Intersecting Identities

We research the ways in which identity is understood in and through language, and in historically and culturally specific contexts. Identities examined include gendered, sexual, religious, national identity markers, and the intersections between them. 

Some areas of expertise shared by those working in this stream include: transnational sexologies; embodied female subjectivity; the normative and non-normative in the spheres of embodiment and sexuality; constructions of sexuality in relation to national identity; gender and immigration; sexual violence; and historical and contemporary perceptions of “extremist” women.

Stream lead: Dr Kate Ince



  • Anissa Daoudi looks at art and memory in Algeria 
  • Lisa Downing is a specialist in interdisciplinary sexuality and gender studies, critical theory, and the history of diagnostic and cultural concepts.
  • Elliot Evans researches gender and sexuality in French writing, art and activism.
  • Kate Ince is a specialist in French cinema, women’s art and cinema, feminist philosophy and the (feminist) philosophy of art/film.
  • Katharina Karcher’s research focuses on political protest, violence and terrorism. In this context, she is particularly interested in the intersections of gender, (dis)ability, race, class, and political ideology.
  • Charlotte Ross’s research explores discursive constructions of gender and sexuality. Much of her writing focuses on Italian culture but she has recently begun to work in a comparative vein.
  • Lorraine Ryan's research focuses on the relationship between gender and memory and immigration in Contemporary Spain. She has also explored representations of masculinity in Contemporary Spanish Culture.

Doctoral researchers:

  • Yiran Ai, ‘Differences in the gender perspectives of directors of ‘Western’ and Hong Kong films between 1990 and 2000’
  • Maria Elena Alampi, The Economic Crisis on the Big Screen: the Italian Era of Precarity
  • Simon Clewes, 'Male-Male Desire: Sedgwick, “Queering” and the Continued Theoretical Neglect of Homoeroticism in Early Gothic Writing'.
  • Valeria Floris, 'Analysing Gender and Sexuality in Slash Fanfiction: a Comparative Study between Anglophone and Italian Literature'
  • Abby Fox, 'Dita goes to Disneyland: understanding pin-up culture with Michel Foucault and Johan Huizinga'
  • Katie Masters. 'Putting the ‘social’ in ‘social anxiety disorder’: exploring this mental health issue in women from the perspectives of feminism and anti-psychiatry'
  • Elisa Saturno Paasche, 'Representations of Masculinity in the films of Nino Manfredi'
  • Abbey Rees-Hales, '(S)Ex-Libris: Women Artists and the Trade in Erotic Illustrated Books in Europe and the United States, c. 1914-1934'
  • Christopher Ryder, 'The use of gender stereotypes in ISIS propaganda'
  • Daisy Savage, 'Decolonial feminism and the work of Nina Bouraoui
  • Anna Lisa Somma, 'Donna con donna' (woman with woman): representations of female-female desire in early modern Italian literature

Major publications

  • Anissa Daoudi, The Protectorate of Silence: Untold Stories of Rape During the 1990s (forthcoming, 2020).
  • Lisa Downing, Iain Morland, and Nikki Sullivan (co-authored), Fuckology: Critical Essays on John Money’s Diagnostic Concepts (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014).
  • Lisa Downing, Queering The Second Wave (Special Issue of Paragraph edited with Lara Cox, published as a stand-alone book by Edinburgh University Press, 2018).
  • Lisa Downing, Selfish Women (New York and London: Routledge, 2019).
  • Elliot Evans, ''Wittig and Davis, Woolf and Solanas (…) simmer within me’: Reading Feminist Archives in the Queer Writing of Paul B. Preciado', Paragraph , vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 285-300.
  • Elliot Evans, The Body in French Queer Thought from Wittig to Preciado (forthcoming, 2019).
  • Kate Ince, The Body and the Screen: Female Subjectivities in Contemporary Women’s Cinema (London and New York: Continuum Books/Bloomsbury, 2017). Winner of the BAFTSS Best Monograph Prize 2018.
  • Kate Ince, ‘Ethics, Universality and Vulnerability in Abderrahmane Sissako’s Bamako (2006) and Timbuktu (2014)’, Paragraph 41: 2 (July), 167-183
  • Katharina Karcher, Sisters in Arms: Militant Feminisms in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1968 (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2017).
  • Katharina Karcher and Sarah Colvin (eds.): Gender, Emancipation, and Political Violence: Rethinking the Legacy of 1968 (New York: Routledge, 2018).
  • Katharina Karcher and Sarah Colvin (eds.): Women, Global Protest Movements and Political Agency: Rethinking the Legacy of 1968 (New York: Routledge, 2018).
  • Katharina Karcher, ‘Violence for a good cause? The role of violent tactics in West German solidarity campaigns for better working and living conditions in the Global South in the 1980s’, Contemporary European History, in press (2019). 
  • Charlotte Ross, Eccentricity and Sameness: Discourses on Lesbianism and Same-Sex Desire between Women in Italy 1860s-1930s (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang 2015).
  • Charlotte Ross, ‘La carezza incompiuta’. Queer Aesthetics, Desire And Censorship In Ticchioni’s Il suicidio di un estetaMLR, Vol. 111 (2), 2016, 390-412.
  • Lorraine Ryan, The Dynamics of Masculinity in Contemporary Spanish Culture (ed. with Ana Corbálan), (London: Routledge, 2016).


  • Cultural Discourses on Desire between Women: A Queer Comparative Analysis (led by Charlotte Ross,  funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme)
  • (S)extremism: Theoretical and Artistic Interventions on Women and Extremism (led by Lisa Downing, with Elliot Evans, Katharina Karcher, and Charlotte Ross)
  • Sexual Violence Against Women in Algeria: Narratives, Translations, Languages (led by Anissa Daoudi, funded by the Leverhulme Trust)
  • Serge Daney and Queer Cinephilia is funded by the AHRC Research Network scheme. (Kate Ince)
  • Urban Terrorism in Europe (2004-19): Remembering, Forgetting, and Anticipating Violence (Katharina Karcher)

Distinguished visiting speakers

Our invited distinguished visiting speakers who have delivered lectures on their cutting-edge projects, carried out workshops with Stream colleagues presenting their work, and given masterclasses to PG students include:

  • Professor Paul Julian Smith (CUNY, USA)
  • Professor Emma Wilson (Cambridge)
  • Professor Tim Dean (Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Professor Alain Giami (INSERM, Paris, France).

Guests from other sectors working with UoB Stream colleagues on Impact-related activities have included:

  • psychotherapist, Clark Baim, who works with language and labels in therapy with sexual minorities,
  • artist Navine G. Khan Dossos, partner in Downing’s work on (S)extremism.

“Intersecting Identities” researchers have strong links with the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and with individual researchers in Sexuality and Gender at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), USA. Stream members will work with researchers at these UoB international partner institutions on a project on consent and #metoo in a range of cultural contexts.


Find out more



Gender and Sexuality in French writing, art and activism - Elliot Evans
Violence against women: narratives, translations and languages - Anissa Daoudi
Dr Kate Ince - my research