Recent News & Highlights

22.04.2024 | virtual lecture series Sex and Gender in the Life Sciences

A lecture series of seven UDE DFG networks in the field of biomedical sciences will show perspectives on how research in the life sciences can utilize the analytical potential of the gender dimension and open up new directions. With reference to the expertise of the respective networks, speakers will address core topics of the networks and illustrate the relevance of the gender perspective using their own research results. The online series is initiated by the Essen College of Gender Research and UDE’s strategic research area Biomedical Sciences, represented by the Erwin L. Hahn Institute and the Center of Medical Biotechnology. The start of the English-language series is on 14 May 2024.

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19.03.2024 | Public talk & book launch Upcoming events with visiting Professor Sylvia Walby

The EKfG is looking forward to welcoming Anneliese Maier Research Awardee Prof. Sylvia Walby OBE FBA FAcSS once again in person as its guest at the UDE in April 2024. As part of her visit, the EKfG is organising two public events in cooperation with the Women's & Gender Research Network NRW's Coordination & Research Office (KoFo) and a book launch in cooperation with KoFo and the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM).

Theorizing Violence and Gender - Public Talk, Essen, 15.04.2024, 16:30-18:00

Trafficking Chains. Modern Slavery in Society by Sylvia Walby and Karen Shire - Book Launch, Duisburg, 17.04.2024, 16:30-18:00

Please register beforehand.

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02.01.2024 | Call for Participation Master Class "Violence in varieties of gender regimes" Centering around theoretical debates on the role of violence i

Centering around theoretical debates on the role of violence in varieties of gender regimes, the Essener Kolleg für Geschlechterforschung (EKfG) and the Koordinations- und Forschungsstelle des Netzwerks Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung NRW are organizing and hosting a Master Class on “Violence in varieties of gender regimes – theoretical and empirical approaches” with Anneliese Maier Research Awardee Prof. Sylvia Walby OBE on April 16th, 2024.

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28.11.2023 | New publication Saving the Modern Woman: Politics of Gender during Egypt’s Transitional Period

In her article "Saving the Modern Woman: Politics of Gender during Egypt’s Transitional Period" , published 2023 in the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, EKfG member Dr. Liina Mustonen discusses how specific gendered practices and ideas about female bodies were instrumentalized in the struggle for political authority during Egypt’s transitional period between 2011 and 2013. Based on an analysis of visual images and discourses, the article provides a contemporary example of the use of “modern” gendered subjecthood in creating hierarchies between women.

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13.09.2023 | Event invitation Gender, Climate, Movement

Co-organised by the EKfG, the hybrid annual conference 2023 of RINGSGender, Climate, Movement: Feminist research and activism meet climate change and mobility" will take place from 18-20 October 2023 at the Zentrum für Geschlechterstudien/Gender Studies at University Paderborn. The English-language conference brings together international contributions that deal with intersectional gender perspectives, climate and mobility in science and activism not only symbolically and metaphorically, but also with a commitment to material, structural change in the world. Please register in advance.

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11.09.2023 | Event invitation Towards a caring economy

The Fall Webinar Series 2023 "Shaping provisioning systems for social-ecological transformation" starts on October 13th by bringing together the Netzwerk Vorsorgendes Wirtschaften and the Foundational Economy. EKfG Managing Director Dr. Maren A. Jochimsen will be among the discussants about the relevance of care in addressing the ecological crisis. The aim is to stir a discussion on how (unpaid) care work builds the invisible basis of our current societies and how an engagement with feminist research on care can strengthen foundational economy approaches towards a social-ecological transformation.

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15.08.2023 | Recording online! The Future of Gender Regimes

The future of gender regimes edited by Heidi Gottfried, Sylvia Walby and Karen Shire – special issue of Women’s Studies International Forum explores gender inequalities from a macro-perspective through cross-national analyses, discussing how to conceptualize gendered macro-level ideas and track changing gender relations. It introduces new gender regime varieties in regions including North Africa, Turkey, Japan, Spain, Italy, Sweden, and Germany, fostering interdisciplinary discussions and highlighting the complexities of evolving gender inequalities. The webinar launching the special issue took place on 15 September 2023. The recording of the event is now online!

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28.06.2023 | New publication Special Issue on the future of gender regimes

Following the workshop Gender Regimes 2 supported by the Anneliese Maier Research Award to Prof. Sylvia Walby OBE in Berlin in April 2022, a special issue on the future of gender regimes, published in the Women's Studies International Forum, is in progress. An impression of the special issue's content is given by pre-published articles, including  "Social-democratic imaginaries of transformations in conservative gender regimes." by Prof. Dr. Karen Shire, former EKfG director and the article "The ambivalent trajectory of the German gender regime: Are female breadwinner families an indicator of a shift towards a public gender regime? " by EKfG board member Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer.

