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The Invention of Gender: Social Facts and Imagined Worlds

Professor Ann Oakley looks back at the introduction of gender as a conceptual tool in social science, and at its birth in science fiction around the same time.


Gender Equality in Elected Office: Beyond Quotas

In the Innaugural Chrysal Macmillan Lecture, Professor Pippa Norris speaks of the issues surrounding gender quotas, particularly in countries where they are less acceptable.


Ten Years On: Is the International Criminal Court Delivering for Women?

Professor Louise Chappell reflects upon the first decade of the ICC's operation and evaluates the extent to which it has lived up to its promise to promote gender justice.


War and Intimate Violence: Reading the Ethnographic Record in the Light of the Mahabharata

Professor Veena Das, of Johns Hopkins University, speaks on War and Intimate Violence: Reading the Ethnographic Record in the Light of the Mahabharata.


Ladies in the Lords: Women's Representation in Political Life

The Lord Speaker Baroness D'Souza will discuss the role of women in the House of Lords past and present, and the impact those Members have on political life.


Women's Rights have No Country: Regenerating Feminist Transnationalism

Professor Anne Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor for Peace and Security at UN Women, will analyze recent developments in the institutionalization of gender equality concerns at the UN, particularly in relation to its security and peacebuilding institutions.


Myths and Realities: What is the Women, Peace and Security Agenda?

The distinguished international lawyer and human rights advocate Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, will deliver our second Chrystal Macmillan Lecture of 2015.


Everyday Bordering and the Re-orientation of Immigration Legislation in the UK

Professor Nira Yuval-Davis, Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London, will discuss everyday bordering in metropolitan cities and different European border zones from an intersectional situated gaze perspective.


Critically Queering the Globally Intimate

The Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Autumn 2016, delivered by Professor V. Spike Peterson of The University of Arizona, raises important questions about the global implications of intimate relations. The intimacy of love and loving: how can it produce exclusions and social violence that trouble global relations?


The 'Good' Parliament and the Feminist Critical Actor

Professor Sarah Childs, from the University of Bristol, presented the Spring 2017 Chrystal Macmillan lecture. She spoke on the topic of ‘The Good Parliament'.


The Virgin and the Plow

The School of Social and Political Science and the Institute for International Cultural Relations presents the Autumn 2017 Chrystal Macmillan Lecture by Debora L. Spar.


Feminist Explorations of Contemporary South Asia: Possibilities and Challenges

This lecture by Krishna Menon will focus on feminist politics in South Asia.


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