Gender and Authority

Project summary

This project -  jointly supported by the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities - explores and questions perceived notions of social and cultural authority, specifically as they intersect with issues of gender. The project also examines spaces in which gender, as it intersects with other vectors of power, has led to the marginalisation of intellectual and artistic creation or labour.  Led by Natalya Din-Kariuki, Julia Caterina Hartley, Adele Bardazzi, and David Bowe, the Gender & Authority Network will further continue the conversations about the intersections between gender and issues of cultural authority that began with the conference ‘Women and the Canon’ held at Christ Church in January 2016, through a TORCH research network that brings together speakers from different disciplines and institutions. 

Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Roundtable Event. Pictured (L-R): David Bowe (Somerville College), Mara Keire (Rothermere American Institute), Maria Jaschok and Khin Mar Mar Kyi (International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall), Joana Serrado (Centre for Gender, Identity & Subjectivity), Julia Mannherz (History Faculty), Alison Moulds (Women in Oxford’s History Podcast Series), Adele Bardazzi and Julia Caterina Hartley (Christ Church).     

Michaelmas term saw the Gender and Authority Network’s largest event to date. This was a round table discussion of the roles of Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, and the researchers involved with them in the modern university. The spirited and productive discussion involved members of Oxford’s leading Gender Studies groups (the International Gender Studies Centre and the Centre for Gender, Identity, and Subjectivity), and researchers from the Rothermere American Institute and the Women in Oxford podcast project. This roundtable opened up dialogue between researchers from across the University and laid the way for further collaborations and exciting future events. You can see the event in full as a video podcast available on iTunes U.

We have two seminars taking place in Hilary Term 2017. The first will take place on 25<sup>th</sup> January and feature papers by Jennifer Griffiths (University College of Design Rome and The American University of Rome), titled ‘Women Artists and Italian Futurism: Questions of Absence and Inferiority’ and Matthew Hurley (Oxford Brookes) on gender and militarism, and the second on 22<sup>nd</sup> February, featuring papers by Serena Alessi (Royal Holloway, University of London) titled ‘Re-writing the canon and re-thinking the myth) and Rachel Delman (History Faculty, University of Oxford) on the representation of women elites. 

More information about the project is available here, which can be followed with Twitter updates here.


Lead investigator

Natalya Din-Kariuki, English Faculty and Balliol College, University of Oxford

Research team

Professor Elena Lombardi, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Balliol College, University of Oxford

Contact details for enquiries

Please email the lead investigator, Natalya Din-Kariuki, for any queries regarding this project.