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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 Translation and Interpreting from the University of Granada (Spain); 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 social movements, the sociology of emotions, sex/gender, education and citizenship.

His thesis examines contemporary anti-gender mobilisations 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’. 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 other actors who do either reject their premises or who have engaged with their claims and actions as third parties.

Marcel’s research project is supervised by Dr Maria do Mar Pereira, Dr Sivamohan Valluvan and Dr Cath Lambert.


Marcel Obst

marcel dot obst at warwick dot ac dot uk