Prof. Dr. Doris Janshen, founder of the EKfG

Essen College of Gender Research Concept and History

Founded in January 1998, the Essen College of Gender Research (EKfG) is a central research institution of the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Building on research in the field of Women’s Studies and Men’s Studies, the College highlights the gender relationship, focusing on the social constitution of gender, gender-based inequalities and the intersection of these with other social differences. The College understands the analytical categories ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ as intertwined and in interaction with other properties that distinguish human beings such as socio-economic, ethnic and cultural background or educational inequalities.

The College’s purpose is to foster interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of gender research by involving all faculties – medicine, the natural sciences, technology and engineering as well as the social sciences and humanities – in its research programme. Members of the College are affiliated at institutes at all three university locations: the campuses in Essen and Duisburg as well as the University’s medical clinic in Essen, standing for a high potential of multi- and interdisciplinary cooperation.

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about EKfG FAQ

Can I study Gender Studies at the Essen College of Gender Research?

Essen College of Gender Research is a central research institution of the University of Duisburg-Essen. We initiate and coordinate Gender Research in cooperation with all faculties active in this field.
We do not offer a degree program in Gender Studies.

However, students of the University Duisburg-Essen can attend our lectures in the framework of Research Forum Gender as an interdisciplinary Studium Liberale course in cooperation with IOS (Institute for Optional Studies)

Research Forum Gender presents a wide range of current research interests and newest findings from different faculties and their contribution to the scientific debate. The format of the course allows a broad interdisciplinary discussion and insight in the current topics of Gender Studies.

The lecture series is held in German. >> Zur aktuellen Vortragsreihe

Does the EKfG award scholarships, fellowships, etc.?

At the moment we don't award any type of scholarships.

Is the EKfG a Research Training Group?

No, the EKfG is not a Research Training Group. We initiate and coordinate gender research in cooperation with all faculties active in this field. Postgraduate students and post-docs are welcome to join the EKfG as members or associated members. Young researchers in the field of gender studies are invited to meet at the EKfG-Nachwuchsforum (EKfG Peer Colloquium).

The EKfG Peer Colloquium is an interdisciplinary, self-organized peer colloquium for junior researchers graduating on gender topics or during their post doc phase. It offers multidisciplinary discussions and networking in the field of gender research.

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How can I become a member of the EKfG?

Please contact us, if you wish to be a member.

>> Information about membership (in German)

More Information Contact

Essen College of Gender Research
Universitätsstr. 12
45117 Essen
Tel.: +49(0)201/183-4931
Fax: +49(0)201/183-4432

Dr. Maren Jochimsen, Managing Director of the EKfG