The Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS in an interdisciplinary space promoting research and teaching on Gender with particular reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and their diasporas. Since its inception in 2005, CGS has become a hub of research and training working to support anti-racist feminisms and social movements challenging normative constructions of gender and sexuality. Our focus on Asia, Africa and the Middle East productively disrupts the teleologies of 'Western' feminism and our critical study of Europe and its 'others' has earned us a reputation as a fertile seedbed for queer and trans thought, transnational feminisms, critical legal theory and anti-racist knowledge production. Grappling with the legacy of SOAS as a training ground for the administrators of Anglophone Empires, at CGS we not only tackle the long complex entanglements of modern feminisms with white imperialism and postcolonial nationalisms, we also incubate new strategies to decolonise feminist scholarship and praxis.
Offering a suite of MA Programmes, Postgraduate Research Degrees, Online Postgraduate Degrees and Short Summer Courses, CGS at SOAS stands at the cutting-edge of postgraduate education for the next generation of change makers with new visions for feminist futures. Drawing annual cohorts of students who have received a wide range of disciplinary training in their undergraduate years in both Global South and Global North contexts, CGS cultivates a unique interdisciplinary space committed to forging connections between feminist scholarship and activism.
With our programmes bringing together a community of students, teachers and researchers embedded in feminist networks and movements in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as in Britain and across the Global North, CGS hosts a regular seminar series which creates a space for cross-pollination of ideas across disciplinary and regional boundaries. Open to academics and students as well as to the general public, these seminars create a space for new and cutting-edge feminist scholarship. Membership to CGS is open to all academic staff at SOAS and members are drawn from across many academic disciplines. Individuals based in other higher education institutions in the UK with an interest in the study of gender as well as students at SOAS can join our mailing list for information about events and happenings at the Centre for Gender Studies. For further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Gender Studies Alumni Stories
The MA in Gender Studies at SOAS was a remarkable experience of learning and unlearning. Attracting students from various geographical, academic and professional backgrounds, the CGS community was welcoming and exciting. Outside of the engaging lectures the CGS seminar series were a stimulating space to hear from others in the field in distinct and creative ways. I remain thankful for the reflections, interrogations, introspections and friendships made at my time at SOAS. Sarah Nugdalla class of 2017/18
"My time at SOAS had, and will continue to have a lasting impact on my life both academically and socially. The highlights of my SOAS experience were my Gender Studies courses, the lecture series organized by the Centre for Gender Studies (CGS) and, most importantly, my African feminist community. My favourite courses were Gender Theory of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the Gender Studies Dissertation Methods course, both taught by Dr. Awino Okech. It was also through these courses that I met my brilliant, loving, supportive and hilarious group of friends. Having like-minded friends that I could learn from, grow with and be my most authentic self with was incredibly liberating. These experiences made my journey at SOAS truly unforgettable."
Marianne Mesfin Asfaw Class of 2017/18
"The vast array of gendered expertise available to deliver the Centre’s modules makes tackling other aspects of study a breeze. Gender Theory and the Study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East is one of the most vibrant, fluid and relevant modules and proved to be a cornerstone for understanding gender, knowledge production and assessing the world. The Centre has a relatively small staff team yet the richness of backgrounds creates an environment where community is key”
Princess Malebye class of 2017/18
This is evidenced in the photograph where lifelong feminist friendships developed at CGS have remained beyond our time as students!