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About the Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies


The main aims of the Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies are:

  • to offer a programme of high quality and cutting edge PhD courses in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies as well as courses for Gender Studies PhD supervisors;
  • to facilitate collaboration and synergies between research training programmes and research training activities in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies in the countries, eligible for funding from NorFA/NordForsk, i.e. the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden), the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and North West Russia;
  • to strengthen the links between PhD training in the Nordic regions of Europe and broader European and international PhD training activities;
  • to further the development of context-reflexive, transnational, multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary Gender Research.


The main activity of the Research School is to offer a programme of 4 three-day PhD courses per year as well as an annual course for PhD supervisors.
The PhD courses are taught by transnational teams of teachers, composed as a mix of teachers from partner universities and specially invited guest teachers from abroad.

Four clusters of PhD courses are offered:

  • courses in feminist theory and epistemology;
  • courses in methodology;
  • courses in interdisciplinary topics;
  • courses in humanities, social science and cultural studies of technoscience topics.

The course programme is organized so that it can attract PhD students from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary PhD programmes. It is, moreover, arranged in a flexible way so that it will be interesting for students, who so wish, to take a bigger or smaller number of courses and thus construct different kinds of individually profiled course packages.
In addition to courses, the School arranges conferences on topics relevant for the development of the research training programme.


The Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies is one of five Nordic Research Schools, which, in 2003, were selected for funding from the Research School Programme of NorFA (Nordic Academy of Advanced Study, now part of NordForsk). The funding is 5 mio NOK (app. 600.000 Euro) for a five year period, 2004-2009 (1 mio NOK per year).
The major part of the funding is earmarked for the organization of PhD courses, in particular for grants to facilitate the participation of PhD students. On average, 16 grants for travel and accomodation for PhD students are available per course.


The School is a joint venture between the Department for Gender Studies (Tema Genus), Linköping University, Sweden, NIKK (Nordic Institute for Women’s Studies and Gender Research), Oslo, Norway, and 36 partner institutions at 33 universities and institutions for higher education in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and North West Russia.

New partners and associates

New institutions can join the School as partners or associates. Applications should include a letter of intent from the head of the institution (rector/dean etc.) and be sent to the Chair of the Research School Board, Solveig Bergman, NIKK (solveig.bergman@nikk.uio.no)


The School is hosted by the Dept. of Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden.
The Director and daily leader of the Research School is Prof., Dr. Phil. Nina Lykke. Academic Coordinator is Assoc. Prof. Em. Mette Bryld.

The Research School is governed by a board of 12 members (6 senior researchers, representing the five Nordic countries + Balticum and North West Russia; 3 PhD students; 2 external members and a chair). The Board is chaired by a representative of NIKK (Nordic Institute of Women’s Studies and Gender Research), Dr. Solveig Bergman.

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Last updated: Mon Jan 24 14:22:47 CET 2011