Networks

Gender Studies at Utrecht University are facilitating and co-ordinating several networks on national and international level. The aim is to integrate students, young scholars and established researchers into the trans- and multi disciplinary field of Women’s and Gender Studies. Read more on WeAVE, AOIFE, ATHENA and ADVANCE (new!).
 
Gender and Women’s Studies Utrecht has been very active in different international networks in which it plays an important role. The International Office have been instrumental in establishing, maintaining and applying for funds for network activities.
 
Our network activities include UNITWIN, an exchange programme with Southern Africa. The Unitwin Student Network is an international network of student groups at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, (Mozambique), University of Zimbabwe, University of Western Cape, University of Namibia, Lund University (Sweden), Ruhruniversität Bochum (Germany), Universidade do Porto and Utrecht University.  
 
Utrecht University is joined with the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). WUN is an international alliance of leading higher-education institutions and:
• builds on its partners’ commitment to research quality and innovation in order to develop collaborations in interdisciplinary areas of global significance
• provides support for student and staff exchange, both within the alliance and with corporate partners. In addition, the partners are working together to deliver graduate-level distributed learning
• will enhance student choice and pedagogical effectiveness by sharing learning materials, pooling expertise and developing frameworks for quality assurance and accreditation
The Gender Studies programme is especially affiliated with the International Network in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, which promotes and encourages collaborative research and teaching activity in the field of colonial and postcolonial studies between members of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).
The Gender Studies programme is also affiliated with the Gender Studies Global Network. This network brings together research institutions from around the world that specialise in gender studies. The consortium aims to promote a global research culture through collaborative academic activity, encourage gender-related teaching and research, and cultivate a dynamic mobility programme for postgraduate students and academic faculty between partner institutions.
For more information visit the WUN website:
http://www.wun.ac.uk/
 
Previous, successful and finished networking projects include Gender, Media and Cultural Studies: Looking for the Missing Links. This scholarly project, completed in 2002 and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, aimed at developing an international and comparative perspective between the Netherlands and Denmark, a critical account of the interaction between media studies, cultural studies and women’s and gender studies within the institutional framework of the humanities.
Previous, successful and finished networking projects include This scholarly project, completed in 2002 and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, aimed at developing an international and comparative perspective between the Netherlands and Denmark, a critical account of the interaction between media studies, cultural studies and women’s and gender studies within the institutional framework of the humanities.
Also very successfull was ATHENA: the EU Socrates Thematic Network in Women's Studies. It was established in 1996 and brought together more then 100 institutes in Europe in the field of women’s studies and gender research. Gender Studies Utrecht has been the coordinator of this network. You can still visit some of the websites:
www.let.uu.nl/womens_studies/athena (ATHENA1)
www.let.uu.nl/womens_studies/AthenaDiss (ATHENA Dissemination)
www.athena3.org (ATHENA3)
The website for the MA course "Postcolonial Europe. Gender, Ethnicity and Migration" is the output of the ATHENA working group 'Postcolonial Europe. It aims at establishing the state of the art of postcolonial studies in/on Europe from a gender, ethnic and transnational perspective and is meant to be used as a source for bibliography, websites and critical references that address Europe from a postcolonial perspective in which national inflections and the specificities of gender and ethnicity are addressed. For more information visit the website: www.postcolonialeurope.net 
 
The Gender Studies programme was also involved in the EU FP6 project  ADVANCE (2006-2008). The ADVANCE project promoted the participation of women in the natural sciences, engineering & industry by supporting female scientists in acquiring research and career management skills and tools that help them build up their careers. ADVANCE implemented Coaching and Mentoring structures at Utrecht University 
The core section of the ADVANCE project was the training programme within the framework of a summer school, in which the selected participants acquired competence in research and management skills according to their needs. A second, key factor of the project comprised the accompanying mentoring and coaching programme. The participants were assigned mentors – in other words experienced scientists – from the partner institutions. Both personal and professional development can be advanced within a mentor-mentee partnership. In addition, the candidates were offered the opportunity of networking. See the information on ADVANCE  on the webite of the EU Sixth Framework Programme.