Research conducted at the Centre for Gender Research is interdisciplinary and the researchers have their backgrounds in various disciplines in the faculties of the humanities, social sciences, medicine, and natural/technological sciences.
Education and Science Research Group
The research group assembles scholars from the humanities, and natural, social and educational sciences. We work with projects seeking to explore different pedagogical spaces, teacher- and student identities, and learning strategies. The group’s interests are among others how knowledge and identities are formed within various educational institutions and disciplines, how subject cultures, understanding of knowledge, language and pedagogical practices affect teaching- and identity processes, how the power relationships within these processes are challenged, and in what ways they are gendered.
Family and Kinship Research Group
Few questions raise more heated debate than those pertaining to family and kinship, and indeed, few areas demonstrate more clearly the interconnectedness of the private and the public. The Family and Kinship group offers a forum for networking and critique across disciplines and areas of interest. Participants come from a range of disciplines, from literature, philosophy and anthropology to law, political science, public health, and reproductive health. Areas of interest include, for example, reproductive technologies (ARTs) and rights, friendship and intimacy, parenthood, queer families, violence, and practical and conceptual borders between kin and non-kin.
Humanimal Studies Research Group
Drawing on a range of approaches from different disciplines, Animal Studies recognises the significance of animals in human lives. It highlights how “the human” and the “non-human” have always been in “interimplication” with each other (Butler 2004), and articulates how species intersect with other power relations including (but not limited to) gender, class, race, ability, and sexuality.
Queer Research Group
The queer research group gathers researchers with an interest in non-normative genders and sexualities. Members have a range of disciplinary backgrounds and interests, including LGBTQ studies, transgender studies, studies of heteronormativity, sexual health, non-heterosexual (assisted) reproduction, queer kinship and family-making and intimacy, histories and contemporary forms of LGBTQ activism and cultural production, LGBTQ literature and queer readings, queer digital cultures and gaming, and forms of state and interpersonal violence against and among LGBTQ people.
Technologization of the Everyday
The Technologization of the Everyday research group aims for dialogue and research about technologization, its genesis, application and effects in the everyday. The pervasiveness of technology and the unselfconscious use of technology in the everyday can blind us to the hidden – and sometimes not so hidden – impacts of that technology, the ways in which we produce digital labour, for instance, and how we are surveillanced in the process. These issues and many others that affect all of us are at the core of this research group’s preoccupation.
Gender and Culture Research Group
Research on Gender and Culture at the Centre includes work on bodies and materialities; medicalised practices; family and kinship as cultural formations; sexualities; re-thinking colonialisms; cross-cultural transformations; textual practices; popular cultural phenomena; gender, culture and technologies; cultures of knowledge; and intersectional feminisms.