Gender has long been—and continues to be—an important feature in understanding and promoting equality and inclusivity. 2020 has seen a spike in gendered issues, including a ‘shadow pandemic’ of intimate partner violence coinciding with COVID-19 lockdows, an increase in violence against trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folx (especially toward Black trans women), and a lack of emotional support networks available to men dealing with mental health challenges. Gender is everywhere in our daily lives, and we hope that this Hub can facilitate lasting conversations approaching gender from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.
The Hub brings together passionate individuals spanning a variety of disciplines and generations through accessible events, informal discussions, and advocacy initiatives. Drawing on Wolfson’s strengths of its diverse international student base, professional networks, and world-class researchers, our Hub fosters important discussions about gender and creates a platform for college members to highlight their own work on gendered issues. Our work also recognizes that gender intersects with other axes of oppression, inclusive of race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, and dis/ability status, among others. The Hub is committed to understanding and emphasizing these intersections in the events we hold and the initiatives we put forward.
- Sex Work and Borders: International Sex Workers' Rights Day, on 4 March
- International Women's Day Conference, on 8 March 2021
- Professors Jane Rhodes and Lynn Hudson - From Mississippi to Cambridge: Marie Battle Singer, Britain's first Black psychoanalyst, on 10 March 2021
- Let’s Talk: Tackling Violence Against Women, on 25 November 2020 — Recording available in the Media Collection
- ‘Since U Been Gone’ Screening in observance of Transgender Awareness Week, followed by Q&A with Playwright & Performer Tabby Lamb, on 20 November 2020
The Gender Research Hub is committed to offering a platform to elevate gender-related research at college, and create lasting conversations about gender issues amongst our members. Our strategic priorities include:
- Fostering an intellectual community among all scholars whose research relates to gender, understood broadly to encompass a variety of disciplines and sexualities.
- Raising the profile of college members who are doing research on gender, and providing them with ample opportunities to discuss their research with others through work-in-progress talks, conferences, and informal events.
Current Initiatives and Projects:
- A work-in-progress series for students to casually discuss their research with an audience at college
- An event to commemorate International Sex Worker’s Rights Day (3 March 2021)
- A conference for International Women’s Day (8 March 2021)