Center for Gender Studies (CGS) at the European Humanities University is an intellectual space bringing together professionals from various fields of social sciences and humanities, who work with the category of gender as a mechanism for power distribution.

CGS is a community of researchers and activists who view gender studies not only as a promising area of knowledge, but also as an opportunity to change the world for the better.

CGS was founded in October 1997 with the support of the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation. The Center operates courtesy of support of EHU and other foundations and institutions of higher education.

In 2000, CGS launched the first and the only graduate program in Gender Studies in the CIS states with Russian as the language of instruction. Since 2005, the MA program in Gender Studies operates in Vilnius. The graduates are awarded the Master of Arts in Sociology degree, with a focus on gender studies.

Activities of the Center for Gender Studies

The main areas of activities of the Center for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University are the following:

  • working on including the categories and methodology of gender theory into syllabi and curricula
  • encouraging and fostering research into gender and feminism among the EHU faculty and students, as well as among independent scholars affiliated with the Center
  • developing feminist discourse among the academic and activist community in the post-Soviet region

Top research areas:

  • Gender and post-communism
  • Gender and visual studies
  • Gender and nationalism
  • Gender and economy
  • Gender and mass communication
  • Memory and war from the gender perspective
  • Feminist philosophy
  • Masculinity and queer studies
  • History and institutionalization of gender studies in the post-Soviet academy
  • Qualitative methods in gender studies

Initiatives implemented by the Center in 2013:

  • Seminar “Post-Soviet nations and gender order: today’s challenges and new approaches to studies” (St. Petersburg, in collaboration with National Research University Higher School of Economics and Ab Imperio journal).
  • Gender panel “(Ir)relevant issues of gender theory” at the international student conference “Europe 2013: Humanities between Past and Future”.
  • Gender seminars “Development of gender sensitivity in Belarus’s regions through informal education” in Hrodna (partner “Third Sector”), Vitebsk (partner “Gender response”), Mahiliou, Raubichy and Vileyka (partner “Province”) with the financial support of the Ukrainian Office of Heinrich Böll Foundation.
  • Interdepartmental seminar “Gender interventions in political discourses” (in collaboration with the EHU’s Academic Department of Social and Political Science).
  • Summer school «Life outside of classroom: Approaching gendered discourses” (in collaboration with LitPro).

Publications of the Center (the full list to be accessed here):

  • “Gender Literacy Basics” toolkit (jointly with the Human Rights House). Edited by Alena Minchenia and Volha Sasunkevich. Vilnius: Human Rights House, 2013
  • Almanac Women in Politics: New Approaches to the Political (in collaboration with the Center for Gender Initiatives “Adliga: women for full citizenship”):
  • №1 “Gender of Politics” (2012)
  • №2 “Private as Political” (2013)
  • №3 “Private / public” (2013)
  • Феминизм и философия: переосмысливая наследие Cимоны де Бовуар // Топос. № 3. 2010
  • Ушакин, С.А. Поле пола. Вильнюс: ЕГУ; М.: ООО «Вариант», 2007. 320 с.
  • Бембель-Дедок, О.А. Воспоминания. Минск: Пропилеи, 2006. 236 с., ил.
  • Женщины на краю Европы / под ред. Е. Гаповой. Минск: ЕГУ, 2003. 436 с.
  • Calendar series “Women of Belarus: History in everyday life” (2001–2007)

Structure of the Center:

Elena Gapova – founding director (acting director – 1997–2012)
Evgenia Ivanova and Volha Sasunkevich – executive directors

Governing Board

  • Elena Gapova
  • Nadzeya Husakouskaya
  • Evgenia Ivanova
  • Alena Minchenia
  • Alexander Pershai
  • Volha Sasunkevich
  • Almira Ousmanova