Gender Studies

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Ulla M Holm

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"Tentatively I understand gender studies today – seen from the Swedish context – as an umbrella term for an interdiscipline in transit.... Several women’s studies departments/centres [in Sweden] have now changed their name to ‘gender studies’.... In Göteborg we use gender studies both strategically and critically as an umbrella concept for an intersectional, dynamic, multi- and interdisciplinary field of research and education in transit. Educationally, the field includes: women’s studies, critical studies on men, feminist (cultural) studies, homo/queer studies, postcolonial feminist studies, feminist intersectional studies… More broadly, the concepts of gender and gender studies can in Sweden be said to be what W.B Gallie (1956:121) characterizes as essentially contested concepts." Ulla M Holm