Celebrating International Women's Day 2019

The Faculty of Arts supports Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Please take a look below for a mini-showcase of the breadth of our projects and research in this area.

Hear from Faculty of Arts Academics on the subject of women and equal rights in the Q&A's below.

Professor Havi Carel (Chair of the Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee)


Dr Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, Lecturer in English (Gender and Women's Writing of the 20th and 21st Centuries)

Events are now open for bookings 


5 March Gender Neutral Language, room G.01, 43 Woodland Road Contact Anna Havinga 

6 March International Women's Day Feminist Breakfast 9-11 am, Wickham Foyer, Wickham Theatre

6 March Dr Phyllis Kerridge and the Politics of Disability in Inter-War Britain (Centre for Health, Humanities and Science IWD Research Seminar), 2-3:30 pm, G2 Cotham House

6 March Women's Wikithon 2-3:30 pm, Arts Complex, G89 PC (Modern Languages Computer Centre)

8 March Women in Philosophy PGR Conference 10:00-2:00 pm, G13 Life Sciences Building

8 March 15 Poems by Female Poets in 15 different Languages 12:00-3:00 pm, 17 Woodland Rd Common Room

8 March New Work in Feminist New Materialism 1:00 2:00 pm,  Room G.2, Cotham House

8 March Female Echoes: Forgotten Voices in Classical Literature 5-6 pm, Old Council Chamber

11 March Celebrating International Women's Day in the Faculty of Arts 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Cotham House Common Room

12 March 'Difficult Times' Professor Hazel V.Carby (Yale University) 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building

13 March Feminisms East and West 1:00-3:00 pm, contact  j.nahodilova@bristol.ac.uk for more info


Dr Bradley Stephens, Senior Lecturer in French Studies & Impact Director for Modern Languages (full profile here)

Dr Albertine Fox, Lecturer in French Film (School of Modern Languages) 

I am a Lecturer in French Film in the School of Modern Languages and my research crosses disciplinary boundaries through its focus on listening and the filmed interview in French and Francophone documentaries. The films I discuss are mostly contemporary documentaries by women filmmakers who experiment with feminist and queer aesthetic approaches. This research follows my first book, Godard and Sound, that examines the concept of 'acoustic spectatorship' in Jean-Luc Godard’s films, videos and soundtracks. To coincide with the book’s publication, I wrote a blog article for ‘The Female Gaze’, published by the US Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Book link and Blog article

Modern Languages Research

Dr Ruth Bush, Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature Department of French

Ruth’s research interests involve African diasporic print cultures in French and English.  Her current project is on the role of the university in the production and reception of African literature from novels to contemporary spoken word poetry. Current projects 

Dr Rachel Randall, Lecturer in Hispanic Media and Digital Communications

Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Rachel’s current project examines the depiction of domestic workers, in particular maids and nannies, in post-dictatorship Latin American cultural production, including film, documentary, literary testimony and digital culture.

Dr Hannah Charnock, Lecturer in British History, Department of Historical Studies

Hannah’s current research explores the social history of gender and sexuality in post-war Britain from different perspectives.  She is working on her first monograph which explores teenage girls' heterosexuality in England between 1950 and 1980.    Another current project focuses on the work of women's centres and rape crisis centres in the late twentieth century.

Humanities Research 


Dr Josie Gill, Lecturer in Black British Writing of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Department of English and Director of the Centre for Black Humanities

Josie’s current project examines the relationship between scientific and fictional engagements with race in Britain and the United States since the 1970s. This looks at genetic science, for example, the African Eve Hypothesis (1987) and the Human Genome Project (2000) and the contradictions between racial similarities and differences and how these are represented in literature.

Dr Dorothy C Price, Reader in History of Art Department of History of Art (Historical Studies)

Dorothy is an art historian with particular research interests in sexuality, race, gender, women artists, photography, modernism, contemporary art, transnationalism and globalisation.  Her most recently published work looks at avant-garde modernism in Germany after 1918, looking particularly at the role of women artists, critics and patrons.

School of Art Research 

Dr Mhairi Gibson, Reader in Anthropology Department of Anthropology & Archaeology

Mhairi’s research focuses on population and health issues in resource-limited communities.  Her Fieldwork-based research has explored the causes and consequences of population change, parenting and livelihood decisions in Ethiopia.  She is also exploring the biocultural factors which explain the persistence of normative practices which are harmful to women globally, including female genital cutting/mutilation, intimate partner violence and early marriage.

Dr Sumita Mukherjee, Senior Lecturer in History Department of History

Sumita’s research looks at how travel and the colonial encounter for migrants in Britain has affected social and political identities including race, class, gender and religion.  She is particularly interested in Indian suffragettes and their part in the suffrage movement. Follow Sumita's blog here.

Top Four Reads of the Last Year

Professor Karla Pollmann, Dean of the Faculty of Arts

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  1. Before and After. Reminiscences of a Working Life, by Edith Morley (first female professor in the UK, Head of English Language at University College, Reading in 1908)
  2. Confessions, Augustine (a Christian Classic – even after umpteen readings inspirational!)
  3. Der Pfau by Isabel Bogdan  (“The Peacock” – a German satire telling the story of a teambuilding weekend of a group of bankers in the Scottish Highlands - to my surprise really funny and also subtle)
  4. Die Chinesen by Stefan Baron/Gyuangyan Yin-Baron (are they or are they not the nation of the future? just started)

Dr Elaine McGirrReader in Theatre and Performance Histories

"My current research project, The Age of the Actress, returns accomplished and mature actresses to the heart of cultural production. This project will not only restore eighteenth-century she-tragedy to our contemporary performance repertoire, but will also demonstrate cultural and economic value of stories for, by and about women". 

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