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Marcel Obst

Doctoral researcher

Marcel Obst is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He holds a BA in Modern Languages from Northumbria University; an MA by Research in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies from the University of Leeds; and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Leeds. His research interests lie in civil society, sex/gender, education and citizenship.

His current research examines contemporary mobilisations which question the use of gender in Spain and the wider international context. The umbrella term ‘anti-gender’ refers to movements that challenge the favouring of gender – understood as a social construction – over the term sex as biological. This is often framed as an opposition to gender ideology and addresses issues around abortion, LGBT policies or sexual education, to name a few. The term ‘anti-gender’ is by no means a unified view on these debates but rather aims to facilitate the discussion and analysis on these topics. The project aims to gain a better understanding of anti-gender movements by speaking to both activists engaged in these causes, and actors who either reject their premises or who have engaged with their claims and actions as third parties.


Marcel Obst

genderproject at warwick dot ac dot uk