Research area

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 hypervisibilities of sexualities in French and Francophone contexts and by Jason Hartford’s examinations of religious archetypes and queer masculinities. Fiona Barclay and Michael Marten bring questions of feminism, gender and sexualities into dialogue with the postcolonial in the context of Franco-Algerian relations (Barclay) and in the Middle East (Marten). Alison Jasper’s critical interrogation of female subjectivity and Soledad Montanez’s analysis of women’s writing, art and cinema in the Latin American context unfold 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, in the field of Spanish cinema by Ann Davies and by Bill Marshall in the context of the contemporary parkour movement. Our work 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. 2013 saw the appointment of two Impact Research Fellows in the Division of Literature and Languages, both of whom are developing projects that further develop and expand upon our expertise in these areas. Elizabeth Anderson’s examinations of feminist theory and theology and Sarah Parker’s considerations of the lesbian muse and the role of photography in the development of women’s public image in the Victorian era provide new lines of enquiry for research in the Gender and Sexualities grouping to develop. We publish widely across these areas of study as well as hosting conferences and study days on related themes (Hypervisibilities in 2008; a Didier Eribon Study Day in 2011; Latin American Women Writers, Artists and Filmmakers in 2012).

Gender and Sexualities is part of:


Ms Suzy Angus
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Dr Fiona Barclay
Dr Fiona Barclay Lecturer in French Studies SLCR: French
Dr Andrea Baumeister
Dr Andrea Baumeister Senior Lecturer Politics
Dr Bethan Benwell
Dr Bethan Benwell Senior Lecturer English Studies
Susan Berridge SB
Dr Susan Berridge Lecturer Communications, Media and Culture
Professor Sharon C Bolton
Professor Sharon C Bolton Dean of the Stirling Management School Stirling Management School
Dr Adelina Broadbridge
Dr Adelina Broadbridge Senior Lecturer Management Work and Organisation
Professor Rowan Cruft
Professor Rowan Cruft Professor Philosophy
Professor Richard Haynes
Professor Richard Haynes Professor Communications, Media and Culture
Dr Alison Jasper
Dr Alison Jasper Senior Lecturer Religious Studies
Dr Alenka Jelen-Sanchez
Dr Alenka Jelen-Sanchez Lecturer Communications, Media and Culture
Dr Cristina Johnston
Dr Cristina Johnston Senior Lecturer SLCR: French
Dr Katharina Lindner
Dr Katharina Lindner Lecturer Communications, Media and Culture
Ms Kathryn Mackay
Ms Kathryn Mackay Lecturer Social Work
Dr Margaret Malloch
Dr Margaret Malloch Reader Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Professor Bill Marshall
Professor Bill Marshall Professor Comparative Cultural Studies SLCR: French
Daniel Massie
Daniel Massie PhD Researcher Communications, Media and Culture
Professor Gill McIvor
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Dr Sarah Neely
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Guillermo Olivera GO
Dr Guillermo Olivera Lecturer in Spanish SLCR: Spanish
Dr Tessa Parkes
Dr Tessa Parkes Centre Director Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Samantha Punch
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Dr Irene A Reid
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Professor Kirstein Rummery
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Professor Carron Shankland
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Dr Dalene Swanson
Dr Dalene Swanson Senior Lecturer Education
Aleix Tura Vecino AV
Aleix Tura Vecino PhD Researcher Literature and Languages
Dr Helen Whincup
Dr Helen Whincup Lecturer Social Work CPD
Dr Sarah Wilson
Dr Sarah Wilson Senior Lecturer Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
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