Sexuality and Gender Studies

Sexuality and Gender Studies is a broad interdisciplinary field of enquiry that crosses the arts, critical humanities, and social sciences, and that intersects with medicine and politics.

About us

Academic staff and postgraduate students at Birmingham engage in cutting-edge work in the areas of gender theory and feminism; LGBT and queer studies; and the critical history of medicine and sexual science (sexology, psychiatry). As well as publishing theoretical and empirical research in these fields, we engage with policy-making, activism and social justice work outside the academy. For more on our research and public engagement, see the individual Staff and Publications pages.

The MRes in Sexuality and Gender Studies introduces students to critical debates in the field, deepens their knowledge of specialist aspects of the discipline(s), and prepares them for PhD study as well as a host of other careers.

The large and diverse PhD community in Sexuality and Gender Studies operates a thriving network, ROLES, which brings together students from across the University to share ideas and research. It has hosted seminar series and two successful conferences. For more information, see the Current Postgraduate Students and News and Events pages.

Latest news

Posted 26 May 2015

Queer Italian Studies 2015 workshop

On 14-15 May 2015, the University of Birmingham hosted an international workshop on Queer Italian Studies, organised by Charlotte Ross (UoB), Julia Heim (CUNY) and SA Smythe (UC Santa Cruz).

Posted 13 January 2014

Critical Sexology comes to the Midlands

This year this popular interdisciplinary seminar series co-organised by Professor Lisa Downing comes to the Midlands with the inaugural seminar held here at the University of Birmingham in February.

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