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women's studies

women's studies

Objective

This is an EST proposal in the interdisciplinary area of gender and women's studies in the humanities and social sciences. Partners of 7 institutions with proven record of high expertise in gender research and education will jointly train and exchange PhD students. The training structure is: core curriculum of structured courses, some jointly taught by the partners, intensive training sessions, research seminars with emphasis on issues of interdisciplinary methodology, targeted tutorials and individual supervision sessions. Gender studies (GS) is according to the standard definition area adopted by the EU: the study, analysis and evaluation of the factors that affect the social, cultural, economic, intellectual and scientific status of women and minorities. Gender as a historical and cultural product affects personal identity, but also is a principle of organization of social structures and institutions; gender forms the basis for normative values and socially enacted meanings and representations. GS addresses theoretical and practical aspects of scientific research to contribute to a better understanding of the factors that delay the implementation of changes in the status of women and minorities. This field consequently involves also men and it defines 'wome n' as a category that includes differences of culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age. Synergy is created between this EST and networks of GS that have been officially recognized by the EC (the Socrates Thematic Network ATHENA, coordinated by host), to ensure a prominent European dimension. The methodology is inter-disciplinary and involves both quantitative and qualitative comparative training methods. The EST gives high priority to the interest of the students and proposes a structured an d monitored training programme. Quality is assured through: written course evaluation, faculty level control, annual progress assessment, personalized training programme, regular supervision and mentoring.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Address

Heidelberglaan 8
Utrecht

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Rosemarie BUIKEMA (Prof.)

Participants (7)

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JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITAT FRANKFURT AM MAIN

Germany

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

LINKOEPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

UNIVERSITY OF HULL

United Kingdom

UNIWERSYTET LODZKI

Poland

LJUBLJANA INSTITUTUM STUDIORUM HUMANITATIS - GRADUATE SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES

Slovenia

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 8336

  • Start date

    1 April 2005

  • End date

    31 March 2009

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands