In July 2009 The University of Cambridge announced a new iniative on ‘Darwin and Gender’ funded over three years by the Parasol Foundation. The initiative is under the direction of the Darwin Correspondence Project and the resources created are being made available through this website. Hear Professor Jim Secord and Dr Alison Pearn discuss the project on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
|The ‘Darwin and Gender’ research initiative:|
|Dr Philippa Hardman (Research Associate) and Sally Stafford (Education Officer) have been appointed to lead a new research and outreach initiative into the theme of gender in Darwin’s correspondence. Keep up with research developments, follow our progress and share your thoughts via the DarwinWomen Twitter feed and ‘Darwin and Gender’ blogwhere you can discover, among other things:
New! We’re working with Harvard!
As part of a course on Gender, Sex and Evolution led by Prof. Sarah Richardson, undergraduate students at Harvard University have road-tested some of our materials and produced a series of outstanding projects on the theme of Darwin and Gender.
Students were asked to produce projects which highlighted the value of the Darwin and Gender research initiative. Projects consider what sorts of questions might be raised by the Darwin and Gender research stream and explore the contribution that Darwin’s letters might make to Gender History and Gender Studies. Watch this space for the product of students’ hard work!
Among the areas that the ‘Darwin and Gender’ project addresses are:
- Darwin’s female correspondents (see a complete list)
- Darwin’s domestic life
- Gender in a scientific context
- Gender, culture and society
Researchers funded by the Parasol Foundation are providing accurate transcripts of the letters, and researching and writing the contextual material necessary to make them accessible both to scholars and the general public. Working with a dedicated education officer, they will be selecting letters relevant to gender studies and assist in the creation of carefully targeted, chiefly web-based, educational resources for schools and colleges around the world.