Roles Sexuality and Gender Forum

Roles is an interdisciplinary postgraduate research network, hosted by researchers at the University of Birmingham, but open to all. We run discussion meetings, talks and screenings during term time, and an annual conference in May.

For more information please contact, visit our blog, or get in touch via social media: Facebook (group), Facebook (page), and Twitter.

Gender and sexuality listserv

A listserv for sharing information and for gender and sexuality related discussion. Individuals may subscribe to the list by sending an email to  Include the following in the body of the email:  "subscribe genderandsexuality"  followed by the email address you wish to subscribe to the list e.g. subscribe genderandsexuality

Please contact for further list details or queries concerning the list.


The subject network for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics is based at Birmingham. They run a Gender Study group and have supported research on teaching gender studies.

C-SAP website

Critical Sexology

This is an interdisciplinary seminar series for psychologists, sociologists, psychoanalysts, medical doctors, literary and cultural studies scholars, philosophers, artists, lawyers, and historians with a critical interest in the construction and management of gender and sexuality in the medical, discursive and cultural spheres. Critical Sexology holds at least three seminars per year. All meetings took place in London until 2011, when "Critical Sexology up North" was launched. One in three yearly sessions is now held at a university in a northern location, with plans to introduce an annual Birmingham session from 2014. The seminar series is currently co-organised by Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham), Meg Barker (Open University), and Robert Gillett (Queen Mary, University of London).

Critical Sexology website

Critical Sexology mailing list (information about events with relevance to sexuality and gender)

Blogs by Birmingham researchers in Sexuality and Gender Studies

Professor Lisa Downing's blog "Sex Critical"

Dr Charlotte Ross's research blog

Dr Nicola Smith's site "Queer Sex Work"

Useful web resources

ATHENA: The Advanced Thematic Network of Women's Studies in Europe

The f word: Contemporary UK Feminism

The Fawcett Society

FWSA: The Feminist and Women's Studies Association

Gender Studies conferences

Network of Interdisciplinary Women's Studies in Europe

ATHENA student forum: A network for European gender studies students, postgraduate students, PhDs, post-doc researchers, junior teachers or anyone else interested in this field of study.

Rainbow Network: University of Birmingham Staff LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer)