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 regular 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.



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

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



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 Modern Languages)

Alberto Fernández Carbajal, Leverhulme Fellow working on Queer Diasporas: Islam, Homosexuality and a Micropolitics of Dissent (School of English)

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

Dr Lucy Jones, Assistant Professor in Sociolinguistics (Nottingham University)

Dr Galina Miazhevich, Lecturer in Media and Communication (University of Leicester)

Maria Morelli, PhD candidate in Italian Studies (School of Modern Languages)

Robert Payne, PhD Candidate in French Studies (School of Modern Languages)

Lidia Salvatori, Graduate Teaching Assistant (Department of Media, Communication and Sociology)

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

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


For all inquiries contact

Dr Marion Krauthaker


July 2017: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Postgraduate Perspectives (See Call for papers below)






May 2016: Ideologies and Theories of Gender - Part 1, France and Italy:


Call for Papers - Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Postgraduate Perspectives

Date and Place: Saturday 29 July 2017, University of Leicester

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 1 April 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr Owen Heathcote (Senior Research Fellow in Modern French Studies, University of Bradford), ‘Are There Two Sexes? From Antoinette Fouque’s Il y a deux sexes to “le mariage pour tous” (“Marriage for All”)’

This workshop is generously supported by the Society for French Studies, the School of Arts at the University of Leicester, and the University of Leicester Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster.

The organization of sex, gender, and sexuality is intrinsic to human culture, and the reinforcement and transgression of gender and sexual binaries a long tradition. Feminism and, more recently, the gay liberation movement, have exposed and begun to challenge the gender and sexual inequalities embedded in human societies—often successfully. Various examples in politics demonstrate the progress that women have made in the public sphere since they were given the right to vote. In France, the introduction of equal marriage in 2013 suggests that the emancipation of sexual minorities is continuing, yet far-right organizations persist in opposing gender and sexual progressivism. Moreover, the recent terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando testifies to how far a minority are prepared to go to contest the emancipation of sexual minorities. These events foreground the current relevance of issues of sex, gender, and sexuality and provide a rich context in which constructive discussions of these issues can take place.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that address the themes of sex, gender, and sexuality, broadly focusing on how gender and sexual norms are being deconstructed or reinforced. As this is a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary event, papers may focus on any language area but should be delivered in English, including quotations and titles. Original-language versions may, however, be provided alongside the English translation. Topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Feminism
  • Queer theory
  • Gender/sexuality and/in society (culture, the media, politics, etc.)
  • Gender/sexuality and/in the arts (film, literature, translation, etc.)
  • Gender/sexual discrimination, stereotyping, violence, etc.
  • Gender/sexual identity
  • Gender/sexuality and the body
  • Gender/sexuality and the family
  • Ideologies of gender/sexuality
  • Sex

Delegates will also be invited to participate in a round-table reading discussion focusing on three influential texts within gender and sexuality studies. The choice of texts will be confirmed at a later date. This component will allow participants to critically examine and improve their understanding of some of the central theories within the discipline.

Please send abstracts of 200–250 words along with details of your institution, year of study, and the subject of your research project to Robert Payne ( and Karol Valderrama-Burgos ( by 1 April 2017. Informal enquiries are also welcome.

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