Esmeralda Tijhoff

Some thoughts on History, Politics, and the Art of Living

Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Groningen

Did you know Groningen has a Centre for Gender Studies? This CGS is part of the Faculty of Arts and has tried to safeguard education about gender within the university. They are not as big as Gender Studies in Utrecht or Nijmegen, just to name some random good institutions, but they are alive. And that is solely because the people in it refused to give up. It is quite embarrassing to have to say that the University of Groningen has tried, and had almost succeeded, into getting rid of Gender Studies.

18 April 2013. Students and staff at University of Queensland rallied to oppose the decision to discontinue the Gender Studies major.

18 April 2013. Students and staff at University of Queensland rallied to oppose the decision to discontinue the Gender Studies major.

When I studied History at the University of Groningen, I was able to follow a Minor in Gender Studies from the Arts department. I further specialized myself in Womens History by carefully centering my essays around women in history. I also followed all available subjects about gender at different faculties, like Psychology, Economy, and Philosophy. In those days, students were encourage and even obligated to follow a course at another faculty just to broaden their horizon. Still not satisfied, I attended two Noise Summerschools at the University of Utrecht, ánd I was lucky to be able to attend the course by Iris van der Tuin who lectured on Historiography of Feminism at that same University.

Of course, my studies took me longer then the assigned four years, but considering even our politicians had taken eight years easily to finish their masters, I did not consider myself in any trouble. I just wanted to learn as much as I could. I never would have guessed I was super lucky to be able to follow all these courses and to take the time [and student jobs and loans] needed for it. Had I been a student today, I would be miserable AF.

Aside the devastating national politics which forces students to rush their studies and focus only within their own field, the University of Groningen has to answer for the destruction of the little, but high end education in Gender they had to offer. Groningen has dismantled the Gender Studies Minor, and it is only thanks to some wonderful staff-members that we can enjoy summerschools like this years first Groningen Summer School on ‘Gender and Diversity in Academia: Rethinking the Challenges’ . The Centre for Gender Studies could not prevent the idiotic move to throw the Minor out. But they have relentlessly advocated for its return. Now we are at the verge of a break through, because there are  plans for a new and improved Minor Gender Studies.

If Groningen wants to be taken seriously as an innovative and inclusive university, it should grab the CGS initiative and give this new Minor all the support it needs.

Because seriously, I am really sick of having to hide my face when somebody asks me where they can find courses on gender in Groningen. So if you board people are reading this: fix this shit!

 

Check their website: www.rug.nl/research/centrumgenderstudies

Check their facebookpage: www.facebook.com/centrumgenderstudies

 

 

Just for fun, check these interesting summerschools at the University of Groningen in 2017:

Gender and Diversity in Academia: Rethinking the Challenges

Intercultural competence

Culture, Diversity and Economic Development

Also check these free courses! Free University of Groningen Online Courses

 

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