The Dangerous Women Project

The official Dangerous Women Project site is now live!

About the Project

What does it mean to be a ‘dangerous woman’?

The idea that women are dangerous individually or collectively permeates many historical periods, cultures and areas of contemporary life (despite, and in some instances in response to, explicitly feminist movements).

We may take lightly the label attached by mainstream media outlets to women such as Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty, or Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as being ‘the most dangerous woman in the UK’. But behind this label lies a serious set of questions about the dynamics, conflicts, identities and power relations with which women live today.

The Dangerous Women Project will publish 365 responses to those questions on a specially designed website linking International Women’s Day 2016 with International Women’s Day 2017.

Each daily Dangerous Women Project post will explore, examine or critique the ‘Dangerous Women’ theme by inviting reflections from women of diverse backgrounds and identities, including poets, playwrights and other creative writers, academics, journalists, commentators, artists, performers and opinion formers, and indeed anyone with an angle on the theme.

Read on to find out how you can add your voice to the Dangerous Women Project.

You can now also find us on Twitter: @DangerousWomen_

Call for Submissions

What we’re looking for

We are looking for high quality reflections and creative responses to the question: ‘What does it mean to be a dangerous woman?’

Tell us about historical figures famous or forgotten, give us biography or memoir, shine a spotlight on a contemporary issue or event, spin us a fiction that is uncomfortably close to the truth, or cut to the chase with research or analysis as sharp as a scalpel.

We are particularly interested in posts with the potential for provoking discussion, and we highly encourage submissions from under-represented, marginalised or otherwise silenced voices.

All submissions to the DWP will be assessed for suitability and relevance by the IASH Director and staff, with guidance from a wider Consultation Group from across The University of Edinburgh. The Consultation Group membership comprises:

  • Mary Bownes, Professor Emerita of Development Biology and Vice-Principal Community Development
  • Penny Fielding, Grierson Chair of English Literature
  • Suzanne Ewing, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory
  • Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology and Assistant Principal Community Relations
  • Fiona Mackay, Professor of Politics and Dean & Head of School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Inter-Religious Studies and Assistant Principal Religion and Society

Please read our submissions page for information on how to submit your contribution.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

The University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities is an ideal venue to develop a digital platform such as the Dangerous Women Project. Institutes of Advanced Studies located in universities represent one of the spaces in which the ‘outside’ and the ‘inside’ meet each other in different types of reflective encounters. IASH supports open dialogue between the Fellows who visit the University under its various programmes, colleagues in academic schools and departments in Edinburgh and elsewhere, and wider civil society. It provides an international, interdisciplinary and autonomous space for discussion and debate. The Dangerous Women Project raises some challenging questions about the nature of our societies in the past and in the future. It will provoke controversy and raise new questions. At IASH, we will curate this material carefully, being respectful of the different voices raised and positions articulated.