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About the Centre

The Centre for Gender Studies has existed since 1982 and undertakes cross-disciplinary research and teaching. The aim is to investigate the significance of gender within the humanistic research field. The emphasis is on the historical and literary dimensions, as well as the more overall epistemological and scientific historical issues.

Over the years, women's research has become gender research, and today not only includes women's studies, but also equality research, men's studies and and masculinity research. In more recent years the focus has shifted towards a broader gender perspective that also includes other parameters of diversity besides gender, such as masculinity, sexuality, queer identity, class, race and ethnicity. The key aspect is the relation between these parameters (intersectionality).

Reproduction and sexuality are an overall theme. The Centre's studies are based especially on the investigation of identity, norms and power relations, as these are expressed in the intersectional interaction with social categories and phenomena such as gender, sexuality, race, class, nationality and disability, new and older kinship forms and affect/emotions, including from feministic and queer-theoretical analytical angles. A wide range of empirical data, social debates, historical sources, new media, literature and popular culture is considered.

The field combines a number of new critical and international perspectives based on post-structuralist trends, and includes: post-colonial studies, queer theory, gender research, masculinity research and theories of normativity, practice and performativity. These guidelines share their cultural and power-analytical starting points in common.