Women's Studies / Gender Studies

The field of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz is based institutionally within the Centre for Gender Studies (since 2009) and is staffed via the appointment of a Professor for Musicology, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Main areas of research include reappraisal of the history and importance of women in the arts, historical and contemporary gender relations, the social and aesthetic construction of gender and other identity categories, as well as analysis of gender-related theoretical approaches (e.g. queer theory, poststructuralism, and postcolonial studies) in the context of music and theater.

Furthermore, the structural advancement of women as well as politics of equality are understood as research topics. Research projects by the Centre for Gender Studies highlight the importance of the biographies and works of female artists as well as the history of the education and performance of female composers and musicians. Further research areas are gender and performance art as well as the interdisciplinary field of gender and psychology. In the course of international research co-operations, questions about the enactment of voice, roles and images within pop music, opera, theater, electronic and computer music, media, and performance art are central. The trans- and interdisciplinary topics of the research field imply discourses of identity-construction, postcolonial and queer studies, diversity and intersectionality in music and theater.

The field of research Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts is, via the Centre of Gender Studies, part of a network of comparable institutions such as the Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MuGI) at the University of Huddersfield (UK) or the Research Center for Music and Gender at Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (Germany). Professional networks exist additionally with national and international institutions for gender studies through the Austrian network „Genderplattform“ as well as through the Conference of Women’s and Gender Studies Institutions in the German-Speaking World (KEG). Furthermore, the Centre for Gender Studies is in contact with the European Network on Gender Equality in Higher Education.

Spokeswoman: Univ.Prof.in Dr. Christa Brüstle

Centre of Gender Studies