Working Lunch, 11th May 2016

Last week saw the last Gendered Lives working lunch of the academic year. In it, we reviewed the achievements of 2015-16, highlights of which included an award of seed funding for a soon-to-be-disclosed research project, and a talk from Charlotte Proudman, feminist barrister extraordinaire, as well as a number of research seminars and a productive postgraduate Work in Progress meeting. The last event of the term is planned for the 8th June: a research seminar, in conjunction with the Modern and Contemporary research group, with Glyn Salton Cox  (English, UC Santa Barbara) entitled ‘”Red Loving Heart”: Reconstructing Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Lesbian Leninism’ and Ruth Kinna (Political Thought, Loughborough) who will be speaking on ‘Women Nihilists and Anarchist Ethics’.


We discussed the possibility of  developing a Trans Lives cluster to support research in this area in 2016-17. There is a meeting arranged for 2.30 on the 8th of June in NN0.007 (immediately before the last Gendered Lives research seminar). If you would like to be involved, get in touch with Catherine Armstrong (


One postgraduate member, Jennifer Nicol, mooted the possibility of putting together an application for the FWSA postgraduate Small Grants scheme. Georgia Walker Churchman and Faye McCarthy also expressed an interest in developing an application. If any members of the group would be interested in working with us on it, email


Carys Page, the university incumbent women’s officer, came to the meeting to discuss her work over the past year, including setting up the project ‘Lads at Loughborough’. Ella Gibbons will be starting as women’s officer in the new academic year, so hopefully we will be able to work with the Students’ Union in future.


The Gendered Lives group is going to host a blogpost about the relative merits of decriminalisation versus the Nordic legal model dealing with prostitution after Charlotte Proudman gave a full-blooded defence of the Nordic Model in her discussion of gender and the law for the group. We are in touch with a well-known advocate of decriminalisation who has agreed to do an interview for us. Further to this discussion, Line Nyhagen suggested getting in touch with Dr Maggie O’Neil at Durham for an academic take on the discussion. Watch the blog for further details.

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