Roles Events Winter Term 2014

Roles Sexuality and Gender Forum, a postgraduate research network based at Birmingham university (but open to all) would like to welcome you to join us on the following dates:

Week 1 – Wednesday October the 1st, 6pm

IN THE ASHLEY BUILDING, opposite Strathcona, in ROOM 222    —  Welcome Meeting

There will be tea and coffee, cake and chatting, meeting other postgrads and researchers in your field, and, best of all, the opportunity (and icing) to decorate yourself a Research Cake. (Here’s some we made earlier — yours will taste better though!)


Week 2 -Monday October the 6th

Electric Cinema, town centre, 9pm — trip to see Pride

Wednesday October the 8th, 6pm

Ashley 222 —  Sample 10 minute research talks, with discussion, by Het Phillips, Holly Pike and Emma Murdoch.

Topics: Life writing by female political prisoners in Francoist Spain (Holly), Psychiatry and the gendered aspects of ‘madness’ in mid-century France (Emma), and Television inter-texts’ construction of homosociality in the narrative of the ‘Moors Murders’ and ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ cases (Het).

Week 3 – Wednesday October the 15th, 2-4pm

GAFT (Gender And Feminist Theory) Research Group Meeting, Muirhead room 427

Week 4 -Tuesday October 21st , 2pm

GAFT reading group on Gender and Globalisation

room tbc, for more information please contact Renata Reynaldo (

Wednesday  October the 22nd, 6pm

Ashley, 222 — 10 minute research talks by Feylyn Lewis, Geoffrey Humble, and one unknown speaker  (1 presenting place left – how about YOU?)

Topics: Identity development and autonomy for young adult carers and a feminist ethics of care (Feylyn), Secular and Monastic medieval masculinities across Europe and Asia (Geoff), and TBC.

Week 6 — Wednesday November the 5th, 12:30 (lunch provided)

Law School SCR — Margaret Thornton will be giving a talk on the legal and educational aspects of neoliberalism in the academy  – contact to book a place.

This talk will be followed in Muirhead 429 at 3-4:30pm by a GAFT-hosted roundtable on the same subject. (no need to book)

Week 7 — Wednesday November the 12th, 6pm

Ashley, 222 — Research Talk by Ann Shapiro about radical feminist theatre in East Germany.

Week 8 – Wednesday November the 19th, 2-4pm

Discussion and instruction on grant capture and applying for funding by David Evans from the CRSO giving a presentation of current opportunities, followed by short talks by  Jo Dubberly, Fiona Carmichael and Jill Steans.  (Muirhead 415.)

Week 10 – Wednesday December the 3rd, 6pm 

End of Term Meeting, discussion of committee for the annual May conference, come along if you want to be involved in organising!

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