Professor Marilyn Strathern
Emeritus Professor of social anthropology, University of Cambridge
Marilyn Strathern first went to Papua New Guinea as a graduate student in 1964. She went on to research and teaching positions in Canberra, Manchester and the University of Cambridge, where she became Professor of Social Anthropology and Mistress of Girton College.
The influence of Papua New Guinea has threaded through her work even in the UK, including her research on new reproductive technologies in the 1980s and 1990s. Her books include The Gender of the Gift: Problems with Women and Problems with Society in Melanesia, and Women in Between: Female Roles in a Male World - Mount Hagen, New Guinea.
Her latest book, Before and After Gender: Sexual Mythologies of Everyday Life, is in fact one of her earliest - a manuscript never published at the time of writing, appearing now with the editorship and encouragement of Professor Sarah Franklin.
Sunday 23 October, 10.00 Frobisher 4-6
What is gender?