Gender research excels in new collaboration

Six years of collaboration between gender researchers at Linköping and Örebro Universities has gained a permanent successor in the form of the GEXcel International Collegium.

“This new collegium is a hub for international cross-disciplinary gender research, which realises an ambition that has been there for a long time,” says Silje Lundgren (pictured), who is one of the college research coordinators at the Department of Gender Studies.

The Collegium is the continuation of Gendering EXcellence – GEXcel, a centre of excellence at Linköping and Örebro Universities that was part of the Swedish Research Council’s initiative in gender research between 2007 and 2012. Since then this collaboration has increased with the addition of Karlstad University and the work has taken on a new form in the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies.

“The collegium will keep the name GEXcel. It has become well-established in Swedish and international gender research, and this marks continuity from the first six years of work,” says Ms Lundgren.

The guest researcher programme has been an important part of GEXcel right from the beginning. It has brought together leading researchers from around the world, created strong networks, and been praised in the Swedish Research Council’s evaluation of research centres. Under the new GEXcel collegium format, the programme will continue to be a meeting place for both internationally accredited researchers and promising young researchers.

Partnership with Routledge, the prestigious publishing house, will also continue. In 2013 ten books were published in the gender studies series edited by Nina Lykke, professor at the Department of Gender Studies, and Jeff Hearn, professor at Örebro University. Among the titles are Love, Rethinking Transnational Men, Gender and Sexuality in Online Game Cultures and The Limits of Gendered Citizenship.

The work is built on the strengths of the three universities and is organised into nine research fields. Post-humanist studies, gender and knowledge production, and gender and intersectionality are some of the collegium’s research areas that also engage researchers from the Department of Gender Studies.

A reference group of 40 or so researchers from large parts of the globe are ambassadors and sounding boards for the GEXcel Collegium’s relationship with the international research community. The reference group also reviews applications from potential guest researchers.

The collegium is financed by grants from the three universities and project funding from external research financiers, including the EU framework programme and the Swedish Research Council.

GEXcel Collegium at Linköping University is headed by Professors Nina Lykke and Cecilia Åsberg of the Department of Gender Studies.

Photo: Charlotte Perhammar

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