Led by Professor Susan Broomhall, the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre delivers new research energy and critical visibility to the University’s commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility, wellbeing and sustainability, by signalling the importance of gender research exploring the experiences of a diverse array of women and men in times past.
Our team of scholars are experts in gender and women’s history in a wide range of geographies, cultures, and time periods.
With a strong focus from the early modern period to the present, the Centre expands upon established theories and research on the relationship of gender to power and the political contribution of women and men.
Further, it opens up innovative conversations with new geographies and methodologies to understand how gender ideologies and practices have informed the experiences of women and men in global circulations of people, ideas and things, and as they interact with the environment and natural world.
The Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences’ Gender and Women’s History Research Centre is Australia’s fastest expanding centre for the study of the gender and women’s history. We encourage potential doctoral students working in all areas of gender and women’s history to contact potential supervisors directly.
Susan Broomhall leads the Gender and Women's History Research Centre in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the author of numerous books, including Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century France (Ashgate/Routledge, 2002); Women's Medical Work in Early Modern France (Manchester UP, 2004); Women and Religion in Sixteenth-Century France (Palgrave, 2006); with Jenny Spinks, Interpreting Early Modern Women in the Low Countries: Feminizing Sources and Interpretations of the Past (Ashgate, 2011); with David Barrie, Police Courts in Nineteenth-Century Scotland, Volume 1: Magistrates, Media and the Masses; Volume 2: Boundaries, Behaviours and Bodies (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014) (winner of the Frank Watson Prize for the Best Book in Scottish History) and, with Jacqueline Van Gent, Gender, Power and Identity in the and the Early Modern House of Orange-Nassau (Routledge, 2016) and Dynastic Colonialism: Gender, Materiality and the Early Modern House of Orange-Nassau (Routledge, 2016)
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