The Department of Gender Studies offers degree programs in Gender Studies at the MA and PhD levels; additionally it serves as a base for non-degree studies in various forms, as well as for other activities in the field.
The department seeks to attract students and young scholars for its MA and PhD programs from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants should have a genuine interest in developing their knowledge and scholarly perspectives beyond the individual disciplines they have studied at the undergraduate (or Master’s) level. The specific profile of the department is its focus on integrative and comparative approaches in Gender Studies. The program promotes a variety of interrelated scholarly interests such as: global perspectives, incorporating an analysis of the interrelation between transnational and local/national/regional developments and the dynamics of creating and contesting global hierarchies; insight into the particular and the general in developments related to gender in different regions in the world; the complex relationships between symbolic and social order, culture and society; the intertwining of gender with other categories of analysis and interpretation; and the critique of dominant patterns of the construction of knowledge.
With an important, but not exclusive, focus on Central and Eastern Europe, both the Master’s and the PhD programs seek to contribute to the development of socially relevant knowledge based on these approaches, and to critically interrogate past and present developments related to gender in culture and society.