Genderhub: Gender research at NTNU

This is a blog post. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

Written by
a woman
Jennifer Elise Branlat Associate Professor

Since 2017 GenderHub has served as an arena where researchers engaged in gender research can come together for candid and interdisciplinary conversations.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, GenderHub would like to recognize the important work done by researchers working on gender-related themes across NTNU.

Interdisciplinary from the beginning

From its origins in 1970s activist movements, gender studies, and women’s studies from which it emerged, has examined how gender and sexuality function and manifest in and across various disciplines (sociology, music, political science, literature, and film—to name a few). Within their areas of focus, gender researchers focus in on the ways in which axes of difference such as race, ethnicity, location, class, nationality, religion and disability may intersect with the categories of gender and sexuality. For this reason, we can say that gender studies has always been and will continue to be a highly ‘interdisciplinary’ field.

GenderHub: a home for gender research

A few of the networks affiliated researchers discuss the importance and relevance of the network for them.

A network for gender researchers is important to me because it allows me to keep in touch with and get input from other gender/feminist researchers across the classic disciplines. I often think that I have two disciplines, in fact: sociology and gender research. I am officially employed in sociology, but gender research (and feminist theory) is still important to me and to the projects and research questions I work on. The interdisciplinary approach that lies in gender research - and which underpins GenderHub - is also a vitamin injection in an otherwise disciplined university life.
Ingvill Stuvøy, Department of Sociology and Political Science.

A network for gender researchers is really vital. Often those of us who work on gender are alone in our individual departments. At the same time, our work is tends to be highly interdisciplinary. Being able to meet and discuss with other colleagues with a specialisation in gender offers a great support and resource for my own research and teaching. I can also turn to the network when I encounter wider challenges concerning equality and diversity at NTNU. In addition, my colleagues in the network force me confront my own disciplinary baggage and limitations. More significantly, they make me feel more at home at NTNU.
Thomas Hilder, Ethnomusicology, Department of Music.

All research, in every field, must be gender research. That so many areas of study continue to dismiss and ignore gender is the reason we need gender researchers, and a strong gender research network to support them.
Delilah Bermudez Brataas, Department of Teacher Education.

About GenderHub

NTNU GenderHub is an interdisciplinary, university-wide group of over thirty-five researchers involved in research and teaching on gender-related themes. The network, which is housed within the Center for Gender Research at KULT, has affiliated researchers working in science and technology studies, philosophy, musicology, sociology, history, teacher education, art and media studies, women’s health and reproduction, and political science. If you are interested in knowing more or in becoming an affiliated researcher in the network, please contact Jennifer Branlat. The network is highly committed to public outreach.