Women’s and Gender Studies
The Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Monash University was established in 1987, offering a platform to bring together expertise in feminist social sciences and humanities research from the Faculty of Arts. The Centre was founded to foster research and teaching collaborations that addressed women’s equity and participation.
The Gender Studies stream within the Sociology teaching program, and the collaborative activities of gender teachers and researchers across the Faculty are all informed by the belief that all social processes are ‘gendered’, and that feminist analysis and knowledge is crucial in understanding social processes, in order to empower and encourage participation.
The Centre has a vibrant graduate research program. Graduate students within the Faculty of Arts are researching a range of key contemporary gender issues, examining gendered violence, gender and social media, feminist and gender theory, sexuality and diversity.
The Faculty supports gender scholarship in a range of ways. The Faculty of Arts is a co-sponsor of the Duke University Feminist Theory Workshop: two students are offered bursaries each year.
Key areas of research strength are focused on gendered violence in family and post conflict contexts, gendered migration patterns, and fluid constructions of gender identities and sexualities.
The Centre’s key research strengths are focused on gender, violence, and issues of women’s equality and participation.
Key current research areas include: