Gender and Sexuality Studies


Un/thinking Binaries

Continuing the work of the ‘Gender Studies’ research group, the collective reflection of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Group (GSS) centres on issues pertaining to construction of gender, sexuality and sexual orientation in their interaction with social, economic and political relations. The research theme titled ‘Un/thinking Binaries’ attaches importance to diversity, discrimination and intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, region, and religion with different but co-constitutive, co-imbricated systems of knowledge and power.

The principal aim of ‘Un/thinking Binaries’ is to bring together researchers working to interrogate binary classification regimenting attributes of gender, race, class, sexuality and religion. In its interdisciplinary focus, ‘Un/thinking Binaries’ proposes to queer, revise, renew and extend methodological tools to navigate longstanding normative binaries of man/woman, male/female, masculine/feminine, homo/hetero-sexualities, cis/trans-gender in relation to frames of social categorisation such as race, ethnicity, religion, class, region, ableism and ageism to name a few.

The members of GSS comprise permanent staff, early career researchers and doctoral students with specialisms across disciplines of History, Art and Visual Cultures, and Literature. GSS spans a wide array of geographical locations, periods, approaches, and disciplinary crossings, considering how research objects translate across languages and cultures.



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Hi My research foregrounds the critical significance of intersecting lines in queer and decolonial studies. After being awarded a PhD from the School of English, University of Leicester, UK in queer and postcolonial representations of South Asia, I currently research on projects spanning transnational queer and decolonial enunciation of knowledges. In this regard, I have developed two connected strands outlining narratives of decolonisation, including curriculum and pedagogy, and queer of colour critique and its attendant concern of non-normativity as practice of resisting all forms of domination. I coordinate two research seminars, “Peripheral Knowledges” and “Empires, Souths, Sexualities”. A co-editor of Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions (Oxford: Counterpress, 2016), Decolonial Trajectories, special issue of Interventions (2020), and the French language publication, Qu’est-ce que l’intersectionnalité? Dominations plurielles: Sexe, classe et race (2021), I have published on queer and race problematics in postcolonial literatures and cultures. I am one of the founding members and coordinators of the Decolonizing Sexualities Network ( Watch my video on queer and queer of colour critique in French here,


Catherine Bernard is a specialist of contemporary English fiction, modern and contemporary art, as well as the history of modern aesthetics. She is currently working on the edition of a volume of essays – New Objects of Visibility – deriving from the collective work of the “Imaginaires contemporains” LARCA seminar. She has just published Matière à réflexion. Du corps politique dans les arts visuels et la littérature britannique contemporains (2018).


Clarisse Berthezène is an historian focusing on modern Britain and specializing in the socio-cultural and intellectual history of politics. She worked on the history of conservatism with a transnational perspective. Her initial research centred on the history of Conservative intellectuals in the interwar period as well as in the postwar period. She has worked on the political mobilization of women and on the links between voluntary associations and political parties. She currently oversees a European COST project  -“Who cares in Europe ?”- which brings together scholars from 25 European countries to tackle the history of social welfare throughout a long 20th century and question the notion of a “social European model”. She is also involved in a comparative study of the political mobilizations of women in Europe and the role of social action in their political trajectory. Together with Jean-Christian Vinel, she is working on a research project on the working class in Britain, France and the United States.


Martine Beugnet is a specialist of cinema and video art, with a particular interest in the forms, aesthetics and practices of the image in the era of the digital (miniaturization, gestures, immersion, virtual reality, surveillance). She recently published a book on blur in cinema (L’attrait du flou) and co-edited the collective volume Indefinite Visions : Cinema and the attractions of uncertainty. She co-directs, with Kriss Ravetto, the collection “Film and Intermediality” and with Baptiste Bohet, the collection “Usages Des Patrimoines Numérisés”. She is a member of the editorial committee of the journal NECSUS. She is also a member of the management committee of the UDPN network where she organised, together with Emmanuelle André, the program Technological Uncanny.


