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To become a Gender Studies/feminist professional
Career exploratory workshop and professional outlets of Gender Studies

May 4-6, 2009

Deadline for application:
March 16, 2009

Christina Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor Gabriele Griffin, University of York, UK
Professor Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden
Dr. Cecilia Åsberg, Linköping University, Sweden
Doctoral Student Mia Liinason, University of Lund, Sweden
Doctoral Student Maija Urponen, Helsinki University, Finland

Guest speaker:
Dr. Iivi Anna Masso, freelance political analyst, writer, Finland

Research School Director, Prof. Nina Lykke, Linköping University
Doctoral Student Mia Liinason, University of Lund
Doctoral Student Maija Urponen, University of Helsinki

Course description:
The workshop will explore what it means to become a professional in
Women's/Gender/Feminist Studies (shorthand: Gender Studies) and pursue a career with this field as background. The point of departure is thedevelopment of Gender Studies into a recognized academic field. Gender Studies can, today, in many countries, be studied as part of an academic degree, and in some countries such as ao Sweden and Finland, it is for example also possible to get a PhD degree in Gender Studies.
Against the background of this development, the workshop will put focus on issues of professionalization, qualifications, employability and career expectations. It will present results of recent EU-funded research on employment of Gender Studies candidates, and it will discuss questions such as: What is a career? How do you pursue a career? What is a career path? How do you get "in"? What do you do when you are "in"?
A combination of lectures, panels, Forum Theatre/role play sessions will give input to broad discussions of possible careers in a range of different settings both inside and outside of Academia and in both
public and private sector jobs. Ways to navigate in-between different
academic, public and private sector career paths will also be discussed,
as well as the issue of expectations, values and visions of Gender
Studies candidates.

The workshop is open both to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, interested in the question of professional outlets of Gender Studies.
(Max 20 participants.)

Arrival May 3 (evening).


May 4
9.00-9.30 Welcome and presentations
9.30-12.00 (incl. 30 min coffee break)
Gabriele Griffin:
Employment and Women's Studies. Results from a EU project.
Lecture + discussion.
12.00-13.30 Lunch
Maija Urponen and Mia Liinason: Gender Studies students' career
Lecture + discussion.
15.00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-18.30 Groups for presentations and response to participants'
papers (see description of requirements re papers below)
Group 1, chaired by Gabriele Griffin
Group 2, chaired by Cecilia Åsberg
Group 3, chaired by Nina Lykke

19.30 Dinner

May 5
9.00-11.30 (incl. 30 min cofee break)
Panel: What do you do when you are "in" a career? Career paths in
academia, in public sector outside of academia and in private sector,
and in-between the three.
Iivi Anna Masso
Gabriele Griffin
Cecilia Åsberg
Chair of panel: Nina Lykke
11.30-13.00 Lunch
Cecilia Åsberg: Mentoring. Experiences from a EU project on mentoring.
Lecture + discussion
15.00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-18.30 Forum theatre session
a) Introduction to Forum theater by Nina Lykke
b) Forum theater session: What is a career? How to get "in"? What do you do when you are "in"? Chaired by Nina Lykke, Mia Liinason and Maija

19.30 Dinner

May 6
Nina Lykke: Transforming academia from feminist perspectives
Lecture + discussion
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.00 Forum theatre session continued
12.00-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.45 Plenary workshop, chaired by Nina Lykke
What is important to keep in mind when you write applications?
14.45-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.00 Evaluation and conclusions

Preparation for group sessions:

Participants will be asked to write a paper (6-9 pages) to be distributed by academic coordinator Mette Bryld to teachers and fellow participants before the course. The papers should be formed as 3 job application letters (each à 1-3 pages) addressed to
a) an academic employer,

b) a public sector employer (outside of academia),

c) a private sector employer.

The papers should be sent to Mette Bryld (mbry@galnet.dk) April 18 at the latest.
The participants should read each others' papers/letters before the
course and be prepared to comment on the letters of fellow group

Readings (in addition to papers from fellow participants):

Marc Berg and Madeleine Akrich: Introduction. Bodies on Trial:
Performances and Politics in Medicine and Biology. Body & Society, Vol
10 (2-3), 2004: p. 1-12.

ETAN Expert Working Group on Women and Science: Science Policies in the European Union: Promoting Excellence through Mainstreaming Gender Equality. European Commission. Luxembourg; Office for Official
Publications of the European Commission. 2000
(can be downloaded from:

Gabriele Griffin (ed): Doing Women's Studies. Employment Opportunities, Personal Impacts and Social Consqueinces. London: ZED Books 2005.
(Can be bought from: www.amazon.co.uk)

Gabriele Griffin (ed): Employment, Equal Opportunities and Women's
Studies: Women's Experiences in Seven European Countries. Koenigstein: Ulrike Helmer Verlag 2004.
(Can be bought from: www.ulrike-helmer-verlag.de)

Jo Handelsman and Rosalind A. Grymes: Editorial. Looking for a Few Good Women? DNA and Cell Biology, Vol 27, No 9, 2008, pp. 46-465.

Adrian Lee, Carina Dennis and Phillip Campbell: Nature's Guide for
Mentors. Nature, Vol 447, June 14, 2007, pp. 791-797.

Nature Editorial: How to be good? Nature, Vol 449, Oct 11, 2007, p. 638.

Further readings:

Materials and reports from EU-project: Employment and Women's Studies
(EWSI): see: www.hull.ac.uk/ewsi

Materials from EU-funded Mentoring Project Advance

1) Advance Mentoring, Some definition. Utrecht University

2) Advance: Background Information. Universiät für Weiterausbildung,
Krems, undated, 2 p.

3) Advance folder

4) Advance: Guideline for Mentors, 2 p.

(Participants must download and borrow or puchase all the literature themselves.)

19 applicants, 15 participants: Iceland 2, Norway 1, Finland 6, Hungary 2, Russia 1, Sweden 1, UK 2

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