Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien


"Transdiscipliarity Revisited"

Convened by
Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (CtG) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
in Cooperation with the network Genderact - academic cultures and transformation in European Gender Studies

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dorotheenstr. 24, Room 1.308


Interdisciplinarity has been an prominent axiom of feminist research. As a result, Gender Studies in Germany have been institutionalised in inter-/transdisciplinary centres and professorships are usually specialisations within more established disciplines. Other European countries such as Sweden and the Netherlands took a different path and Gender Studies have been institutionalised as a field in ist own right, whereas in some countries such as Greece and Portugal the institutionalisation is marginal. However, all in all, Gender Studies in Europe increasingly fulfill disciplinary criteria. For instance, in Germany, several generations of students graduated in
Gender Studies and recently the Gender Studies Association was founded. These institutional developments go along with developments of content and coincide with structural changes within academia that are virulent all over Europe.

In this workshop we will discuss questions on all levels, on the institutionalisation as well as content of Gender Studies: What kind of disciplinary mechanisms, hierarchies and boundaries are created within Gender Studies? What impact do current institutional developments have on the project of inter/transdisciplinarity? And: How threatening are structural changes within academia for Gender Studies?

Friday, 13. May 2011 

9:30 Welcome
Sabine Grenz, Gabriele Jähnert (HU-Berlin)


Angeliki Alvanoudi (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki):

Transgressing disciplinary and institutional borders: the challenge of interdisciplinarity in European Women’s/Gender Studies

Maria Pereira (London School of Economics and Political Science):

My (Inter)Discipline Produces Better Knowledge Than Yours: (Inter)Disciplinarity and the Demarcation of Epistemic Status within Gender Studies


11:15 – 11:30           
Coffee Break


11:30 – 13:00           
Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University):
Disciplinary Cartesian Cuts, Interdisciplinary Agential Cuts: Reading Fieldwork Notes through Barad's Agential Realism

Mia Liinason (Lund University):
Feminist critique as a disciplinary practice


13:00 – 14:30           


14:30 - 15:15            
Kerstin Alnebratt (Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research):
The danger of becoming invisible again. Gender Studies in Sweden within new mega-departments


Nina Lykke (Linköping University):


Lann Hornscheidt (HU Berlin):
De-disciplining feminist academic knowledge production