About the Organisers

We are a small group of post-graduate researchers in the social sciences who share a passion for issues of gender and/or feminism in social science research, activism, art and life. Our personal research interests include but are not limited to; gender mainstreaming; masculinities in the military; women’s work lives; family norms; the body, reproduction and technology; gender performativity; gender discourse; care policy; migration; sexual violence; intersections of race and gender; the postcolonial; families and the impact of policy; constructions of identity; boyhood and girlhood; knowledge translation; gender relations; and decolonisation.

We began a reading group in the autumn 2009 and have been meeting every Wednesday since then.  We affectionately called this group FemJoy – short for Feminist and Gender Reading Group JOY!  We have each had a hand in creating this space.  It is a fluid and ever-changing thing.   For more on what it’s meant for us to have this group, have a read of the organisers’ bios.

We are excited about creating a symposium in which we can collaboratively explore the challenges and potentials of feminism and social research.  We’re really looking forward to seeing you all in Edinburgh!

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This is us, on our field trip to York in March 2011:

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