Gender and Sexualities


Research on gender and sexualities in the Division of Literature and Languages brings together a dynamic and distinctive concentration of specialists whose work examines the ways in which gender and sexual categories are constructed historically and are the subject of contemporary social and political controversy. Our areas of expertise include queer theory in both Anglophone and non-Anglophone contexts; postcolonial feminisms; same-sex partnerships and sexual citizenship; queer cinemas; gender and urban youth cultures; discourses and representations of masculinity in popular culture; gender and religion; and lesbian Victorian poetics and visual cultures.

Within the broad sphere of visual cultures, Guillermo Olivera’s Carnegie-funded research on non-heteronormative modes of representation is complemented by Cristina Johnston’s collaborative work with Florian Grandena (University of Ottawa) on the hyper visibilities of sexualities in French and Francophone contexts. Fiona Barclay brings questions of feminism, gender and sexualities into dialogue with the postcolonial in the context of Franco-Algerian relations. Alison Jasper’s critical interrogation of female subjectivity and analysis of women’s writing within the discourse of religion, unfolds alongside questions of the representation of masculinities in discourse and visual cultural forms as they are taken up in relation to men’s magazines by Bethan Benwell and in the field of Spanish cinema by Ann Davies. As a division we also work in conjunction with colleagues in the Division of Communication, Media and Culture’s Gender Studies programme, contributing in particular to postgraduate supervision and to the module, Key Feminist Thinkers. Alison Jasper’s Scottish Government funded work on issues of gender within the context of Religious Education also brings the Division into a close working relationship with colleagues within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Our work therefore spans a wide range of temporal and spatial foci and seeks to forge connections between the study of genders and sexualities and other approaches from across the field of the Humanities and beyond. 

We publish widely across these areas of study as well as hosting conferences and study days on related themes.

Dr Fiona Barclay

Dr Bethan Benwell

Professor Ann Davies

Dr Alison Jasper

Dr Cristina Johnston

Professor Bill Marshall

Dr Guillermo Olivera

Colleagues from across the Division of Literature and Languages contribute to Stirling’s new, flagship MSc/MLitt programme in Gender Studies (Applied). There are opportunities to undertake postgraduate research in topics related to the wide range of areas listed above through our MRes Translation Studies and our MRes in the Humanities. We welcome enquiries from students interested in any of these programmes, or in doctoral study in our areas of expertise.