AOIFE 2000 Annual Report

 

The Association of Institutions for Feminist Education and Research in Europe

AOIFE, founded in Limerick Ireland in December 1996, is a European association for international co-operation within Feminist Studies and Gender Research.

AOIFE’s main purpose is to provide the following:

This Annual Report aims to summarise AOIFE’s most important tasks carried out and accomplishments made in 2000, provide an overview of its current financial status as well as the activities that were set into motion during 2000 and that will be continued in the subsequent year(s).

 

I Activities/Projects

ATHENA

The Advanced Thematic Network in Women’s Studies in Europe, ATHENA, is one of the most significant activities initiated by AOIFE. This EU funded network is in its third and final year with all its activities coming to an end during summer 2001.

ATHENA has two working groups, one focusing on Women's Studies curriculum, the other on information technology in Women's Studies.

A joint publication for both working groups was processed in 1999 and published spring 2000. During autumn 2000 ATHENA began producing its second joint publication which will be published early spring 2001.

 

II New Projects/funding applications

Research projects

During 2000 AOIFE has continued the preparations of research proposals to be funded under EU's 5th framework programme. Two research proposals were submitted to the EU in June 2000:

co-ordinated by Jalna Hamner and Gabriele Griffin

Two other applications have been under preparations and will be submitted during 2001:

III Networking

Fifth Framework Programme

Since 1997 AOIFE has been active in lobbying for the inclusion of gender themes in the EU’s Research Directorate General’s Fifth Framework Programme for Research (1999-2002), together with other key agents within the field of Women's Studies/Gender Research/Equality.

During 2000 the AOIFE council also began reflecting on how AOIFE should lobby for an even lager inclusion of feminist studies in the 6th Framework Program for Research which will run from 2003.

Next GENDERation Network

The Next GENDERation Network has been a section of AOIFE since November 1998. The Network is meant to provide a structure for younger students, scholars and professionals involved in Women's Studies and feminism in Europe. The network gives the younger generation a chance to participate in existing European projects and activities in the field of Women's Studies, and build new projects and activities in the field. During 2000 Next GENDERation has:

 

IV. Conferences/Seminars 2000

EU Women and Science Conference

In April 2000 the Women and Science sector within the Research Directorate General held a European conference on Women and Science. AOIFE represented by the president Harriet Silius and Vice-president Rosi Braidotti, council member Fride Eeg-Henriksen and the secretariat co-ordinator Elisabeth Lorenzen, participated at the conference and held a stand. Both AOIFE president Harriet Silius and Vice-president Rosi Braidotti played important roles at the conference as respectively workshop leader and workshop raporteur.

 

4th European feminist Research Conference in Bologna 2000 -
"Body, Gender, Subjectivity - crossing borders of disciplines and institutions"

AOIFE was one of the key co-ordinators of the 4th European Feminist Research Conference in Bologna, Italy from September 28 - October 1, 2000. The local host for the event was Bologna Women's Information and Documentation Centre.

AOIFE has received funding for the conference under the Fifth Framework program under EU.

The main aim of the conference was to provide a forum for the exchange and critical appraisal of contemporary fundamental and applied research in the areas of gender, Women's Studies and feminist theory. Around 500 researchers and scholars from all over Europe met to exchange feminist ideas and to share the newest thoughts within research. An impressive list of keynote speakers addressed the various themes of Body, Gender and Subjectivity within different disciplinary fields and according to different theoretical trends and methodological practices. The conference also gave space and voice to the new generation of feminist scholars in Europe.

 

V. Information

Information from the secretariat has been disseminated via:

 

VI. Membership

AOIFE is composed of institutional members. The two types of membership available are institutional, granted to institutions of higher education, research, and documentation centres and associate membership, granted to local/national/ European associations, co-ordinating bodies, etc. Eight members are exempted from the membership fees. These members are primarily from Eastern Europe or exempted because an exchange of membership.

The number of AOIFE members has for the last years stabilised around 65 members - the low number of members in 1999, was primarily due to a larger number of pending cases, which were not factored in. By March 1999 the number of members were 61.

The numbers mentioned here reflect the number of members whose payments have been received in our bank account, plus the number of members approved for payment exemption. During 2000 AOIFE gained 4 new members and managed to maintain the number of old members.

AOIFE's member's institutions represent over 20 different European countries.

