Reporter 408, 20 October 1997

Gender agenda

A new research centre within the University, The Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, recently launched its inaugural programme of seminars, entitled 'Feminist Scholarship: Within/Across/Between/ Beyond the Disciplines'. The Centre, which brings together over 90 academics from 27 departments across the University, aims to develop interdisciplinary collaboration in the rapidly-expanding field of gender studies. The University already has considerable strengths in this area which were recognized in the 1996 RAE by the award of the only 'flag' in the country for gender studies research. The Centre will develop the work of established scholars as well as encouraging less experienced scholars from the arts, humanities, social sciences and health care studies.

The Centre's programme continues with a series of University speakers discussing the state of research on gender within their own disciplines, and is complemented by visiting speakers who will discuss key issues within gender studies from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. The next speaker is Dr Sarah Franklin from Lancaster University, who will talk about gender and genetic engineering. 'Mater Semper Certa Est': Dolly's Gendered Genealogy, will be held on Wednesday 29 October 1997 at 4.30pm in the English Seminar Room.

In addition the Centre runs a feminist reading group and a regular postgraduate workshop for PhD students. For further information, contact Centre Director Dr Sasha Roseneil on ext. 4409, email:

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