Investigating Gender: Sources and Approaches

Join us for a lively discussion about sources for and approaches to investigating gender at our Trinity Term 2019 sources workshop.

Friday 24 May (Week 4), 11.30am-1.30pm, Rees Davis Room, History Faculty


The aim of this workshop is to give students interested in investigating gender a sense of the range of sources available across periods and the particular challenges (and rewards!) that they pose. 

A panel of speakers will offer informal 10-minute papers about their methodological approaches to the specific challenges of the sources used in their research. Papers will be followed by a discussion period in which students can raise questions about the challenges they are facing in their own work as well as engage with the methodological questions and approaches raised by speakers. 

This workshop is open to undergraduates as well as graduates at any stage in their work. The papers will range across periods and subjects – from medieval ecclesiastical court records to seventeenth century diaries to modern anthropometric data to oral history, speakers will offer students insight into a variety of ways of investigating gender in a historical context. 

Speakers include: Dr. Sarah Knott (Senior Visiting Research Fellow Rothermere American Institute), Dr. Ian Forrest (Oriel College), Dr. Mary Cox (Brasenose College), and Dr. Andrea Thomson (History Faculty).

For more information, please contact the CGIS Graduate Representative, Sumner Braund, at

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