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

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13 April 2018
The Special Collection 'Forced migration and digital connectivity in(to) Europe', published in Social Media + Society is edited by Koen Leurs and Kevin Smets.
27 March 2018
Sandra Ponzanesi, leader of ERC project CONNECTINGEUROPE, organised the conference during her visiting professorship at Columbia University.
16 March 2018
Koen Leurs and Alison Harvey have co-edited a special issue with a selection of works presented at the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) conference.
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Events

Mieke Bal. Photo: Bas Uterwijk
15 May 2018 15:30 - 17:00
Prof. Mieke Bal will give the next Doing Gender Lecture, entitled: 'Triple A: Nalini Malani’s Political Art'
20 June 2018 09:00 - 22 June 2018 17:00
This conference is a follow-up event of COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter comes to Matter.
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