Prof. dr. Berteke Waaldijk

Programme Coordinator
Language and Culture Studies
Gender Studies
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Berteke Waaldijk (1957) is a scholar of history and gender studies. She holds the chair ‘Language and Culture Studies’ at the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University and is part of the Graduate Gender Programme. Her research is focused on gender, culture and citizenship. She publishes on history and gender of Social Work in the Netherlands and in Europe, on colonial culture and citizenship, on history of Dutch Women’s movements and on gender, history, and philosophy of the humanities. She explores transdisciplinary aspects of historical research.  In addition to these research interests she is involved in projects on learning and  teaching and related to Gender Studies and the Liberal Arts Programme ‘Language and Culture Studies’ at Utrecht University. She is committed to connect critical academic scholarship with worlds of activism and advocacy. She is involved in a project sponsoring undergraduate and graduate students at the UU to consider Community Based Research as part of their learning trajectory and works with students on Participatory Action Research

Waaldijk was the academic coordinator of ATHENA3, the Advance Thematic Network in European Women's Studies (2005-2009) and she chaired the research group ‘Work, Gender and Society’ of the Network of Excellence, CliohRES (2005-2010). She was co-founder of ATGENDER, the European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation and is now  a honoary member of that organization. She chaired the editorial board of the ‘Tuning-Brochure’ Reference Points for the Design and Delivery of Degree Programmes in Gender Studies(Socrates / Life Long Learning Programme: 2010).



Maria Grever & Berteke Waaldijk, Transforming the Public Sphere. The Dutch National Exhibition of Women"s Labor in 1898
Language and Culture Studies
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