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05.04.2023 | Now online! About Prof. Sylvia Walby

Professor Sylvia Walby, Department of Criminology and Law in Royal Holloway, University of London, holds the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Anneliese Maier Research Award (2018-2025) with the Essen College of Gender Research and the Institute of Sociology of the University of Duisburg-Essen as host institutions. Read more about her career, publications, research projects and activities now via the EKfG research website!

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24.10.2022 | Webinar Invitation Violence and Society: Symposium with ISA Presidents

The International Sociological Association TG11 Violence and Society, co-coordinated by Prof. Sylvia Walby, Anneliese Maier Research Awardee at EKfG, is holding a virtual Violence and Society Symposium on November 15, 2022 (14.00-15.30 London GMT). The speakers are the current and recent ISA Presidents who have each addressed violence and society in their research: Sari Hanafi, Margaret Abraham, and Michel Wievorka. The symposium will bring together their expertise in response to interest across sociologists globally to hear each present their research on this topic and discuss the issues involved. This event will continue to generate international dialogue on violence and society.

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13.10.2022 | UDE research magazine Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer in portrait

Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer, long-time EKfG board member, is profiled in the 1st issue of the new UDE research magazine. The interview with Katrin Koster paints an impressive picture of the IAQ Executive Director's biography, research and career. Klammer's research focuses on socially relevant questions such as flexibility and security on the labour market, work and family, old-age poverty, gender pay gap. The gender perspective is always an important analytical tool in these matters. In 2019, Klammer was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for her multiple contributions to scientific policy advice, especially in the field of gender equality and the further development of old-age provision.

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04.10.2022 | Event invitation Inaugural UA Ruhr Networking Conference for At-Risk Researchers

Acknowledging the current geopolitical situation, the conference is especially geared towards at-risk researchers affected by the war in Ukraine. The event provides information about fellowships, research funding options and career development available to at-risk academics at UA Ruhr. There will also be opportunities to participate in research workshops and to engage in a variety of networking activities. EKfG-Member Prof. Karen Shire, Vice Rector at UDE for University Culture, Diversity and International Affairs, will be one of the first panelists to speak at the networking conference at RUB on 18-19 October 2022.

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02.08.2022 | Academic distinction for EKfG Scholar in Residence Professor Sylvia Walby OBE elected as UK Fellow to the British Academy

The British Academy for the Promotion of Historical, Philosophical and Philological Studies has welcomed to its Fellowship a record number of female academics in recognition of their achievements in the humanities and social sciences.

Among the 52 Fellows elected from 24 universities is Anneliese Maier Research Awardee Prof. Sylvia Walby OBE. The renowned sociologist is one of 29 (56%) women elected in 2022 - the highest proportion of women ever elected. EKfG congratulates Sylvia Walby warmly and looks forward to upcoming cooperations.

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30.06.2022 | Conference report published Feminist and Social Theory in Times of Crisis – Master Class with Sylvia Walby

Centering around the theoretical approach of Anneliese‐Maier‐Research Awardee Prof. Sylvia Walby OBE, the EKfG and the Koordinations‐ und Forschungsstelle des Netzwerks Frauen‐ und Geschlechterforschung NRW organized a Master Class on „Feminist and Social Theory in Times of Crisis“ in Essen on April 19th, 2022. Twelve PhD students and postdocs had the opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary exchange with the sociologist on current approaches to social and feminist theory. Details of the Master Class can be found in the conference report in the jubilee issue no. 50 of the journal Netzwerk Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung NRW.

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05.05.2022 | Anneliese Maier Research Award Gender Regimes Workshop 2

The second annual workshop on gender regimes, supported by the Humboldt Foundation Anneliese Maier Research Award to Prof. Sylvia Walby OBE, was held at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on 20-23 April 2022.  A group of 22 international scholars from the U.S., UK, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany discussed trajectories of changes in gender regimes: what these changes are empirically, how they compare over time and place, and how they should be conceptualised and theorised in gender regime theory. The workshop built upon the work published in Social Politics in 2020. It offered a distinctive macro level perspective on changes in gender relations and led to lively and fruitful exchanges and resulted in a highly promising exchange. A joint publication is in planning.

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Past News & Highlights

Past events in Englisch Language

Essen College of Gender Research works primarily in German language.  Below you can find a selection of events of EKfG or its partner universities (in the framework of University Alliance Ruhr) that are held in English or are bilingual.  In order to see all events of the EKfG, turn to the German version of the page.

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EKfG Interdisciplinary Research Seminars

Within the interdisciplinary, german-english EKfG Research Seminars, the Essen College for Gender Studies invites the current holder* of the Marie Jahoda Guest Professorship for International Gender Studies at the Ruhr-University-Bochum as well as international cooperation partners of the members of the EKfG in a small circle.

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Job offers & Co.

The office of the Essen College for Gender Studies forwards job advertisements with references to gender studies to interested parties.

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