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Gender Studies

Since 1978, the Department of Gender Studies has been asking questions about how the lives and day to day conditions of men and women are affected by local and global circumstances. Researchers investigate how notions of gender interact with sexuality, ethnicity, class, disability and age.

Gender Studies


Gender relations are complex and varied. They can be a source of oppression, but also of pleasure, and they affect all aspects of our lives. This is why gender studies is an interdisciplinary subject. There is a continuous dialogue at the department between experts in gender studies, history, anthropology, cultural sciences, sociology and theory of science. Their research covers seven thematic fields:

Feminist theory and methodology

Researchers at the department develop feminist models of thought and methods
to achieve a deeper understanding of how complex power structures and relations collaborate in the creation of social
inequality. The departments’ researchers also investigate how resistance and solidarity are expressed in the struggle of social
movements for justice.

Global studies

Through studies of global power structures, the department’s researchers investigate how colonial
and post-colonial relations are upheld and reproduced, with research within themes such as work, citizenship, migration,
violence, sexuality, human rights and anti-racism.
Inequality studies: What do gender, ethnicity, sexuality and class entail for the creation of different opportunities for
different groups of people within the private and public spheres? Focusing on power relations both between states and
between people, the department’s researchers investigate the construction of unequal living conditions and marginalised
subjects.

Queer studies

In studies of how sexual norms influence society, democracy and equality, researchers at the department
investigate what normative notions of sexuality mean for individuals and groups. How are trans people treated, and
how can discrimination against HBTQ people be avoided – in healthcare, schools, working life, family, friendships or within
politics?

Critical disability studies

The department’s researchers investigate disability taking a critical approach to norms; they
analyse how society’s demands for normality create obstacles. The research highlights how people with functional disabilities
feature as agents in history, literature, politics and in the urban context and they problematise attitudes to bodies
and normality.

Feminist science studies

Researchers at the department analyse how gender issues affect our attitudes to scientific
knowledge and practice. The research is conducted in a critical dialogue with science and medicine, with the aim of producing
knowledge in which men are not used as the norm.
Feminist education studies and pedagogy: Who occupies space in education and on what conditions? How is
knowledge communicated and managed? The department’s researchers investigate how racism and sexism, and notions of
ability and class, uphold and reproduce power relations and norms within education, in primary and secondary school and
at university, and what this means for our learning.

 

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