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Coordination Office

Promote Networking – Enhance Knowledge-Exchange

The network has been coordinated by a coordination office, sited at the University of Dortmund, since 1986. This coordination office links the activities of the women’s studies professorships with the objective of promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and anchoring and networking women’s and gender studies in higher education and research. The office organises academic conferences and workshops on higher education policy, formulates opinions and statements on higher education policy issues, and supports the development of interdisciplinary cooperation projects. The coordination office also publishes the “Handbook of Women’s and Gender Studies” (in German) featuring articles on 90 key themes from theory, methodology and empiricism.

The basis – Our Coordination Office

The central office for the network is the Coordination Office. Here is where annual conferences /meetings regarding gender studies and topic related workshops are planned and held.

Our in-house journal serves as an important medium for information and exchange. Our own publications on women's and gender research take results of research to the specialist public. The work of the Coordination Office is accompanied by the advisory board of the network members.

From Bielefeld via Dortmund to Essen 

Following the establishment of the first Coordination Office at the Bielefeld University in 1995 with its speaker Prof. Dr. Ursula Müller, the network relocated to the TU Dortmund. From there, it was coordinated by the speaker Prof. Dr. Ruth Becker until the end of 2009. Since 2010 the network has been located at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The current speaker of the Women's and Gender Research Network is Prof. Dr. Anne Schlüter.

Focal Points

The work of the Coordination Office of the Women's and Gender Research Network is based on three pillars:

  1. University- and person-related networking of professors and research associates in the field of women's and gender research
  2. Higher education and science research from the gender perspective
  3. Science journalism