr. Bridget Byrne (University of Manchester) and Professor Avtar Brah (Birkbeck, University of London).

Bridget Byrne is known for her work on the politics and culture of social class, ‘racial’ and gendered identities. In 2006, Byrne authored ‘White lives: the interplay of ‘race’, class and gender in everyday life’ which was based on her earlier research into the construction of white identity in Britain.

Avtar Brah is the author of the influential ‘Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities’ which offered a new approach to the study of ‘difference’ and ‘commonality’ within the context of feminism and anti-racism. More recently, Brah co-wrote the article, ‘Ain’t I A Woman? Revisiting Intersectionality’ with Professor Ann Phoenix, which explored the intersections of gender, ‘race’ and sexuality with social class and argued that studying these intersections allows a more complex and dynamic understanding than a focus on social class alone.

We look forward to welcoming them both to Sheffield!

Call For Papers

Troubling Gender
The Question of Multiple Identities

Call for Papers

Interactive Feminist Conference
Friday 24th May 2013
ICOSS, University of Sheffield

We invite feminist academics and activists to join us in a one-day interactive conference.

The conference aims to provide a friendly, safe environment for academics and non-academics from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds to share ideas and research with like-minded people. We welcome submissions in a range of formats including presentations, posters, performance, art or other visual forms. Innovative and unusual submissions are encouraged.

Suggested themes include:
Age, generation and gender
Gender, ethnicity and nationality
Conflicts of embodiment
Gendering disability/ableism
Trans and queer identities
Women’s liberation and class struggle politics
Power, discrimination and gender inequality
Gender, posthumanism and animal studies

This is not an exhaustive list and we welcome submissions from a range of areas addressing issues of gender and overlapping identities, oppressions or intersectionalities.

Please submit abstracts or outlines of your plans (250 words) for slots/papers of 20 minutes. Send abstracts to troubling-gender@sheffield.ac.uk by Sunday 24th February, including your name and phone number.

Conference organisers: Jennifer Kettle and Charlotte Jones, convenors of the Postgraduate Gender Research Network, University of Sheffield.

Hosted by the University of Sheffield Postgraduate Gender Research Network and the Centre for Gender Research.