Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds TANYA CHEADLE: Issues of gender and sexuality appear to be a uniquely modern preoccupation, from the proliferation of queer and trans identities to the recent international women’s marches and the #metoo movement and its exposure of endemic sexual harassment and abuse. Yet throughout history, our lives have always been profoundly affected by our gender and sexual identities. They’ve shaped our home and working lives, dictated our access to wealth and social status, and have even determined what we feel and who we are intimate with. Furthermore, the language of gender has been used symbolically to justify imperial conquest, reassert traditional values, and propel citizens to war.
Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds Over four weeks, this free online course will teach you how to view history through a gendered lens, led by myself, Dr. Tanya Cheadle, and drawing on the very latest research from a team of interdisciplinary experts based at the world-renowned Centre for Gender History at the University of Glasgow.
Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds We will explore why patriarchy has proved so intractable and what race and class have to do with it, how our sexual lives have been regulated and whether there’s any such thing as sexual liberation, the value past societies have placed on different forms of work and the impact this has had on women, men, and the emergence of modern industrial economies, and finally, how feminist movements across the world, themselves diverse and fractured, have championed equal rights. Join us as we take a different approach to history and equip you with the tools to write your own, more recognisable accounts of the past.