Genders Past, Present and Future

MHL1.17a/b, Martin Hall Building

Jennifer Cooke, Sarah Parker, Catherine Rees and her project collaborator Dan Sage (from the Business School) will all deliver a ten minute presentation of their research followed by a round table discussion about gender and identity in the present moment, with a particular focus on feminism and masculinity.

Dr Jennifer Cooke is a poet and Senior Lecturer at Loughborough. Her research interests lie in twentieth and twenty-first-century experimental writing, from modernism through to contemporary poetics and life-writing; in critical and literary theory, especially in theories of intimacy, affect and emotion; gender theory and feminism; and in the representation and politics of social and relational organisation.

Dr Sarah Parker is a lecturer in English at Loughborough University. Her research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with an emphasis on women’s poetry, decadence and aestheticism, gender and sexualities, and visual cultures. Her first monograph is The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity, 1889-1930 (Routledge, 2013). She is currently working on a book project exploring Women Poets, Celebrity and Photography in the period 1880-1930. Her online exhibition for the National Portrait Gallery on this topic can be found here.

Dr Catherine Rees is Programme Director for Drama. Her research is mainly focused on contemporary British and Irish political theatre, with more recent research exploring the position of gender in the theatre. She is also currently writing two books for Palgrave; one entitled Adaptation and Nation, which explores contemporary adaptations and their national contexts, and a critical companion guide – Contemporary British Drama: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism.

Dr Dan Sage is Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. His expertise concerns critical studies of work organisations and processes of organisation, particularly as related to questions of power, inclusion and inequality. A strand of this work has involved various projects related to gendered work inequalities in relation to engineering and creative industries, including publications in leading international journals such as Sociological Review and Gender, Work and Organization. His research in the creative industries has thus far concerned questions around how inequalities are sustained between theatre study/amateur work and professional work. He is currently working with practitioners developing some new ideas around the application of theatre in tackling wider social challenges in a global context, including gendered inequalities.

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