About Professor Bronwyn Winter

Bronwyn Winter is Professor of Transnational Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Her research interests include: transnational feminism (including women in the Muslim world and diaspora; post-9/11 militarisation and globalisation; women’s human rights; transnational social movements); women and politics; the European Union; French and Francophone societies, politics, and cultures; postcolonial studies and migration, especially in relation to Europe; the politics of religion and culture; the Philippines; global lesbian and gay politics and human rights; comparative cultural studies.

Prof. Winter has been teaching at the University of Sydney since 1989. She is currently located within the Dept of European Studies, and also teaches in the International and Global Studies program. She holds a double Licence (=BA) in General and Comparative Literature and English and a Maîtrise in Applied English Linguistics from the Université de Paris III (1983, 1984), and a PhD in the area of social and political sciences from the University of Sydney (1995). Prof. Winter’s experience working in other fields, including the entertainment industry and the women’s, LGBT and trade union movements, continues to inform her academic work, and she is strongly committed to maintaining links between the world of research and the world outside academe. She has been involved in social movements in Australia, France, the UK and transnationally, and continues to work closely with grassroots movements in her research. As for Prof. Winter’s other passions: she is a former professional dancer and actor and has a passion for Argentine tango! She has also been part of the Perverse Poets group associated with the Sydney Mardi Gras. The key to good research and teaching? Curiosity, creativity and critical thinking!

Major projects: Prof. Winter has written extensively about post-9/11 issues for women as they present in various parts of the world, and French and European history, politics and feminism, as well as on the drawn out French debates about Islam and the hijab. She is also a contributing advisory editor, Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). Her more recent work focuses on the institutionalisation and political economy of same-sex marriage, the history of migration and asylum in Europe, feminist theory, and the #Metoo movement in France and the EU.

Research interests:

  • Women's Studies
  • Lesbian and Gay Studies
  • European Studies
  • Transnational Studies
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • French and North African Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • The Philippines
  • Comparative Cultural Studies

Selected publications

[Article] 2015. ‘The "L" in the LGBTI "alphabet soup": issues faced by lesbian asylum seekers and other non-Western lesbian exiles in France.' Contemporary French Civilization 40(2) (special issue on immigration).
[Article] 2014a. ‘The ties that bind us: the hidden tangles of gay marriage'. Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies 11(1): special issue on ‘Stigma'.
[Article] 2014b. ‘Jews for peace, "version lite"? JCall between right and left.' Special issue of Modern and Contemporary France on French reactions to the Middle East, ed. Keith Reader.
[Book chapter] 2013a. ‘Secularism and religious freedom: challenging the "postsecular".' In Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within, ed. Lily Rahim, pp. 141-164. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
[Book chapter] 2013b. ‘Politicising the personal: questioning the public/private divide.' In A Cultural History of Women in the Modern Age, ed. Liz Conor (Vol. 6 of A Cultural History of Women, ed. L. Kalof), pp. 97-118. London: Bloomsbury.
[Book chapter] 2012a. ‘Lily pads and leisure meccas: The gendered political economy of post-base and post-911 Philippines.' In Gender, power and military occupations in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East since 1945, ed. C. de Matos and R. Ward, pp. 79-97. London: Routledge.
[Book chapter] 2012b. ‘International vs Transnational? The politics of prefixes in feminist international relations.' In Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: International Law, Local Responses, ed. T. St Germain & S. Dewey, pp. 15-32. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press.
[Article] 2011a. ‘Guns, money and justice: the 2005 Subic rape case.' International Feminist Journal of Politics 13(3): 371-389.
[Article] 2011b. ‘Défauts et indignités : burqa et politique en France.' Actes de l'histoire de l'immigration, Vol. 10: ‘Politique et administration du genre migrant': 169-186.
[Article] 2010. ‘Women and the "Turkish paradox": what the headscarf is covering up.' Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand) double issue 2009/10: 216-39.
[Book] 2008. Hijab and the Republic: Uncovering the French Headscarves Debate. Sycracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.