Myriam Boussahba-Bravard is a specialist of women’s history and gender history in 19th century Britain, of the history of British citizenship, as well as of the discussion between suffrage history and the history of suffragism. She is also interested in the British press and magazines between 1850 and 1914. She currently works on the first female internationalism, especially British women going international before 1914, and on women in international exhibitions. She is currently starting a new project on masculinities and on the writing of the self before World War 1.


Laura Carter is an historian of modern Britain. Her research focuses on education and social change in the UK during the twentieth century. She is particularly interested in women, education, and work since the Second World War, and the impact of gendered practices in British education. Her latest project is entitled: ‘The politics of race and gender in British education, c.1960s-1980s’.


Laetitia Coussement-Boillot is a specialist of early modern English literature (16th and 17th centuries), more particularly William Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights. She is currently working on early modern women writers like Lady Mary Wroth. She also contributes to the online encyclopedia : “Les objets de la litérrature baroque: littérature et culture matérielle dans les Iles britanniques et la France de la première modernité” and she has just released articles on The Dutchess of Malfi by John Webster.


Emmanuelle Delanoë-Brun, MCF

Emmanuelle Delanoë-Brun is a specialist of visual studies (cinema, TV series), gender representations, popular culture and American literature. She just published an article entitled « De Cagney and Lacey à Rizzoli & Isles : variations féministes du duo féminin dans la fiction sérielle policière » in the Revue française d’études américaines. She also takes part in the collective volume Frontières du littéraire, working especially on a chapter with Clémence Folléa entitled « Les confins du littéraire : de la scène ouverte aux jeux vidéo, essai de carthographie médiatique ».


énédicte Deschamps is a specialist of immigration history in the United States, especially of the history of Italian Americans, as well as the ethnic press and eugenics in the United States. She is currently working on the Italian political migration in the United States in the 19th century and her book, entitled La presse italo-américaine de Risorgimento à la Grande Guerre, will soon be published.


Mathieu Duplay is specialist of American literature in the 19th and 20th centuries, English-speaking Canadian literature, drama studies, as well as aesthetics and musicology. He is currently writing a book focusing on the works (operas, oratorios, musicals) of the American composer John Adams. He is also interested in a series of authors whose production combines literature, music and theatre (John Cage, Steve Reich, Stephen Sondheim, Tony Kushner).


Clémence Folléa is a specialist of Victorian literature and society, narrative experience and immersion in videogames, as well as internet culture. Her article entitled “Videogames’ Specific Forms of Immersion into the Past, Present, and Future: Experiencing Progress in American McGee’s Alice (2000) and Alice: Madness Returns (2011)” has been accepted for the collective volume Contemporary Victoriana, which will be released next year. She also takes part in the collective volume Frontières du littéraire, working especially on a chapter with Emmanuelle Delanoë-Brun entitled “Les confins du littéraire: de la scène ouverte aux jeux vidéo, essai de carthographiemédiatique”.


Ariane Hudelet is a specialist of cinema, TV series, visual arts, intermediality and audiovisual aesthetics. She is currently working on the aesthetic evolutions of American TV series, more particularly one-hour dramas, since 1999. She considers what has often been called “television’s third golden age”, or “complex television” (J. Mittell) to explore aesthetic choices of TV series which she connects with the recent mutations in modes of production and reception, as well as with technological evolutions.


Abigail Lang is a specialist of American poetry and poetics, and literary and cultural exchanges between France and the United States. She is currently working on a book focusing on the French-American relations in poetry since 1970, as well as on a second book entitled A Collective History of American Poetry and Poetics, together with Vincent Broqua and Olivier Brossard.


Lynn S. Meskill is a specialist of 16th-17th century literature and drama. She currently works on a book focusing on the theme of fortune in Shakespeare. She is also preparing a translation and critical edition of a French proto-feminist treatise by Marguerite Buffet, Eloges (1668), and works on an article on “Réception du théâtre de 17e siècle dans l’oeuvre de Gordon Craig (1872-1966)”.


