The Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies was founded in May 2001 and is the only university department in Austria that works in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies across all faculties
The Institute defines itself as an interface for questions of gender relations in science, economy and society. The interdisciplinary character of the Institute enables us to pay close attention to the the relevance of gender relations in all scientific disciplines and areas of society.Our interdiciplinary team is constituted by representatives of economic and social sciences as well as of the humanities and cultural studies. Therefore, the research foci of our institute are correspondingly broad and examine, for example, gender-relevant questions of economic discrimination, cultural representation or technological development.
For numerous study programs, our teaching realizes the JKU's goal – set out in the its plan for the advancement of women - to integrate women- and gender-sensitive courses into all curricula.