Gender Studies

Gender Studies concerns the role that gender plays in various parts of society. We examine how gender structures power relationships; how it creates or prevents opportunities for specific groups of people; how it is linked to the identities of individuals and groups; and which roles it plays in societal discourses (e.g. in mass media, educational contexts or academic disciplines).

The Research Unit Gender Studies places particular emphasis on an approach known as intersectionality or interdependency analysis. This approach stresses that factors such as, amongst others, gender, sexuality, class, religion, dis-/ability, and race/ethnicity do not exist independently of each other, but interact with each other.