SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

SOAS interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, housed in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, has been established to promote the study of gender in relation to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Its primary objectives are to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of Gender Studies with particular reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their diasporas; and to provide a forum for collaboration in the research and teaching of Gender Studies both within SOAS and in conjunction with other institutions.

The Centre provides an administrative and intellectual home for the School's MA programme in Gender Studies, MA in Gender Studies and Law and the MA in Gender and Sexuality, as well as the MPhil/PhD in Gender Studies. The Centre is also responsible for the organization of fortnightly seminars during term time, open to SOAS students and staff, to academics and students of other institutions and to the general public, focused on creating a space for new and cutting edge scholarship on the study of gender and sexuality.

The Centre's membership sees its task as one of contributing to theoretical, methodological and pedagogical debates within the study of gender in the context of the Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies through publications, conferences, workshops and teaching. Its membership is open to all academic staff at SOAS and the centre has members across academic disciplines across SOAS. Individuals based in other higher education institutions in the UK with an academic interest in the field of gender studies and students at SOAS can join our mailing list for information about events and happenings at the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies. For further information please contact the Centre for Gender Studies 

A special message from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies and its constituent centres send good wishes and a keep well message to all prospective students during this global existential crisis.

We welcome new applications for study in any of the PGT degrees offered in our these centres and we extend a warm welcome to offer holders. We assure all of you that we remain committed to running our programmes and ensuring you complete your studies.

Over the next few months, and while we remain in the grips of the crisis, we will be devising different strategies to ensure that prospective students can achieve their degrees within the timeframe allocated



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!

Gender Studies Introductory Video

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Gender Studies at SOAS Blog

Viral Feminisms: studying gender, sexuality and law in times of crisis

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Centre for Gender Studies Graduates

From left to right Marianne Mesfin Asfaw - MA Gender and Law (2018), Annette Wang’ong’u - MA Gender and Law (2018), Sarah Nugdalla - MA Gender Studies (2018), Princess Malebye - MA Gender and Law (2018)

From left to right Marianne Mesfin Asfaw - MA Gender and Law (2018), Annette Wang’ong’u - MA Gender and Law (2018), Sarah Nugdalla - MA Gender Studies (2018), Princess Malebye - MA Gender and Law (2018)