Beyond self-evidence and exclusion

Why, where and for whom is particular knowledge important? These are the questions that are key to every post-colonial and feminist research project that the Gender Studies research group carries out. Based on a feminist and post-colonial perspective, our researchers seek to identify, understand, and rectify socio-cultural processes of inclusion and exclusion.

By breaking open the relationship between self-evidence, truth, and power, the Gender Studies researchers create new perspectives on art, culture, knowledge, and society. They study issues relating to social justice, equality, and difference at a number of levels, from the empirical social to the symbolic, cultural and science-critical. By problematising universalistic claims, they produce new knowledge about these issues.

Areas of expertise: diversity | ethnicity | emancipation | integration | masculinity | queer | trans | postsecular | posthuman | cultural critique | literature | film | new media | photography | performance arts

By displacing the perspective from the centre to the margins, research in this field has uncovered largely ignored patterns and themes that play a role in the lives and work of women and/or people with non-Western backgrounds, artists, and practitioners of cultural studies. Gender research also contributes to the exact sciences, and some insights in the medical sciences have even proved to have life-saving consequences.

News

13 December 2017
Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture is a comprehensive gender studies textbook with an international focus.
30 October 2017
Professor Dr Gloria Wekker, Professor Dr Philomena Essed and Dr Leo Balai together win the Black Achievement 2017 in the category Science.
21 September 2017
Store chain HEMA has announced to discontinue sex indications in children's clothing: no more “boys” or “girls” departments, but simply “kids”.
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Events

24 January 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Phoebe Kisubi Mbasalaki researched the lived experiences of black township women in same-sex relationships in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Foto: Michael Kooren
25 January 2018 15:30 - 17:00
A round table conversation on gender and race in academia with Zethu Matebeni, Gloria Wekker, Kopano Ratele, Rolando Vazques and Phoebe Mbasalaki.
18 April 2018 10:30 - 17:30
Which role play institutions in the inclusion and exclusion of individuals and groups in modern society?
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