CGIS Discussion Group

The CGIS Discussion Group offers a combination of work-in-progress and reading group sessions. It is directed by the student representatives on the CGIS steering committee, and offers a flexible and informal space for sharing new work and discussing ideas.

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Week 2 - Wednesday 28 January 2021

Reading Group on Religious Subjectivities 

Online via Teams 


Led by Philippa Byrne and Faridah Zaman 

Reading TBC

Week 3 - Wednesday 30 January 2019

Joint session with the Queer Studies Network

New Seminar Room, St. John's College 


Speaker: Mara Gold

“Sapphic Code: The language of lesbian desire in late 19th and early 20th century archival sources”

Reading TBC


Week 5 - Friday 15 February

Joint session with the Race and Resistance Network

Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building


Speakers: Sage Goodwin and William Makolle

Colourism: The Gendered Politics of Appearance in African American History


Angela P. Harris, 'Introduction: Economies of Colour' in Evelyn Glenn in (Ed) Shades of Difference: Why Skin Colour Matters (2009)

Allyson Hobbes , 'A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing' (2014)

Kimberly Norwood, 'Color Matters: Skin Tone and the Myth of a Postracial America'

Unless otherwise stated, sessions will take place in the History Faculty Common Room 11:30-12:30pm

All Welcome.

Week 3: Tuesday 8 May - "Gender and sexual politics: theoretical perspectives" with Amelie Bescont (Sciences Po), History Faculty Common Room

Judith Butler, 'The question of Social Transformation', Undoing gender,(New York ; London : Routledge, 2004), p. 204-231.

Nancy Fraser, 'From redistribution to recognition ? Dilemmas of Justice in a "Post-Socialist" Age', New Left Review, 0: 212 (1995), p.68-93.

Carol Pateman, 'The fraternal contract', The Disorder of women : Democracy, Feminism & Political Theory (Cambridge : Polity Press, 1989)p.33-57.



Week 5: Tuesday 22 May - Psychoanalysis and History, History Faculty Common Room

Joan W. Scott, 'The incommensurability of psychoanalysis and history', History and Theory 51 (February 2012), pp. 63-83

Lyndal Roper, 'Evil Imaginings and Fantasies': Child-Witches and the End of the Witch Craze', Past & Present 167 (May, 2000), pp. 107-139

Barbara Taylor, 'Historical subjectivities' in Sally Alexander and Barbara Taylor (eds), History and Psyche: Culture, Psyschoanalysis, and the Past (Palgrave Macmillan: 2013) ,p. 195-206.


Week 7: Tuesday 5 June - Experimental Workshop on Sources with Professor Lyndal Roper

Colin Matthew Room (History Faculty), 1:30-3pm

See above for CFP

It is too late to register as a participant, but observers are welcome.

For further details about the Reading Group please email Fanny Louvier (


Centre for Gender, Identity & Subjectivity experimental workshop on sources: ‘New perspective on sources: What can historians learn from bridging across time periods and regions?’


5 June 2018, Colin Matthew room (History faculty), 1.30-3pm


CGIS is organising an exciting workshop on Tuesday 5 June 2018. Professor Lyndal Roper will be leading the session and facilitating discussions around how to approach sources for the study of gender, identity and subjectivityfrom different time periods and geographical areas.


We are looking for graduate students, ECRs and established academics to provide a short sample of their sources. On the day of the workshop, the participants will exchange their primary sources and confront their respective analysis. No preparation necessary apart from participants knowing their own primary evidence well. 


This is an opportunity for you to learn new ways to conduct analysis on primary sources and to receive supportive feedback on your ideas so do still consider signing up even if you are at an early stage of your graduate studies. If you are simply curious about how others read your sources, join us!


Deadline for sign-up is 25 May 2018. As places are limited, we encourage you to sign up early. 


Please email your chosen primary source on no more than two sides of A4 page (translated in English if necessary) with some basic historical details (who, when, where, why) and a 200-word max summary of your research to (and do email me with any questions)


For further details about the Reading Group please email Fanny Louvier (

All Welcome.

Week 3: Tuesday 30th January ‘Global girlhood’, with Dr. Sarah Crook and Fanny Louvier

-'The Modern Girl around the world: Cosmetics Advertising and the Politics of Race and Style', The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization, The Modern Girl around the world research group (Durham, N.C. ; London : Duke University Press, 2008).

- Su Lin Lewis, ‘Cosmopolitanism and the Modern Girl: A Cross-Cultural Discourse in 1930s Penang. Modern Asian Studies, 43: 6 (2009). 
- Kathryn Bond Stockton, 'The Queer Child Now and its Paradoxical Global Effects', GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 22 (2016)


Week 5: Tuesday 13th February, ‘Domestic service, mobility and otherness' With Olivia Robinson and Fanny Louvier


Week 8: Friday 9th March, Joint reading with the Race and Resistance research group.


Theme: "Sources and Methodologies"

Time: 11:30am-1pm

Location: G5 Teaching Room, Kendrew Quadrangle, St John’s College


Wednesday, Oct. 24th (Week 3) – Sasha Rasmussen, ‘Gendered Sensations: the intersection of gender and sensory histories in the early 20th century’


-Wolff, Janet, ‘The Invisible Flâneuse: Women and the Literature of Modernity’, Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 2, no. 3 (1985), pp. 37-46.

-Smith, Mark M., ‘Producing Sense, Consuming Sense, Making Sense: Perils and Prospects for Sensory History’,Journal of Social History, vol. 40, no. 4 (Summer 2007), pp. 841-858.

-Corbin, Alain, ‘Preface to the English edition’ and ‘The Great Century of Linen’, in Time, Desire and Horror: Towards a History of the Senses, Polity Press, 1995, pp. iix-x, 13-38.


Wednesday, Nov. 7th (Week 5) – Lucia Akard, ‘Finding Rape in the Archives: Methodologies for Hearing Survivor Voices from the Past’



- Chapter 5 in Kathryn Gravdal, Ravishing Maidens in Medievals French Literature and the Law [available as an eBook on SOLO]

- Introduction [and Chapter 3, optional] in The Afterlives of Rape in Medieval England Literature, Suzanne M. Edwards [only one copy in the Bod stacks, but a scan of the intro can be requested and email within 24]