The Unit of Gender Studies The Unit of Gender Studies conducts research that deepens the understanding of complex processes that are enable, form and change women and men as cultural, societal, embodied and material beings. In focus are the meanings traditionally represented by the stereotypical binary split, and the interplay with other differences that create the power structures and practices of society.
Research and research training in the Unit of Gender Studies put focus on the meanings of sex/gender at the intersections of other social categorisations, such as ethnicity, racialization, sexuality, dis/ability, age, class, and nationality. Researchers within the field call this enmeshment of differences “intersectionality”. At the Unit of Gender Studies the relations between culture/nature, subject/body, life/death, cultural heritage, gender equality work and postcolonial relations are also examined and inflected with issues such as freedom, rights, identity, science, knowledge and ethics.
A growing research area is posthuman gender studies. This area understands human beings and culture in relation to technics and mediations, medicine and science, animals and the environmental changes. This implies that the world cannot be divided into either culture or nature; instead these perspectives are inextricably intertwined.
Moreover, our ongoing research in gender and medicine is an important interdisciplinary area of research. The work within this field is conducted in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine at LiU, and as part of critical cultural research.
Gender Studies is also an epistemological and philosophical-ethical field. This means that many gender researchers critically examine their own roles as researchers as well as, the societal production of knowledge and the role of research. The aim is to develop a new understanding of what science and research is, and how science can contribute to creating new ways to answer the question of how one might live.
The Unit of Gender Studies started as a postgraduate subject in 1999. In 2012 an international Master’s programme Gender Studies – Intersectionality and Change, was introduced. The Unit of Gender Studies also hosts a cross-university gender excellence collaboration GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, and also hosts the
International postgraduate school InterGender and the postgraduate research training programme The Seed Box – a Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory.