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Centre for Gender and Diversity

The Centre for Gender and Diversity (CGD) is a research platform at Maastricht University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Our members broadly focus on studying mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion from an intersectional perspective. Our research on the making of cultural and social differences combines feminist and intersectional approaches with empirical data, philosophies of embodiment, and/or the study of the arts. We aim to use our research as a vector of change - to not only describe and explain social issues but engage stakeholders and intervene for the sake of social justice. 

The CGD's mission is to connect researchers in the fields of gender and diversity studies, to facilitate networking with societal partners, and to enhance public-facing scholarship

Vision and Mission

The CGD has a nearly 25-year tradition of creating synergy between the Three As: Art, Academic Research, and Activism. Our research projects are interdisciplinary, embedded, and conduct knowledge creation with the participation of partners. CGD scholarship charts the symbolic systems of the arts, cultural production, and language use. It maps and transforms the interactions of schemata for masculinity and femininity with social difference categories of race, class, age, ability, sexuality, religion, residency status, as well as multitude emerging factors that influence personhood/subject positions. The overarching CGD intellectual mission is the historical and contemporary study of the complex interactions between these intersecting vectors of power differentials, in the tradition of feminist theories and methods of intersectionality.

In our research on a wide variety of minoritized subjects we do not lose sight of how intersectional approaches have been developed primarily by Black and of color feminists to account for multiple forms of oppression. In an interdisciplinary fashion, we seek to contribute to the development of intersectionality by combining empirical data and philosophies of embodiment with the humanistic study of the arts: including literature, life-writing, performance, visual culture, digital culture, heritage, and cultural institutions.

Our theoretical ambition is to reassess the humanism at the core of intersectionality through the key question we ask of these art forms interfacing with society: what composes the Human? This brings our scholarship to debates in science (technicity), ethics of medicine and care (personhood), to the exigencies of enslavement (coloniality), and to the realm of nature (animality). Hence, we also contribute to Critical Life Studies that grapples with the multiple ‘turns’ (e.g. new materialism, Anthropocene, affective) and ‘studies’ (trans, queer, critical race, postcolonial, animal, age, disability) in critical theory that interrogate the ontological hold of the Human in the face of global crises of climate and social justice.

Latest News

  • CGD Workshop nov. 2022

    Workshop and Lecture by Prof. Nolwazi Mkhwanazi

    Tuesday, November 8, 2022

    On Wednesday 2 November 2022, the Centre for Gender and Diversity hosted a workshop and a lecture by the medical anthropologist Prof. Nolwazi Mkhwanazi of the University of Pretoria.

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  • CGD Welcome back party

    Welcome back party for the Centre of Gender and Diversity

    Tuesday, November 1, 2022

    On Wednesday 21 September 2022 some twenty-five people gathered together at the welcome (back) party, hosted by the new director of the CGD, Eliza Steinbock Associate Professor of Gender and Diversity.

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  • CGD Rewind Record

    Diversity and Inclusion Research in Dutch collections and Museums

    Tuesday, November 1, 2022

    On October 20, 2022 the Centre for Gender and Diversity (CGD) and the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) jointly hosted an event on Diversity and Inclusion Research in Dutch Collections and Museums.

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Centre for Gender and Diversity

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences