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Wed 5 Jun, '24
CSWG Graduate Seminar - "Exploring Transgender and Gender Diverse Experiences: Embodiment, Policies, and Lived Realities"

The seminar series aims to:

  • Foster discussions on questions of/around gender and feminist studies
  • Provide a safe and comfortable space for students to present their research
  • Create an opportunity to fine tune presentation skills and conference presentations/possible publications
Exploring Transgender and Gender Diverse Experiences: Embodiment, Policies, and Lived Realities
Wednesday June 5th, 3pm-5pm, Microsoft Teams

Coventry University

Kayden J Schumacher

Transcribing the Trans Experience: Trans Embodiment in the English Education System

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Ayushi Banerjee

Influence of on-screen portrayals of queerness on queer identity formation among youth in India

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Kopai Riti

“Trendification” of Weddings: Embracing Culture or A Step Back for Feminism?

Fri 7 Jun, '24
Seminar: "Beyond Western Feminist Narratives: Making Sense of the Threats of Anti-Gender Politics Worldwide"
IAS Seminar Room, Zeeman Building

We cordially invite you to the hybrid roundtable "Beyond Western Feminist Narratives: Making Sense of the Threats of Anti-Gender Politics Worldwide" at the Institute of Advanced Study (Zeeman Building, University of Warwick) and online. A hot lunch will be provided at the event.

Speakers include Maryna Shevtsova (KU Leuven), Carla Tomazini (PAIS, Warwick), Sarah Werner Boada (Sociology and CSWG, Warwick), and Liz Ablett (Newcastle). The event will be chaired by Maria do Mar Pereira (Sociology and CSWG, Warwick).

Please find the full programme below. You can register at this link by Monday 3rd June to attend the event in person or online. Children are welcome at the event if they are accompanied by an adult and we strive to make our space neuroaffirming and accessible. Let us know when registering if you require accommodations including BSL interpretation. We kindly ask you to refrain from using perfume out of consideration for attendees with sensory processing sensitivity.

This event is organised with the generous support of the Institute of Advanced Study.


12-1pm Lunch, IAS common room, Zeeman building

1-3pm Roundtable, IAS seminar room, Zeeman building

Anti-gender politics and securitization of LGBTQ+ rights in Eastern Europe: the case of Ukraine – Maryna Shevtsova
Over the past decade, LGBTQ+ politics have emerged as a site for the (re)production and contestation of global geopolitical hierarchies. Some actors, such as the EU, have increasingly adopted LGBTQ+ rights as a signifier of modernity, or ‘Europeanness,’ while others have attempted to resist these developments and the international diffusion of LGBTQ+ norms, by proposing an alternative value system based on so-called “traditional values.” In these discourses, LGBTQ+ people are framed as a threat to traditional values and to the nation more broadly, which justifies the introduction of exceptional measures.
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has reaffirmed the centrality of gender and sexuality in security matters. Kratochvil and O’ Sullivan (2023) suggest that Russia’s war on Ukraine presents an essential novelty: it is a war “explicitly fought for the so-called traditional values” and against an imagination of Europe as a ‘liberal place’. For instance, in a sermon pronounced in March 2022, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow justified Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine with the need to defend the Donbas from Western-sponsored Pride marches. In this context, the construction of sexual ‘deviance’ as an existential threat to the nation serves to justify not only domestic authoritarianism, but also state aggression. This conversation article contributes to emerging dialogue between literature on anti-gender movements and political homophobia with securitisation theory scholarship. In particular, it will examine how the shifting regional security landscape following Russia’s full-scale invasion is reconfiguring anti-gender politics, focusing on discursive struggles around LGBTQ rights in Ukraine.

