The course provide a unique opportunity to explore the many intersections of genders and technologies, and how particular technologies come to be gendered, the roles of technologies in affirming or contesting gendered identities, and debates about the 'technologization' of gender.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS) at the University of Leeds is the largest research centre in Gender Studies in Britain, bringing together over 170 academic staff from twenty-seven departments across the arts and humanities, social sciences, medicine and healthcare studies. Research on gender and feminist scholarship has a long history at Leeds, and the University is home to many leading international feminist scholars. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, research in the Centre was awarded a grade 5A.
CIGS has a lively interdisciplinary research culture and a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and offers an unrivalled environment for postgraduate study. We offer four taught MA programmes: MA Gender Studies, MA Gender Studies (Research), MA Gender Studies and History and Philosophy of Science and MA Gender, Management & Organisation. The Centre also offers supervision for the degrees of MA by Research, M.Phil and PhD. The Centre is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council for the receipt of 1+3 and +3 studentships.
Students are encouraged to become involved in the wide range of activities which take place within the Centre, and to make use of the resources and opportunities available in the Centre’s `partner’ departments.
Members of the Centre collaborate across the disciplines in both empirical and theoretical research projects, and are involved in the ESRC Research Group on Care, Values and the Future of Welfare, which is based at Leeds (1999-2004). The Centre also runs an electronic discussion and news list, and organises regular social events.
What you study
You will be introduced to key theoretical debates, especially feminist, technofeminist and cyberfeminist work, and you will consider the intersections of genders and technologies in both historical and contemporary contexts. Topics include technologies of sex, technologies of body shaping, domestic technologies, and computing and gender.