Center for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies (ZIFG)
Contrary to the commonplace view that gender is a 'natural' phenomenon, Gender Studies perceives gender as a complex that has evolved over time. As such, notions of gender actively impact social, cultural, linguistic, technological, medial and natural realities in the most fundamental way, in addition to scientific knowledge and scientific praxis, and is itself structured by knowledge as well as by social, cultural and technical practices. The Center for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies (ZIFG) examines these connections in research and teaching. In this way it functions at the interfaces of scientific cultures, as well as at those between science and society. Its staff members investigate gendering processes in all human activities, and in doing so strive to expose the process of how gender is actively constructed. Gender research generates interfaces vis-a-vis a multiplicity of fields and research areas of focus and activity, and opens up gender-sensitive research perspectives in the natural sciences, technology and the planning sciences.
GENDER PRO MINT
Since the summer semester of 2012, students and doctoral candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have been able to take advantage of a structured program in gender studies that is unique in this form and tailored to the requirements of a specific group. The program imparts gender competencies with a focus on the individual study subjects of the participants. The practical implementation of the acquired gender knowledge is accompanied by specialized study projects such as Bachelor’s or Master’s theses in the given field. The program culminates in a certificate.
The goal of the Gender Mapping project is to compile a map displaying the available competencies of researchers and lecturers in the field of Gender Studies at TUB. Initiated in 2011 as a pilot project at Faculty VII, an additional Faculty is analyzed each semester. The map will display all scientists involved in research and teaching at TU Berlin who already possess gender competence. This will in turn generate a profile that can be used by potential cooperation partners as a skills and knowledge database, independent of the specific fields. The visibility of qualifications acquired in the field of Gender Studies contributes to networking within the university. By activating the available potential, a synergistic effect can be achieved, which in turn promotes a more comprehensive implementation of gender aspects in research and teaching over the longer term.