Participate at the Postgraduate Course in Feminist Knowledge in Action!

Deadline: 15 January 2014
Open to: Postgraduate students or young faculty members in humanities and social sciences from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Georgia, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine
Venue: 26-30 May 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia


The course will provide not only a venue for re-considering actual academic, educational and political outcomes of feminist interventions in the field of humanities, as well as culture in general, but will also attempt to return to the long-standing, thorny issue of theory versus activism divide in a historical perspective. Not only papers are welcomed, but also new formats and methodologies of sharing knowledge. The main points of discussion will be as follows:

  • How do we understand and counter current backlash against feminism in general, and in particular against women’s studies and gender studies departments in many universities?
  • How do we argue against the current disqualification of feminist knowledge by its re-signification as mere ideology?
  • What is the status of gendered knowledge and feminist research in current changes in academia which foster interdisciplinarity, mobility and work in community?
  • Where does feminist knowledge situate its action(s), how does it mark its specific transitions from instrumental/technical and interpretive to critical/emancipatory paradigm?
  • How to re-conceive the transmission of feminist knowledge, non-formal education and good practices in trans-historical perspective?
  • How far from us is the utopian idea of feminist university outlined by Woolf in her Three guineas – do words “poor“, “experimental“ and “adventurous“ hold the same resonance today?
  • In which ways is action the outcome of knowledge production and in which way is it its instigator?
  • What meanings does the idea of “embodied knowledge“ hold today, and to what extent is artistic practice a vehicle for its transmission?


Inter University Centre Dubrovnik (IUC) courses are conducted at postgraduate level. All interested postgraduate students may apply to participate, although the course targets young scholars and postgraduate students with a defined interest in women’s studies, transnational studies, philosophy, sociology, literary and cultural studies, post-colonialism, or anthropology. The course will be limited to 25 participants (15 students) in order to provide sufficient space for discussion, seminar work and student presentations.


Participants must seek funding from their own institutions for the costs of travel, lodging and meals. Limited financial support is available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe.

Scholarships may be obtained by participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Exceptionally, one scholarship per course may be granted for lecturers coming from the countries mentioned. Scholarships may be granted to PhD students or to young faculty members under the age of 40 who are studying or working in fields of humanities and social sciences.

Half-board in Dubrovnik will be covered. Exceptionally, a limited number of participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Republic of Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine may receive partial compensation of travel expenses. This does not apply for students studying in EU or other western universities.

The IUC requires a payment of 40 EUR for the course fee. The working language of the course is English.


Please submit a proposal consisting of a short narrative describing your interest in the topic and your CV. Place all current contact information at the top of your CV. Send submissions by e-mail to and Use the subject: IUC Dubrovnik 2014. The proposal deadline is 15 January 2014.

Applications for scholarships must be made on a Application_for_HESP_2014 and submitted to the IUC Secretariat to the e-mail address: at least one month before the start of the particular course.

More information about the course can be found HERE

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