 

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1999

2000

Members in AOIFE

52

65

ATHENA partners

47

58

Institutional members

48

59

Associate members

4

6

Exemptions

3

8

The pr. country distribution of member institutions (including institutional members, associate members as well as exemptions):

1999

2000

Austria

1

2

Belgium

2

3

Denmark

4

4

Finland

4

6

France

1

1

Germany

2

1

Greece

1

1

Hungary

1

1

Ireland

1

2

Israel

1

1

Italy

7

11

Latvia

1

Lithuania

1

0

Macedonia

1

N. Ireland

1

Netherlands

5

6

Norway

2

4

Poland

1

1

Portugal

1

Slovenia

1

1

Spain

3

2

Sweden

5

6

Switzerland

3

3

United Kingdom

5

5

A challenge facing AOIFE in the coming year(s) will be to increase its number of members. In order to do this; it is crucial that potential and existing AOIFE members understand that the long-term benefits of being part of AOIFE will be worth their investment of time and money into the association.

VII. AOIFE Council

The AOIFE Council in office for 2000 was elected at the AOIFE General Assembly, on July 7, 1997 in Coimbra, Portugal. The AOIFE Council is composed of nine members and a replacement member. Council terms are three years and the next Council elections will be held at the next General Assembly in 2000.

The Council convened two meetings in 2000.

Aside from these meetings, AOIFE Council and Secretariat make frequent use of e-mail, fax, and telephone in relaying information and taking decisions on various AOIFE matters from their respective countries.

Council members:

President: Harriet Silius, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

Vice- President: Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Fride Eeg-Henriksen, NIKK, Norway.

Gabriele Griffin, Kingston University, U.K.

Nina Lykke, Odense University, Denmark.

Margarita Birriel Salcedo, University of Granada, Spain.

Anna Maria Tagliavini, Women’s Documentation Centre, Italy.

Diana Mulinari, Lund University, Sweden

Replacement: Jalna Hanmer, Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K.

The election of the new AOIFE council, which will guide AOIFE for the next three-year period, took place end September 2000 in Bologna, Italy

 

 

VII AOIFE General Assembly

The AOIFE general assembly took place in Bologna, Italy on September 28, 2000.

40 AOIFE members with the right to vote participated at the General Assembly.

AOIFE statutes and standing orders were revised by the General Assembly. The Assembly also approved AOIFEs finances and approved the move of the AOIFE secretariat from NIKK in Oslo to Linköping University in Sweden from 1 January 2001.

The General Assembly also elected a new council for the next three-year period 2001 - 2003.

The candidates were all elected to the AOIFE council. The following persons (in alphabetical order) constitute the new AOIFE council

Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Gabriele Griffin, Kingston University, UK

Jalna Hanmer, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Annastasia Lada, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece -

Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden

Magda Michelens, Katholieke University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Elzbieta Oleksy, University of Lodz, Poland

Serena Serpegno, Universita degli Studi di Roma "la Sapienza", Italy

Harriet Silius, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Harriet Silius was re-elected President for AOIFE and Rosi Braidotti was re-elected vice-president of AOIFE.

VIII. Administration and Finances

Secretariat

The Secretariat is responsible for performing co-ordination and administrative tasks related to AOIFE’s activities, members, and contact networks throughout Europe and internationally. The Secretariat employed a secretariat co-ordinator (Elisabeth Lorenzen) who allotted approximately 540 hours to AOIFE in 2000.

Finances (See attached AOIFE Accounts 2000)

AOIFE's biggest expenditures are wages for the Secretariat and travel costs (for the Council and Secretariat to central meetings). The last two years the travel expenditures have been remarkably reduced. The primary sources of income are membership fees. The NIKK/Oslo University contributions, such as use of free office space and equipment do not influence the net result per se. The increased income in 2000 is primarily due to pending membership fees from 1999.

The surplus in the AOIFE account for 2000 is mainly due to the postponement of expected expenses in relation to the move of the secretariat from NIKK to Linköping fall 2000, such as printing of new stationary and other requirements to 2001.

The Accounts 2000 reflect AOIFE’s dependency on membership fees and the contributions from NIKK and University of Oslo for its financial stability. Linköping University will give AOIFE the same conditions as University of Oslo has done.

It is worth noticing that the continuing declining exchange rate in Euro versus Norwegian crowns (NOK) reduced the value of the membership fees over the last years.

AOIFE has stable assets of approx. 50.000 NOK that is found a necessary minimum in case of unexpected events or sudden changes.

IX Challenges for the future

AOIFE needs to consolidate itself as an influential organisation within Feminist Research in Europe. This in turn demands for a committed Council that consciously works towards reaching the goals of the association. This also includes pursuing EU financed Research Projects and Networks.

The new AOIFE council will work towards even more open guiding principles within AOIFE and secure that AOIFE stays an including net work with at large variety of feminists.

One of AOIFE's tasks for 2001 is to work towards the 6th Framework program, where the goal is to make gender aspects even more visible than in the last framework program.

During 2001 the new AOIFE secretariat will have to find its own shape and form.

 

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