Genderpol in 2019: A round-up of this year’s blogs

It’s the end of another great year for genderpol, but in case you missed any of our blogs, we’ve summarised them for you below.

From our podcast on the Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World course; to posts on our excellent Decolonising Feminisms workshops; to reports from the protest movements in India, our blog closes this year with a reflection from outgoing coordinator of genderED, Christina Neuwirth, on two years of genderED and its plans for 2020!

If you’ve got a great idea for a blog, podcast or something different, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

2019’s blogs in summary:

  1. Our podcast, hosted by Abrisham Ahmadzadeh who interviewed Dr Meryl Kenny and Silas Lehane about the course

Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World

If you missed it have a listen here:

2. Decolonising Feminisms, Transforming Lives 

On 22 May 2019, the one-day workshop ‘Decolonising Feminist Knowledge: Reflections on Research and Curriculum’ was held at the University of Edinburgh, under the auspices of Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives, a UGC-UKIERI funded project involving staff and students from Ambedkar University Delhi, India and the University of Edinburgh, UK. The workshop was co-sponsored by the University of Edinburgh’s GenderED, Centre for South Asian Studies and Sociology department.

Doctoral researchers CAT WAYLAND  and MARTA  KOWALEWSKA wrote a blog reflecting on the workshop’s genesis, aims, successes, shortcomings, and lessons for the future.

6vcevl3K.jpegPhoto Credit: Megan Harrington

3. Decolonising Feminist Knowledge through Art

@KamyaChoudhary, PhD researcher in International Development at the University of Edinburgh, reports on the Decolonising Feminist Knowledge workshop on 22 May 2019 at the University of Edinburgh.

It emerged from a research and reading group, and a larger North-South research project, Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives (TFTL), with the vision being to inculcate an arts-based element to the academic day. The team recruited Raquel Durán, a London-based artist, who specialises in graphic recording and live illustration to communicate complex ideas in an exciting and innovative way. The resulting mural is below. To read more about the workshop, click here.



4. Stand up for Catalonia: A feminist perspective on political repression

Mònica Clua (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and Tania Verge (Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) report on the Spanish Supreme Court’s conviction of nine Catalan pro-independence leaders, sentenced between nine and 13 years for the crimes of sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience on Monday 14 October 2019.

As feminists, the authors expose why they believe these charges, made by the State Attorney, Public Prosecutor and the extreme-right party VOX, the same party that believes gender-based violence does not exist and opposes abortion and LGBTI rights, are intolerable. Read more here. 

Picture: Glòria Sánchez, photojournalist:


5. Lessons from Hyderabad: Yesterday, today and tomorrow 

With devastating news of a brutal sexual assault from Hyderabad in December 2019, and protests across India against the scourge of gender-based violence, Krishna Menon and Rukmini Sen (Ambedkar University Delhi) describe the lessons they are taking from this horrific attack, and from the wave of women’s protests on the streets of India against the abrogation of Article 370; the introduction of a highly exclusionary citizenship bill ; the attacks on public funded education as detailed in the National Education Policy;  and the partisan and contested  judgement on the disputed  site of worship at Ayodhya.

This post was part of the 16 days blogathon series, posted in support of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, by gender ED (@UoE_genderED). Krishna also co-authored another post on Day 16 of the blogathon, about when the law designed to protect women in India can become violent. 

A link to all the blogs on twitter can be found here

14711280076_5136beafd8_bImage: Night Bazaar (Ramzan) by Rajesh India via Flickr Creative Commons

6. Finally, genderED’s outgoing coordinator, Christina Neuwirth, reflects on genderED at two years old: what’s been achieved so far and what’s next? Lots of exciting plans for 2020! If you missed it so far, don’t forget to take a look at genderED’s #16daysblogathon of this year, in support of 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence. You can also see a summary on twitter here.


Do get in touch if you have an idea for a blog, podcast or something different. For now, a very happy Xmas and New Year from all of us at genderpol

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