The seminar wants to give an introduction into the different ideas around sex and gender in the Hebrew Bible. It discusses matters such as the creation of man and woman, the connection of sexuality and male struggles for power and honour, laws about sexuality in the Pentateuch, and the use of the marriage metaphor for the relationship between Yhwh and Israel.
Dr Bill Aird is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. He is Programme Director for the MSc in Medieval History and he is affiliated with the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.
His research interests include:
The history of the European Central Middle Ages
Medieval ecclesiastical history, such as the role of the bishop, saints and their cults, the history of monasticism
Representations of the Medieval ‘Other world’
Problems and possibilities of historical biography
Masculinities and the gendered representation of men in Medieval sources.
Bill is currently working on an edition of The Life of St Margaret of Scotland. He is also compiling a study of Charisma and medieval leadership.
His recent publications include:
Aird, W. M. (Accepted/In press). Interpreting the king’s will: Multilingualism and the role of interpreters in eleventh- and twelfth-century England. In D. Roffe (Ed.), Approaches to History: Essays in Honour of Hirokazu Tsurushima (pp. 1-13). Kumamoto University, Kyushu, Japan.
Aird, W. (2016). Orderic’s secular rulers and representations of personality and power in the Historia ecclesiastica. In C. Rozier, D. Roach, G. E. M. Gasper, & E. van Houts (Eds.), Orderic Vitalis: Life, Works and Interpretations (pp. 189-216). Boydell and Brewer.
Aird, W. (2015). ‘Seeing Things with our Own Eyes’: E.A.Freeman’s historical travels. In A. Bremner, & J. Conlin (Eds.), Making History: Edward Augustus Freeman and Victorian Cultural Politics (pp. 85-100). OUP/British Academy . https://doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197265871.001.0001
Maryam AlHajri is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the School of Social and Political Science. Her thesis is concerned with the systematic marginalisation and erasure of histories of different socio-political actors in Qatar (1950-60s).
Her research interests include the formation of post-colonial states and theories of political sociology, marginality and subalternity, particularly in the context of the Arab Gulf States. More broadly, they include:
The course enables students to use statistical tools to analyse social network data. While Social Network Analysis (SNA) has long been used as an exploratory method, hypothesis testing and estimation techniques with network data is becoming an increasingly popular method in social science that require specific statistical techniques. The course will have a practical focus and will introduce students to a range of basic and more advanced statistical models through hands-on computer work. These techniques will enable students to test the research questions (hypotheses) they will consider in their dissertation work. Students will also learn how to analyse network dynamics and large samples of ego-networks (personal networks) using single- and multi-level modelling.
Amy Andrada is a PhD Candidate at the School of Social and Political Science. Her PhD is tentatively titled ‘The Scarlet Letter Effect: Evidence of the Single Mother Narrative’. She is also a Lecturer in Sociology and a Teaching Assistant, and has lectured for three years at the Sutton Trust Summer School, for Sociology.
Her research focuses on the development of ‘self’ based on gender, femininity, and motherhood. Specifically, she examines identity among women and mothers in the context of in-group and out-group relations, and stigma and discrimination related to (un)partnership status(es).
Her more general research interests include:
Gender and politics
Identities and inequalities
Kinship, bodies and relatedness.
She is running a student-led project with the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas as part of the August 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other current projects include:
Training Course/Lecture (2021, Forthcoming).
Gender & Adolescence: Unpacking Stigma and Learned Intragender Sexism (Community Engagement). Lothian Association of Youth Clubs (LAYC). Edinburgh, UK.
Amy’s recent publications include:
Andrada, A. (2020, Forthcoming). Modern Approaches to Online Methods: Recruitment and Sampling Hard-to-Reach Groups.
Andrada, A. & Ozdemir U. (2020, Forthcoming). Intersectionality & COVID-19: Relative Versus Absolute Well-being.
Andrada, A. (December, 2019). ‘Woman’ and (Un)Partnered Mother: Intersectional Perspective, In Buchanan, F. & Zufferey, C. (Ed.), Intersections of Mothering: Feminist Accounts. Routledge: UK.
This course aims to give a broad outline of how anthropologists use theory in their work, and how we can apply theory for ourselves to gain a better understanding of society and culture. The disciplinary basis on which anthropology was founded ¿ the study of primitive peoples ¿ began to disappear once we realized that societies did not simply evolve from simpler to more complex states, and ¿modernity¿ was not an endpoint for all peoples. So what is anthropology now? The study of society? Of culture? Of human difference? What are we actually spending our degrees studying? The 1970s and 80s saw a broad attack on the idea of grand theories in all parts of the humanities and social sciences. Scholars increasingly came to see truth as relative, multiple, dependent on perspective and politics. At the same time, the collapse of old colonial orders undercut certainties about what society and culture: the world began to seem much more fluid and transient, and idea of an objective, impartial ethnographer came to be viewed with suspicion. Our knowledge of the world no longer seemed separate from our political and historical engagement. We still need theory if we are to understand the world around us, and this course will explore how anthropologists today are rethinking our concepts of culture and society in our ongoing efforts to make sense of things. We will focus on a few key questions: what is the relationship between society/culture and nature? What is the relationship between theories of society and political events in the world? Can anthropology ever be objective, or should we try to be engaged and active participants in the world we study?
