Women’s and Gender Studies
The Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Monash University was established in 1987, offering a platform to bring together expertise in feminist social sciences and humanities research from the Faculty of Arts. The Centre was founded to foster research and teaching collaborations that addressed women’s equity and participation.
The Centre now operates as a research hub in the Faculty of Arts, where feminist and gender scholarship is one of the key Faculty research strengths in all disciplines.
The Gender Studies major offers students critical knowledge about the everyday gendered processes. We work with applied and innovative pedagogical approaches. Collaborative activities of gender teachers and researchers across the Faculty are all informed by the belief that all social processes are ‘gendered’, and that feminist analysis and knowledge is crucial in understanding social processes, in order to empower and encourage participation.
Graduate students within the Faculty of Arts are researching a range of key contemporary gender issues, examining gendered violence, gender and social media, feminist and gender theory, sexuality and diversity.
Key areas of Faculty research strength are focused on gendered violence in family and post conflict contexts, gendered migration patterns, and fluid constructions of gender identities and sexualities.
In addition, the Faculty is home to flagship gender University research centres: