Evelien Geerts is a PhD student at the University Of California
"During my Master's Philosophy in Antwerp, I developed a clear interest in feminist philosophy. Since Prof. Rosi Braidotti – one of my favorite philosophers – was teaching in the Gender Studies department at Utrecht University, I applied to their two-year programme.
The programme offered me the opportunity to explore fields and topics as cultural analysis, and critical and postcolonial theory. I think this interdisciplinary approach is one of this programme’s strongest points.
After graduation, I decided to gain professional experience and save money for a future academic career in the States. I started working as a research intern at a consultancy agency and applied to several American universities. It took me a full year to obtain a PhD position in the States. After starting up the application process, I first contacted my network at Utrecht University. Luckily, Prof. Rosemarie Buikema and Dr Iris van der Tuin wrote the necessary reference letters.
From September, I will be a PhD student at the University of California, in Santa Cruz, where I will be working on the crossroads of feminist theory and philosophy. Although I was of course picked because of my research capacities and project, I am convinced that my outstanding education at Utrecht’s gender studies department also played an important role. There I was transformed into an interdisciplinary thinker and became even more aware about certain societal and political injustices around the world. Therefore, as a potential professor-to-be, I hope to inspire students in the humanities and social sciences to make a difference in the world."
Katharina Karcher is Schröder Research Associate at the University of Cambridge
“I chose this Master programme, because I wanted to study gender theory and feminist methodologies at a leading research institute in Europe. The research profiles of teachers in theprogramme and the interdisciplinary curriculum appealed to me. My goal was to deepen my knowledge in gender theory and in qualitative research methods.
After completing my Master’s (cum laude), I applied for and was awarded a postgraduate research scholarship at the University of Warwick, which allowed me to pursue a PhD in my field of expertise. Thanks to useful feedback from professors and discussions with fellow students in Utrecht, I could develop a PhD project that was original, methodologically sound and doable. Since October 2014, I am Schröder Research Associate in the Department of German and Dutch at the University of Cambridge and a College Postdoctoral Research Associate at Jesus College, Cambridge.
This programme provides you with an overview of a range of theoretical and methodological frameworks that are important for gender research. This is a great advantage. The interdisciplinary scope of the programme allows students to develop research projects that cut across the disciplines and to apply for PhD positions in a range of fields. If you are interested in an academic career, talk to PhD students and academic staff in the country/discipline/institutions where you would like to work after the first year of your Master, to find out what you need to do to work there.”