School of Social and Political Science

The Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Series


The Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Series was launched in 2011 by the School of Social and Political Science. The lecture series was created in order to focus public engagement with the key themes of social justice which concerned Chrystal during her lifetime and which the School continues to work on today, including human rights, gender and equality, peace and conflict resolution, and global citizenship.


Lecture recordings


20 February 2018 – Feminist Explorations of Contemporary South Asia: Possibilities and Challenges

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


4 October 2017 – The Virgin and the Plow

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

27 April 2017 – 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'.


10 November 2016 – Critically Queering the Globally Intimate

The Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Autumn 2016, delivered by Professor V. Spike Peterson of The University of Arizona, raised 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?

25 April 2016 – 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, discussed everyday bordering in metropolitan cities and different European border zones from an intersectional situated gaze perspective.


26 November 2015 – 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, delivered our second Chrystal Macmillan Lecture of 2015.

19 March 2015 – Women's Rights have No Country: Regenerating Feminist Transnationalism

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


30 October 2014 – Ladies in the Lords: Women's Representation in Political Life

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

18 June 2014 – War and Intimate Violence: Reading the Ethnographic Record in the Light of the Mahabharata

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


8 October 2013 – Ten Years On: Is the International Criminal Court Delivering for Women?

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


29 November 2012 – The Invention of Gender: Social Facts and Imagined Worlds

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


21 November 2011 – Gender Equality in Elected Office: Beyond Quotas

In the inaugural Chrystal Macmillan Lecture, Professor Pippa Norris spoke about the issues surrounding gender quotas, particularly in countries where they are less acceptable.