We are a transdisciplinary research group that integrates women’s lived experiences into the production of knowledge and teaching. More specifically, in our courses and research we reflect critically on the linguistic, visual and haptic modes of semiosis, the production, circulation and perception of cultural, literary, film and media productions. In the name of self-reflexivity, we study and teach the viability and formation of the various concepts in academic discourses as matters of social and cultural contexts.
We are responsible for designing and teaching the Gender Through Literatures and Cultures Specialization in the MA in English Studies program and the supervision of PhD theses from a gender/sexuality perspective in the English Literature and Culture and the English Applied Linguistics Doctoral Schools. Our students learn to apply critically the various theoretical approaches and methods to the study of gender and sexuality relations. They explore a growing body of feminist theory that revises our understanding of how gender/sexuality impacts our (understanding of) life. We study and understand the specificities of society and culture in terms of gender and sexuality distinctions, their reasons and effects for our life. A crucial element of that feminist exploration is an intersectional approach that shows how gender/sexuality relations are intertwined in their diverse formations cross-cut with other relations of distinction in society and culture, such as class, race, ethnicity, religion, (dis)ability, or region.
We launched in 2005 the annual interdisciplinary international gender studies conference (NYIM) that explores social and cultural articulations of gender/sexuality relations and representations, their changing meanings and values enacted in the Hungarian cultural spaces within and beyond the borders of Hungary.
We are committed to running and editing the first and (to date) the only Hungarian journal in gender studies, TNTeF (Társadalmi Nemek Tudománya Interdiszciplináris e-Folyóirat) launched in 2011.