Connections

In this section, we list networks and ongoing collaborative and public initatives. For any edits or additions, please get in touch with iash@ed.ac.uk or christina.neuwirth@ed.ac.uk. Thank you!

  • Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Colour in Europe: One-day symposium of over 100 activists, practitioners, artists and scholars, critically debating contemporary Black feminist and womanist theories and practices in Europe. Now in its second year; held in Edinburgh in 2016 and in Amsterdam in 2017. Find out more.
  • Carole Jones is a member of Contemporary Women’s Writing Association
  • Dangerous Women Project: What does it mean to be a 'dangerous woman'? This initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities examines the label through contributions from a diverse range of women. This project finished in March 2017, but posts can still be read here.
  • Edinburgh Women in Philosophy: Philosophers (aspiring and established), friends, and academics, with the collective goal to raise awareness of the many debates that currently surround the status of women and minorities in academic philosophy, and to provide support for female faculty and postgraduates. This group organises the annual New Enlightenment Lectures. Find out more.
  • Equality and Diversity at the University of Edinburgh. This website has been established to provide a hub for information about equality and diversity across the University. Find out more.
  • Feminizing Politics and Power: ESRC Seminar Series 2015-17 that reconsiders the potential for feminization in contemporary UK politics, focusing on inclusion. Find out more.
  • Gender Justice: The gender justice lab aims to work by networking scholars in the area of gender. There are two main streams within this grouping. First, scholars working on the gender issues relating to conflict, crime and peace; second, scholars working on gender as part of an interest in social activism and inclusion more generally. The gender lab tries to support both streams of scholars. We work through round tables and discussions between projects. Part of the Global Justice Academy. Find out more.
  • Gender Politics Research Group: Bringing together researchers who use gender and feminist analyses in their research, in Politics and International Relations and beyond. Find out more.
  • Histories of Gender and Sexuality Research Group (HGS) (formerly Gender History Network) co-ordinated by Prof Diana Paton and Dr Zubin Mistry. Find out more.
  • Invisible Women: This project led by Camilla Baier and Rachel Pronger (Film, Exhibition and Curation students) continues to make visible the hidden and erased work of pioneering women film-makers. Find out more.
  • Political Settlement Research Programme: Laura Wise is currently producing research for the UN Women project 'Enhancing Women’s Leadership for Sustainable Peace in Fragile Contexts in the MENA Region' (download a factsheet here). This research uses the PA-X Peace Agreements Database to explore the gendered implications of issues such as federalism, humanitarian access, and local peace processes for women's meaningful inclusion in political settlements. 
  • Postgraduate Gender Research Network: A network connecting postgraudate researchers of gender at Scottish universities. Follow on Twitter at @PGRNScotland
  • The Premodern Body Reseach Group (PreModBod) brings together the expertise of Edinburgh scholars working on any aspect of the body (human or animal) in the period up to c. 1750. We comprise staff and students from a variety of disciplines and geographical specialisations to offer comparative approaches to the understanding and representation of the body in global contexts - including East and South Asia, the Islamic world and colonial Latin America as well as several European countries. Amongst other areas, we look at the representation of the unclothed body, the body in parts, the body as a metaphor for the state, and as a conduit or barrier to the divine.  We are also interested in how the past – particularly the body in the past – relates to current political and social ideas. Find out more here.
  • Queer Theory Reading Group: This is a discussion group for PhD students across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences organised by Roberto Filippello and Sequoia Barnes. The meetings take place on a monthly basis. Previous sessions have addressed gay shame, cruel optimism, homonormativity and homonationalism, queer terror, radical drag performances, and LGBTQ+ activism. Email aqtrg@gmail.com for more information and sign up for the mailing list.
  • SEXES is a research cluster involving early-career researchers and senior faculty in the fields of gender and sexualities. It is convened by Lucy Weir and Roberto Filippello. Our regular meetings include invited lectures from guest speakers, and work-in-progress sessions for members to present and receive feedback on their research. New members are always welcome. Please email sexeseca@gmail.com for further information.
  • Shereen Benjamin is involved in Gender and Education Association
  • Voices of Experience is a collaborative project led by academic Suzanne Ewing (University of Edinburgh) with practising architects Jude Barber and Nicola McLachlan (Collective Architecture).  How have (hi)stories of architecture been constructed? How might methods and evidence be adjusted and invented to pay attention to overlooked hisories of (primarily female) situated experience in the design of projects, in architectural production/practice and in dominant disciplinary disourses? Since 2016 the project has initiated and constructed a series of conversations between a highly experienced architect or maker of the built environment, and an architect or other professional at the outset of their career. Working with Glasgow Womens' Library we are starting to build an audio archive around females working in late twentieth century Britain, with particular focus on the postwar development of the built environment in Scotland.
  • Women in International Law Network (WILNET): The Global Justice Academy is a founding member of WILNET. Founded by women researchers at the Manchester International Law Centre, this new platform aims to provide a professional community for women international lawyers at any stage of their career to discuss both their experiences in - and pathways into - the field. Find out more.
  • Women In Sound Women on Sound (WISWOS) at Edinburgh College of Art identifies the need for action to tackle issues of inequality and gender bias in sound and music technology. Rebecca Collins, Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Edinburgh College of Art, is a co-organiser of this research group, working alongside colleagues from institutions around the world. Find out more.