FACTSHEET RESEARCH MASTER’S PROGRAMME
G E N DE R S TU DI E S Welcome to the Research MA in Gender Studies!
DR. EVA MIDDEN
In choosing Utrecht University to pursue your graduate studies, you are becoming part of a world-class research environment. And it is our great pleasure to welcome you into this dynamic international community that we hope you will find both intellectually and socially rewarding. The Graduate Gender Programme consists of various components, including the two-year Research MA in Gender Studies and the one-year MA in Gender Studies. We also take part in the EU Erasmus Mundus MA in Women’s and Gender Studies (GEMMA). In addition, we host the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG), which is the national platform for gender research and teaching by faculty members from various Dutch universities that offers a highly successful training programme and environment for postgraduate and PhD students. Throughout your two-year Research MA programme, we hope you will be both inspired and challenged in your engagement with a diverse array of topics related to gender and postcolonial studies. Given the wealth of courses, lectures, events, and activities offered by the Graduate Gender Programme, we are confident that our multidisciplinary approach will be stimulating and engaging as you embark upon your studies. But it is also our hope that you make this programme your own, forging a path ahead that builds upon your experiences and interests and opens you up to future academic and professional possibilities.
DR. DOMITILLA (DOMI) OLIVIERI
We wish you luck in beginning the programme, and we very much look forward to sharing and creating this space with you!
Domi Olivieri and Eva Midden
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PROF. DR. ROSEMARIE BUIKEMA
DR. LAURA CANDIDATU
DR. GIANMARIA COLPANI
DR. LAYAL FTOUNI
DR. MAGDALENA GÓRSKA
DR. EVA HAYWARD
DR. ADNAN HOSSAIN
DR. KOEN LEURS
DR. JAMILA MASCAT
DR. EVA MIDDEN
DR. DOMITILLA (DOMI) OLIVIERI
PROF. DR. SANDRA PONZANESI
DR. KATHRIN THIELE
PROF. DR. BERTEKE WAALDIJK
STUDY ADVISOR Facing issues with your studies? The study advisors are there to help and support you to successfully complete your degree. They can act as confidential counsellors, advise on issues regarding illness and special circumstances and, together with you, look at the possibility to cope with the studies while dealing with disabilities or chronic illnesses. They can also help with specific arrangements and procedures, such as complaints, objections and appeals. You can find more information on the university website, at: https://students.uu.nl/en/hum/gender-studies-research/contact/study-advisor
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THIS PROGRAMME The two-year Research MA programme aims to educate you in the field of Gender Studies, combining a thorough grounding in the historiography and contemporary state of Gender Studies as a discipline with intensive training in the critical practice of cultural theories and epistemologies from feminist, postcolonial, critical race, and queer perspectives. The strength of this research-based MA programme in Gender Studies is its transdisciplinary and intersectional approach, which is represented in the wide range of research expertise of both the academic staff and students, as well as in the curriculum itself. In the programme you will gain knowledge of and insight into feminist theory formation, theories of transition and change, questions of social inclusion, and the history and actuality of (post)colonial, multicultural, and (post)secular societies. You will be trained to apply these theories to the analysis of representations of gender in literary texts, artistic practices, new media, political discourses, and new technology.
EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY The Graduate Gender Programme hopes to provide you with an open atmosphere in which you can pursue your study interests in an intellectually challenging and solidary community. In addition to the strong theoretical and research-based foundations of the programme, the Research MA Gender Studies offers you the opportunity to become part of an international and interdisciplinary community, enabled by the Graduate Gender Programme’s existing networks and its leading role in the design of international curricula. On a daily basis, you will share learning and teaching spaces with students of the GEMMA programme and the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) hosted by Utrecht University. As such, the international setting of the programme gives you the chance to broaden your horizons and to build an academic and professional network, both in the local classroom and abroad, within Europe and beyond.
THIS PROGRAMME IN THE BROADER CONTEXT The Research MA Gender Studies prepares you for both a future academic career (PhD training) and a research- oriented profession outside of academia. After completion of the programme, you will have gained the skills necessary to independently identify, analyse and develop sustainable solutions to academically and socially relevant research questions in the field of Gender Studies as it is practiced today. You will be trained as a specialist in Gender Studies, and you will be conscious of the political and social implications of gender research and its interface with other (inter-)disciplinary fields of study. The Research MA Gender Studies also offers students the possibility of doing a research internship in their second year. An internship in the Research MA is a valuable addition to your training as a professional researcher. It allows you to experience working as an embedded researcher within academia, a research institute or external research project, or in the context of a professional organisation or cultural institution
COURSE PLANNER: You will find more information on this programme’s courses in the Course Planner: https://cursusplanner.uu.nl/ english/study/AC-GSTR-22
LEARNING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES With an RMA degree in Gender Studies, you will learn to: ✓ Critically investigate the multiple approaches, methods, and topics currently addressed by scholars in this field ✓ Analyse factors of identity making such as gender, class, ethnicity, age, and sexuality in different globalized contexts. ✓ Analyse power differences and processes of inclusion and exclusion, discrimination, and emancipation. ✓ Reflect on how academic, cultural, artistic, journalistic, and policy-making institutions respond to societal challenges. ✓ Formulate research questions, locate and interpret sources, assess the significance of your own research within the framework of current debates, and report your findings.
DO YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED? If you would like to stay informed of all things Gender Studies at Utrecht University, from quest lectures and workshops to social gatherings, considering joining oin the Gender Studies student association: Gen K!
Gen K Study association Gen K is established to offer an academic, interactive, and safe(r) platform to students of all Gender Studies programs at Utrecht University, including the Gender Studies Minor, the Postcolonial Studies Minor, the Pre-Master program, the Master program, the Research Master program, the international GEMMA program, and alumni. The main objective of the study association is to allow students to come together, to provide academic depth, to organize activities, to enable cross-program networking and socializing, and to exchange ideas. Gen K offers an informal place to connect all Gender Studies students from Utrecht University by organizing fun and educational events, like their Bi-weekly drinks, Politics of Location series, lectures, screenings, creative events, activities, and a support group. For more information: https://www.gen-k.nl/ https://www.instagram.com/genk_uu/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/genkuu firstname.lastname@example.org
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