Neither male nor female experience taken alone can deliver a comprehensive picture of social reality. For more than 15 years, the Essen College of Gender Research (EKfG) has therefore been examining the gender relationship and analysing diversities and commonalities. It considers biological features and their medical consequences, everyday reality, opportunities for social participation, and access to material and immaterial resources. Norms, values and rights are likewise included in the analysis in order to arrive at concrete findings for social practice.
The structure of the College with its current 43 members from 7 different faculties guarantees a high degree of interdisciplinarity with wide-ranging opportunities for cooperation, both in research and in promoting young researchers. One of the unique characteristics of the EKfG is its cooperation with members of the Faculty of Medicine under a single roof.
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.
EKfG Host Institute for International Award Winner
Anneliese Maier Research Award for Prof. Sylvia Walby
The Essen College of Gender Research congratulates Prof. Sylvia Walby OBE: Distinguished Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Director, Violence and Society UNESCO Centre, Lancaster University, UK, named fellow in the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of the Arts on winning the Anneliese Maier Research Award 2018 by the Alexander Humboldt Foundation and looks forward to its collaboration with the award winner. Sylvia Walby has been nominated by EKfG Executive Committee member Prof. Karen Shire. Both professors have been collaborating for more than 10 years. Host institutes at the University of Duisburg-Essen will be the Essen College of Gender Research and the Institute of Sociology.
28th November 2017: Guest lecture at the EKfG: Fiona Jenkins
Equality and Excellence: A Happy Marriage of Terms?
The Essen College of Gender Research invites the current holder of the Marie Jahoda Visiting Chair in International Gender Studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum to a bilingual expert talk"Equality and Excellence: A Happy Marriage of Terms?" in a small circle of colleagues and junior scientists.
Prof. Fiona Jenkins, PhD will give a lecture on her current research interests and findings. Here you can learn more about her academic orientation.
The research topics of Prof. Jenkins correspond with the research focus of the EKfG members. The members cooperation and networking efforts of the EKfG has resulted in an research cluster Perception - Respresentation - Visibility. In the spirit of interdisciplinary cooperation,Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer, (Department of Anglophone Studies, Postcolonial Studies, UDE) and Dr. Maren A. Jochimsen (Managing Director of the EKfG) will contribute to the meeting.
When: 28th November 2017, 15.00-18.00
Where: Essen College of Gender Research, Campus Essen, Raum R12 S06 H01 Please register until 22th November 2017 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
28th November 2017: Guest lecture at the Essen University Hospital: Christine M. Freitag
Girls with oppositional defiant or conduct disorder: are hormone levels involved?
Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. theol. Christine M. Freitag is the head of the University Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy for Childhood and Adolescence at the Goethe-University Frankfurt and she will be gibing a guest lecture in the framework of "Thuesday Seminar" of the Faculty of Medicine at the Essen University Hospital.
The lecture is the seventh contribution to the series "Geschlechteraspekte in biomedizinischer Forschung und klinischer Medizin" (Gender Aspects in the Biomedical Research and Clinical Medicine), organised by Prof. Dr. Sigrid Elsenbruch in collaboration with Priv.-Doz. Dr. Andrea Kindler Röhrborn, Prof. Dr. Anke Hinney and the Essen College of Gender Research. The goal of the lecture series is to sensitise to the importance of gender differences both in preclinical and clinical research as well as in clinical medicine and general context of the health.
When: 28th November 2017, 12:00 Uhr c.t.
Where: lecture auditorium of the administration building of the Essen Hospital University, 2nd floor
(the auditorium is situated directly next to the main entrance Hufelandstraße/Parkhaus 1)
Cologne, 29th September 2017
Panel for the Conference „Present Challenges of Gender Studies“
"Ready for Dialogue – Why the Gender Dimension in Science and Research needs Strong Strategic Partnerships"
On 29th September 2017, the Essen College of Gender Research (EKfG) and the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS jointly organized a panel on the specific objectives and special challenges of the integration of the gender dimension in science and research at the international conference „Present Challenges of Gender Studies“ at the University of Cologne, 28-30th September 2017.
