Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality


This event for LGBT+ History Month showcases how anthropology can be used to grapple with one of the central concerns of our times: the entanglement of sexuality, ethnicity, race and gender and how these concepts inform our understanding of human difference. Moving beyond gender as a synonym for women, we focus particularly on migration and health to consider the multiple ways gender and sexuality are lived out in diverse social settings.

Together, our speakers will present a thoroughly contemporary view of anthropology as a discipline in the 21st century, showing how ethnography, and a close consideration of local cultural context, can be powerful tools for exploring gender and sexuality in a post-colonial, globalised world. 

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 21 February 2024.

Programme details

Registration at Rewley House Reception 

Welcome and introduction
Elizabeth Rahman, University of Oxford

Transforming identities: how colonialism, globalisation and migration shape our sexualities 
Siobhán McGuirkUniversity of London

Siobhán will consider how legacies of colonialism and globalisation shape the way sexuality and gender are experienced around the world. This talk will focus on the experiences of people who have fled persecution seeking protection in the United States, where expectations for LGBT asylum seekers do not always match their experience.   

Tea/coffee break

Grappling with gender and health   
Jack LopezUniversity of Bradford

Jack will explore what happens when an individual’s gender or sexuality diverges from the expected categories of UK health services, and the inequalities that ensue, particularly in the cases of trans+, intersex and gender diverse individuals. Jack considers the use of terminology to ask questions about just how necessary (or not) it can be to target health practices by gender.   

Lunch break

Under heavy manners: the adaptation and integration of the post-Windrush generation in Britain
Kenny MonroseUniversity of Cambridge  

Kenny will shed light on the lives of the now middle-aged, second-generation Black Britons, commonly referred to as the post-Windrush generation. Kenny highlights the social forces – including class, race and gender – that have shaped the experiences of growing up black in Britain in reference to the difficult legacy of race relations in the UK. 

Tea/coffee break

Refugee masculinities, race and intersectional vulnerabilities on the margins of Europe
Marco PalilloUniversity of Greenwich

Marco will focus on how masculinity intersects with other social categories, such as race and migration status in Sicily, with particular reference to male Sub-Saharan African international protection holders and seekers during the so-called Mediterranean migration ‘crisis’ in 2016-2017.  

Discussion panel

End of day


Description Costs
Course Fee £99.00
Baguette lunch £6.50
Hot lunch (3 courses) £17.60


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Elizabeth Rahman

Course Director

Elizabeth Rahman is a social and medical anthropologist based at the University of Oxford. Elizabeth specialises in growth, caring techniques, learning, the environment and home-grown mindfulness techniques, in Amazonia and Spain.

Dr Siobhán McGuirk


Siobhán McGuirk is an anthropologist specialising in migration, gender and sexuality, law and society, and the material culture of social justice movements. Trained in visual methods, Siobhán has produced films and curated exhibitions, in addition to academic and journalistic writing. She is an editor of Red Pepper magazine and of the recent edited volume, Asylum for Sale: Profit & Protest in the Migration Industry (PM Press, 2020).


Twitter: @s_mcguirk

Dr Jack Lopez


Dr Jack López is a medical and social anthropologist specialising in barriers to healthcare, sexual health and queer care ethics. He also work with the design and ethics of collaborative ethnography and is Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Bradford. 

Dr Kenny Monrose


Kenny Monrose is a researcher at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Sociology and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is the lead researcher on the Black British Voices Project at Cambridge Sociology. He is the author of Black Men in Britain: An Ethnographic Portrait of the Post-Windrush Generation (2020). The book engages with an invisible population of Black men who grew up during 1970s and 80s post-industrial Britain, and as part of an environment that rendered them irrelevant and indistinguishable.

Dr Marco Palillo


Marco Palillo is a sociologist with a PhD in Social Policy from London School of Economics. He held the position of Teaching Fellow in Sociology at Sciences Po Paris, before joining Bradford University as a Lecturer. His current research work focuses on the relationship between migration, masculinity and race across the Central Mediterranean migration route, which connects sub-Saharan Africa to Southern Europe.


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