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. 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.
Our members broadly focus on studying mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion from an intersectional perspective. The research we conduct concerns the making of cultural and social differences in cases of embodied experience, art, language, law, institutions, science and technology, and is grounded in feminist and intersectional approaches to critical analysis. We aim to use our research as a vector of change - to not only describe and explain social issues but to engage stakeholders and intervene for the sake of social justice.
- Rooted in feminist theories and methods of intersectionality
- Specializes in (trans)gender, post-colonial, age and disability studies
- Analyzes how gender and diversity manifests in various cultural forms
- Focus on collaborating with societal stakeholders and public outreach
- Led by Dr. Eliza Steinbock
History and Ambition
Founded in September 1998, the CGD has a 25-year tradition of creating synergy between the Three As: Academic Research, Art, 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 minoritised 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 and sociological data and philosophies of embodiment with a humanities approach to the 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. We do so through the key question we ask of these art forms interfacing with society: what composes the Human? Here, there, now, and then? 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 multiplying field ‘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.
Vectors for Change
The Centre for Gender and Diversity is thrilled to launch a new lecture series called Vectors for Change. Invited speakers from near and far will share their unique analyses of intersecting vectors of power differentials. The series aims to showcase how research can become a vector of change - to not only describe and explain social issues, but to involve public partners and intervene for the sake of social justice. Join us for exchanges that seek to further develop engaged research in the tradition of feminist theories and methods of intersectionality.
6 September 2023
"Africa’s Second Struggle for Freedom: What’s decolonization got to do with it?"
Lecture from Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò (Cornell University)
- Co-organised with research programme Globalisation, Development, and Transnationalism
25 October 2023
“Heavy Processing for Networked Intimate Publics (NIPs): Cultivating Trans-Feminist & Queer Digital Praxes”
Lecture from TL Cowan and Jas Rault (University of Toronto)
- Co-organised with research programme Arts, Media, and Culture
10 November 2023
“Disability Justice in Selective Termination Practices: Reproductive Freedom or Disability Discrimination?”
Lecture from Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Emory University)
6 March 2024
"Big Brands Are Watching You: Marketing Social Justice and Digital Culture"
Lecture from Francesca Sobande (Cardiff University)
- Co-organised with research programme Arts, Media, and Culture "Inclusive Societies" strand
27 March 2024
“Migrant Academics’ Narratives of Precarity and Resilience in Europe”
Lecture from Ladan Rahbari and Olga Burlyuk (University of Amsterdam)
22 May 2024
Lecture from Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham)
PhD supervisors Eliza Steinbock and Sophie Withaeckx and their PhD candidate Pieter du Plessis have received funding from the NWO PhD in the Humanities scheme for the research project titled ‘Belonging and Unbelonging in Amsterdam’s Het Zuid-Afrikahuis: A Decolonial Study of Dutch Whiteness in...
The Centre for Gender and Diversity hosted a symposium with lectures and film screenings from four Ukrainian queer artists, researchers and filmmakers.
The Belgian adoption system is in need of more transparency. Maastricht University's Centre for Gender and Diversity and the Belgian 'Afstammingscentrum' (research centre of filiation) work together to give a greater voice to adoptees, donor-conceived people and metis of the former Belgian colonies.
Starting on 1 February, the Centre for Gender and Diversity (CGD) is happy to welcome a new student assistant.
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.
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.
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.
CGD participation in The Netherlands Research School for Gender Studies
The CGD at Maastricht University is proud to be a participating partner in The Netherlands Research School for Gender Studies (NOG). Director of the CGD, Eliza Steinbock, serves on the board, and CGD member Faisal Hamadah serves on the Curriculum Committee.
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A Brief History of the Centre for Gender and Diversity
Looking Back at 25 years of Feminist Leadership in the University
Logo design: Sinine Nakhle