The Comparative Gender Studies program at Central European University (CEU) aims to promote the study of gender and its correspondence with categories such as class, ethnicity, race and sexual orientation, and to do research on diversified patterns of social and cultural change. Thus, students are encouraged to understand the complexity of gender.
They will combine the critique of androcentrism with a critique of Eurocentric perspectives and epistemologies, particularlybut not exclusivelyin Central and Eastern Europe. Within this framework, gender is understood as an element and product of processes of global, regional and local development.
The rationale and design of the Ph.D. Program in Comparative Gender Studies are theoretical, methodological and practical. They are based on the departments overarching scholarly and educational goals as elaborated in the Statement of Purpose.
The program aims to combine when appropriate a theoretical and empirical inquiry into gender. Its activities and courses facilitate the examination of diversified patterns of social and cultural change and allow interested students the opportunity to focus on Central-Eastern Europe in particular.
Whatever the regional or textual focus students choose, the program helps them understand gender in terms of local, national, and transnational influences and articulations. Additionally, the programs courses and activities are structured to investigate gender as it intersects with other significant social categories such as race, nationalism, ethnicity, class and sexuality.
In general, the Ph.D. program at CEU helps students analyze gender in an historically and culturally contextualized manner with consideration of institutions, social processes, and other salient material conditions. Understanding the way gender functions in the symbolic and social order requires new epistemologies and methodologies.
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