Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog! This blog is intended as a starting point for conversations and big ideas and we are excited to have a place to share more in-depth information and where we can facilitate discussions between our Centre members.

If you would like to write a guest blog please contact the Centre Heads Kate Cook k.cook@mmu.ac.uk or Sally Jones sjones@mmu.ac.uk


Sapphormation Festival 2019 – Tickets now on sale

Sapphormation 2019 – Difference is Power

Saturday 2nd November 2019

To fully understand the inequities of the world, we must first understand that difference is power. Each woman has a powerful identity, rooted in class, race, sexuality, disability, religion and ethnicity. The ways in which these various categories interact with each other creates our individuality and difference. Sapphormation 2019 will bring together women who love women to show that difference is power!

Tickets are available from our eventbrite page.  We hope you can join us Saturday 2nd November and we are excited to share our vibrant and varied programme with you soon.

General day tickets: £6, on arrival to the festival you will receive a £4 voucher for the cafe at MMU Brooks.

Concession ticket: free. We welcome women who are unwaged, on benefits, refugees and asylum seekers, women who are attending with someone as a carer, personal assistant, supporting companion and women who are under 25.

There is an optional pay it forward ticket (suggested donation of £5) that will help support places for women who would not otherwise be able to unable to attend. Any questions about tickets or for help booking tickets please

email: Info@sapphormation.com and we will do our best to help.

Sapphormation is organised by a group of volunteers and we are grateful for the support and contributions given by many folk to help make this festival happen.

Info@sapphormation.com // twitter.com/sapphormation // www.sapphormation.com // www.facebook.com/groups/154043768067003/

Woman on Fire at The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival


WOMAN ON FIRE – is an explosive one-woman show taking you into the fiery core of the UK militant suffrage movement. A journey that will take you from Preston to Manchester – London to Glasgow and back.

Enter the fiery heart of one of the most dangerous women, in history. Terrorist or impassioned freedom fighter? This dynamic solo-performance lets you decide.

The turbulent history of the suffragettes, told through the eyes and life of unsung suffragette Mrs Edith Rigby – mild-mannered doctor’s wife, with a secret identity – arsonist, bomber and militant suffragette. Woman on Fire sheds light on suffragette history and the mystery that is Edith Rigby.

How far you will go for what you believe in?

See the show at:

The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

DATES: 15th – 18th July 7pm Plus matinee on 17th July 2.30pm

VENUE: TMC Waterside Theatre, The Manchester College, Shena Simon Campus, Chorlton Street, M1 3HB Manchester

TICKETS: £12 (£8) https://manchesterfringe.eventotron.com/?event=34877

Gender Data Gaps Workshop, University of Kent, 12 June 2019

Please find below details of the Feminist Quantitative Methods Workshop on the Gender Data Gap, organised by FemQuant, a network of researchers interested in the intersection between feminism and quantitative research methods in the social sciences.

The event is a one day interdisciplinary workshop to explore gender data gaps across a range of themes and regions. It frames the gender data gap as a feminist issue, one which has come about from survey and administrative data design being viewed primarily through the lens of men’s lives and concerns. The invited talks and paper presentations will outline gender data gaps that exist in survey, administrative and other quantitative data, and speakers will offer possible solutions, including the innovations offered by big data and changes to the content and structure of surveys to capture crucial information about the gender pay gap.

See the full programme below. The workshop is free, but you need to register as places are limited. You can register via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/femquant-one-day-workshop-gender-data-gaps-tickets-61923425633

Academic-Activist Exigencies in Neoliberal Modernity: Transnationalizing Queer-Feminist Lives

Dr Niharika Banerjea, Ambedkar University, Delhi

With Professor Stephen Whittle, Manchester Metropolitan University

20th June 2019 at 1.30pm

Room 3.12, Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Banerjea will reflect upon her work with Sappho for Equality, a queer-feminist organization in Kolkata. She will discuss how academic-activist transnational collaborations are one way to imagine queer futures and how stories of such collaborations need to be critically heard and discussed in order to disrupt processes by which queer lives are assimilated into cultural logics of development, state and market.

For more information and to book your place, please visit our Eventbrite page.



Niharika Banerjea is Associate Professor at the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi. Her research and teaching focuses upon transnational feminisms, queer lives and activisms, social theory, and collaborative ethnographies. Her co-edited collection Friendship as Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in a Global Perspective was released by Zed Press in 2018. A second co-edited collection Lesbian Feminisms: Essays Opposing the Global Hetropatriachy will be published in August 2019.

This event is part of the SLSA sponsored series ‘Here versus There: Beyond Comparison in Queer and Sexuality Politics’


Here versus There: Beyond Comparison in Queer and Sexuality Politics

Monday 17 June and Tuesday 18 June 2019 – Maynooth University, Ireland


Photo by Brandi Ibrao on Unsplash

Registration Closes 24th May 2019

In sexual and gender politics, the Global North can be seen as ‘won’ and ‘sorted’, in contrast to a Global South that needs support to achieve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and other sexual/gendered rights. This has specific effects both in places such as Ireland and the UK, where the politicisation of sexual and gendered lives moves ‘elsewhere’, and also for these ‘elsewheres’ marked as ‘unsafe’, ‘unfriendly’ and ‘backward’.  This conference will discuss both the creation of the binaries of here/there, Global North/Global South in terms of sexual and gender politics, legalities and geographies.

The opening keynote ‘Here, there, and here again: circuits of influence in global queer politics’ will be given by Rahul Rao on Thursday 17th June 2019 3-5pm followed by a day of exciting papers that explore a range of themes including, geopolitics, sexual and gendered lives, and legalities.

Tickets are available on the Maynooth shop here, with 2 fee options, supported €50 and unsupported €20

This event is Co Sponsored by Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) and the Socio-Legal  Studies Association.

A Suffragette in America: Book Launch

Katherine Connelly new book A Suffragette in America: Reflections on Prisoners; Pickets and Political Change is an edition of Sylvia Pankhurst’s writing on her visits to North America in 1911-12.  The book is to be launched at the Pankhurst Centre on 2nd May at 2-3pm.  This is a free event and you can meet the author and buy a signed copy of the book.

Free tickets and full information here.  Do note this event is this Thursday!

Thank you,



Rare Sylvia Pankhurst Acquisition

The Working Class Movement Library in Salford has been able to get hold of a copy of a volume of the Woman’s Dreadnought, for 1915-16.  This paper was published by the East London Federation of Suffragettes, and edited by Sylvia Pankhurst.  The articles within this volume cover issues including protests about the first world war; “The Fraud of Equal Pay” and, of course, women’s suffrage.

You can learn more about the library and how to visit, here.

Kate Cook.