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2. Introduction to Gender Studies 2.1. General Description of Gender Studies and Its Key Characteristics “The main objective of multi- and interdisciplinary Gender Studies is the transformation of university education, curricula and research to reflect and stimulate further changes in the position of women.” (SIGMA, European Subject Area Evaluation of Women’s Studies. A Synthesis Report 2000, 168) It is a field of study that concentrates on “(…) challenging the premises and epistemological foundations of the disciplines.” (Braidotti 2003, 29) It is “(…) a critical project in so far as it examines how science perpetuates forms of discrimination and even of exclusion, but it is also a creative field in that it opens up alternative spaces to women’s self-representation and intellectual self-determination.” (Braidotti 2003, 33) Gender Studies has developed mainly in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Intersectionality, interdisciplinarity and/or multidisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity are the most important concepts integral to this field of study. Those concepts, however, do evoke debates regarding their meaning, utility for research and teaching, and for Gender Studies’ objectives, aims and goals. These concepts require more in-depth description and analysis. The brief sketch offered here is intended as a general overview that can be supplemented by the Gender Studies’ publications (please consult Part 6). The concept of intersectionality has been applied by Gender Studies in order to “(…) refer to aspects of identity [gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion] and how they interact and affect equality.” (Franken, Woodward, Cabo and Bagilhole 2009, 9) “The concept of intersectionality focuses attention on the locations at which (Crenshaw 1991; Brah and Phoenix 2004) or processes by which (Marx Ferree 2008; Prins 2006) marginalized groups experience not only multiple but also particular forms of inequalities.” (Franken, Woodward, Cabo and Bagilhole 2009, 53) The concept of interdisciplinarity indicates “(…) working at the interstices of disciplines, in order to challenge those boundaries as part of extending possible meanings and practices.” (Vasterling 2006, 63) Interdisciplinarity appears to be more challenging to disciplinary boundaries than multidisciplinarity and this is because multidisciplinarity is suggested to be “(…) bringing dif23

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

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