Stéphanie Prévost focuses on the British domestic, foreign and imperial political history in the 19th century, more precisely, on the Anglo-Ottoman relationships and the representations of the Orient. Her most recent project (British Liberals and the Eastern Question (1875-1915)) questions the importance of the Orient in the liberal political imagination, especially for those who offered a gender reading of this party in order to push forward their fight for women’s emancipation.


Cécile Roudeau is a specialist of American literature, female writers in the 19th century, regionalism, the links between political literature and history, as well as environmental humanities. She recently supervised the writing of a book with Agnès Derail entitled Whitman, feuille à feuille.


Jean-Christian Vinel is a specialist of political history in the United States in the 20th century, the history of professional relations and labor laws (19th and 20th centuries), the history of Conservative movements since the New Deal, as well as state history. He is currently working on a book entitled “Reaction At Work: The Right, Labor, and the Making of the New Gilded Age, 1935-2008” which offers a new interpretation of labor history in the United States. Together with Clarisse Berthezène, he is supervising a research project of comparative history dealing with popular classes in Great Britain, the United States and France.



Nicolas Garnier is currently working on his dissertation entitled: “In Him, there is no male or female: le statut des femmes missionnaires britanniques au sein de la China Inland Mission: innovation, pragmatisme et conformisme, 1875-1914”, under the supervision of Myriam Boussahba-Bravard.


  • Muriel Gresler

In 2018, Muriel Gresler defended her dissertation entitled: “‘Au secours des filles perdues, punies, déchues’: les enjeux de trois associations, la Maison de refuge, le Pénitencier pour femmes et le Refuge du Saint Sauveur, Liverpool (1890-1914).”, under the supervision of Myriam Boussahba-Bravard.


  • Augustin Habran

In 2017, Augustin Habran defended his dissertation entitled: “Les nations indiennes du sud-est des États-Unis (1815-1861): identité, souveraineté et stratégie mimétique à l’épreuve du déplacement”, under the supervision of Marie-Jeanne Rossignol.


Ali Hatapçi is currently working on his dissertation entitled: “Vulgarisation scientifique dans/par les périodiques britanniques au 19ème siècle (c.1860-c.1880)”, under the supervision of Myriam Boussahba-Bravard.


Masculinities and class identities in the United Kingdom, 1900-1939, an autobiographical inquiry.
Supervised by: Clarisse Berthezène (Université de Paris) and Ben Griffin (Cambridge)


Marion Leroch is currently working on her dissertation entitled: “La citoyenneté à l’épreuve des corps: la campagne nationale et internationale contre les Contagious Diseases Acts et son héritage immediate, 1864-1914”, under the supervision of Myriam Boussahba-Bravard.


“The Rake’s Progress: contribution to an archaeology of predation”, under the supervision of Frédéric Ogée.

The literary archetype of the rake cements himself as a model of male sociability, deeply embedded into the historical reality of the long eighteenth century (1660-1820). The figure -appearing first on the Restoration stage to seemingly disappear during the twilight years of the Georgian era- not only questions the representation of masculinity during that period, but also challenges the very concepts of masculinity and gendered identity. The rake embodies the convergence of political, ideological, religious and social anxieties which identifies him as both symbol and proof of the identity crisis that preyed upon the eighteenth-century Englishman. The tension between fascination and revulsion which characterises the reception of the figure opens avenues of reflection on his historical impact as a sociable, legal but also medical subject. The frenzied search for pleasure, the propensity to prey on women, the persistent rivalry with other men: all these elements which characterise the rake paint his picture as both an archetype and a pathology. My research project aims in part to determine whether this masculinity model so closely linked to the eighteenth century can be envisioned as the crystallisation of both period-specific and timeless fears, structured around the construction and the performance of a frequently violent sexual, social and political identity.


Dissertation topic : The Women’s Refuge Movement in the United Kingdom, 1971-2000
Supervised  by: Clarisse Berthezène (Université de Paris) et Natalie Thomlinson (University of Reading)