Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe
Since 1984, on this Fall Semester program (mid-Aug to mid-November) students have explored feminist and queer theory, as well as critical issues facing women and LGBTQ communities across Europe. Students engage in coursework led by the Program Director, who teaches seminars, and organizes guest lectures and site visits with leading European scholars and activists. The program begins at the Network of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies in Europe (NOISE) Summer School that each year invites scholars and students from throughout Europe to examine in-depth a topic critical to European feminist research. From there, the group embarks on a comparative study of WGS issues in Utrecht, Berlin, Krakow, Prague, and Istanbul (tbd), and each student designs an independent research project on a topic of their interest.
“Tremendous opportunities for meeting a number of really amazing/inspiring intellectuals, artists, activists across Europe.”
- Joshua MacGregor, University of Vermont
A significant aim of the WGSE program is to explore Europe in its diversity and cross-culturally. With this goal in mind, the program takes students to several differently situated European nations while underscoring experiences of women and sexual, ethnic, and religious minorities in these respective national communities. Students learn about the struggles of the Roma women in the Czech Republic, the historical and current day experiences of the citizens of Jewish, Afro-German, and Turkish backgrounds in Germany, as well as about the ways in which Islamophobia bears on Muslim populations across Europe. These topics are addressed both through scholarly inquiry and situated empirical experience throughout the semester, framed through our discussions of post-colonial, feminist, and queer theories.
Independent Field Research Project
During the summer months, each student works with our Program Director to craft an independent research topic which he/she can explore in-depth throughout the program by conducting interviews, site visits, and research at each program site. The project culminates in a final paper and presentation. Some examples of past topics have included public art addressing violence against women; sex work, legalization and trafficking; LGBTQ resources for queer youth across Europe; and trans identity from a cross-cultural perspective.
On-Site Faculty and Support
Program Director Iveta Jusova, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, organizes the academic and logistical aspects of the program and is on-site for the duration of the semester. She is assisted by site coordinators, as well as local scholars and activists who provide guest lectures and lead site visits.
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