Attacking Gender Education in Latin America: Ambiguities in Coalition Building – Carla Tomazini
The Latin American region is known for its strong progressive movements, as well as its significant opposition to gender equality (Zaremberg, Tabbush, and Friedman 2021). While gender-related issues have always played a central role in political conflicts in Latin America, it is worth noting that it was only in the 2000s that these issues began to define the public identities of political parties, politicians, and candidates (Biroli and Caminotti 2020). Anti-gender movements are highly active when it comes to educational policies. These movements bring together a diverse range of actors, including religious figures from various Evangelical, Catholic, and Jewish sectors, as well as political actors from right-wing and far-right conservative parties (such as Fujimoristas and Bolsonaristas). Moreover, it is worth considering the involvement of economic actors, such as liberal think tanks, activists, and private entities. It is also crucial to recognise that actors who do not take a specific stand against gender policies in education can reinforce backlash policies through other means. To what extent do these actors collaborate and form alliances to defend the anti-gender cause, even if it means embracing an “ambiguous consensus” (Palier, 2005)? What kind of ambiguities (axiological, partisan, electoral) enable anti-gender actors to reach agreements?
How does politics contribute to a consensus building in policy-making? This presentation draws on recent data collected in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Peru.

Leave All the Race Behind? A Critique of White Feminist Narratives on the Istanbul Convention – Sarah Werner Boada
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention. Rarely have reactions to an international instrument been more polarised than with this one. While femocrats have dubbed it the “gold standard” for state response to gender violence on the international arena, it has also attracted the wrath of a variety of conservative actors reportedly for being “misandric” and bearing a dangerous “ideological agenda”. Resistance to the Istanbul Convention tends to be portrayed along a West vs. East divide essentialising the Central and East European region as culturally heteropatriarchal and ultranationalist. Not only is this orientalist binary factually flawed – as the principal troublemaker during treaty negotiations was the United Kingdom’s delegation – but it also turns a blind eye to potential white supremacist undertones in the treaty’s translation into national law. Ratification across Europe has been largely taken on board as an increase in criminalisation, despite the tangible danger which coercive and carceral policies represent to racialised minorities. Drawing on the experiences of the Romani minority, I argue that feminist supporters of the Istanbul Convention, in their mobilisation against anti-gender politics in Europe, have failed to address state violence against historically oppressed groups. To do so, I use a broad range of data I collected under multiple hats both in Spain, which was the precursor for the Istanbul Convention’s model of intervention, and at the Council of Europe, where I worked as a visiting researcher in the aftermath of the treaty’s adoption.


Speaker Bios

  • Liz Ablett (she/her) is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in Sociology, University of Newcastle, UK. She researches violence and misconduct in politics and transnational anti-gender mobilisations. She has a co-authored chapter in the forthcoming book, Transnational Anti-gender Politics: Feminist Solidarity in Times of Global Attacks.
  • Maryna Shevtsova (she/her) is a Senior post-doctoral FWO Fellow at KU Leuven and former Marie Skłodowska-Curie EUTOPIA-SIF fellow at the University of Ljubljana. She co-founded the Dnipro-based Ukrainian NGO Equal Opportunities Platform and, in 2022, she received the Emma Goldman Award for her work as a feminist scholar and human rights activist. She recently published LGBTI Politics and Value Change in Ukraine and Turkey: Exporting Europe? and Feminist Perspectives on Russia's War in Ukraine: Hear our Voices.
  • Carla Tomazini (she/her) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie EUTOPIA-SIF fellow at the University of Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study and Department of Politics and International Studies. She is currently investigating the correlation between anti-gender mobilizations and educational reforms in Latin America. She previously held academic positions at the Université Paris-Saclay-CNRS, Sciences Po, and the University of Versailles, and has co-edited three books on Brazilian and Latin American policies.
  • Sarah Werner Boada (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and former Marie Skłodowska-Curie EUTOPIA-SIF fellow at the University of Warwick (UK). She researches anti-Romani racism in gender violence and child protection policy frameworks, rooting them in centuries of punitive modern/colonial ideology. Prior to joining academia, she worked in international policy advocacy in the fields of gender violence and children’s rights.
Thu 13 Jun, '24
CSWG (Not Very Far) Away Day

Are you interested in research and teaching on gender and women?

Then join us for the 2024 (Not Very Far) Away Day of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender!