This course provides an advanced introduction to the anthropology of health, illness and healing. Students will be introduced to key theories and current debates at the interface of anthropology and medicine through a focus on cross-cultural approaches to illness, pain, healing, the body and care. We will explore how different ways of experiencing and knowing the body, including varied concepts of gender, sexuality, and the life course, can radically alter how people think about and engage with issues of health and healing.
Sex and reproduction are a necessity, a desire, a human compulsion. They are simultaneously private and public, as intimate acts and matters of open social concern. Sex sells, but it can be posed as indicative of larger social concerns. Political sex scandals, teenage pregnancy, designer vaginas, emergency contraceptives, and genetically engineered babies, have all provoked alarm and titillation at the failings, fears, and excitement of modernity. Human reproduction is crucial to social reproduction, as the birth of babies also produces parents, families, nations, and futures. From myths of origin to pornography, reproductive rights to the politics of motherhood, this course examines anthropological approaches to the study of sex and reproduction, asking why two aspects of life so crucial to biological existence can be seen as a desire, a danger, a choice, a risk, or even the very point of life itself. It addresses the multiple biological, political, ethical, material, and religious ways in which people engage with desire, love, and kinship.
This course will examine painted and sculpted nudes and other erotic imagery in the context of new research on gender and sexual culture in renaissance Italy. We will consider why paintings with erotic subject matter became such an important focus for renaissance artists such as Botticelli and Titian, and investigate how this relates to wider social changes during this period.
Thalia Thereza Assan is a Sociology PhD Candidate at the School of Social and Political Science. Her PhD project examines the significance of friendship in the political lives of Black girls and girls of colour in Scotland. It is based on a multi-method approach that consisted of participant observations, creative methods (such as mapping, photovoice and writing) and in-depth semi-structured interviews.
Her research interests include:
Participatory creative methods
Her recent outputs include:
Assan, T. T. (2021). What’s a Girl to Do?: The Pleasures and Pressures of the Girls’ Night Out [Review of the book Negotiating Femininities in the Neoliberal Night-Time Economy: Too Much of a Girl? By E. Nicholls]. Girlhood Studies, 14(3), 155-159.
Dr Susan Bainbrigge is a Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures’ Department of European Languages and Cultures.
Susan’s research interests include:
French and Francophone Studies
20th and 21st century French and Francophone Fiction, especially women writers
Simone de Beauvoir
Francophone Belgian Literature and Culture
Psychoanalysis and/in Literature
Representations of the Therapeutic Encounter/Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma in Literature
Her noteworthy publications include:
Therapeutic encounters in Francophone Belgian writings: On chaos and creativity. In Narratives of the Therapeutic Encounter: Psychoanalysis, Talking Therapies and Creative Practice (pp. 102-127). Cambridge Scholars Press (2020).
Kath Bassett is a PhD Candidate in the School for Social and Political Sciences. She is a qualitative sociologist and ethnographer broadly interested in understanding practices, processes, and the ‘heterogeneous materiality’ associated with space and placemaking.
Benjamin Bateman is a Senior Lecturer in Post-1900 British Literature at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
His research interests include:
Modern and contemporary literature
His notable publications include The Modernist Art of Queer Survival (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Queer Disappearance in Modern and Contemporary Fiction, which will be published in 2023 on Oxford University Press.
He recently received a British Academy/Leverhulme small fellowship to develop a symposium and edited collection on the topic of pandemics in literature, and he is newly at work on a book project, “Experiments in Dying,” that will revisit early literary responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Dr Cordelia Beattie is a Professor of Women’s and Gender History at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. She is the medieval editor for Manchester University Press’s Gender in History series and she is on the editorial board of Women’s History Review. Cordelia teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on medieval women and gender.
Her research interests include:
The history of women and gender in pre-modern Britain and Europe, especially in relation to:
Emilia Belknap is a PhD Student at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Sciences. She is in the final stages of her PhD and is submitting her thesis in September. Recently, she has been a research fellow on the Scottish Government-funded DACE Project (Domestic Abuse Court Experiences) investigating the experiences of domestic abuse and violence victims. Emilia also was the Widening Participation intern for the Doctoral Colleges at the University of Edinburgh working to improve equality, diversity and inclusion for postgraduate researchers. She teaches a range of University courses, for which she received a EUSA Teaching Award nomination.
The interface between constitutional and international law, gender and conflict, and legal theory, with a particular interest in peace processes and their agreements.
In 2007 Christine won the American Society of International Law’s Francis Deake Prize for her article on ‘Peace Agreements: Their Nature and Legal Status’ 100(2) American Journal of International Law. The prize is awarded annually for the leading article by a younger author in the AJIL.
She has authored two books: On the Law of Peace: Peace Agreements and the Lex Pacificatoria (Oxford University Press, 2008) which won the Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize, awarded by the Socio-legal Studies Association UK, and Peace Agreements and Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2000).
She has also authored the a report published by the International Council on Human Rights Policy entitled ‘Negotiating Justice? Human Rights and Peace Agreements’ (2006).