It is Women’s History month and as part of genderED’s ongoing project Voices from the Early Days, which seeks to capture the stories of pioneers of women’s, gender and feminist studies at University of Edinburgh, Stana Nenadic reflects upon the work and legacies of two leading women social and economic historians Rosalind Mitchison and Leah Leneman.
Radhika Govinda kicks off the Voices from the Early Days series with her post exploring the history and future of Women’s, Gender and Feminist studies (WGFS) at the University of Edinburgh. She provides an overview of the various journeys undertaken by feminist academics at the University of Edinburgh.
For International Women’s Day 2021, genderED has co-organised and co-supported two events focusing on feminist classrooms and the role of women in HIV and LGBTQ+ activism. Feminist Classrooms: Past, Present and Future is co-organised with EUSA, the Student Union at the University of Edinburgh, while The Role of Women in HIV and LGBTQ+ Activism is organised by the Staff Pride Network, while supported by genderED and IASH.
In Brazil – a country that kills more trans women than anywhere else – performing trans art as resistance can be a matter of life and death. Jo Clifford, renowned playwright, writes about the power of trans art in challenging homophobic politics and the risks it entails (Reblogged as part of LGBTQ history month highlights).
.In the early 1990s, during the conflict in Northern Ireland, Prof Bell conducted some interviews with gay men and lesbian women, on police harassment for human rights research project (McVeigh, ‘Harassment – Its Part of Life Here’, 1992), which was to feed into police reforms as part of the eventual peace process. Her article illustrates the need for more awareness about the failure of peace processes and post-confllict environments to seriously addess LGBT security and peace for LGBT people. This is especially since in times of conflict, LGBT communities are often targeted in violent attacks in particular ways.
As part of LGBTQ history month, we are reblogging highlights from our 16 Days blogathon. Fidelma Ashe writes about Northern Ireland, the increased levels of security during the period of peacebuilding – which was facilitated by the 1998 peace accord –, and how LGBTI+ people continued to experience high levels of personal insecurity combined with and compounded by social and political exclusion.