Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity

Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity (CGIS) logo

CGIS (Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity) has been established by the Oxford History Faculty to enhance and sustain the work that is already being undertaken by a significant number of staff and graduate students on gender, class, identity and the broad area of emotions, psychology and subjectivity.

CGIS promotes an intellectually compelling programme of conferences, workshops, seminars and other events, so as to establish gender, identity and subjectivity as major themes of historical research for which Oxford is known internationally.

CGIS is a thriving community of students and scholars engaged in research on gender, class and identity and the broad area of emotions, psychology and subjectivity. We host a range of events throughout the academic year including seminars, workshops and reading groups. For 2019/20 our director is Dr. Sian Pooley.

Find out the latest news and events by joining our mailing list (please send a blank email to cgis-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk) and following us on Twitter (@CGIS_Oxford)

Get in touch: please contact us at cgis@history.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

Research Aims


CGIS will provide a lively hub for research for both researchers and graduate students and is working to establish a network of researchers at the University and beyond who are interested in these themes. The Centre is particularly keen to encourage cooperation between historians of different periods, as well as places, whose research touches upon any aspect of gender, identity or subjectivity. It will also encourage interdisciplinary collaboration by connecting researchers across the University whose work is relevant to these fields. The Centre would showcase their work demonstrating Oxford’s strength and depth in this topical area, thus stimulating applications to the Faculty’s Masters’ and Doctoral programmes.

The Centre’s activities are generously supported by the Fell Fund and is based in the History Faculty Building in George Street, Oxford.


A central aim of CGIS is to facilitate dialogue between scholars in Oxford, whose research focuses on Gender, Identity and Subjectivity. We are also keen to forge partnerships with UK and non-UK based universities. Meanwhile, the creation of doctoral studentships and post-doctoral posts relies upon the continued generosity and vision of benefactors. For further information, see our Support Us page.



CGIS Associates

CGIS would not be CGIS without the excellent, committed members who have made it what it is. 

Though no longer active on the CGIS Steering Committee, CGIS associates contribute greatly to the scholarship of gender, identity and subjectivity studies.