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Oihane Etayo (PhD Student)

Oihane Etayo

Supervisors: Professor Noortje Marres and Professor Sarah Richardson

Research Topic

Co-supervised in the History Department and CIM, my research is focused on analysing women’s protest during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from an interdisciplinary standpoint. This period has been argued to be key for the development of modern protests tactics, still reproduced to some extent in the present, and a time for the consolidation of “separate spheres”. Building from, but also transcending these debates, my project applies alternative methodologies to the study of well-known protest initiatives led and protagonised by women. I analyse these episodes as situated performances, looking at their material enactments and the interactions between human and non-human material actors, including bodies, sites, objects, and sounds. This perspective offers a different picture of the British protest landscape in this period and a deeper understanding of the gender construction of modern protest tactics while foregrounding the benefits of employing interdisciplinary digital methodologies in historical research.

Working title:'Gendering the Study of Contention: Women's Protest in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.


Before undertaking my PhD at Warwick University, I worked on policy analysis and social research, mainly related to gender equality and social inclusion. I studied my BSc in Sociology in Spain, and I obtained my MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics in 2015, specialising in Popular Politics. I wrote my dissertation on the origins of peripheral nationalist movements in Spain during the nineteenth century.


Fundación La Caixa, European Postgraduate Fellowship. 2018-2020


  • CIM Postgraduate Conference – Zine format, Online, June 2020: “Situational mapping for the material exploration of gender in historical protest”.
  • Nineteenth Century Research Seminar, Edinburgh University, March 2020: ‘Lolling about doing nothing’: performances and embodiment of women’s protest in the nineteenth century through an alternative analysis of 1888 “matchgirls’ strike”.
  • Gender, Power and Religion Conference, London, September 2019: "Contentious cinderellas: performances of female power and embodiment of protest in the nineteenth century through the case study of the 'matchgirls’ strike'"
  • VI Congreso REPS, February 2018, Seville: “Una aproximación a la transmisión intergeneracional de la pobreza en Navarra.”


Talk on career opportunities for Social Science students in the EU institutions, April 2016. Universidad de Navarra and Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU.


2020-2021. Seminar tutor of Making of the Modern World (HI153).



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