The CSWG (Not Very Far) Away Day (NVFAD) provides an opportunity for scholars and students interested in gender and feminism from across the University of Warwick to meet and find out about each other's research. It is an informal space which aims to strengthen connections across departments, energise those of us doing feminist and queer research, and generate new ideas for future CSWG initiatives.

We are delighted to announce that the NVFAD is returning this year!

It will be taking place on
Thursday, June 13th, 2024
from 10.30 - 3.00 (including lunch)
on campus (room to be confirmed)

The NVFAD is open to all staff and students at Warwick, from across all faculties and services within the University.

It will include a discussion session on the current state and future directions of research and teaching on gender at Warwick, a poster exhibition, a publications fair and a networking lunch.

The NVFAD will be followed (from 3.00 to 5.00) by a talk by Prof. Karen Throsby (University of Leeds) on her new book Sugar rush: Science, politics and the demonisation of fatness. (Further details to follow.)
You can attend both events, or just one of them. If you can’t be with us for the full duration of the NVFAD, it’s fine to join only for some of the sessions. The programme will be shared with registered participants nearer the time.

If you are interested, you have the chance in the NVFAD to exhibit a poster presenting your research on gender or to bring copies of your publications for the publications fair. Both are optional; they are not a requirement of participation. You will find some guidelines and poster templates here.

To REGISTER for the CSWG (Not Very Far) Away Day, click HERE.

If you have any questions about the event, please email

If you have accessibility requirements or there are any adjustments we can make to support your full participation, you can let us know through the booking page.

Thu 13 Jun, '24
Seminar: Karen Throsby - "The (In)Visible Inequalities of the Attack on Sugar"

You are warmly invited to the following event, taking place on campus:

"The (In)Visible Inequalities of the Attack on Sugar"
Prof Karen Throsby (University of Leeds)


Since the early 2010s, sugar has found itself the subject of a proliferating raft of newspaper articles, popular science books, self-help guides and national and international policies, supplanting dietary fat in the public imagination as the primary cause of obesity. The framing of sugar as the dietary enemy du jour has a commonsense appeal, breathing new life into the foundering ‘war on obesity’ and aligning easily with the rhetorics of individual responsible citizenship and household economy that characterise both austerity politics and responses to the current cost-of-living crisis. Sugar reduction, we are repeatedly told, will boost individual wellbeing, reduce health and welfare costs and protect the NHS. It is, we are assured, a win for all, if only people will do their part. But I want to argue that despite the appealing simplicity of a single-nutrient public health campaign and its optimistic promises of good for all, the weight of these expectations falls very unevenly onto those who are already most marginalised in society. Drawing on evidence from news, policy, popular science, self-help and media sources, and focusing on the social inequalities of gender, race and class, the talk explores the ways in which those most disadvantaged are defined as targets for intervention while discrediting the difficult lived realities within which food choices are made, rendering those people simultaneously hyper-visible and invisible. I argue that this focus on food choices rather than political choices is an act of damaging foreclosure, masquerading as care, that not only sets the terms of the debate but also delimits the solutions we can imagine, compounding rather than alleviating disadvantage and marginalisation.

Speaker Bio:

Karen Throsby is Professor of Gender Studies and Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on the intersecting issues of gender, technology, the body, health and food, which she has explored in relation to reproductive technology, surgical weight management, endurance sport, menopause and, most recently, the social life of sugar. She is the author of When IVF Fails: Feminism, Infertility and the Negotiation of Normality (2004, Palgrave), Immersion: Marathon Swimming, Embodiment and Identity (Manchester University Press, 2016) and Sugar Rush: Science, Politics and the Demonisation of Fatness (Manchester University Press, 2023).

This face to face seminar is free and open to all, but advance registration is required.

To register for a place, CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions about the event, please email

If you have accessibility requirements or there are any adjustments we can make to support your full participation, you can let us know through the booking page. 

This event is organised by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender in collaboration with the Institute for Global Sustainable Development. If you wish to receive information about CSWG events, please subscribe to our mailing list.