Reporter 453, 5 June 2000

Leeds hosts internatinoal debate on gender ethics

Researchers in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Britainís largest unit of its kind, are gearing up for an international conference on June 23-25 which is expected to draw more than 250 participants from around the world.

The event, Gendering Ethics: The Ethics of Gender, will feature about 130 papers presented by speakers from 25 countries. They will debate how questions of ethics are taking centre stage as the old moral certainties give way to scientific and cultural change.

Keynote speakers include scholars known internationally for their work on human rights, the sociology of gender, religion and culture, philosophy and political theory.

Centre director Sasha Roseneil said: "It has exceeded all our expectations in terms of the interest it has attracted from around the world. It looks to be the major event on the global gender studies calendar this year."

A conference reception sponsored by academic publisher Sage celebrates the launch of the new journal, Feminist Theory, of which Dr Roseneil is one of the editors. Other Leeds scholars taking part include professors Lynette Hunter, Carol Smart and Fiona Williams.

The centre has set up a new MA programme in gender studies in addition to its existing offers of MPhil and PhD supervision. Its interdisciplinary structure, involving 150 academics from 27 departments, allows it to offer a range of more than 40 course modules.

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