Matthews, Cole

Start date:
October 2023
Research Topic:
Legal constructions of trans subjectivity across empires: a comparative and connected study of British India and French Algeria
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Daniel Newman and Dr Sharon Thompson
Supervising school:
School of Law and Politics,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My research seeks to understand how the interaction of legal frameworks and wider cultural attitudes constructed disciplining discourses of gender and sexuality under colonial settings. It links the policing of bodies in the British Penal Codes to the French Civil Codes, aiming to uncover structurally similar patterns of establishing hegemony across empires in the 19th and 20th centuries, along with their reoccurring contemporary legacies.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this work engages with socio-legal theory, histories of colonial law, gender and sexuality and decolonial/postcolonial studies.