Intersecting Identities

We bring together specialists in the study of multiple, intersecting identities and work to develop methods and praxis that are interdisciplinary and cross-cutting. 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 is currently working on the project Sexual Violence against Women in Algeria: narratives, translations, languages. The project explores the complex intersection between language, translation studies and literature related to violence in contemporary 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 20th and 21st Century literature, visual art and theory, particularly the intersections of feminist, queer and transgender theories. Their work has focused on questions of the body, gender and sexuality.
  • 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.

Major publications


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).
  • Professor Rosalind Galt (Kings College London, forthcoming in April 2021)

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