Kate Goldie Townsend

Discipline: Politics

Project Summary

Can female genital cutting be reconciled with liberalism? What is the most appropriate response to genital cutting in liberal democracies? What does genital cutting tell us about feminist and multiculturalist critiques of liberalism? What are the moral overlaps between male, female and intersex genital cutting?

My normative political research is centred around genital cutting. Ultimately, this is a project about children's rights. I develop an account and defence of certain children's rights within the liberal paradigm - in particular the Child's Right to Genital Integrity - while taking seriously multiculturalist and feminist concerns that liberal "difference blindness" can be harmful and disadvantageous to many people in the real world.  



Supervisory Team

Dr Robert Lamb

Dr Andrew Schaap

Wider Research Interests

Children's Rights, Feminism, Social Criticism, Intergenerational Justice, Liberalism 

Existentialism, Phenomenology and post-structuralism, The History of Political Thought