The buzz in the room felt like genderED had turned from an online directory into a live community. On 11 October, genderED celebrated its first anniversary with a showcase of gender and sexuality studies research and teaching projects from across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and beyond. 18 stalls and over 40 stall holders invited attendees to find out more about their work: among the stalls, visitors were able to view the film “A Chemical Imbalance”, see unique garments and flags from the Processions project commemorating 100 years since the first women in the UK were able to cast their vote, learn about Sex, Drugs and Activism, a project at the Usher Institute, see artworks created for the Scottish Feminist Judgements project, meet members of the Histories of Gender and Sexuality Research Group, learn about the Global Anthropology of Transforming Marriage project, and find out more about Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives and the course Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World, and much more from various disciplines across the University. Several members of the genderED steering group were in attendance. Many attendees noted that they had not been aware of some of the projects on show, and expressed a desire to have social events for gender and sexuality scholars more frequently – as one attendee said on Twitter, "you could see the collaboration sprouting." This was helped, perhaps, by a brief speed-networking session run halfway through the event, whose purpose was to get attendees talking to other people they had not yet met. Over the two hours of the event, it attracted over 100 visitors. genderED would like to thank EUSA, IASH, SPS and CAHSS for their support to put on the event, and also to SPS for their invaluable AV support.
The idea behind genderED is to create a virtual space to showcase excellence in teaching, research and KEI in gender and sexuality studies at University of Edinburgh, and to promote connectivity and interdisciplinarity. At its core, genderED is a set of directories and a collection of resources, bringing together information on gender and sexuality courses, researchers, research and KE projects, networks and research groups, blogs and social media, activities and events from across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) and beyond. It is designed to be used by prospective and current students, prospective and current researchers, and the wider community interested in these issues. The project has been led by the School of Social and Political Science and is hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) on behalf of a wider consortium of academics and students. Professor Fiona Mackay is Director of genderED, and Christina Neuwirth is genderED co-ordinator.
You can join the directories and the mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For queries related to teaching, research and connection directories, please get in touch with Christina in the first instance. For queries related to events listings on the genderED website, please get in touch with IASH directly at email@example.com. Thank you!
You can visit genderED at gender.ed.ac.uk
Image by Natasha Dyer on Twitter.