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The Feminist Research Group is an interdisciplinary research unit that promotes feminist activities and collaborative research at the University of East London. Feminist research is conceived of in broad terms, as being concerned with issues of women, and gender, including amongst others, intersectional relations of social class, ‘race’ and sexuality, migration and belonging, ecology, human rights, labour and employment, media and representation, violence and conflict. The Group spans a number of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, politics, law, psychosocial studies, psychology, critical geography, philosophy, history, cultural studies, literature and art. Its aim is to sustain and support rigorous analyses of global gender relations as enacted within specific historic, economic, political, social, cultural and scientific contexts.


Maggie Humm
A series of research projects and publications in Woolf Studies and modernism with a focus on gender issues and the visual arts. See more about these projects >
Aura Lounasmaa
I am at the write-up stage of my PhD thesis in which I study the strategies, language and narratives of women’s NGO activism in Morocco. The study aims to locate Moroccan women’s activism in the context of both Morocco and of transnational women’s activism. I use the theory of Sally Engle Merry of vernacularisation of global norms into local practices in examining the processes of activism in the political and cultural context of Morocco. Main themes that arise from my fieldwork with women’s NGOs in Morocco in 2011 are democratisation and modernity. Moroccanness, Islam and transnational women’s rights movement all inform the competing narratives of activism, modernity and democracy. These narratives are central to defining organisations’ referential and guiding their actions.
Maria Tamboukou, University of East London
This is a British Academy funded life-history research project, which traces, collects, archives, analyses and discusses auto/biographical narratives of home-based dressmakers and women working in the garment industry. The project spans a range of geographies, histories and disciplinary fields and focuses on the force of narratives in illuminating interrelations between women’s labour and its memory, personal, domestic and public spaces, migration histories, political activism, adult education and women workers’ forceful intervention in the cultural and intellectual life of the twentieth century.


Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: A Feminist Perspective  (Vieten, 2012)

The Cultural Politics of Female Sexuality in South Africa   (Gunkel, 2011)

In the Fold Between Power and Desire: Women Artists’ Narratives. (Tamboukou, 2010) Remaking Home: Reconstructing Life, Place and Identity in Rome and Amsterdam (Korac, 2009)

Il Novecento di Hannah Arendt. Un lessico politico, Verona, Ombre corte (Guaraldo, 2008 )

Snapshots of Bloomsbury: the Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (Humm, 2006)

Developing Ecofeminist Theory (Cudworth, 2005)

Most farmers prefer Blondes – entanglements of gender and nature in animals’ becoming-meat’, in Human and Other Animals. (Cudworth, 2011)

‘Broken Narratives, Visual Forces: Letters, Paintings and the Event’, inBeyond Narrative Coherence, (Tamboukou, 2010)

Anopheles Anni vs Private Snafu: Gender and Sexuality in 1940s Animation Films, in Tiere im Film: Eine Menschheitsgeschichte der Moderne. Bielefeld. (Löhrer, 2009)

Gender, Conflict, and Social Capital: Bonding and Bridging In War’, in Social Capital and Peace-Building. (Korac, 2008)

‘‘Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf and the Maternal’’ In: Women’s Writing in Western Europe: Gender, Generation and Legacy (Humm, 2007)

Thinkers  that  Matter. On the Thought of Judith Butler and Adriana Cavarero. AG About Gender, No 1 (Guaraldo, 2012)

Heterotopia Revisited: Foucault and Lacan on Feminine Subjectivity, Subjectivity, 4, 168-182. (Voela, 2011)

“The Recipe for Love’? Continuities and Changes in the Sexual Politics of Meat’, The Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 8, 4: 78-99. (Cudworth 2010)

Through the Postcolonial Eyes: Images of Gender and Female Sexuality in Contemporary South Africa. Journal of Lesbian Studies 13 (1). 77-87 (Gunkel, 2009)

Re-imagining the narratable subject. Qualitative Research, 8 (3), 283-292. (Tamboukou 2008)

‘Beauty and Woolf’, Feminist Theory, 7:2, pp 237-254. (Humm, 2007)

‘Gender, Conflict and Peace-Building: Lessons from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia’, Women’s Studies International Forum,  29 (5), 510-520. (Korac, 2006)

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