Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster (IGSRC)

Latest international research on gender and sexuality have focused on the intersections between gender and sexuality with other categories, such as race, ethnicity, social class, temporality and space, age, disability and embodiment, and have thus emphasized the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the field. The objective of this research cluster created in 2015 is to bring together researchers and Postgraduate students from the University of Leicester, as well as external scholars, to reflect on these links across disciplines. In this dynamic and collaborative environment, we are interested in exploring how different historical, cultural, social, political and linguistic contexts impact on and constantly reconfigure the realities, meanings and codes of gender, sexuality and sexual practices. Eric De Kolb

We hold research meetings, seminar series and a larger scale yearly event, but we are keen to hear about and support other sporadic events during the course of the year (film series, reading groups, round tables etc.). We welcome applications of interest from academics, postgraduate students, artists and the public who would like to contribute or take part to our activities.

For all inquiries contact: Dr Marion Krauthaker,



Dr Marion Krauthaker: Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies (School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester)

Dr Michela Baldo: Honorary Fellow in Translation Studies (University of Hull)

PG Coordinator:

Karol Valderrama Burgos, PhD Candidate focusing on Latin American cinema and representations of gender (School of Modern Languages)


Dr Oliver Brett, University Tutor (School of Modern Languages)

Dr David Clark, Senior Lecturer in  Medieval Studies (School of English)

Dr Nicole Fayard, Senior Lecturer in French Studies (School of Arts)

Dr Claire Jenkins, Lecturer in Film and Television Studies (School of Arts)

Dr Liz Jones, Lecturer in French Studies (School of Modern Languages)

Dr Maria Morelli, Visiting Research Fellow (University of Milan)

Sunayana Newar, , PhD candidate (School of Media, Communication and Sociology)

Dr Saoirse O'Shea, Senior University Tutor and Teaching Fellow (School of Business)

Dr Robert Payne, Teaching Assistant (Université de Haute Alsace)

Dr Emma Staniland: Teaching Fellow in Spanish and Latin American Studies (School of Modern Languages)


Call for Papers:

Feminist readings of hetero-patriarchal sexism and violence in Francophone, Italophone and Hispanophone texts and contexts

Leicester, 30 November 2018

The #MeToo campaign and other international movements against gender-based violence - such as #Niunamenos which was born in Argentina and spread to other Latin American and European countries such as Italy and Spain - have denounced hetero-patriarchal discrimination (sexism) and violence stemming from the hierarchical and fixed construction of gender binarism (men versus women) in which male gender and heterosexuality exercise supremacy on other genders (female, trans, intersex) and sexualities. Hetero-patriarchal sexism and male violence on women and on LGBTQI people thus share the same macho root, and feminist movements like those mentioned above, among others, especially queer feminisms (given that feminism is not singular), have worked on revealing and dismantling this system.

In the wake of these feminist movements, this one-day workshop intends to focus on feminist readings of gender and sexuality in Francophone, Italophone and Hispanophone written and audiovisual texts and contexts, which pay specific attention to forms of hetero-patriarchal sexism and violence and strategies to counteract it. In this scenario we conceive gender as non-binary (female, transgender, intersex, male, etc.) and sexualities as multiple (bisexuality, homosexuality, pansexuality, queer sexuality, heterosexuality etc.) and we adopt an understanding of “texts” that range from literary fiction to oral testimony, activist pamphlets, films and audiovisual material, and also pay special attention to translation. Moreover, we consider categories such as gender and sexuality in intersectional terms, looking at their interconnections with race, class, age, ableism, migration etc., in the current geopolitical climate of austerity and precarity.

We would like to invite members of the IGSRC network specifically, but also other scholars, to discuss topics, in Italophone, Francophone and Hispanophone contexts, that can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Heteropatriarchal and heterosexist representations of the female body and female sexuality;
  • Representation of male sexual violence and/or sexual harassment;
  • Gender roles and work;
  • Gender-based violence and precarity;
  • Gender-based violence, migration and racism;
  • Gender-based violence and class;
  • Queer representations of the female body and female sexuality;
  • Female marginal voices and representations that counteract heteropatriarchal norms;
  • Heteropatriarchy and its link to homophobia and transphobia;
  • Queer transfeminism and hereopatriarchy;
  • Feminism(s) and activism;
  • Heteropatriarchal sexism and translation;
  • Feminist activism and translation.

Please send your abstract (300 words maximum) by 15 July 2018 to Michela Baldo ( and Marion Krauthaker (

Past Events:

2017: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Postgraduate Perspectives (The University of Leicester, June)

2016: Ideologies and Theories of Gender - France and Italy (The University of Leicester, May)

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