Gender in a global perspective
Gender relations are global. They are key to understanding how the world works today. War, globalisation, sexuality, migration, representation, employment, media, history - all of these are gendered. If you are interested in global power relations, a gender analysis is essential.
But what is GENDER? Gender can mean men and women, and the relationship between them. But it is also about masculinity and femininity, divisions of labour, self-presentation, public and private spheres, access to institutions and the organisation of family life. It can be understood as static or in flux, oppressive or a source of pleasure.
From our global perspective, gender always intersects with other categories of analysis such as race, ethnicity, class and sexuality. And because gender relations work in all spheres of life, interdisciplinarity is key to their analysis and transformation.
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This film comprises of a number of interviews with LSE academics discussing the importance of gender research for their discipline and talking about the range of work in this field being carried out at the School. To download the video please right click on the download link and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’.
The Department of Gender Studies (formerly known as the Gender Institute) was established in 1993 to address the major intellectual challenges posed by contemporary changes in gender relations. This remains a central aim of the Department today, which is the largest research and teaching unit of its kind in Europe. LSE Gender is interested in mapping and intervening in the gendered nature of social processes, and believes that an integrated interdisciplinary and global approach is needed to do so. We aim to combine theory and practice with an interdisciplinary and transnational scope. We are a recognised centre of research, teaching, policy advice and advocacy work, with faculty having won a range of awards, and with students from across the globe.
The Department runs six Masters programmes, attracting students from a wide range of different countries. In 2016/7 we had 92 Masters students and typically have 20 MPhil/ PhD students researching gender concerns. The Department serves as a focus for gender research across the LSE, and works to promote a close relationship between policy makers and the academy. Though the Department only has a small core teaching staff, it provides a vibrant research culture with resident Research Fellows, visiting scholars, public lectures and conferences, and a regular programme of research seminars.
The research work of LSE Gender is informed by the belief that all social processes are 'gendered', and that understanding gender relations is therefore a crucial component in any social science research. Some of the projects undertaken at the Department focus directly on the position of girls and women, the contemporary character of gender relations, and the formation of sexual identities. Others employ a gendered perspective to address issues not normally considered as gender concerns. The focus of the research projects ranges across local, national and international contexts, and the relationship between gender and ethnicity has become an increasingly prominent concern
LSE Gender offices comprise a suite of rooms surrounding an open space and we do not teach here, except for office hours and supervision. The PhD students have a connecting room with wireless access.
Find out more about our postgraduate programmes.