Gendered Lives

Research into gender, how it is experienced, and how it is represented in personal and literary documents and other cultural objects is an important component of our research from the seventeenth century through to the contemporary.

Examples from our work on gender includes Sara Read’s novel about the working life of seventeenth-century midwife through to Claire O’Callaghan’s analysis of masculinity in the writing of Charlotte Brontë, Siân Adiseshiah’s work on Debbie Tucker Green, and Jennifer Cooke’s monograph Contemporary Feminist Life-Writing: The New Audacity.   

This research area has been particularly productive in building research relationship beyond English, as is evident in many multi-disciplinary research projects that have been supported under the Gendered Lives banner.  The Gendered Lives research group ran from 2015-2020 and membership of the group and aligned activities now feed into the wider Social Sciences and Humanities research theme Genders and Identities.

Recent activities:

Research projects that are and have been undertaken, often with community groups and others outside the academy, include:   

  • Two ‘Feminist Methodologies’ two-day symposia in 2017 and 2018, the results of which are currently being developed into an edited collection by Jennifer Cooke and Line Nyhagen.   
  • Plans for a large oral history project working with the local community group Notts Trans Hub that documents local organising and the lives of trans people in the East Midlands, led by Catherine Armstrong and supported by Jennifer Cooke.   
  • Colleagues participating as supervisors in two Centres for Doctoral Research, ‘Beyond the Binary: Gender and Sport’ led by Gemma Witcomb and ‘Feminism, Sexual Politics and Visual Culture’ led by Hilary Robinson.   
  • Collaboration with the trans artist Ragu Rage and participants in their workshop as part of the Bodies of Knowledge project, curated by RADAR, which has resulted in book of discussion and artwork.   

Group members

Marion Arnold

Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies

Marsha Meskimmon

Professor of Transnational Art and Feminism

Hilary Robinson

Professor of Feminism, Art and Theory

Gemma Witcomb

Senior Lecturer in Psychology