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The UCL Women’s Liberation seminar series showcases research addressing social and political issues concerning the status and meaning of women’s rights. Sign up for updates by emailing feminism-join@ucl.ac.uk

Forthcoming Seminars

We are delighted to be moving to face-to-face seminars this term, although we hope to continue to record and publish them via UCL Media Central for the benefit of the public as we have done with online seminars. Our Autumn Term 2022 programme has two face-to-face lunchtime seminars, please feel free to bring sandwiches and stay for the discussion following the presentations.

Rethinking sex, brain, and gender: Beyond the binary

Prof. Daphna Joel

Wednesday 14th December , 1-2pm, UCL Institute of Education (Room W3.06, 20 Bedford Way).

Are the brains of women and men the same or different? Or maybe it’s the wrong question? In the past decade we applied several analytical approaches to study the relations between sex and the brain. These analyses revealed that group-level differences between women and men in specific brain measures rarely add up consistently within individuals to form ‘male’ or ‘female’ brains. Instead, most brains are comprised of both features that are more common in women and features that are more common in men. This is also true of human psychological characteristics – humans possess unique mosaics of feminine (more common in women compared to men) and masculine characteristics. Further studies revealed that the brain architectures typical of women are also typical of men, and vice versa, and sex category provides very little information regarding how one brain will differ from or resemble another brain.

Prof. Joel is a professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, at the School of Psychological Sciences and the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel-Aviv University. In the past decade she has been studying questions related to brain, sex and gender, using various analytical methods to analyze diverse datasets, from large collections of brain scans to information obtained with self-report questionnaires. She is also the author of Gender Mosaic: Beyond the Myth of the Male and Female Brain (Octopus, London).

Past Seminars

Children’s understanding of sex and gender

Dr Katie Alcock, Lancaster University

Tues 29th November 2022, 1-2pm, UCL Institute of Education (Room C3.09, IOE 20 Bedford Way).

A recording is now available via UCL Media Cental ‘Children’s understanding of sex and gender’.

Mothers, infants, and sexed language: a journey

Dr Karleen Gribble, Western Sydney University

Thursday 6th October 2022, 1-2pm, UCL Institute of Education, room G02, 55-59 Gordon Square, WC1H 0NU.

A recording is now available via UCL Media Cental ‘Mothers, infants, and sexed language: a journey’.

‘Gender, (social) science, and academia: reflections on a journey of 60 years’

Professor Ann Oakley, UCL.

This seminar will draw on many years’ experience of university work to explore the persistent gendering of knowledge and methodology (an issue which is closely related to the marginalization of feminism and women). My journey began with work on sex, gender and housework in the early 1970s, continued through research on medicalization and women’s health in the next decade, travelled down the path of social scientific methodology and research unit founding in the 1990s, and is currently occupied with work on the forgotten women of social and household science. Using moments from this journey, I will address the recurrent question for feminists of how to engage women’s knowledge and experience with the masculinist architecture of the academy. There are no easy answers, but the journey is an interesting one.

Speaker

Professor Ann Oakley  is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the UCL Social Research Institute, and was the founding Director of the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU) at the Institute of Education, where she also headed the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre). She is best known for her work on sex and gender, housework, childbirth and social science. Her more recent interests have focused on evidence-based public policy and methodologies of research and evaluation, on the sociology of the body and on biography and autobiography as forms of life-writing.

Details

12th July, 5pm-7pm (seminar 5-6pm, followed by refreshments).

Darwin Room B40 LT, Darwin Building
Gower Street, London
WC1E 6BT

A recording is now available via UCL Media Cental ‘Gender, (social) science, and academia: reflections on a journey of 60 years’

 

‘Use the right words’: Verbal Hygiene and Feminist Politics

Professor Deborah Cameron, Oxford University

16th March 2021 14.00-15.00 GMT

A recording is now available via UCL Media Cental ‘Use the right words’: Verbal Hygiene and Feminist Politics

Sex or gender identity? Practical and ethical implications for medicine

Dr Sara Dahlen, Kings College London

17th February 2021 14.00-15.00 GMT

A recording is now available via UCL Media Central ‘Sex or gender identity? Practical and ethical implications for medicine’

Queer Theory and the Transition from Sex to Gender in English Prisons

Dr Michael Biggs, University of Oxford

7 December 2021 14.00-15.00 GMT

A recording is now available via UCL Media Central ‘Queer Theory and the Transition from Sex to Gender in English Prisons’

 

Psychosocial factors and gender dysphoria: emerging theories

Dr Lisa Littman

7th October 2021, 14.00-15.00 BST

A recording is now available via UCL Media Central ‘Psychosocial factors and gender dysphoria: emerging theories’

 

How prostitution myths are linked to all our lives as women

Dr Helen Johnson, director of Stand Against Sexual Exploitation

30th June 2021, 14.00-15.00 GMT

Recording available on request

 

Complicated Sisterhood: negotiating socialist feminism in the second wave periodicals Red Rag and Scarlet Woman

Bec Wonders, doctoral researcher, Glasgow School of Art

28 April 2021, 14.00-15.00 GMT

A recording is now available via UCL Media Central ‘Complicated Sisterhood: negotiating socialist feminism in the second wave periodicals Red Rag and Scarlet Woman

 

Scrutinizing the US Equality Act: Context, Conflict, and Consequences

Callie H Burt, Associate Professor, Georgia State University

18 March 2021, 15.30-16.30 GMT

A recording is now available via UCL Media Central ‘Scrutinizing the US Equality Act: Context, Conflict and Consequences’

 

Women and Social Mobility in Postwar Britain

Professor Selina Todd, Department of History, University of Oxford

27th January 2021, 14.00-15.00 GMT

A recording is now available via UCL Media Central ‘Women and Social Mobility in Postwar Britain’

 

Let’s Talk about Brain Sex

Professor Sophie Scott, UCL

2 Dec 2020 14.00-15.00

A recording is now available via UCL Media Central ‘Let’s Talk About Brain Sex’