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Gender Study Group

Aims and Objectives of the Study Group

  • To provide a forum that enables the critical development of contemporary gender theory and research across a diverse range of gender related fields.
  • To provide a professional network in which to bring together gender-related academics, researchers, postgraduate and doctoral students.
  • To provide a context in which interdisciplinary (inter)national networking can take place in order to encourage (inter)national research collaborations.
  • To provide an environment that seeks to safeguard gender theory and research in the face of the changing landscape to the social sciences and humanities.

The co-convenors aim to raise the profile of the Study Group through a series of day schools, workshops and by creating a gender stream at the BSA annual conference.

Why Gender, Why Now?

Despite the long-standing centrality of gender to sociological theory and research, and the extensive number of sociologists working around gender, Gender Programmes are closing or being subsumed under other substantive schools within the social sciences and humanities. Subsequently, sociologists working conceptually and substantively on gender rarely have a scholarly network in which to situate their work.  This Gender Study Group provides a focal point for scholars, researchers and postgraduate students whose work variously concerns gender. We wish to promote dialogue across the broad range of gender theory and research concerns in contemporary sociology, including but not restricted to femininities/masculinities; transgender and gender diversity; gendered structures and practices of agency; gender and globalisation; gendered law, policy and citizenship; gender and affect; gender in relational contexts; embodied genders; gender and intersectionality (gender and – class/status, sexuality, age, race and ethnicity, space and place).

Join the Gender Study Group

The group welcomes new members, including existing members of the BSA, non-BSA members, students, academics and researchers from disciplines other than sociology and international institutions. Membership of the Gender Study Group is free to BSA members, non-members can join by paying a small one-off fee of £10.  If you are interested in joining the Gender Study Group please complete the Application Form and return it, along with your payment (if applicable), to:  Emily Falconer, Department of History, Sociology and Criminology, University of Westminster, Room 560, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW or Ruth Lewis, Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University, Upman Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST.

Future Events

Please watch this space for details.

Members Directory

Download a copy of the Members Directory (this download is for Study Group members only and is password protected).

Annual Report

Read the Group's latest Annual Report.

Contact the Convenors

Emily Falconer

Department of History, Sociology and Criminology
University of Westminster 

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Ruth Lewis

Northumbria University

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