Berlin, 8-9th June 2017
Input at STEM Equality Congress
STEM Equality Congress is an annual two day conference, attended by world leading researchers, policy makers, equality staff, the private sector, academic staff, government representatives and NGOs. It offers an excellent opportunity to network, learn and collaborate to achieve greater gender equality in STEM.
STEM Gender Equality Congress in Berlin on 8-9th June 2017 contributed to the international efforts to make gender equality a reality in the 21st century so that girls everywhere can study STEM subjects and women can attain the highest levels in STEM careers. The organizers brought together a diverse, committed and knowledgeable group of experts. It was a wonderful opportunity to exchange information, learn from and inspire each other.
Essen College of Gender Research and the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS contributed to the panel session: Women’s Leadership in Higher Education and Research.
Brussels, 29-30th May 2017
Contribution to the 5th EWORA Conference
5th EWORA Conference “Pivoting on Gender Equality through the Lens of Leadership: Policies, Strategies and Actions ”
Roundtable: Empowering and Encouraging Women Academics: What works and what does not?
Fostering Sustainability through Strategic Partnerships
Supported by national and European research policy, efforts to enhance gender equality in science and research through the promotion of women in science and fostering structural change in research institutions have resulted in considerable progress. However, achievements are frequently lacking sustainability, and gender inequality in academia continues as an urgent problem (e.g., Istanbul Recommendations 2014: 2). The proposed paper will address this situation by putting forward two ingredients which we consider key in rendering existing efforts to gender equality and to equal opportunities in science and research more sustainable:
(1) the integration of the gender dimension in science and research, to provide the necessary cultural basis for the science system;
(2) the creation of a strategic partnership among national and European organisations and networks committed to the gender research, to improve the mandatory implementation of the gender dimension and reinforce the value of its potential for scientific impulses and consequent social changes.
PARIS, 12th-14th September 2016
Panel for the 9th Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education
The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Université Paris Diderot, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle- Paris 3 and the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC), with strong support from the French Ministry for National Education, Higher Education and Research, had invited researchers, professors, administrators, policy-makers, practitioners and students to Paris, on 12-14th September 2016, to attend the 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education.
For the Conference, the Essen College of Gender Research organized a panel on “Integrating of the sex and gender analysis into research content: Ready for Dialogue? Preconditions and Suggestions for Take-off“ in cooperation with the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS. The panel built upon the findings of the international conference “Ready for Dialogue” in Berlin on 5th November 2015 where conference participants strongly supported the idea of a common strategic dialogue among key stakeholders to promote the integration of the gender dimension in science and research.
The international conference “Ready for Dialogue”on the gender dimension in science and research aimed at initiating a strategic dialogue among relevant national and European key players, such as associations, institutions and organisations that work within and outside the university context on the integration of the gender dimension in science and research. The aim was to promote the integration of the gender dimension in science and research and to provide sustainable support. To establish the initiated dialogue, a joint strategy paper was to be adopted by the participants.
Focus lay on following topics:
The conceptual sharpening of the strategic approach gender dimension.
The challenges with respect to the scientific recognition of the gender dimension in science, research and innovation.
The positioning of the strategic approach gender dimension in national and international research policies.
The conference addressed representatives of national and European institutional associations (interest groups | organisations | networks) committed to the integration of the gender dimension in science and research or having an interest to do so in the future as well as actors in science and research that have yet to integrate the gender dimension into their scientific approach.
The conference successfully took place in Berlin on 5th November 2015. The conference was in great demand and brought together 120 representatives of national and European associations, research institutions and research funding institutions supporting the integration of the gender dimension in science and research. At the centre of the discussion was the proposed initiation of a new strategic dialogue of the institutional key stakeholders of the research system. For further information, please refer to our Snapshot “Ready for Dialogue”.
The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 under grant number 01FP1456.