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ies students is usually high and the divide between the educational material and cutting-edge and fresh scholarship is narrow. Nearly every East European country has produced a first collection of books in the national language used in Gender Studies education as a first step for accreditation of national programmes. The EU accession changes the possibilities of the Gender Studies educational programmes in the field of research. From 2000 the EU Framework and other research programs have prioritized programmes in the evaluation if there is a consortium member from the “New Europe”. This top down policy which made big research grants available helped not only to create critical socially relevant knowledge about these countries but also set up links between the different research centers. Specialists graduating from Gender Studies programmes in the “New Europe”, find two types of employment in the profession outside academia. Either they join the governmental apparatus of the newly build equal opportunity machinery which after the EU accession needs new cadres or they stay in the local and international NGOs working in the field of equal opportunities. In the future “New Europe” will remain a special geopolitical area because of the new iron curtain which is falling down at the border of the “Old” and “New” Europe as far as economic potential and possibilities are concerned. Gender Studies can be one of the critical fields exploring, reflecting and fighting this “new-old difference” through its student and faculty exchange and common research projects. (Based on: Peto˝, Andrea. Institutionalising Gender Studies in “New Europe”.) 2.3.6. Gender Studies and Equal Opportunities Policies Gender Studies, equal opportunities, gender policies or gender equality policies have grown together. The connection between education and social and political participation by policy makers, activists and organizations devoted to gender equality is of the highest magnitude. From the beginning this connection was demanded and further reinforced by the feminist movement. Academia, politics and civil society have formed a so-called ‘velvet triangle.’ This concept was coined by Woodward (2000, 2004) and it refers to the interaction between feminists, academics, for40

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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